Why we need the Breath & BALLS TODAY!
Stress manifests in different ways, and all of us manifest stress differently. Stress targets the weakest part of our physiology or character. If you are prone to headaches or eczema, this will flare up. If we have low levels of patience or tolerance for others, this will be the first area to present under times of stress.
We become CHANGED when we are stressed!
Changes manifest differently in all of us, emotional, physical, behavioral, or a combination of all. Our muscles being contractile in nature are the perfect storage place for our tension. Specific muscles tend to accumulate the effects of specific feelings, emotions and attitudes.
Our bodies tell their own unique stories. Here are a few ways to support you and how you can Live Better in Your Body.
How to Create Relaxation
One of the primary benefits of yoga is to down-regulate the nervous system and induce a state of calm. We have all experienced a savasana that left us blissful and smiling all the way home. You may have thought it was simply because of the physical challenge of the asanas, but what truly made the difference was your quality of breath!
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These miracle workers in the shape of a rubber ball can melt away your shoulder and upper back tension and leave you feeling refreshed. YogaTuneUp® Balls help integrate into our daily life helping us take into account the wear and tear of our daily lives, balancing out areas in our bodies. Plus, you can carry them with you everywhere!!
This is the science of breath control. There are many ways to play with both the intake and output of breath, One of the quickest ways to down-regulate the nervous system is by elongating your exhale. Try inhaling for a count of 4, and exhaling for a count of 6. Over time elongating your exhale count to 8 or even 10. After a few cycles of this breath-work, lie on the floor in savasana and witness your own complete relaxation.
Meditation can be simple! Do not be intimidated by the pictures of yogis sitting in full lotus position, or by the ashrams bellowing chants. Simply find a comfortable place to sit, preferably with your spine elongated. If you have tight hips, prop yourself up onto a pillow or block, or even lean yourself up against a wall! Then attempt to empty your mind of thoughts, and focus on your breath, Follow the streamline of inhales to their exhales. Meditation does not need to look a certain way, it is merely the act of stillness, and witnessing your mind.
The next time you are confronted with a challenging situation, whether it is a difficult conversation, a yoga practice, or a work deadline, pay attention to how you are breathing. Attempt to induce belly breathing and maintain it while navigating your way through.
YogaTuneUp® Balls help integrate into our daily life helping us take into account the wear and tear of our daily lives, balancing out areas in our bodies. I invite you to join me in this practice of self-care every week @ 4 PM on Wednesdays.