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How to Plank: Planking for Dummies & The Basics of Being You

There is an epidemic of bad planking going on, and it has to stop today. I will openly admit to my own bad planking in the past – no secrets here. Before yoga, I was not only bad planking in private, but I was doing it on the internet for everyone to see. I was in a haze of denial, but I fixed myself. And I guarantee that I will fix you, too.

I learned a very simple and elegant way to teach a basic plank while shooting an episode of “Yoga Sutra Now” with Jai Sugrim for Veria Living Television on Wednesday. Jai is a gentle, funny and knowledgable teacher, and it was so exciting to witness him teach the basics.

Jai adjusting me in a twist… I’m working HARD!

This felt so AMAZING! I could have stayed there all day.

Taking other fitness & yoga teachers’ classes is a huge part of my own continued education as a fitness “influencer”. I love this story from my last class with Sadie Nardini:

I watch YouTube videos, take classes, attend workshops… I’m always looking for something new to do or NOT do in my own teaching. While others may call it copying, I call it inspiration. No one is re-inventing the wheel, and there’s only so many ways you can do a jumping jack. Every exercise has been done before, but it’s the teacher who inspires you to do it and LOVE it. I just hope that I can always inject my own style of instruction and brand of humor into everything I do. That’s why there’s room for such amazing and DIFFERENT personalities like The Sweaty Betties, Cassey Ho, Sarah Dussault, Tara Stiles, Sadie Nardini… I admire all these women and love everything they do, because they’re all doing their thing in their OWN style.

As a matter of fact, I shouted out one of my favorite YouTube yoginis, Anita Goa, in one of my latest vlogs for presenting an absolutely awesome squat transition that I will most definitely be stealing using in my Lady Footlocker class. (please note my schedule correction: I will be appearing in Dallas on Aug 18 and teaching in Chicago on Aug 25)

So the lesson here is that I want you to TOTALLY learn from, be inspired by and borrow from everyone and every experience – good and “bad”. Just remember that you become the BEST at what you’re doing by being the best YOU. Plank on, people!

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Thank you to Winona for being the best assistant (and daughter) ever!
(in the Yoga Sutra Now green room on August 8, 2012)

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