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Chillasana Says Relax

Fans of ’80’s may remember Frankie urging us to relax and Chillasana yoga agrees however our lyrics differ a bit: “Relax, just do it. When you want to get to it. Relax, just do it. When you want to calm…” If you need to relax, make yourself comfortable and press play.

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Yoga at Work

Mental health conditions (anxiety, depression, chronic stress) generate more than $104 billion in direct costs in addition to a rise in disability claims and lost productivity. Roughly 217 million days of work are lost annually due to productivity decline related to mental health conditions. Studies conducted in the corporate environment have shown that implementing mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) & yoga programs help to: reduce perceived stress, increase productivity, reduce presentee-ism & absenteeism, improve emotional & mental health, reduce disability claims, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate variability.

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Goldilocks & the 3 Yogis

“Yoga sucks!”

Is what I said after my 1st yoga experience. After my 2nd, my opinion about yoga did not improve and perhaps got worse. The fairy tale “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears”, a story of a curious girl who broke into a house and tried 3 bowls of porridge, sat on 3 chairs and laid in 3 beds before she found what was just right for her. This story is an analogy for my journey to discover yoga.

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Library

Check out some of these books for more information about Yoga & Mental Health: YOGA  PRACTICE 30 Essential Yoga Poses ~Judith Lasater Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On & Off the Mat ~Richard Faulds Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of…

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Depression. My Struggle was Real

Depression is a tricky & stealthy bastard. Depression is like a professional burglar who’d been casing out my brain for quite some time. To this day, I don’t know if this thief snuck in one night & cleaned house or pulled a trick out of Andy Dufresne’s book in Shawshank Redemption by slowly and steadily removing valuable pieces of my identity. I just woke up one day and noticed my drive, energy, self-esteem, motivation, happiness, joy & laughter had vanished.

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Twists

Twists or revolved (parivrtta) yoga poses can be practiced: standing, seated, reclined (supta) and inverted. Twisting poses help keep the spine healthy by squeezing and rehydrating the spongey disks between the vertebrae which tend to get compressed with age. Twists help to balance energy and relax the nervous system.

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ustrasana

USTRASANA aka camel pose is a backbend and chest opener. Practice this posture when you need to boost your mood & increase energy. Other benefits: lengthens quadricep & hamstring muscles; strengthens back muscles; opens shoulders & chest; increases lung capacity; and stimulates the thymus gland which plays a role in immune function.

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Depression. The Struggle is Real

If you are suffering with depression, know you are not alone. Depression is prevalent, roughly 16 million adults live with depression in the US, and does not discriminate between sex, socioeconomic status, age or ethnicity. Depression can affect anyone even a person who appears to live in relatively ideal circumstances. Depression is a serious medical condition not a weakness. Depression negatively affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. Depression affects the brain, you know that organ in your body that is in charge of controlling the rest of the body’s systems.

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Research: Yoga & PTSD

Yoga practices: yoga poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness meditation (MBSR) have shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comparable to other therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches as well as being effective in combination.

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bakasana

Bakasana, also known as crow or crane pose is an arm balancing pose that helps to build confidence, balance and strength. Other benefits of the pose: strengthens shoulders, arms, wrists & core muscles and massages organs of the abdomen.

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