This week’s pose: Mountain Tilt
What you’re toning: Abdominals
How-to: Stand with your arms at your side and your feet hip-width apart. Your toes should face forward. Raise your arm above your head, pointing your fingers upwards. Bend sideways at the waist, extending up and out to your left. Hold for a few seconds and return to center. Repeat on the right side. Do 3 to 5 times.
This week’s cupcake: Red Hot
A chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache
Topped with a red hot spicy homemade truffle
Yeah baby! This cupcake is RED HOT!
This week’s pose: Diving Warrior
What you’re toning: Abdominals, legs, thighs, glutes
How-to: From Downward Dog, lift your right leg while you exhale and draw the knee into the chest, rounding the back and holding the hips high. Using your core strength, step the right foot to the right thumb. Ground your back foot down, toes facing slightly forward. Exhale, and use your belly to pull yourself upright with your palms together at your chest. Inhale, curl inside your front knee and lengthen your chest. Exhale, pull up over your legs, twisting towards your back leg as your arms straighten and reach back into your side bend. Repeat this wave-like motion five to 10 times for a full abdominal workout in one move. After your Diving Warrior, return to Downward Dog, then repeat on your left side.
This week’s cupcake: Lime Curd
A key lime cake topped with homemade key lime frosting
Dyed green for a little added drama!
And topped with the cutest pink-centered daisy!
Happy Birthday to Me! 🙂
This week’s pose: Flying Buttress
What you’re toning: Abdominals, inner thighs
How-to: From Downward Dog, lift your right leg up behind you. Exhale, bend the knee and bring it into your chest as you round your back sky-high. From your core, spin onto your outer left foot, and step your right foot halfway up the mat in front of you. Lift your right arm to the sky and keep the hips lifting for a super side-waist sculpting pose. Hold for five breaths, then return to Downward Dog and repeat on the other side. After your last Flying Buttress, come into Dog Pose. Play with lifting the bent leg’s foot off the floor, and then ground that one, and try to lift the straight leg for an extra-credit inner-thigh workout!
This week’s cupcake: Raspberry Preserve
A vanilla cake topped with creamy toffee icing and a raspberry preserve center
I think this is a tradition cookie meets cupcake phenomenon!
You can’t go wrong with raspberry preserves!
This week’s pose: Half Cow Plank
What you’re toning: Abdominals, arms, shoulders
How-to: From Downward Dog, lift your right leg into the air. Bend the knee, and sweep it forward to your outer, upper-right arm. Squeeze and hold as you round your back, firing the inner thighs, hip flexors and front abdominals.
This week’s cupcake: Cherry Crumble
A cherry cobbler cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting and pecan crumble
It could be breakfast or dessert!
This week’s pose: Resolved Abdominal
What you’re toning: obliques
How-to: Lying on your back, bring your knees together to the left, hovering above the floor, and stack your ankles. Reach your arms out slightly lower than shoulder height to engage upper back. Look up toward the ceiling. Hold legs hovering and roll the right ribs toward the floor to make as much contact with the floor as possible.
Repeat on the other side.
This week’s cupcake: Chocolate Coconut
Rich dark chocolate cake with vanilla icing.
Topped with freshly shaved coconut!
You can’t beat this cupcake.
I’m cocoNUTS for coconut!