Shape Shifter Yoga

Shape Shifter YogaFor over a decade, Kristine Fondran has studied and taught yoga as a method of increasing flexibility and fitness while reducing mental and emotional stress. Kris also brings a scientific lens to her practice. In a research study for her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, she documented the benefits of yoga practice — even for total beginners.

The clarity of her presentation and the results she gets with her clients mean that Kris is in constant demand for seminars and workshops around the world. She’s shared her knowledge of fitness and health with groups in Slovenia, Germany, Holland, China, Singapore, Canada and across the United States.

A decade ago, if you told me I’d be using yoga in my training I’d have punched you in the nose. […ok, I probably wouldn’t hit you… but I would not have been amused…]

Yeah, I used to be a yoga-hater. And I still wouldn’t consider myself a “yoga guy”. But I’ve taught “yoga” classes. And I include yoga-inspired movements in all the fitness programs I write for my clients.

It all began in 1999. I was teaching a workshop in Singapore, and after a miserable 24 hour trip from Quebec City, I was achy, tired and stiff.

In hindsight, I guess that airline seat was the straw that broke this camel’s back. Sure, I looked like I was in great shape on the outside…

But on the inside I felt like total crap! I was sick of waking up with aches and pains every morning. And I was frustrated — by then I couldn’t even raise my right arm over my head!

Sitting was a problem too. Yeah, can you imagine? When I got down on the floor with my legs stretched out, I couldn’t sit with a straight back. I had to prop myself up with my arms.

I was so sick of feeling tired all the time! I drank cup after cup of industrial strength coffee just to get through the day. But it only made me more lethargic. I was on a fast track to burnout, and something had to change.

I want to tell you more about how I used yoga to change all this in 4 short weeks. But first let’s talk about what it can do for YOU…

I discovered something else about yoga on that trip to Singapore. I learned that it’s an incredibly effective fat burning exercise.

I started adding yoga to my own training and the programs I create for my clients, and I’ve seen the proof for myself. Yoga is a perfect replacement for the most popular “weight loss” exercise on the planet.

36 million people turn to this potentially unproductive workout method in the hopes of getting slim and toned…

Here’s what’s good about jogging. It puts you squarely in the “fat burning zone,” where your cells actually burn fat directly for fuel.

And here’s where jogging isn’t so hot. For starters, it puts you at high risk for “repetitive stress” injuries — a direct result of pounding the pavement using the same movement over and over.

Even if you don’t end up with an injury, running has some other nasty surprises in store. If you overdo it, you can cause a spike in the hormone cortisol. And an increase in cortisol means you store MORE fat, especially around the belly.

Finally, running does NOTHING to work the strength and tone of your muscles. Even if you do succeed in losing weight, you’ll still look flat and maybe even flabby.

You won’t get the benefit of another important exercise effect called… Read more…

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