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Finding Yoga and Surfing - Your Own Tomorrow

Michael Fukumura went from being a government lawyer in Washington, D.C. to a yoga instructor and surfing fanatic in San Diego. This is his story.
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@caricakes do you really?? what beach? california right? near santa barbara???
My dream is to become a yoga instructor
This is awesome, I love when fitness can completely change someones life in a positive way.
That must have taken a LOT of courage to drop a life like that for the great unknown haha
I see this guy paddle boarding all the time when I'm at the beach! Its awesome that he took action to find a happier path in life instead of staying miserable in another.
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Hey you! You yoga beginner! I heard you making big statements about how 2015 was going to finally be the year you devote yourself to this practice. So let's get right to it shall we? Before we even think about touching our toes or focusing on breathing, let's make sure we really understand what yoga is: 1. Yoga is not a religion. It is a way of life, a type of exercise, a practice. Yoga is all about moving your body and understanding yourself. It is about bringing the world around and within you into focus. 2. Yoga is not a “push until you drop” practice. There are poses that can be mistaken as sleeping on the floor, the Child's pose is made for complete relaxation. This is not always a practice that will have you out of breath and begging for mercy! 3. This isn't a quick weight loss plan. You first build muscle and are working on your strength so that a few months after you begin you will find your body burning fat like it never has before. Get into yoga for more than just the weight loss benefits. Think of the mental health benefits too! 4. Get a good mat. I started yoga using a beach towel. No good. It completely changes your practice to have a mat that is thick and comfortable but most of all grips well. 5. No one is watching you. Seriously, I used to be so paranoid about how I looked in class, but once you really get involved in yoga you realize it is just you and your mat. Say hi to your neighbors when you get there, and then forget about them until the practice is over. 6. When you wake up “too sore” to go to yoga, go anyway. One of the best things you can do for your soreness is stretch it out. 7. Practice on an empty stomach. A light snack may be good before cardio, but not yoga. You are using the core so much, you want to come to class with an empty stomach and an open mind. 8. Take pictures. I know a lot of you will never post any, and that is totally fine. I have found that when I am down on my practice or get discouraged, I look at old pictures and compare with current ones. It will shock you how far you’ve come so quickly. 9. That moment when you are stretching, it is painful, and you want to give up and get out of the pose, give it one more full breath, breathing into where the pain is. It is a mind over matter game! 10. Have fun. This is your journey. It is never over!
12 Yoga Exercises for Hips and Thighs
These 12 moves will help you tone, stretch, and strengthen your hips and thighs while bringing your mind to a peaceful state. I have attached a video that will walk you through this routine, but I suggest reading the steps first so that you can determine whether a pose needs a special adjustment for you. Remember that yoga is not meant to be uncomfortable, so make sure each move is bringing your close to a state of calm rather than a state of pain. 1. Chair pose: - Start by standing with your feet together. While inhaling, raise your hands over your head. - Bend your knees slightly and dip into a squat while exhalation. - Remain in this position for 30-60 seconds and come back to the standing position. 2. Dance of the legs: - Lie on your back with closed eyes and raise your left leg straight up as much as you can. Without any straining, your right leg should be still on the floor. - Tighten your abdomen as you exhale, fold your left leg at the knees and press it close to the chest. - Now raise your head to meet the knees of your left leg while remaining in that position for 5-10 seconds. - While putting your head back on the ground, inhale deeply, release the left leg, and repeat the same with right leg. 3. Deep squats: - Stand with both your feet about 12 inches apart and bring the arms in front of you with palms facing the ground. - Now squat down, while you bend down ensure your knees are forming a 90 degrees angle allowing you to dip down in the position. - Get back immediately to standing position while exhaling and repeat again. 4. AnandaBalasana (Happy child pose): - Lie on your back and bring your knees to your chest - Lock your thumbs between your big toe on each foot and pull your legs closer to your chest. 5. Warrior pose I (Virabhadrasana I): - Stand straight with your feet apart. Shift your left foot to the side such that there is a three to four feet distance between both the legs. - Keeping your left foot straight; rotate it to your left side entirely where your right foot rotates slightly. - Now spin your torso to your left side making sure your legs are in the same position. - Bend the knee of your left leg; carry your torso forward to the left side where you raise both your hands above your head in a Namaste. 6. Warrior pose II (Virabhadrasana II): - Follow the same steps as warrior pose I. The only variation here is that instead of lifting your hands above your head to form a Namaste, raise it on both sides parallel to the ground. 7. Bridge Pose (SetuBandhasana): - Lie down with your back on the ground with stretched legs and bend your legs at the knees with your feet grounded. - Place your hands by your side with palms facing the ground. - Now lift up your hips off the ground towards the ceiling, letting your hands and feet to be on the ground. - Hold this position by lifting your hands over your head. 8. Three-legged Dog Pose: - Start with the downward dog pose. - Lift your right leg high up in the air supporting yourself on two hands and your left leg. - Hold for five breaths, put your leg down and repeat with the other leg too. 9. BaddhaKonasana (Cobbler’s pose): - Sit on the floor with your knees bent so that both the soles of your feet are facing each other. - Keep your spine elongated ensuring that your posture is straight. - Press the soles of your feet together and hold this pose for a minute. 10. Locust Pose: - Lie down with your belly on the ground and place hands by your side with palms facing the ceiling. - As you inhale, lift up your legs and your upper torso and support yourself on the abdomen. 11. Reverse Warrior or Crescent Moon Pose: - Start off by standing in Warrior II position. - Now gently arch your torso backwards and place your left hand over the back of your left leg. - Raise the right hand over your head and hold for five breaths while repeating with the other side. 12. Standing Hand to Toe: - Stand with your spine straight, feet together and hands on your waist. - Lift your right leg straight up with your left leg’s support. - Hold for a few breaths and repeat with the other leg.
