New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015 everyone. Now, like most people starting January 1st, I’m sure that you all have decided to make resolutions. If you have, what are they, and if you haven’t, why haven’t you? Here’s a quick acronym to guide you in evaluating your current resolutions or to help you create some! […]

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Yoga Blog: Breathing…It’s kind of important

Breathing…It’s kind of important … So, let’s take a look at how to do it right!   I remember sitting in my very first yoga class and being asked to find a comfortable seated position. I was then asked to become aware of my breath and my brain immediately went to thoughts of “…Huh?” “What […]

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EMPOWER Meditation: Never Back Down From A Challenge

Meditation:  Never back down from a challenge … Written by: RJ Lisander Now for all you Type-A pals, Never-say-die comrades, movement warriors, Pitta personalities I know the thought of sitting still is intimidating. Which is exactly why it is such a challenge to meditate. And, honestly, this challenge is why you should give it a try. When […]

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EMPOWER Yoga: benefits of yoga, beyond the mat

Benefits of Yoga Beyond the Mat:   Everyone who has read my yoga blogs for Empower Personalized Fitness is well aware of the benefits yoga can have, with regular practice, to improve strength, balance and flexibility.  But, what you might not know is the positive effects the regular practice of yoga can have on other […]

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Let’s talk Savasana..

Let’s talk Savasana …. Written by RJ Lisander For those of you have been to any of my yoga classes at Empower Personalized Fitness you will know that Savasana (also known as Mrtasana and corpse pose) is absolutely my favorite yoga pose of all time. Why, you ask? The answer is simple … it allows me […]

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Health Benefits of Yoga

Health Benefits of Yoga Written By: RJ Lisander I hear it everyday from my roost at Empower Personalized Fitness.  Now is the time of year where we are all looking at our overall health and rededicating ourselves to our healthy eating habits and exercise routines.  For many, these exercise regimes include running, weight lifting and […]

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emPOWER Yoga: Crow Happened

The Day Crow Happened: Written By: RJ Lisander CROW HAPPENED There are lots of styles of yoga.  In general, my class sequences follow a flow traditional to the style I’m teaching.  However, this week during the 6:30 am emPOWER Yoga class at EMPOWER Durham, I threw the rulebook out the window and provided a totally […]

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Why Yoga’s Great for Men

Well men, weíve got news for you. Yoga isnít a ladies-only thing like going to the bathroom in packs or opening store credit cards only to get 5 percent off the purchase. In fact, taking one yoga class per week or doing a couple of pre-workout poses can increase endurance, build strength, prevent injuries, and […]

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Restoration for Women with Gentle Yoga

For thousands of years, it has been known that yoga can help women connect and work with their internal cycles. This includes such cycles and milestones as menstruation, menopause and pregnancy, and even the act of aging gracefully. Part of this process is restorative yoga, meaning a class where the body, mind and spirit learn […]

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