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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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Weekly online Yoga Sessions by donation!

WOW::: I have never needed Yoga more than I have these last few days. I am on a roller coaster of emotions, but one thing I know for sure is that Yoga is helping me big time.

What about you? What is helping you navigate the wild waters of the last week?  

I hope that you are using every tool you know of to take care of yourself, inside and out! Since I know how powerful and helpful they are, I would love to share the tools of Yoga with you to: MOVE, BREATHE, STRETCH, RELAX, and CONNECT through the magic of the interwebs!

CAN YOU JOIN ME FOR OUR NEWLY ADDED WEEKLY ONLINE YOGA SESSIONS?

This all levels Yoga class will be hosted every Wednesday for the next few weeks at 4:30pm HST/ 7:30pm PST on Zoom and offered by donation. 

Everyone is welcome, so please invite your friends!!  Sign up here!

The classes will be open to all levels and will be about 75 minutes long. We will mix it up from week to week, but you can expect some standing poses, deep stretches,...

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4 tips for working remotely to help you keep your mind sane and your body healthy

The events of the last few weeks have meant major changes for all of us, to say the least! To minimize our contact with others and hopefully slow down and lessen the effects of the corona virus we are now being asked to distance ourselves socially.

And for many of us, this has meant the shift to working remotely from home. As someone who has been doing this for awhile already I would love to offer you some tips to make the best of this experience to keep your mind sane and your body healthy including taking Yoga Breaks throughout the day!

Tip #1: Set up a dedicated work space

No, you can't work from the couch or the bed, you need to be able to sit or stand up properly (ie: stay awake)! This means setting up a dedicated work space at a desk or table so that you can stay upright, alert, and actually get things done. 

Find a spot with good lighting, a proper chair and a surface area so you can lay out all the tools you need: computer, notepad, water, phone etc etc.

Bonus tip:...

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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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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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Learn a powerful stress busting productivity boosting breathing technique

On a scale of 1-10 what would your average stress level be? What about when you are at work? What about during the holidays?

I remember a time when my stress level was so high that I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling like I was running a marathon: heart pounding, sweating, and feeling intense anxiety.

IT WAS STRAIGHT UP AWFUL, thankfully I knew I had to make a shift and took action to do so! 

Stress is a reality of life: the issue is how high our stress level gets and what we do to manage and reduce it. 

The American Institute of Stress reports that 40% of people say that their job is very or extremely stressful......YIKES! 

And since stress is a known contributor to many health issues and problems including: neck tension, back pain, headaches, digestive issues, weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, depression and every major chronic disease it is VITAL that we take action to bring stress levels down.

Thankfully Yoga has a wide variety of tools...

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Get back pain at work? Try the Seated Cat and Cow Move right at your desk!

 
Does your back get sore when you are working on the computer?
Do you feel sleepy throughout the day with brain fog slowing you down?
Take a mini Yoga Break with me!
 
This weeks move is: Seated Cat and Cow! It’s great for loosening up your back, easing tension and helping you sit taller so you feel more alert!
 
Did you know that 90%of the nourishment to your brain comes from movement of your spine? This means you have to moo-ve it, moo-ve it
 
TO DO THE MOOOVES
Sit tall with your shoulders back, take a deep breath in
 
As you exhale, allow your spine to round and your shoulders roll forward and your head drops down
 
As you inhale, shift your weight to the front of your sit bones as you lift your chest and roll your shoulders back and look up
 
Continue to breathe deeply as you shift back and forth between the two positions
 
Repeat 15-20 times
 
Finish by sitting tall with your shoulders back...
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3 Ways That Being Stressed Out Slows You Down at Work and in Life (and what to do about it)

Does this sound familiar....?
 
Alerts pinging you from your email and phone, the world's longest to do list, clients sending in bizarre requests, sessions to be at and others to plan for, with no end in sight. You might even be clocking mad overtime hours and taking your work home with you, giving you no downtime to recover.
 
Stress at this level can be absolutely crippling to your performance, health, and ultimately your happiness, plus it's one of the biggest threats to work place productivity.
 
While some stress is helpful because it lights a fire under your booty to motivate you to take action, chronically high levels of stress can lead to burnout, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Plus, stress is a risk factor for every major chronic disease!
 
A quarter of all Americans feel that their job is the most stressful part of their life! 
 
This means that it is absolutely important that we become aware of...
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Stressed to the max at work?

If so, you are definitely not alone and the truth is that way too many people feel this way!

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health and happiness, yet is something that far too many people deal with on a daily basis simply because they don't yet know what to do to ease the burden.

While some stress is helpful to get us up and motivated to take action, if left unchecked, stress can quickly take a toll on your body and your mind. 

Take my client Emily for example: who when dealing with major family stress developed lower back issues and sciatica pain. Since it is very common for problems to manifest as physical symptoms it was essential that we integrated relaxation techniques plus stretches and exercises to help her feel like herself again and get out of pain. And thankfully she did! 

Far too many people wait until they are in pain or are super stressed to take action because they think they just don't have the time, know how, or...

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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!