Yoga and Meditation

  • Fitness,  Yoga and Meditation

    Yoga Essentials

    As I start my fitness journey, yoga is one of the practices that I have started to increase my strength and flexibility. I first started by taking classes at my fitness club. We have all seen pictures of beautiful and fit people doing yoga. Well, that is not reality. Yoga classes consist of people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. You do not have to be flexible to start. You will become more flexible as you continue your practice. Isn’t that one of the reasons you started? I have a friend who just turned eighty, and she is still very flexible after years of yoga. Most yoga studios provide the…

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    5 Benefits of Yoga

    By now, you’ve probably heard that yoga is good for your health. And maybe you’ve even tried yoga for yourself and discovered that it makes you feel better. A consistent practice offers many mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are evident.Others, including stress reduction, can be more subtle but are just as powerful. These benefits of yoga contribute to increased feelings of well-being, which helps explain why so many people find yoga so addictive. Here are the top benefits of yoga and some poses to help you get the most out of your practice.  Flexibility is an element of good physical health. Over time your body loses…

  • Balanced Mind,  Fitness,  Self Care,  Yoga and Meditation

    What is meditation, will it benefit me?

    If mindfulness is being in the moment, then meditation is being deeply in the moment. An old Zen saying suggests, “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”There are many forms of meditation. You might be asking yourself, which one is right for me? I have been asking myself this question and learning more about meditation through my continuing education studies and by using the CALM app, which I added to my phone.Meditation is a technique that has been used for thousands of years to develop an awareness of the present moment. The practice helps to…

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    Yoga Poses that Relieve Back Pain

    Tight, tense back muscles can lead to muscle strain and poor posture. When your muscles aren’t tense, there’s usually less stress and pressure on certain parts of your body and, as a result, less pain in your back, neck, and shoulders. If you have chronic lower back pain, especially in your spine, it’s always essential to start any movement program slowly and carefully, using your own pain signals as a guide for your limits. When you exercise or do yoga to treat your lower back pain, start slowly and pay attention to how you feel while doing each pose. If pain increases while you are doing a pose, you should stop…

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    Yoga Poses That Improve Balance and Stability

    What is the Difference between Balance and Stability? Balance refers to our ability to control our bodies against the forces of gravity while keeping ourselves still. On the other hand, stability refers to our ability to keep our bodies under control even while in motion. Yoga helps with both of these. Improving balance and stability decreases the risk of falls that lead to injuries.  1. Tadasana: Mountain Pose Instructions Step 1 Stand with your big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Or, for more stability, stand with feet parallel, hip-width apart. Choose the option that feels better for you. Step 2 Take a moment to feel the soles of your feet…

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    Yoga Poses that Help Manage Stress

    Yoga is sometimes referred to as moving meditation. Yoga is especially helpful with stress relief due to meditation, controlled breathing, stretching asanas, and mental imagery. It reduces anxiety and depression and, thus, helps manage stress. Yoga helps in the body’s production of Endorphins. Endorphins play an important role in managing negative emotions and physical pain. These hormones are important for your physical and emotional well-being. Also, when tension is released in your muscles, it may help you feel more relaxed. In turn, that may lower your stress levels.  1. Sukhasana: Easy Pose Instructions Step 1 Place a yoga blanket folded to about two hands long and one hand wide on your…

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    Yoga Poses That Improve Strength

    Yoga has been known as the thing to do when you want to get more flexible. But yoga can also improve strength in most of your muscles when you choose the right poses. You don’t need a lot of space or equipment, just your own body weight. Building muscle improves bone density and boosts your metabolism. 1.Adho Mukha Svanasana: Downward Facing Dog Instructions Step 1 Start in a plank with your shoulders over your hands, core engaged, feet hip-width apart, and toes tucked. Lift hips to form a straight line from shoulders to heels. Step 2 Lift your hips back and up to form a pyramid shape with your body.…

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    Yoga Poses that Improve Flexibility

     Maintaining flexibility is important for good physical health. As we age or lead a sedentary lifestyle, experience stress, or have poor posture and movement habits, our body loses flexibility over time. Practicing yoga regularly can help improve flexibility and mobility in muscles and joints. Increasing flexibility brings numerous benefits, such as a wider range of motion, reduced muscle tension, and a decreased risk of injuries. 1. Uttanasana: Standing Forward Bend Instructions Step 1 Start by standing with your hands on your hips. With an exhale, bend your upper body forward from your hip joints. As your torso lowers, draw in your abdominal muscles and let your chest and pubis area…

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