Welcome to All the Way Rider

The biographical section, ey? All the Way Rider is a rock n roll power trio from Minneapolis, MN. When the band started in 2005, there were four of us. At the beginning of 2008, we awoke to find there were three. Continuing to forge ahead, we discovered that this made a lot more sense in terms of what we were trying to do. We grew up listening to all sorts of music, from indie to arena, from punk to prog, heck, from country to hardcore. Our sound is more naturally drawn from our alt-rock, indie and punk influences from the early 90′s forward, but we try our best not to limit what we do. Our names are Jeremy Jessen, Scott Walters and Rocky de Vries and we have been playing in bands over half of our lives. We have put in time on stages around the U.S., but most often in the midwest, in the likes of Align, Dayfeed, One Second Silence, and many others prior, going back to our youths. In All the Way Rider we’ve been able to meld those experiences and wisdom (or maybe cynicism) in order to create something organic, uncompromising and collaborative. Individual priorities and philosophies may change, but hopefully those core roots of this band remain. They’re the most critical components, after all.

Are you about to read about our grand plans? Not really. We’ll just say that this band is a vessel carrying a passion and everlasting drive for writing good, loud and honest rock music in spite of how much or how little fanfare it may produce. We released our first full length vinyl LP in early 2011 and it was our 3rd full length record overall. We continue to write music on an almost weekly basis and play as many shows as our lives allow. Thanks for visiting and thanks for spending some time searching and seeking out your consumption of music rather than having it handed to you via commercial, billboard or banner ad. Congratulations on that championship, whatever, wherever and whenever it finds you.

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Trampoline Yoga Explained

Tired of your same old workouts and looking for something to get you motivated at the gym again? Trampoline yoga just might be your ticket. Sounds kind of strange, right? Well, if you are living in New York City, there is a good chance you are already familiar with this new twist to yoga. However, popularity is steadily rising and it’s sure to start making its way into gyms and yoga studios near you. So, what is this trampoline yoga I speak of, you ask?

Trampoline yoga takes you from the mat to a mini-trampoline, incorporating traditional yoga moves with a series of jump sequences, breathing techniques, and stretching exercises.  You can expect a blend of modern dance, Pilates exercises, breathing principles of Kundalini yoga combined with the high energy from the sound of African drumbeats pulsing throughout the studio for the duration of the class. Kundalini yoga, also known as laya yoga, is a practice designed to raise body awareness and spiritual strenght in the mind, body and nervous system. It focuses on spinal and navel activity, as well as selective pressurization of body points and meridians. The bounce of the trampoline additionally allows for a deeper stretch and enhances flexibility. Those that have attended the class describe it as “play-like” with the freedom of movement and new twist on the classic yoga moves and motions.

There are many health benefits that come with this new style of fitness. Trampoline yoga is a great way to relieve stress and tension, promote flexibility, improve balance, elevate the heart rate, and strengthen muscles, joints, and the immune system as well. A little stress can be a good thing, but too much can have harmful effects on your body. As like traditional yoga, trampoline yoga will calm your nerves and soothe your mind, relaxing your entire body and kicking stress to the curb. The stretching exercises combined with jumping sequences and the spring from the trampoline greatly improves your body’s overall flexibility, allowing for a greater range of motion. Because bouncing on a trampoline is a cardiovascular and resistance exercise, it gets your heart rate up, all while enhancing your motor skills, balance and posture.

Trampoline yoga is said to be for beginners, but its probably best if you have some traditional yoga classes under your belt first and have an understanding of the classic yoga moves. It is encouraged that you have fun with the class and don’t take yourself too seriously. Try not to worry what you look like because you will find yourself in some bizarre positions. It will likely feel a little off at first, but play around and maneuver your body until you find a position that works and feels right for you.

The best thing about trampoline yoga is that it doesn’t have to be done in a studio. If you have a trampoline at home, you can practice right from the comfort from your own home. Take a few classes and learn some moves, and then take them home with you and explore. If you are interested in purchasing a trampoline for your home, read some reviews to find the best trampoline.

Have you tried trampoline yoga? Tell us what you think!

 

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