Go ahead, BREATH……

One of the best things for your body is learning deep diaphram breathing.  A deep breath can lower blood pressure, and reduce cravings for unhealthy foods.  A deep breath that comes from the belly clears chemicals from the body and improves your life span. It helps reduce the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are more often than not elevated due to stress-filled work environments and a lack of sleep.   It’s the most beneficial thing you can do, yet we all struggle with breathing correctly. When I started my yoga teacher training my breathing was short, shallow, and coming only from the upper chest.  One of the most wonderful things that came out of yoga for me, was linking my movements with my breath to reestablish the health of the diaphragm.  In a traditional sun salute, when you raise your arms overhead, you take an inhale.  This drops the muscle, diaphragm, so that more air can enter the lungs.  Likewise, when you fold over your legs, you naturally squeeze the diaphragm up, emptying the air out of the body with the exhale.  Here’s what a deep diaphragm breath can do for you…. * Helps lower blood pressure, and therefore the risk of heart disease • Helps lower blood sugar, and therefore the risk of diabetes • Releases serotonin, which not only makes you feel good, but can reduce cravings for processed carbohydrates and other junk food • Eliminates free radicals from the body, improving cellular function and lifespan • Increases the secretion of growth hormone and slows the aging process • Improves mental focus and clarity by increasing blood...

Flu Be gone!

Since becoming a yoga teacher and doing a yoga practice everyday, I have noticed lots of health benefits.  Namely, since I have been practicing everyday for over 16 years, I have not had a cold, stomach or flu virus.  Before yoga, you could pretty much bet that I would have a sinus infection or some kind of sickness at least once in the winter or spring months.  Although generally healthy before yoga, now with practice I am thriving.  In fact, if you are wondering about some of the health benefits of a daily yoga practice, check this article out on 38 different ways. My sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and I encouraged her to start practicing yoga.  She was surprised that yoga could help.  Yoga’s big push is that it reduces inflammation.  Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection to remove harmful stimuli and begin the healing process.  It becomes a problem with it is cronic, and can lead to several diseases and conditions, such as rheumatiod arthritis ,asthma, chronic peptic ulcer ,tuberculosis,  rheumatoid arthritis, periodontitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease,  sinusitis, and active hepatitis.  Although damaged tissue cannot heal without inflammation, chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis, and hay fever. Inflammation needs to be well managed, and your yoga practice can help by twisting and relaxing you. See you on the mat,...
You will see differently

You will see differently

Imagine everything you see, or every event happening in your life now is a result of past actions, or thoughts.  Somethings that happen are good, somethings are unpleasant, yet others are neutral.  If you could, wouldn’t you want to change your life and the things that happen to you?  Well, you can with the practice of yoga!  You see, the practice of yoga starts to change you, from the outside in.  Much different than exercise, yoga changes the very cells inside your body, and how you view life. I recently googled commonalities among Centenarians and found 3 items that were common to yoga.  Those were: Most centenarians have an innate ability to deal with stress Many centenarians live in non-industrial and less toxic environments Most centenarians are profound believers in the spiritual, and are actively involved in their religion You see, you can’t live to be 100, and be sour or complain about life.  Most centenarians have a positive outlook.  The good news is, even if you wern’t born with these types of genes, you can change your genes with yoga.  Yoga practice will make you have a positive outlook.  Not only will you weather the ups and downs of life with grace and ease, you will change the things you see. For instance, most people might complain about this cold weather we are experiencing now.  A yogi, sees this weather differently.  A yogi stays connected to the source of warmth, and finds no such discomfort in cold weather.  A yogi knows that something unpleasant that happens today, will be replaced by something good tomorrow.  Yoga also teaches us that...
No Resolution

No Resolution

The simple and easy way to make changes in your life is by tackling easily manageable baby steps.  One question I often get asked is “How much yoga practice should I do a week?”  That really depends on your goals.  You have to ask yourself what is the goal of practicing yoga….Is it to become more flexible, stronger, lose weight, feel better, overcome an illness, or just to manage stress?  Based on previous experience on myself and others I’ve come up with a chart that will help you define your goals. To become more Flexible                             2X a week, noticeable improvements in 6 months,  3X a week, noticeable improvements in 3 months. To become stronger                                       3X a week, with vinyasa or hot classes;  noticeable improvements in a year Lose Weight                                                    5X a week various classes, noticeable improvements in 6 month More Energy                                                   2X a week, noticeable improvements in 3 months Overcome an Illness                                      6X a week, noticeable improvements in 6 months to a year Heal an Injury            ...
Making Peace with the “turds” in your life

Making Peace with the “turds” in your life

Forewarned:  Please turn away from this blog if you are eating, or not feeling well, or maybe going to eat brown food for dinner. We live in a lovely neighborhood with lots of friendly folks who have lots of dogs.  Our neighborhood is also connected, we have mailing lists, that we can send out, if one of us needs help, or a recommendation of something.  We also feel very blessed; it’s beautiful tree lined streets, pretty homes and nice landscaping overall make an awesome place to live.  Many people walk here, with their dogs. Quite frequently when dogs walk they take care of business, most likely not in your yard.    So, to take care of that, the dog walkers use bags to pick up turds.  Most of us, including myself, don’t want to carry a bag of turds on our walk; I used to leave it in the gutter, and pick it up on my return to the house, as well as most walkers. Here in lies the problem.  Occasionally, people get upset when there are foreign turds in their yards.  People also get upset when they see bags of turds lining the streets.  These people take to the computer, and vent out their frustrations to the neighbors to PLEASE pick up the bags, the turds, etc.  Once I had a neighbor ask me and my dog not to pee in his yard- it turned the grass brown.   I understand the neighbors want a clean place to live, but is this worth getting upset about? Yoga 101.  If you get upset with a little turd in your life, God...
Be free of fear

Be free of fear

Teaching aerial hammock classes has taught me about the emotion fear.  In today’s society, the fight-or-flight response is triggered over and over and becomes chronic condition, tightening the very muscles we use to run away, the hip flexors.  The hip flexors are at the junction of the hip crease, and literally join our legs to our pelvis.  In olden days, this reflex served us well; meaning when we saw a predator, the hip flexors would tighten, and help us run away.  Now a days, we sit in office chairs or cars all day, already making these muscles tight, and we are stressed; deadlines to overcome, managing work, family, and home life.  Before we know it, unhappiness sets in to our heart, and lower back. There is a very simple solution to low back pain.  Aerial Hammock.  The very reason I LOVE hammock is the fabric rests right in that hip crease, releasing those muscles back to their natural state.  Often that area is so tight that clients need a blanket to cushion their weight.  People have asked me point blank, “How do I release those muscles?”.  Here is my answer…….. Practice yoga, practice aerial hammock yoga Joyfully spend time with your family;  they’re the only one you’ve got! Get a job you love, do what you love Forgive anyone who slights you, make all people your friends. Give, give, give and practice gratitude. The other questions I get asked, is, “Who can practice aerial hammock”, or “Am I too old to do this?”  Anyone can practice this, although picking the right class to meet your needs is something you...
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