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Chillasana Says Relax

Fans of ’80’s pop music 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… Keren @ Chillasana Yoga If you need to take a time out and […]

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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. ~WHO Report 2004 ~217  million days of work are lost annually due to productivity decline related to mental health conditions. ~Surgeon General Report Studies conducted in the corporate environment have […]

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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 […]

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Check out these books:

YOGA & MENTAL HEALTH LIBRARY 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 Yoga ~Richard Miller PhD Yoga Sequencing ~Mark Stephens YOGA […]

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Depression. My Struggle was Real

Stop! Thief! Depression is a tricky and stealthy bastard. Depression is like a professional burglar who had been casing out my brain for quite some time. To this day, I still don’t know if this thief snuck in one night and cleaned house or pulled a trick out of Andy Dufresne’s book in Shawshank Redemption […]

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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. BENEFITS balances mood & energy grounding & […]

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ustrasana

[oosh-TRAHS-anna]  camel pose Practice ustrasana (camel pose) to boost mood & increase energy. Ustrasana is a backbend and chest opener which helps to counteract the slummed posture often found in depression.  BENEFITS improves mood increases lung capacity lengthens quadricep & hamstring muscles opens shoulders & chest stimulates thymus gland strengthens back muscles    MUSCLES anterior neck […]

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Depression. The Struggle is Real

1 in 4 people in the US suffer from depression in a given year ~National Institute of Mental Health You are not alone 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. […]

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Yoga & PTSD

Yoga practices: yoga poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) & mindfulness meditation (MBSR) have shown to reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) comparable to other therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches as well as being effective in combination. Research indicates yoga helps to:   improve mood improve tolerance of physical & sensory experiences improve self-efficacy improve self-esteem  increase emotional awareness increase psychological […]

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bakasana

[bak-AHS-anna]  crow/crane pose arm balance pose builds confidence helps to find balance & strength massages organs of the abdomen strengthens shoulders, arms, wrists & core muscles MUSCLES biceps brachii coracobrachialis deltoid illiacus pectoralis major psoas major serratus anterior triceps brachii trapezius PREP POSES  vinyasa adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog) balasana (child’s pose) bidalasana (cow […]