"Every season of the heart has its own perfect time and an important purpose. Even those that shake you, like the harsh winds of fall shake the trees, for they help you drop unnecessary things. Even those that challenge your footing, like the rains of spring loosen the ground beneath a flower's roots, because they give you the chance to dig even deeper. And even those that feel like they chill you almost to death, like the winter cold does to the once vibrant flower, for they cleanse and ready you for the beauty of your coming spring."
~ Cristen Rodgers
Tight hamstrings are no joke. Even though we stretch and stretch, they still spring back as tight as ever. It is common to make the mistake of stretching the same muscle fibers in the same way each time. If you’ve been stretching your hamstrings repeatedly without relief, maybe it’s time to try a different approach:
Sit with your legs extended in front of you in a narrow V-shape. Set a tennis ball under the back of each thigh, just below the sitting bone in the flesh of the hamstrings, then lean back on your hands and allow your legs to be heavy and relaxed. Rest still for a few deep breaths or roll your legs side to side until you feel ready to inch the balls further down your legs. You can lean slightly forward, but focus on releasing the weight of the legs down rather than trying to stretch. If you’re uncomfortable with your legs straight, you can try the same technique seated on a chair with a firm seat. After 2–3 minutes remove the tennis balls completely, lie on your back, and notice how your legs feel.
In our always-busy lives, it’s easy to prioritize everything else before ourselves. Even for the most devoted yogis, the flurry of work deadlines, social commitments and family obligations can make it difficult to find a moment of stillness to simply rest and nourish ourselves.
Self-care isn’t always about oils and baths. Sometimes it is seeing who are and giving yourself permission to be you. It is about setting boundaries and not being afraid to say no. Self-love is knowing your worth and not having guilt about doing what is best for you.
Yoga is a great form of self-care. Yoga practice is about healing the self through self- discovery and self-acceptance. It’s a transformational practice that strengthens the life force within. It teaches us to overcome internal and external obstacles that come with everyday life. When we practice yoga, we sleep and digest better and we maintain a more balanced emotional and mental state of being with presence and poignancy.
Try this ~
Make a list of things that make you happy. Make a list of things you do every day. Compare the lists. Adjust accordingly.
Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between wake and sleep where the participant is deeply, physically relaxed but still mentally aware. This sacred practice has been around for thousands of years and when combined with the use of Aerial silks will aid the participants in getting into an elevated state of relaxation. Aerial Nidra can assist one to reach a deeper sense of the self, divine consciousness, and further self-realization(s).
Benefits of Aerial Nidra Yoga:
· Stabilizes the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
· Calms the central nervous system
· Aids in relaxation on the plane of feelings/emotions
· Supports physical relaxation
· Tractions out the spine
· Balances brain hemispheres
· Enhances mood states, helping with anxiety and depression
Join Mackenzie for an Aerial Nidra Worshop
Saturday, July 7
3:30 - 5:00
135 N. Addison Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
- Wear light, comfortable clothing and a long sleeve shirt
- Avoid eating at least one hour before and drink lots of water afterwards
- Bring mat and water
(Mat/towel rental and water for purchase at the studio.)
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or email email@example.com
Yoga can help prevent injuries by improving flexibility and range of motion to lengthen muscles and eliminate strains and tightness. It also gives you better awareness of your body so you can recognize issues such as poor posture. Whether you are athletically active or spend hours at a desk, yoga can help in numerous ways.
Weightlifting isn't the only way to build muscle! Yoga uses your natural body weight and resistance to build lean muscle mass. Yoga improves blood flow by lengthening muscle and tissue. Better blood flow = more oxygen to muscles = faster recovery.
After just a 20-minute yoga session, research found people have improved memory which assists in maintaining focus, retaining information, and more energy.
Challenge yourself! Whether you are trying a new yoga pose or trying to focus your mind during a crazy day, yoga can provide many challenges - both physically and intellectually.
