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Take a mini Yoga Break with me to ease tension and boost your energy!

 

Take a mini Yoga Break to energize your body, ease tension and strengthen your upper back for better posture!

Loved that and want some more? Grab the free 10 minute Yoga Break to ease neck and shoulder tension right here.

See you next week @12pm HST/ 2pm PST/ 5pm EST on my Instagram page for Mondays with Megan!

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Sick of the afternoon slump?

 

I don't know about you but by the middle of the afternoon I'm ready for a nap and/or another Earl Grey Latte (or better yet BOTH!!). You too?

Since that isn't always an option, I've got a solution for your that is WAY cheaper than another trip to the coffee shop and is REALLY good for you! 

Check out this quick video abo where I teach you an easy move you can do right at your desk to DE-SLOUCH yourself and get a boost of energy. 

WIN/WIN!! 

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FYI:  This easy and fast move is great to do throughout the day to ease tension and keep the neck pain monsters at bay so feel free to work it in whenever you can.

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Are you living the tale of Sleeping Booty and the 7 Symptoms?

,Got SLEEPING BOOTY and the 7 symptoms?

How does sleeping booty fall into the deep slumber? At the hands of the modern day villain: sitting too much.

As booty falls into a deep sleep from never being used and being sat upon so much along comes her crew: The 7 Symptoms made up of......

‍SLOUCHY: Who’s in chronic keyboard slump

DROOPY: Who kinda sags along as things weaken

PUFFY: Hanging with Slouchy means huffin' and puffin short and shallow breaths

FOGGY: Brain fog is the name of the game here with things in slow motion

TIGHTY: Not loving much means muscles get tight and sore

NUMBY: Tingles in the fingers from Tighty? Or maybe just feeling emotional flat...yep that’s Numby’s doing.

CRANKY: The worst of the all, Cranky rallies the rest of the symptoms goes down

What is the to wake Sleeping Booty? Alas, it is an ancient remedy that will awaken SB and resolve all the symptoms....all at once!!

YOGA!

How: Awaken sleeping booty to walk tall and de-slouch. Breathe...

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Feeling stressed? Try this mindfulness technique

Life as we knew it has shifted drastically, which means for many stress has been a constant companion which is understandable.

However, since stress is a know contributor to a weakened immune system as well as a risk faction for disease and mental health challenge doing things on a regular basis to lower it is absolutely needed.

Thankfully, the number one tool for bringing your stress level down quickly is one that is also right under your nose....your breath. 

Slow deep breathing is a sure fire way to help yourself feel more centered. 

Next time you feel yourself getting overwhelmed try this:

  • Take a deep slow breath in and then let it out super slowly through your mouth. Repeat 5x
  • Breathe in again and ask yourself: How do I feel right now? This helps you become aware and present. 
  • Label or name the feeling with judgement
  • Continue to breathe deeply and ask yourself: Do I want to stay in this state? If not what are 3 simple steps I can take to shift my inner state...
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Try this powerful Yoga tool for stress relief!

 

You've probably heard that Yoga has lots of tools for stress relief right? IT DOES! 

But if you are feeling so stressed out that your mind is running a mile a minute and your TO-DO list stretches into next month it can be very difficult to sit and meditate.

I can totally relate to that and so can many of my clients! And if that sounds at all familiar to you too I have a powerful tool to share with you called Lotus Mudra.               

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Yikes: here's how years of slouching may impact the human body

I'd like to introduce you to someone! Have you met Emma? She is the colleague of the future or what someone is predicted to look like after 20 years of office work.......

                       

It might look like a joke but it isn't. This model was created based on the input of 3000 office workers in the UK, Germany, and France and what they are dealing with currently. They mentioned things that probably sound familiar, such as: 

back pain, neck tension, headaches, eye strain, weight gain, stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, skin issues, insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Based on all the info that was shared the researchers created Emma: the colleague of the future.

Doesn't look good does it? Doesn't feel good either since she is predicted to have: a permanently rounded back, carry extra weight, have varicose veins, eye problems, headaches, high cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, and a...

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5 reasons to de-slouch yourself and sit up tall right now

Can you breathe normally when you are slouched over? Try it and see.... Not so much right?! 

CRAZY FACT: Your ability to breathe deeply (aka: your vital lung capacity) drops by 30% when you are slouched over in a weak posture.

Here's the thing: whether you realize it or not you likely spend a significant portion of your day in that position. Your body has adapted to breathing in that position out of necessity, but that doesn't mean its very efficient at it. 

Because your abdomen is compressed your diaphragm can't do it's main task of breathing so other back up muscles in your neck and shoulder have to kick in and pick up the slack.

When it isn't moving freely up and down with every breath your diaphragm isn't able to do one of its key other tasks: massaging your heart and abdominal organs. Bet you didn't know it did that right? 

Here's 5 more reasons to de-slouch yourself and sit up tall: 

1) When sitting, your blood flow slows down significantly...

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Learn how to keep your heart healthy and happy at work!

You may not have realized it, but sitting for long hours (especially with weak, slouched posture) can be hard on your heart both physically and energetically. 

Think about it: when you sit down not much is happening in your body so your heart rate and your metabolism slow down a lot. Over time, this can cause:

  • creeping weight gain that is hard to lose
  • swelling or numbness in your legs and feet
  • an increase in blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

Since your body and mind are so inter-connected, being slouched over a keyboard for most of the day can often leave you: foggy in the head, stressed out, low energy, struggling with lack of motivation or inspiration, or heavy with feelings of sadness, apathy, or worry. 

Left unchecked over time this could easily lead to a whole host of issues with your health inside and out! Unfortunately, in people that sit for more than 6 hours everyday the rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, insomnia, and even...

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Sit, Stand, and Walk taller: A workshop to de-slouch yourself!

Technology is a staple in our modern lives, which is extremely helpful, but can definitely take a toll on your body.

Spending long hours sitting and working on your computer or phone can easily leave you dealing with:

  • chronic and nagging aches, pains, and tension
  • creeping weight gain that is hard to lose
  • muscles that are getting sleepy and weak from lack of use 
  • the posture of someone twice your age

You may not have realized it, but your mood and energy is strongly influenced by your posture. This means that slouching can:

  • drop your levels of motivation and inspiration
  • increase stress levels or feelings of anxiety, sadness, or worry
  • effect your confidence and outlook on life

Your mind and body are powerfully connected. Which is why strengthening your core muscles so that you sit, stand, and walk taller is super important to your overall health and vitality!

When you hold strong posture you:

Breathe betterlook and feel leaner, have less back and body pain, ...

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3 tips to make self care a lasting habit

So how did the first month of 2020 go for you? 

I'll admit it was kind of a weird month for me, but I'm settling into my groove again now which feels great. 

If you are like me (and most people LOL) you start the year off with big gusto towards your intentions and then things kinda slow down when routine kicks back in. Sound familiar?

And like for so many people having a consistent exercise, yoga, or meditation practice is often part of the plan each year. Was that the case for you? 

If so, here are 3 tips to help you get into the habit of practicing self care more often:

1) Decide how many times a week you want to do the practice and write it in your day planner at the beginning of the week. Note each time you do it throughout the week so you can see if you met your goal by week end.

2) Schedule the sessions into your planner/calendar as a NON-NEGOTIABLE appointment with yourself! You deserve your attention right? YES!!!

3) Set an alarm in your phone to...

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Are your neck and shoulders sore and tight from sitting for long hours?

Try this 10 minute "Yoga at My Desk" video to relieve this tension, help you sit taller, and give you a boost of energy and focus right at your desk!