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I was lucky enough to take a class taught by Manhattan-based yoga teacher Kristin McGee right here in San Francisco! Although one busy lady, Kristin traveled across the country to teach Vinyasa Vibes (a new offering at The Sports Club/LA), a flow-based, powerful yoga sequence enhanced by music. The most musical part of the practice? During Savasana, the class culminated in a live sax solo by Grammy-nominated musician Dave Koz. After class, Kristin and I chatted about her yoga journey, getting ready for bikini season, and what it’s like working with one of her famous clients, Bethenny Frankel.
FitSugar: Some of the moves in Vinyasa Vibes are Ashtanga-influenced. Is that what your yoga teacher training background was in?
Kristin McGee: My original background was really eclectic because I started in the early ’90s. I started taking [yoga] at NYU; some of my very early teachers were Jivamukti teachers who did study Ashtanga. Then I did study with Richard Freedman for a while, who is pure Ashtanga, and Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga. I wanted to get deeper into Iyengar classes and get into the alignment and the detail. Now in my practice I want to get more into Pranayama, more of the breathing, and maybe take some more Kundalini classes. I just feel like it constantly evolves.
FS: The Vinyasa Vibes class has live music during final relaxation. Can you elaborate on the experience of live music and yoga combined?
KM: In yoga practice, it’s a very intimate, immediate place. It’s almost like live theater or live music where it brings you right into the moment. Music is a universal language, just like our breath is a universal breath. I think the second we’re in this surrounding, in this environment with that live music and the intimacy of a live class, it brings it all together in one beautiful experience.
FS: You’ve collaborated with Bethenny Frankel on some projects. What’s her favorite pose?
KM: Bethenny’s all-time favorite pose is Straddle Forward Bend because she says it feels like the weight of the world is falling off of her shoulders. Someone like Bethenny Frankel has a million things going on, and I don’t know how she does it! But I think you also noticed it in the practice tonight. Right when we finally got to that Straddle Forward Hang, it was kind of just like, “Ugh! Such a release!” You feel like you could stay there for quite a while.
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As bikini season draws near, let me remind you: it is time to draw your navel to your spine and work your abs. Here are nine great exercises for toning your midsection. Remember, the ol’ Pilates trick of pulling the belly button in ensures that you’re working the deepest ab muscle (known as the transverse), which helps create a sleek midriff.
The exercises are divided into three sections: upper abs, obliques, and lower abs. You can approach this workout three different ways: pick one exercise from each section and perform two to three sets, pick two exercises from each section and do one to two sets, or for the ultimate boredom buster, do one set of all nine exercises.
Here is a printable PDF of the workout to take to the gym or tape to your fridge to remind you to stop neglecting your middle.
The last freeze has finally lifted (we hope), which means you’ll be making more use of your outdoor gear. It’s time to put away your skis and Winter gear, and prepare for Spring and Summer activities. What warm-weather equipment are you taking out of your garage for the approaching months?
Award season is upon us, which means that all those celebs can show off all the hard work they’ve done at the gym or with their trainers. One such area stars love to show off on the red carpet? Toned arms, made perfect with exercises that define biceps and, maybe more importantly, get rid of that dreaded arm jiggle. Start prepping now for your own warmer-weather, strapless fashions with these five triceps exercises that will tone up your arms in no time!