Surf and Skate Part II
Surfing and skating go hand in hand. Skateboarding was originally known as street surfing. Over the years both sports have influenced each other. I've put together a few videos, well two cards worth, that showcase a part of the relationship. There is something here for everyone who longboards, shortboards or surfs. Watch each video and pay close attention to how they ride and what they are saying. Yeah, some repeat what another is saying or doing but you will find something new in each. Jay Adams, Larry Bertlemann and Buttons all speak about their influences and show in their riding or surfing how each influences the other. Check out Bertlemann's "Go Pro"from the 70's lol! There's instructions on pumping and carving from surfers and a history lesson on skateboard carving from Paul Riechele III. I threw in some carver boards just to show how surfing and skating have truly come together and to showcase a different style of board and trucks. If you love longboarding whether it's downhill, freeride, freestyle, cruising, carving, slalom or hitting the pools or ditches you can perfect your style by taking cues from surfers and skaters who surf. Speaking of style, these videos also spend a lot of time urging you to develop your own. Style is what makes your riding different from everyone else and is how many riders become sponsored. Style essentially comes from the soul of the surfer or skater. It can take years to truly master your own style and make it look steezy. The key is to learn all you can from every aspect of the sport, mold it into what you like the most and do it in a way that makes it your own. Oh and you'll see some excellent kick flips with 46 inch boards. Save those for your "regular"skater friends to watch and learn lol! Be yourself, and enjoy the ride.
5 Unbelievable Stretches for Tight Hips
Every time you sit down, you're actively shortening the muscles in your hips, which ultimately makes them feel stiff. Luckily, some simple-but-incredibly-satisfying stretches can relieve the tension and promote flexibility. Here they are: 1. Figure Four: Lie on your back with your arms along your sides, your knees bent, and the soles of your feet on the floor near your butt. Place your right ankle over your left leg, just below the knee. With both hands, grasp your left thigh. Lift your head and shoulders off the ground, and bend your elbows to gently pull your left knee in toward your chest. (You should feel it in your right hip.) Repeat on the opposite side. 2. Standing Bow: Balance on your left foot and bend your right knee as you bring your right foot toward your butt. With your right hand, grab the inside of the right foot. Keeping your hips square to the ground, hinge forward slightly as you reach up and forward with your left hand, and lift the right foot up behind you until you feel the stretch in your right hip. Repeat on the opposite side. 3. Upward-Facing Dog: Lie facedown on a mat with the tops of your feet on the ground and your toes pointed behind you. With bent elbows, place both palms on the ground near your hips. Relax your shoulders as you extend your elbows, and open your chest toward the front of your mat. Take your gaze upward and press into the palms to lift your hips up off the ground. To increase the stretch, increase the arch in your back and press the hips forward. 4. Floor Bow: Lie facedown on a mat and bend both knees to bring your heels toward your butt. With your left hand, reach behind you to grab the outside of your left foot. With your right hand, reach behind you and grab the outside of your right foot. Arch your back as you simultaneously use your hands to lift your knees and chest up off the floor. 5. Supta Virasana With High Hips: Sit on your knees with the tops of your feet pressed against the floor, your toes pointing behind you, and your butt on your heels. Gently lean back and place your elbows on the floor about knees-width apart. Place your left palm on your left heel and your right palm on your right heel. Keeping your neck in line with your spine and your shoulders away from your ears, press your hips up toward the ceiling.
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