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It’s officially fall and for those of us living in the U.S., that means cooler weather, the start of a new school year, and an even more consistent stream of work deadlines.
A time of thanksgiving, this is the season for celebrating the harvest and reconnecting with family and friends. It’s also a time to reap what we have “sown” as we indulge in the fruits of the previous months’ labor in our professional and personal lives.
Breathe into the frenzy of fall and practice this 10-pose sequence to reset your body and mind:
As the temperature drops, you’ll want to begin your practice by slowly building your internal heat.
Child’s pose prepares your body for asana practice by releasing tension in the lower back, creating a gentle bend in the spine, and reducing blood pressure.
This fun pose stretches the back torso and neck. It also provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs.
Move into downward dog to increase blood flow to the brain, stretch and strengthen the body, and pull on the spine for more space.
One of the most well-known yoga poses, Warrior I fires up the core while strengthening and stretching the thighs, calves, and ankles as well as the shoulders and back.
Plank pose is one of the ultimate core-exercising poses that will quickly get your internal temperature to rise, providing a sustained warmth that will sufficiently melt any remaining chill from your bones.
Next, focus on poses that build your inner strength and confidence to tackle any daunting tasks both on and off the yoga mat.
Build your core, shoulder, and leg strength with this pose. It also helps to create flexibility in the feet and increase your focus and determination—traits we can all use in our practice and daily life.
Not only does this pose look awesome, but it is a great way to strengthen the arms and shoulders as well as increase concentration.
Finally, release any pent-up frustrations from the previous months and start afresh with these three hip-opening and heart-opening poses. Believe it or not, the tightness we feel in our hips is the result of past emotional trauma. Traditional yogic philosophy holds that practicing these and other poses can help open up our chakras and release what no longer serves us.
While it’s not the most comfortable, Lizard Pose is one of the most beneficial when it comes to releasing tightness (a.k.a. stress) in the hips. Benefits of this pose include opening the hips, hamstrings, groin and hip flexors as well as strengthening the thighs and opening and releasing the chest, shoulders, and neck.
Pigeon reinforces the space created in Lizard Pose, training your hips to open and release tightness. Benefits of this pose include stretching the hips, thighs, and groin, as well as stimulating the abdominal organs.
A traditional “heart opener” pose, in yoga philosophy this pose releases energy from all the chakras of the body while reinforcing the back, shoulders, and legs.
No practice is complete without Corpse Pose, which seals in all the benefits of the sequence you just accomplished.
Although this pose looks simple, it requires complete relaxation of all the muscles in the body, relieving stress and slowing the heart rate to help your body absorb the benefits of the poses that came before.
Taking just 10 minutes out of your day to do these poses can make a world of a difference in your attitude—helping you to reset and take on the fall season with confidence!
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.