“Stand on one foot, close your eyes and try to stay balanced. Notice how the smaller muscles in the feet, legs and core body are trying to keep you balanced. Pay attention to how hard they have to work against the larger, stronger muscle groups. Try to soften, relax and allow the body to sway, and then notice how much easier it is now to stay upright”.
In these days of advanced engineering, tall buildings are now built to move – to sway slightly in the event of high winds or an earthquake. As history has proven time and again, a solid, rigid structure will collapse if it has no room to move with whatever’s thrown its way.
Laurin and I were discussing how apt this is in the posture and in day to day life. In the posture the slight sway of the body side to side or forward and back helps you to maintain your balance. To hold yourself taut creates a state in which any distraction or air movement can send you off balance.
Laurin recently suffered the loss of a beloved Uncle and the way she is using balance to keep herself going is not by ignoring her grief, but by using it to appreciate each moment and to live fully each day. She said to me, “There is so much strength in being centered and balanced without rigidity. It’s so much easier to stay positive and I have noticed that as I use everything in balance I elevate myself and elevate others around me”.
As the smaller muscles of the body compete against the larger muscles so does the smaller, gentler emotions of the spirit compete against the hard knocks of life. Use your practice and learn to sway a little side to side…soften, relax and allow.
Jaromey is a Writer, E.R. Volunteer and Yoga Teacher.
‘TAKE THE TIME TO ENCOURAGE YOUR WELLNESS INSTEAD OF TREATING YOUR SICKNESS”
We at Believe Yoga Studio want you to enjoy your life to the fullest, and encourage you to be active in maintaining your health through Yoga.
Yoga offers physical, mental and emotional benefits which improves all aspects of one’s health. Yogal can calm your mind, provide a gentle workout, or Yoga can make you sweat….there are many different classes offered at Believe Yoga studio.
Believe has classes for those who have never practiced before, and for those who have….if you are curious about Yoga and how it can benefit you..we encourage you to try a complimentary class at our studio.
Please see our class schedule and class descriptions, along with other information here on our website.
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Today, as I was driving my daughter to New West to go dress shopping, the sun was shining so brightly. We both remarked at how warm we were getting in the car with the heat off and our windows down! It reminded me of Laurin’s (Ten Week Challenge participant) comments to me the other day how she loves to use the Infrared Heat to help heal her body during yoga practice.
Our sun produces much of its energy in Infrared. Far Infrared Rays are invisible waves of energy that have the ability to penetrate all layers of the human physical body, penetrating into the inner-most regions of the tissue, muscles and bone.
Practicing Yoga in Believe Yoga’s Infrared studio can help a person to lose weight and increase circulation. With increased blood flow to the joints and the extremities the healing of sprains and strains is much quicker.
The increased blood helps aching and injured muscles recover faster because the stronger the flow of blood, the quicker metabolic and toxic waste products are purged from the body, through the skin during perspiration. The skin is often known as the third kidney, because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of body waste.
Far Infrared energy is not only safe but can also be very pleasurable and relaxing producing a feeling of well-being in a person that can have significant psychological as well as physiological benefits.
Yoga in and of itself is extraordinarily beneficial and to couple that with the harnessed energy of the sun makes for an enjoyable experience. Laurin has made many a comment on how great she feels after class. Sometimes feeling a great surge of energy and at other times feeling the deep comfort of a well rested body.
Everyone’s experience can differ from day to day and from class to class but what I hear most of all is; “this is blissful”:):) Yes!
Jaromey is a Writer, E.R. Volunteer and Yoga Teacher
We are all hearing the benefits of Yoga and the positive impacts it can make on our lives. The ancient system of Yoga connects the mind and body through a series of postures, breathing exercises, and can also include as much or as little meditation as is your personal preference.
During the postures which are known as asanas, you are stretching and toning your muscles, and focusing your mind inward to help reduce stress. Yoga increases muscular strength, flexibility and endurance which is why so many athletes are using yoga to cross-train. Having trouble sleeping or with your digestive health???….Yoga can help with those issues as well….the benefits really are rewarding on so many levels.
Anyone can do yoga and reap its rewards. You do not have to be able to tie yourself in a pretzel…..you just need an open mind and want to move your body a little and introduce challenges only when, and if you want.
Yoga can cure your body, settle your mind, and skyrocket your energy levels!!! A regular Yoga practice can enhance your life over and over and over again…….why not give it a try and get that “YOGA GLOW”????
Long distance running has never been my forte. My body dominantly contains fast twitch muscles more suited to quick bursts of speed. Fast twitch muscles are harder to train for stamina and endurance and I must admit that because of this I’ve had a long standing aversion to distance running.
Our Ten Week Challenge participant, Laurin, has mastered the discipline of running and now after what she has told me I’m thinking of giving it a go.
Laurin’s practise with us at Believe Yoga has brought some unexpected perks to her running regime; faster running times, less effort and a better running posture.
She describes her new experience as feeling more seated into the earth with each stride. That with each step she feels as if that grounding is helping to propel her further and faster enabling her to cover more distance in less time and with less emotional difficulty.
Her hip flexors feel more relaxed during down time but when she needs them to “kick into gear” this is done effortlessly now. Even just standing talking to me she can feel the difference!
The personal pressure that she puts on herself to get out for a run is now eased with her new found ability to get into a meditative state of mind helping the time to fly by. And most remarkably she has noticed that even her rib cage feels more lifted and her lungs capable of taking in deeper and more expansive breaths.
Laurin assures me that with time, patience and a lot of practise I too could find the peace of mind and freedom that she has found in her running now. This actually has me quite excited as there are a number of fun distance obstacle courses that I’ve wanted to try and she has now given me the push I needed! The student surpasses the teacher:):)
Jaromey is a Writer, E.R. Volunteer and Yoga Teacher.