smile breathe move: these 3 cues can inspire your yoga today
1. Smile – research shows that smiling actually benefits the brain. That simple mona lisa moment activates neural messaging that turns on the endorphins and happiness molecules. This mechanism is what helps fight off the stress molecules, so the minute you turn your frown upside down, the feel good neurotransmitters (dopamine, endorphins and serotonin) are all released. This induces the relaxation response which can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and potentially act as a pain reliever.
2. Breathe – the breath is the link between the mind and emotions. For basic tips, I invite you to download the YOGA MIND cd. Diaphragmatic breathing is associated with the relaxation response as well. Learning to breathe properly can lengthen life span, slow the heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and help you maintain a calm inner state during stressful situations. Good breathing increases energy, helps overcome headaches, helps restore emotional/mental balance, and helps decrease anxiety and sleep disorders
3. Go slowly. Well, mindfully and at your own pace. Everyone is unique so you need to learn to know and trust what you are feeling, and move from that place.
smile breathe move
Funny acupuncture cartoons: I love the comics! This one is so cute. When I studied Acupressure and Chinese Medicine we learned about moxa. I never worked with moxibustion but I hear it has a strong smell, so this is kind of hilarious
If you don’t know what acupressure is, it refers to any technique using finger pressure on “acupoints” to reduce stress and balance the body’s energy, called: qi (“chi”) or prana. Acupuncture works with needles. I never worked with moxibustion but I hear it has a strong smell, so this is kind of hilarious
The body’s energy, circulates through the body via pathways called meridians. These pathways connect your vital organs and are linked with the mind and emotions. When these meridians are clear and functioning properly the body is able to maintain a balanced energy and function. Think rest and digest. However, the stress of daily life can cause strain on the body – physically, mentally, and emotionally which blocks meridians and prana flow. Sometimes, these blockages can lead to sickness and pain in the corresponding areas, along with emotional and mental imbalances. So what to do? Balance, laugh, breathe, relax, get a treatment, book a private yoga lesson…all good
10 Ways To Add A Dose of om off your yoga mat:
Little tips go a long way to encourage us !
Appreciation is the key to a positive day. This is a great affirmation: I open 2 gifts this morning. They were my eyes…
Breathe and Reboot this weekend, whether you practice yoga on a mat, or self-reflect on a park bench…whatever your pleasure, add one of these 10 Ways To Add A Dose of Om !
Change yourself. You are in control. Forgive. let go. Without action you aren’t going anywhere. Take care of the moment. Everyone is human. Persist. See the good in people, help them. Be congruent. Be authentic. Be your true self. Continue to grow and evolve.
The same tips can be used on your yoga mat, after all, if you aren’t present and honest with yourself, that can be when you overdo or, maybe don’t reach into your potential.
There are different ways to get your om on, which is a funky way of saying being in a meditative, or flow state. I wrote a post about meditation awhile back and also have some tracks on my yoga mind cd, but also, walk, write, find a mantra…whatever advice resonates
This is perfect for a Saturday post ~ enjoy the day!
Pause, linger, enjoy. Take a few more breaths in a pose. Try a relaxation exercise before dinner or a walk through the park. Life really is fast, so if you don’t stop yourself, you could be missing out!
Yoga practice is a holistic way to learn how to mindfully enjoy life
Breathe, Stretch, Relax !
I am teaching a free yoga class on the Pier at Exchange Place tomorrow, Saturday June 7 2014.
You need to RSVP and bring a mat and 2 towels
If you cannot make it, you can always book a private yoga class with me
Are you a fidgeter? I think it is important to navigate each yoga pose by breathing and sensing, so you may not get into it without little adjustments or the help of strategically placed yoga props. These can be your own, or where skillful attention and purposeful instruction come into play. I have seen it many times when I teach private yoga classes, that most people benefit from the teacher’s eye, and that finding comfort in the body, the mind will follow. After that though, if you still can’t stay still, it can be a question of focus. Learning how to breathe for mindfulness may help…
Yoga -Your opportunity For Growth And Awakening
As you get into tension areas in your body and start to undo the patterns that restrict your movement, a funny thing happens – you start to breathe better, feel more confident, respond better to daily stresses and challenges. If you are an athlete, you perform better, recuperate better. Heal. Reboot. Relax. Focus.
Yoga is like an open door into dimensions of yourself that you did not know, an opportunity to grow and awaken
This is an affirmation to keep in mind when you are on your yoga mat.
Sometimes as a yoga teacher we give adjustments and it is important to remember that these are meant in the spirit that you are perfect as you are; perhaps you might use them as you would a GPS – to navigate a path that needs a little direction so as to keep you safe in your range of motion and reach, or to help light up the path so your body can find its way.
Comparison robs us of joy and peace of mind. It is far better to just be the most excellent variation of our own self that we can. So today in your practice, tune into the rhythm of your breath, focus on your inner self – the light body – and repeat: I am perfect the way I am
You do not need to compare and or contrast yourself to anyone or any notion of what practice is
Well friends, this is my first post of 2014. Set yourself up for a terrific year. Near or far, my Yoga Mind CD is portable peacefulness. I am located in Bergen County and have a few public Yoga Classes that you will love – or:
Private Yoga Lessons are the most effective form of Yoga, and the quickest way to reach your own goals. Whether you are an athlete or a weekend warrior, or just busy, a private yoga class can help you:
- Change musculoskeletal patterns that inhibit the way you move, cause chronic or acute pain/discomfort, and impede injury recover
- Improve posture
- Enhance performance
- Feel peaceful and positive
- Allow you to ask questions and get direct feedback
- Help you learn modifications that you can use to stay safer in group classes
- Use Yoga as it is intended, therapeutically ~ the right practices for you
- Helps you maximize the benefits
It’s ok to breathe and be too!