Late summer and the start of back to school can create stress which can cause an imbalance in mind and body. The excessive heat, increased activities, running around getting school ready for kids or teachers, there’s so much stress. Exercise or movement can be a great stress reliever but it can also add to some of the stress.
Yoga can be a great way to add mild core and whole body strengthening and flexibility into your normal routine. Yoga By taking things one day at a time, after you’ve received the green light from your health care practitioner. Because yoga uses body weight in many of the poses, it helps improve muscle tone. Adding light weights or resistance bands to your practice can also help continue to build strength when poses become “easy”.
Yin yoga is a great way to balance the excess heat and activity, along with other activities like adding more water and cooling foods to your diet. Slowing down with yoga or even taking a few moments to breath can help recharge the mind and body. Yin yoga sessions can target certain areas of the body to help release tension and increase mobility in the body. This class will help you focus on inviting more calm and balance in the body with poses that will help you chill out. Think of inviting more cool feelings into the body with each breath. Imagining you are in a place where you feel at ease and relaxed can also bring calm into your whole being.
Yoga. It’s a buzz word and has been for many years now. If you have been alive in the last 40 years at least, you have probably heard about yoga and depending on your age, you may have some opinions around the word Yoga.
There are so many reasons why people practice yoga. Many are common reasons but you may find some benefits you haven’t though of before.
I wanted to be the perfect yoga student. When the teacher gave specific alignment cues, I tried my hardest to do exactly as stated. Sometimes I would hurt myself trying to go deeper. I also worried constantly what everyone else thought of my poses. Going into a new studio or gym, I looked around to see what others were doing so I appeared to know the set up procedure. All of it got to be exhausting!
How can arm balances make your muscles stronger? The big answer here seems obvious. Holding the body up, while pushing away the floor helps the muscles engage and build strength.
I wake up most days with a tight neck, sore back and hips. Tight neck, shoulder and back muscles sure make moving hard. Especially when I’m chasing around a three year old all day! The most effective solution (for me) is doing a series of yoga poses. By picking at least one yoga pose for each sore area and holding the pose for 30 or more seconds helps release the tension. It even helps combat tension headache before they start.
Yoga is thought of in different ways for different people. Some think of yoga as a mobility exercise. Some say yoga is for flexibility and getting into a zen like state. Most people refer to yoga practice or asana (each pose is a asana) as moving from pose to pose and focusing on breathing in order to be more mindful. While all this is true there is so much more to yoga.