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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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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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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 […]

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janu sirsasana

[JAH-new shear-SHAHS-anna] head-to-knee pose  BENEFITS restorative re-energizes the body aids digestion: stretches ascending and descending colon MUSCLES spinal extensors latissimus dorsi hamstrings gastrocnemius soleus PREP POSES dandasana paschimottanasana baddha konasana upavista konasana supta padangustasana uttanasana prasarita padottanasana vrksasana COUNTER POSES apanasana setu bandhasana PROCEED WITH CAUTION Listen to your body. Pushing body beyond healthy limits […]

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Yoga & substance abuse

This week is SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of mental health and substance use disorders. Individuals with depression or anxiety are twice as likely to suffer from a drug abuse or dependence. Studies indicate yoga and mindfulness can be complementary therapies for addictions.

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Pranayama: Just Breathe

Just Breathe. We do it all day without thinking about it. Our autonomic nervous system takes care of our breathing without us having to think about it like a car on autopilot. Pranayama is simply taking control of our breath like we do when driving and override the car’s autopilot by taking control to tap […]

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Yoga & sleep

30-50% of the general population is affected by insomnia & 10% have chronic insomnia. Yoga therapy has been shown to be beneficial & has fewer side effects as other conventional therapies. Yoga is an effective treatment option for patients with insomnia. There was a significant improvement in the stress scores & the self confidence scores […]

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eka pada raja kapotasana

one-legged pigeon BENEFITS hip-opener lengthens spine opens shoulders releases tension in the hips quiets mind to prepare for meditation MUSCLES external oblique gluteus maximus  illiacus quadriceps pectoralis major psoas major rectus abdominus serratus anterior spinal extensors tensor fasciae latae triceps brachii NOW is the time for yoga! Yoga Sutra 1.1 PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK: Stay tuned..coming soon […]

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Yoga & Multiple Sclerosis 

March is MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Awareness Month. While the search goes on to find a cure, yoga can help MS patients improve their quality of life.