I love yoga! I teach circus but yoga has followed me through the past 7 years - generally moving makes me happy.I run, I tumble, I love the trampoline and being upside down! This is my journey to lower blood pressure and striving for a bit of inner peace.
I am so grateful for my backbend - after having injury to my back a couple of years ago, it was uncertain if I would be able to walk normally, let alone do what I love! Circus & yoga! I am back at the circus school teaching classes, so grateful!! sunny-yogiyogarianbexmaddyyogawithkarelhealthyhappymotivation you lovely Ladies!!
So school is out and in order to get that exam stress out of your body I have picked up a couple of poses that are great for stress reduction to integrate into your yoga practice. Stress, mild depression and anxiety have a lot of common denominators, so getting rid of one of these minimizes the risk of “catching” the other.
Most yoga is stress reductive as it, through controlled breathing, reduces blood pressure and heart rate, but “slow poses" or "restorative" poses are often recommended. However, I find that being active through balancing and twist forces me to be aware, concentrate and to be present which is the opposite of stress. I can’t think of all the things I have to do and hold a one-legged-balancing-twist at the same time :)
Physically, accumulated stress can manifest itself in the body as tensions, which can be released through breathing and yoga. When the body feels stressed, it releases adrenalin and kortisol into the system, which is great for running away from a bear (which is what it is designed for) but not when it is accumulated in the body over a longer period of time. Moving is in itself one way of getting rid of these substances, but it also helps the brain to relax and build up a new stock, which decreases the chances of depression.
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Hiya ! So I've always wanted to try yoga. But I have zero flexibility. Can you recommend anything that would help a stiff beginner lol?
Do a beginner yoga class :) I was soooo inflexible when I started - do small stretches before u go to bed. Persaverence is the key!!! Literally! You don’t need to be flexible to go to a class - that’s what you go there for :) Let me know how it goes please :) love
Day 11 of #freeyogis is #love and I loooove being up side down! Mountain pose which normally is quite an accesible pose for me is so different and challenging turned around! I often find myself Chasing difficult poses but was reminded that it was me and not the pose that needed changing :) bexmaddyyogarianhealthyhappymotivationsunny-yogi @yogawithkarel
So you know that heart-openers are good for opening your back and shoulders, but here’s a sequence of poses that are great for getting your shoulders strong and sturdy. Focus on alignment, straightening the elbows and pulling your shoulders away from your ears!
Warior I:Try this pose, without arching, locking and straightening your arms, without looking up. Remember both sides. Upward facing dog:Lock your elbows and lift your hips of the ground - great for preparing for arm balances or gradually increasing weight on your arms. Anjali Mudra behind your back:A lot of forward bends can be increased by locking or pressing your hands together on your back or between your shoulder blades.It forces your upper body forward and your spine straight as well as opening tight shoulders. Downward dog:There are many variations in this pose; you can twist arms or legs and even lift on of the two. However you choose to do it, it helps open your shoulders and strengthen them , tonning the shoulders. Twist your upper arms inwards and your lower arms outwards to help lock your elbows to be strong and steady. Armbalances:These are such a effective and fun way of increasing strength in your arms. Start with symmetrical poses where the weight is evenly divided on your arms, and intensify your practise by doing asymmetrical arm balances. Twists:Like the rest of your body, your shoulders need a good twist once in a while. The upper shoulder is opened and stretched while the lower and arm is active and strengthened. Remember both sides :)
Like always, remember a good warm up and practice with an instructor if you are in doubt. Any comments or questions are welcome. Pants by arthleticwear Top by lululemonbusiness