The Benefits of Yoga

The total purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in the body and mind. There are so many different types of yoga, most incorporate meditation, breathing exercises, and poses that stretch various muscle groups. Relaxation poses are proven to lessen chronic pain such as arthritis, lower back pain, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Pretty amazing right? Yoga can also reduce insomnia and lower blood pressure. Yoga has many other physical benefits as well such as weight reduction, maintains a balanced metabolism, increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved energy respiration and vitality, cardio and circulatory health, protection from injury and improved athletic performance. One of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress. Throughout the day, our lives are so busy that we never really take a full deep breath. Yoga forces you to do so increasing the body’s awareness and providing mental clarity and calmness. This relaxes the mind, centers attention and sharpens your concentration. It is possible for anyone to start yoga. If you are interested in learning contact me today to set up your one-on-one skype yoga session. My website is kelciemahr.com . Get connected with your inner self and in tune with your body!

If you need a serious stress reliever try this out. I love incorporating it into my classes!
1. Sit in a simple cross legged position

2. Raise the arms up so your hands are even with your shoulder blades with the palms facing outward.

3. Spread the finger tips wide. With your arms still raised move your upper torso side to side.

4. Move your arms at a faster speed for about 4 breaths

5. Slow the movement back down

Once you get back to that simple cross legged position drop your hands down so they are relaxing on your knees. Take a deep breath, fill the lungs with as much air as possible, hold it for three seconds and then slowly exhale.

Try it out and let me know what you think! 🙂

Love & Light,

Kelcie

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