Yoga for Every B.O.D.Y. with Shayne and River Morgan

River_and_ShayneMore and more, yoga is becoming a part of my life.  I’m realizing that yoga is much more than exercise, it flows into many other areas of my daily existence, and overall, it just makes me feel so good! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend Shane and River’s class last fall when they were at The Ranch, so I jumped at the opportunity when I saw them on the schedule this time.

I had met River the last time she was at The Ranch during another class and she has beautiful energy and is so sweet and inspirational. Together with her mother, Shayne, they create a class that is warm and inviting. The title says it all.  Their class really is yoga for every body type, and people from beginners to experts can benefit from the exercises in this class. I especially appreciated the shoulder stretch we did with the strap. It provided such release and is really good for those of us who tend to get hunched over using a computer.

I loved that the class focused on gentle yoga stretches that are not difficult to do, but you can still feel the result immensely. That’s my favorite kind of yoga! I’m so looking forward to seeing Shayne and River back at The Ranch!

Yoga For Every B.O.D.Y. will be at the Ranch again November 29, 2014. Don’t miss them!

New CorePower Yoga Location and Partnership with RLP!

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yoga, power yoga, health spa, health retreat, destination spa

yoga, power yoga, health spa, health retreat, destination spa

yoga, power yoga, health spa, health retreat, destination spa

yoga, power yoga, health spa, health retreat, destination spa

We’re very happy to announce a new partnership with CorePower Yoga!  There are some great discounts for both CorePower members and Rancho La Puerta guests; details are below.  Because of our new partnership, I had a chance to check out their new location in Del Mar.

This was my first time at a CorePower studio.  I took the level one class, and what a work out!  The class itself felt great while I was doing it, not too intense.  Level one was plenty for me, especially since the classes are heated.  The next two days I was completely sore, which was a good sign that I need to keep going!

Here are the details of our partnership with CorePower Yoga

CorePower Yoga agrees to honor a 20% discount to all Rancho La Puerta guests who are new members or purchasing a new package on any 10 class package or membership.  This discount will apply to all CorePower studios across the country.  Guests have access to their corporate rates: $99 per month for membership and $129 on 10 class packages.  All Rancho La Puerta guests must show proof of stay with confirmation email printed out upon check in at a CorePower studio.  Also, CorePower clients get 10% off for a 3, 4 or 7 night stay, which can be used with other offers.

The Tri Core Workout

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What I’ve found since I’ve started getting back into shape is that my core or abs are pretty weak.  I guess already knew this, but I didn’t realize how much we use our core in basic exercises.  Also, how much our back relies on our abs.  I took a TRX class which I will also be writing about where I was trying to do a plank.  Instead of doing a straight plank, my belly was hanging down and my butt was sticking up.  I had no idea I was doing this by the way until my teacher told me to straighten up and pull my lower back up straight.  It was SO hard to do.

I asked her after class, what I should do for a weak lower back.  She said the problem wasn’t my lower back, it was my core that was weak.  Well, that was an eye opener for me!

So I have made it my mission ever since to work on my core…which, I’ll admit, I do not like doing.  I’ll work on my arms, legs, butt, anything to avoid working on my abs.  Unfortunately, if you want to get in shape, you can’t avoid it.

I saw the Tri-Core Workout in the schedule and thought to myself, you need to go to this class.  Don’t avoid it, just do it!  Mike, one of my favorite people here at the Rancho, was our teacher.  There were a lot of people in the class, but none of us seemed to be that enthused to be working on our core.  We were all there for the same reason!  I didn’t feel alone.

Mike got us going first using these discs that we placed under the balls of our feet.  We then used them to slide to do lunges and side steps utilizing our core.  Then, the hard part.  Using the discs to slide back into the plank position, slide your legs closer to your body and then back to plank.

The hardest part of the class to me was using the flex bar.  It not only works out your abs, but also your arms and it was killer.  I thought my arms might fall off!  The last part was using those large exercise balls to do crunches.  I learned the proper way to do a crunch so now I can do them at home also which is great.  Actually, I’m pretty proud of myself for first of all making it through the whole class and secondly, doing pretty well.  I’ve definitely found just over the past few weeks my abs have surprisingly gotten stronger in such a short amount of time.