I have the pleasure of providing another guest post from Cheryl Conklin of Wellness Central. She's going to tell us how we can ensure we can get our develop our yoga practice, right from the comforts of our home. Enjoy!!!
Yogis and Yoginis need a dedicated space to practice their various yoga disciplines. Any yoga expert understands the need to transform a space into a haven of wellness, relaxation, and peace for best practice. To deepen your practice, you need to keep motivated and find ways to reconnect with the self.
Check Your Stress
The first part of any yoga practice is stress relief. To achieve the state of relaxation and peace that comes with the exercise, you’ll first need to clear your head of any business related anxieties you may be feeling. Here are some great tips on how to manage stress, like using heavy breathing and stopping the stress train in its tracks. You’ll have a far more beneficial and satisfying yoga experience if you do. Combining stress relief yoga poses with the other techniques can multiply the benefits of each, resulting in positive health results like lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system, reduced muscle tension, and improving gut and intestinal health.
Invest in New Equipment
Investing in new good quality equipment can be motivating. It's a way of saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new. Yoga mats usually have a lifespan of six to eight months, so it's important to replace them regularly. If you're slipping and your mat is thinning, it's time to buy a new one.
Two other items that every yoga room should have are blocks and straps. Blocks add that extra elevation to make hard poses more accessible, which can help enhance your stretch. Another item to invest in is yoga straps, the perfect solution for reaching your toes, stretching out tired muscles, and holding poses.
Source Online Classes
If you practice one style of yoga, such as Kripalu, sign up for other disciplines and expand your repertoire. There are numerous types of hatha yoga styles, each of which is worth exploring. Adding something new to your yoga schedule will not only inspire you, but also allow you to deepen your yoga practice. Whether it's Vinyasa, Iyengar, or Ashtanga, there are plenty of online yoga classes available. Free yoga classes are often available on YouTube; otherwise, there are apps, websites, and private Facebook groups that focus on specific yoga styles.
Follow a Routine
To maximize the benefits of yoga, it needs to be practiced regularly. Set a daily or weekly routine for your yoga classes, and stick to it. To get the most out of yoga, make sure you’re eating properly, and exercising regularly. Daily meditation can also help enhance the yoga experience. Following a routine also means checking in with your overall health. Consider holistic nutrition, which is eating foods as close to natural as possible. Those include foods that are unrefined, organic, and locally grown.
Combining Yoga With Massage
Many people like having a massage either before a yoga session to warm and stretch muscles, or after for a truly relaxing experience. Either before or after, there are many benefits to adding massage to your yoga schedule.
Sticking With Yoga at Home
It can be hard to follow the same routine day in and day out, so careful planning is required to keep up motivational levels and ensure your space is kept refreshed. When you deepen your yoga practice through routine, it can help you find balance in other areas of your life.
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For my latest post, we have a guest post from Dr Kira Capozzolo, DC of Twin Waves Wellness Center. She has been kind enough to write a post for us on the 3 reasons to visit a chiropractor! Enjoy!!
Whether you’re a professional athlete or a computer engineer, your body endures a certain amount of stress by simply existing on this planet. We are constantly walking on different surfaces, moving and lifting objects, and sitting for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are healthcare specialists out there that can help us balance out the different stresses that affect our bodies.
Chiropractors are specialists of not only the spine but the entire body. Did you know that chiropractors can perform light adjustments on your hips, elbows, feet, and wrists? Chiropractic care was designed to relieve stress and pain from different parts of the body. Many people don’t consider visiting a chiropractor until they’re physically in pain. Chiropractors treat injuries and help prevent future ones. You can maintain your health and live life feeling great by experiencing consistent chiropractic care.
Here are the top 3 reasons to visit a chiropractor and unlock your body’s greatest potential.
1. Enhance Your Mood
Pain can seriously impact your mood. If your pain is severe enough, it could send you into a state where it’s the only thing you can think of. Chiropractors specialize in treating the root cause of pain. They don’t simply slap a band-aid on the issue or prescribe medication. They look at the entire body as a whole. Oftentimes, if you’re experiencing pain in a particular area of the body, it can be caused by an issue in another part of your body. Chiropractors seek to provide the most immediate pain relief possible, while also solving the main issue at hand.
Chiropractic care also helps to calm down the nervous system, which influences many different aspects and functions of our bodies. Stress has a direct impact on our nervous system. When we are stressed, emotionally or physically, our nervous system works in overdrive to combat it. A chiropractic adjustment helps increase blood flow throughout areas of stress, which allows injuries to heal faster and more efficiently.
2. Improve Your Posture
Do you find yourself constantly bending down to pick things up around your house? Or maybe your job requires you to constantly look downward toward your laptop or smart device. In this digital age, many people suffer from poor posture from long hours at their desks and little exercise. Over time, you can develop a curve in your spine from staring down at a computer or phone screen. If not corrected, a curved spine can cause different forms of neck and upper back pain.
Chiropractic care can help treat posture issues, helping you feel taller and stronger throughout your day. Typically, a chiropractor takes posture measurements and scans before starting you on a specialized care plan. This way, they know what adjustments make sense, where to do them, and how many times to perform them. Chiropractors also help people regain proper posture outside of the office. They provide posture tips and advice, making it easier to practice good posture throughout your day. This may mean taking a break from texting here and there!
3. Get Better Sleep
Stress and pain are sleep’s worst enemy. Multiple nights of poor-quality sleep can turn into a vicious cycle of stress on the mind and body. Sleep is the primary time that our body uses to recover from the day. Without good sleep, our bodies can break down over time.
Chiropractic care enables the body to sleep well at night by correcting misalignments in the back and other areas. A common reason that people can’t sleep well is an imbalance in the hips and lower back. Chiropractic adjustments help balance out areas of your body, like your hips, that constantly endure the impacts of walking, jogging, and running.
Sleep Better, Feel Better, Live Better
Life is not meant to be lived feeling ‘off’ or in pain. It’s vital to invest in your health. We all only have one body. By visiting a chiropractor, you help unlock your body’s greatest potential. When you feel good, other things in life begin to click. Chiropractic care helps people improve their posture, feel happier, and recover more efficiently. Live life optimally by investing in wellness practices like chiropractic care.
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