Yoga isn’t just something you do on a mat, so the next time you want to take your practice to a different level (and aren’t yet convinced that goat yoga is for you), consider one of these interesting alternatives. In addition to providing the many benefits of traditional mat yoga, these practices provide their own unique benefit too.
What’s SUP? Stand Up Paddle yoga! Stand up paddle board yoga is great for those who like adventure…and don’t mind the possibility of getting a little wet. In SUP yoga, one must one work on balancing their body while on a body of water, which itself has its own unique flow. The added challenge of a paddle board makes this a great sport for people who are interested in the strengthening aspects of yoga. And because SUP yoga typically takes place on natural bodies of water, it’s meditative too. Tip: if you’re interested in trying it out outside of a class environment, choose a small body of water like a lake or a pond. Rivers have more waves and currents, which are difficult to contend with when concentrating on downward dog.
Aqua yoga is an ultra low-impact yoga practice done entirely in the pool. Not just any pool, though. Many classes take place in a heated pool. Warm water can be restorative by itself, but the addition of various yoga poses enhances its therapeutic value. According to the Aqua Kriya movement philosophy, “by taking the physical practice of yoga into the pool, many can realize periods of ease and access where they normally have little or none. In fact, many progress more rapidly in the water environment. In the freedom that the water brings, these practitioners are no longer distracted by the physical body and can find an alignment deep within themselves.”
Or, give aerial yoga a try. In this practice, the hammock is to aerial yoga what the mat is to traditional yoga, and it’s also what makes aerial yoga so special. Poses are performed with the aid of a specially designed hammock, which is made of sturdy nylon and designed to hold various parts of the body in different ways. The hammock aids in the execution of poses, and provides a unique challenge due to its swinging motion. This swinging motion can also be helpful, as it provides a break from the tension that can come from trying to hold a pose for too long.
Good Feet suggests exploring these activities in a class environment, where trained professionals can help you get the most out of practice in a safe environment. Whether you’re going by water or by air, you’re sure to find a fit with these out-of-the box ways to engage in Yoga Month. There’s still a week of September left!
Wow! We’re still in awe of our Oregon and SW Washington community for coming out in such force for Race for the Cure this past Sunday, September 16th. The morning was rainy and brisk, but a little drizzle wasn’t about to stop this motivated group of Race for the Cure participants.
Before the race, people milled around chatting, getting to know each other, and pinning their race numbers to their outfits. Many ducked under sponsor tents to avoid the sprinkles, but there were just as many folks who didn’t seem to care at all about the rain! The costumes were as unique as the participants…tutus, sparkly headbands, and hot pink raincoats all made an appearance. If you can imagine it, and if it’s pink, you’ll see it at Race for the Cure.
This multi-generational event was open to all. Pups on the trail of dropped donuts dragged their owners through Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and children too small to be race participants themselves surveyed the crowd from the shoulders of their parents. Team Janine members Chloe and Caleb perused the race village with their Aunt Stephanie before the walk started, as pictured above. Team Janine, sponsored in part by The Good Feet Store, raised over $36,400 this year to retain its title as the #1 fundraising team for the Oregon and SW Washington Race for the Cure.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation recognizes the “cost of breast cancer can be a large burden mentally, emotionally, and financially.” Coming together to raise awareness and donations creates a community that all can benefit from. Instead of feeling isolated by breast cancer, at Race for the Cure, people can feel united.
Hello, Riverton! It’s The Good Feet Store. We’re new to Riverton, but we’re already loving the neighborhood. Thanks for welcoming us with a ribbon cutting at our store in Mountain View Village and for giving us the opportunity to take part in What’s Up in Riverton.
At the ribbon cutting, Good Feet Store Manager Daniel introduced Good Feet and explained how excited we are to be growing in the Utah community. He said that “whether someone is coming in with a specific concern or is looking to take preventative measures, Good Feet can help. We’re in the business of changing lives, and taking care of our clients on a long-term basis.” That’s just what we plan to do in Riverton!
The Riverton Chamber partnered with Sam’s Club to provide a cake for the ribbon cutting, and Nothing Bundt Cakes gifted the store a congratulatory (not to mention delicious) bundt cake. Over these refreshments, the local business community was able to get to know what Good Feet is all about, and we got to know our neighbors.
What’s Up in Riverton was another great opportunity for us to connect with the community.
We were happy to find that some people were already familiar with us, having visited or heard about our stores in Sandy and Farmington, and it was great to gather alongside the other businesses who call Riverton home. Thanks for the warm welcome, Riverton, and see you soon!
It’s that time of year again…Race for the Cure is coming up in Portland! Good Feet is proud to participate in the event again as a part of radio station K103’s Team Janine. Team Janine has been the top fundraising team for RFTC Portland for 7 years in a row, but Team Janine doesn’t do it for the number one spot.
Team Janine cares about making a difference in the lives of those who have been affected by breast cancer. Participants take part with the hope that the number of people affected will decrease and someday disappear. Janine Wolf, a breast cancer survivor herself says “Race for the Cure is a time for our amazing community to come together for one specific cause: to end breast cancer forever.” To help Team Janine hit #1 again, you can donate here.
Race for the Cure Portland will take place at Tom McCall waterfront park in downtown Portland on Sunday, September 16th. The race village, which opens at 7am, will host numerous sponsor tents. The 5k fun run starts at 9am, but come a little early to visit with the amazing RFTC community and warm up for the 5k. There’s Zumba happening at the main stage at 8:00 am!
Good Feet will be at Race for the Cure on Sunday right next to the K103 photo booth, which is always a blast. So grab a friend, put your pink on, and get ready to make a difference. See you at the race!