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"Mindfulness, to some, is a form of meditation. To others, it is a gateway. My first introduction to meditation and yoga was through mindfulness. This practice helped to soften my anxiety and allowed me to be more present. If we take the time to honestly observe our thoughts, many of us spend a lot of time ruminating past experiences or planning for future events. We can neither change the past nor predict the future. The only real moment of opportunity and experience is right now. The art and practice of mindfulness is an accessible approach to living in the moment through being present in the now for all people who are willing to learn and discover more about themselves through the workings of the mind."
Mindfulness is a mental state that is achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Join Mackenzie in a 90 minute workshop. Mackenzie will guide you through the basic foundation of mindfulness, and provide you with the tools you need to practice mindfulness regularly. The art of mindfulness has been around for thousands of years, and is presently used as a therapeutic technique. This workshop will cover how mindfulness relates to yoga, offer reading suggestions to those interested in mindfulness, and provide three accessible yet powerful strategies for practicing mindfulness regularly.
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Explore, discover, heighten and then transform your thoughts into pure energy. Savasana ~ the most important part of any yoga practice:
1. Lie on your back with your legs straight and your arms by your sides.
2. Bring your legs out until your feet are a little farther that hip-width apart.
3. Take your arms out until they're at about a 30-degree angle from your sides, palms facing up. You could also rest your hands on your belly if you prefer.
4. Tuck your chin slightly into your chest while lengthening through the back of your head and neck.
5. Remain in this position for at least 5 minutes, letting your body relax as much as possible. Breathe naturally and make sure you always exhale slowly.
This posture rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit while reducing stress and tension. It gets its name from the Sanskrit words, Sava
, meaning corpse, and asana,
Nidra is a Sanskrit term meaning "sleep." In yoga, yoga nidra is a meditation practice that induces a state of deep, but conscious relaxation. This is the same goal as every form of yoga and meditation. It is said that the state of consciousness entered during yoga nidra is somewhere between sleep and wakefulness.Yoga Nidra helps restore and maintain your vital life energy, prevent disease and even improve your mood.
· Improves quality of sleep
· Reduces chronic pain
· Calms central nervous system
· Enhances mental focus and attention span
· Improves brain function
· Aides in anxiety and depression
· Helps create new neural pathways in your brain leading to healthy habits and routines
Join Ambassador Lauren Duncan at the Oakbrook Athleta store for this free Yoga Nidra Class! Lauren will guide you through deeply relaxing yoga nidra guided meditation to get you to a place of incredible tranquility.
Bring your own mat, water, and wear comfortable clothes!
If you have any questions, email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org!
YOGA NIDRA CLASS
Sunday, April 29th
402 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523
This mudra expresses accepting and receiving with one hand and giving or letting go with the other hand. When practiced together it influences the energy currents that are responsible for absorbing and using food for fuel, as well as for eliminating food. It has a relaxing effect on the solar plexus (the stomach, liver, spleen and gall bladder) and helps regulate the autonomic nervous system. It has an excellent effect on nausea and indigestion.
The tips of the thumb, index finger, and middle finger are on top of each other; the other fingers are extended.
The tips of the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger are on top of each other; the other fingers are extended
With every inhale and exhale, there is light and clarity in your mind and emotions.
Affirmation: I accept everything that is good for me and embrace it. I release everything that no longer serves me.
is a relaxing supine asana often performed at the end of a yoga sequence. Apana
is Sanskrit for "downward-moving life force" and asana
means "pose" or "posture." As the name implies, this posture is thought to help move toxins downward, through and out of the body.
Lying on the back, draw the knees gently in toward the chest. Inhaling, release the knees slightly away from the chest; exhaling, hug them in. As simple as this appears, take it easy on the lower back. Play with rocking side to side or moving the knees around in circles to explore releasing tension in the lower back.
- Stretches and stabilizes the pelvis and low back and can reduce lower back pain.
- Reduces excessive anger, excitement, anxiety and high blood pressure.
- Helps with muscle guarding, hyperlordosis, sciatic nerve impingement muscle spasm, spinal stenosis, and disc herniation.