Welcome home, Nancy Turnquist, my hands, feet and thus my body, missed you…

Welcome home, Nancy Turnquist, my hands, feet and thus my body, missed you…

I just want to say Hi to everyone, I know I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere and I’m back.

Also a big Yay to my MIH, Missing-In-Honeymoon, Iyengar Yoga Instructor is back, Nancy Turnquist.

So why the big hoorah, in every pose we practiced, she reminded class, to open our palms and spread our wrists wide, to really implement the Grounded Hands & Feet Technology of yoga, that is often missing from most yoga classes. For some of you it’s enough, that the instructor tells you to ground your hands/feet into the mat, I’m digging my mat and I’m flowing. I’m cool with that. However for some of us, especially if you’ve got the designer gene in you, that is not enough. For me, I do need reminders for my inside edges of fingers, my metacarpals, webbing of toes… Heck, I need reminders to breathe…

As a designer, I always need to know why things work & what it will impact, it is my job to know, why blue works instead of turquoise etc, so that I can upgrade and enhance products, experiences and ultimately life… For me, when designing a yoga mat, understanding why the poses worked from the ground up, is a must, as well as a passion…

I can go into a long discourse about the Grounded Hands/Feet Technology of Yoga, as outlined by BKS Iyengar & other yoga styles, I’ll save that for some future blogpost date. All I can say is that I am thankful that during Nancy’s absence, even though, I missed her continual reminders to stamp whole palms and soles of feet into the mat, hearing them in her first class back from her trip, was like a breath of fresh air for my whole body. At least during her absence, with Plank’s pressure feedback technology, these yoga mats were able to make me aware of when I was slacking… I never knew I had sloppy hands, until I noticed, via Plank’s feedback technology, that my grounded hands of Downward Dog, tend to tent up during transitions. This slacking off attention can impact wrists, elbows and shoulders. This is when the infamous New York Times article, How Yoga can wreck your body, could be appropriate…

Have you come out of Tree Pose, light headed…

If the answer is, No, consider the whole sole of standing foot, is not fully grounded.

Are you curious to know how a mat can tell you that you’re slacking…

If the answer is, Yes, check out Plank’s heat & pressure grip technology, and start to learn what it means to build your poses from the ground up…

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