August 11, 2017

2 awesome articles, accredited, about the medical benefits of yoga a must read.






One of them from the Mayo Clinic- in regards to the medical benefits of yoga for stress relief

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/yoga/art-20044733/


The second is from the Huffington Post, about how more and more Chemotherapy facilities are encouraging yoga during oncological treatments. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorna-borenstein-/4-ways-cancer-patients-ca_b_6094964.html

July 18, 2017

What's all the talk about head stand?






Actual physiological benefits of Head stand are innumerable:
  • increase lymph flow/cleansing
  • decrease heart rate/gravity to the heart
  • decrease blood pressure/again gravity
  • decrease inflammation in the feet/legs/lower body
  • strengthens core
  • strengthens shoulders/arms/chest
  • increases digestion
  • increases blood flow to the upper body


BUT: what's more interesting is the emotional/non-physical benefits of headstand:
  • decreases stress
  • improves outlook
  • builds confidence
  • encourages fearlessness
  • improves focus
  • sharpens concentration
  • improves mood
  • mental revitalization


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July 16, 2017

People often ask "Why do I get emotional during yoga?"






This is a big question and not one easily answered quickly. But, to simplify: 1) We hold emotions and stress bound into our body, quite literally in knots sometimes 2) We have energy centers (meridians) along the Central Nervous system where when we have things going on, or had items happen to us, that we ignore or shut down these areas to avoid dealing with the emotions 3) In addition toxins build up in the body when we hold stress our cortisol levels rise, and perhaps we take on synthetic toxins, via poor food choices, etc.

Yoga helps us get at all three of these items: the postures are specifically designed to get deep into the physical locations that we tend to hold emotions and stress: hips/ back/ neck/ heart

Yoga helps us move energy along, as we move through postures encouraging students to breath and to press into finding a peaceful balance on the mat- seeking the mind body connection that will help unblock these energy channels and get "stuff" moving

Yoga, especially in a hot room, helps us rid the body of toxins, this is why we sweat as we do, and often times you will hear the belly start to rumble as digestive enzymes start moving, and perhaps even your nose starts to run.   

And of course the eyes, Leak: voila Release

It should never be an embarrassment, it happens to most of us, at times we'd least expect.

If you would like to learn more 

Visit this article here:
YOGA SEQUENCES
Emotions in Motion
DONNA RASKIN
AUG 28, 2007
 
https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/emotions-in-motion

July 10, 2017

Green Tea Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl- YUMMY!!!





This recipe compliments of "Oh She Glows" Recipe Book

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Ingredients:
For the smoothie:
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 large frozen banana packed
1/4 cup avocado
2 teaspoons lime zest*
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 to 3 ice cubes
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder

Topping ideas:
Granola**
Sliced banana and mango
Melted coconut butter
Large flake dried coconut
Lime zest
Hemp hearts

Directions:
Add all the smoothie ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Adjust sweetness if desired.
Pour into a bowl and sprinkle on the toppings of your choice. Enjoy with a spoon!


July 8, 2017

Are you a warrior? A Spiritual Warrior





Are you a Warrior? See the list below for the physical benefits of holding a posture like Warrior I:
  • Strengthens your shoulders, arms, legs, ankles and back.
  • Opens yours hips, chest and lungs.
  • Improves focus, balance and stability.
  • Encourages good circulation and respiration.
  • Stretches your arms, legs, shoulders, neck, belly, groins and ankles.
  • Energizes the entire body.
But now lets determine if you are a Spiritual Warrior? 
  • Function sometimes on little to no fuel in the body
  • Support friends and family even when you yourself do not feel supported
  • Give smiles and encouragement when really you'd love one in return
  • Work hard even when your exhausted
  • Survive injuries and Disease and continue to Battle on
  • Cry sometimes when you hope no one is there to see you, only because you do not want to have to explain why?

THEN YOU ARE A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR- and this is why we continue to do the work of Warrior I Asana (Posture)

because even more important than the physical benefits listed above are the emotional benefits:

1)Lift the pelvic floor: root chakra- to feel grounded and to believe you are where you are intended to be
2)Plug the hips in: sacral chakra- to own that we are loved, and know that our greatest strength comes from self love
3)Engage the abdominals up: solar chakra- igniting the fire within ourselves- and believing in our energies
4)Draw the shoulder blades down and in: Heart Chakra- opening the heart- to love and acknowledge we are lovable
5)Lift the face to the rising sun: Throat Chakra- honoring that we speak our truth, and know that the words we use are powerful tools
6)Gaze upward: Third Eye Chakra- bringing the energy to our center of intuition, using it as our guide for self confidence and self love
7)Inhale from deep in the belly to the top of our head- Crown Chakra- Wisdom, building the strength of a Spiritual Warrior
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