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Beating Menstrual Symptoms with Yoga

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Menstrual symptoms vary greatly among women. Some find their symptoms to be barely an annoyance, and others find that menstruation leads to days of debilitating pain. Cramps, bloating, and moodiness are the most common symptoms reported by women, and yoga can help all relieve all of these unpleasant menstrual indications.

How Yoga Can Help

Moving is one of the best ways to relieve the issues associated with that time of the month. It helps get the blood moving, distracts you from the uncomfortable state, and releases endorphins. During your period, exercising is going to be hard to convince yourself to do, even if you know it will help. Yoga, being restorative, is much easier to find the motivation to accomplish.

The gentle stretching involved in many restorative yoga poses is going to relieve a lot of cramping and stiffness associated with menstruation. The areas that are most affected are your lower back, upper thighs, and abdominals. Those core muscles are all used significantly in yoga, providing targeted comfort for you.

In addition, yoga poses can be used to help relieve bloating and other tummy troubles regularly reported during your period. Bending, folding, and twists all help move things down your digestive tract. When your belly is working better, you will find that your general mood will improve with it.

Yoga Poses that can Help

A restorative Child’s pose is going to be one pose that you will go to regularly.

  • Place a pillow or two under your midsection, then lean forward into a Child’s pose.
  • The support from the pillows really let you settle into the stretch, and it takes very little energy to sustain the pose.

This makes it relaxing and soothing for both back pain and hip tightness.

Backbends are another type of great yoga poses to relieve menstrual pain and discomfort. Depending on your yoga skill level and your current comfort level, you are going to want to choose poses that fit you. A full backbend may not be something you want to do when suffering from cramps. Start with a gentle Bridge pose, and then work your way to more deep stretches if you feel like it. The important thing to remember is that you are seeking the relieve, not trying to set records.

Forward folds are also going to give your back and core relieve. Downward Dog helps stretch out the back of your legs and is also recommended. A gentle twist pose is great for stretching your core and dealing with digestive trouble. Find poses that suit how you feel, there are lots of them out there.

Yoga can provide a feeling of comfort and serenity that menstrual symptoms may try to take away. Finding some relieve in stretching and moving can help you feel better. You also release natural painkillers, called endorphins when you exercise, and those will improve your mood and relieve pain. There is a number of different poses that can provide benefits to you, so try out a few poses, and see what feels good to you.

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Savasana to Tighten Your Core

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

It seems like every yogi has cute capri leggings, a tight stomach, and a super strong core. Their stomachs are different than just your typical six-pack in the sense that there isn’t nearly as much “bulk” to their strength. Their stomachs are lean, bendy and yet somehow they’re very stable. You might think that it comes from doing incredible handstands and backbends but one of the best exercises for your core can be done in savasana. If you want to know how to use savasana to tighten your core keep reading below!

 

What is Savasana?

Before we go any further, Savasana is actually a resting pose that is performed at the end of each yoga class. Savasana means “corpse pose” in Sanskrit and that is exactly what it is. You are laying on your back with your arms and legs straight down and relaxed; palms are facing up. As much as this is obviously not a core exercise in it’s raw form there is one way that you can sneak a simple little movement into it that can give you the stomach that you’ve been looking for.

 

Your Transverse Abdomen

When you hear abdomen what is the first thing that comes to mind? Probably the muscles that run along your stomach area stack on top of on another that makes up a six-pack. You aren’t wrong but there are also other parts to your abdominals. There is actually a paper-thin layer of muscle that wraps all the way around your core and is responsible to holding everything tight and together. It is not bulky in any way and it does not require crunches to strengthen. This muscle is called your transverse abdomen.

This is the part of your core that you can strengthen in savasana.

 

Let’s Get Started

Start in savasana. I explained this in the second paragraph but this is essentially just lying on your back with your arms and legs resting down on the floor. From this position you are just going to practice pulling your belly button down towards your spine. Make sure you are not sucking in and sticking your chest out as you do this. This pulling of your belly button should not cause any tension in your chest of anywhere else in your body.

Once you have your belly button pulled towards your spine hold there for 3 breaths and then release. If this is comfortable for you, you may wish to hold it longer. Continue this sort of contraction and release cycle for at least 5-10 times. The key here is to engage this muscle, not to strain it too much. Once you learn how to engage this muscle you can even do this while sitting on the couch, waiting in line, or sitting at work.

 

 

The entire point of savasana is to rest so make sure that you do allow yourself some time to do just that; rest. This little exercise should only be done for the first little part of your savasana before you do relax and cool down from your yoga session.

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Common Misconceptions About Yoga Practice

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Common Misconceptions About Yoga Practice

Even though yoga and mat classes are pretty popular and widespread these days, you might still hear dubious claims about them. To redefine these, below are 5 truths about yoga practice.

1. You don’t need an athletic background to do yoga.

Keep in mind that athletic nerds crave to show off their latest accomplishments. In yoga, you’ll NEVER be asked to go into a pose that you don’t feel comfortable in, rather you’ll be asked to monitor your resistance. No one will ask you to be super flexible, and no one will look down on you for not being a circus acrobat. Make sure that you choose the right class based on your capabilities. Even child’s pose is yoga.

2. You don’t need a studio to practice yoga.

Yoga can be practiced basically anywhere. For most asanas, or yoga poses, you’ll need a flat surface and a bit of space. Make sure to follow directions of how to get in the poses and always know an out for the pose sequence. Good advice for beginners is to follow a trustworthy instructor. Once you get the hang of it, you can be your own master. Remember that yoga is all about breathing, and moving in sync with your breath is key.

3. You don’t need to follow any yogi diets.

You could be vegetarian, vegan or a full on meat-eater to practice yoga. As the practice of yoga is all-inclusive (all-accepting, tolerating…) you should be, too.

4. You don’t need to have a specific outfit.

Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. Also check out the latest trends and get inspired by new designs in the store.

5. You can practice any or no religion in order to practice yoga.

So, make sure to read and believe trustworthy articles. Yoga is a practice that can be done pretty much anywhere, regardless of how flexible, zen, stylish or spiritual you are. Try it even when you’re not having it with the world. I know a session of yoga makes me happier.

Apply yoga to your everyday routines. It can be used as a meditative tool and you get the same mental health benefits. Use your inhale to create space in your body and exhale to sink deeper into the stretch. I promise you’ll be one happy baby after giving it a try.

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