Meet Alicia she will be providing us with helpful mindfulness and yoga content. Why yoga? Yoga is helpful in holistic wellness. It helps to be present, center our attention and connect to our bodies.
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My name is Alicia and I am a 200hr yoga teacher. I enjoy physical movement of any kind but appreciate the mental health benefits that yoga gave me, and I hope to pass that on to my students. Yoga philosophy teaches that “yoga is the journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self.” This famous phrase hints at an important way of relating to yoga: as a journey to wholeness. Yoga has many health benefits not just physically but mentally as well.
Yoga helps connect the mind, body and breath. Mindful movement can help ease stress, anxiety or overwhelming thoughts as well as release tension that you might hold in the body. Yoga also allows you to be present in the moment and find some stillness in the mind from our crazy day to day moments. Yoga is not about flexibility but more about showing up for yourself and being in the moment.
Many people turn to yoga when feelings of anxiety start to creep in or during times of stress. Focusing on both your breath and your ability to be present in each pose can help quiet negative mental chatter and boost your overall mood. Practicing one or two postures for just a few minutes a day can have a major positive effect.
To get the most out of your pose, take note of the sensations that move throughout your body as you come into each pose. Allow yourself to feel and experience whatever emotions arise. If you feel your thoughts start to wonder, gently bring your mind back to the mat and continue your practice. This may be a challenge at first but the more you do it the easier it will get.
One of the best poses to help relieve anxiety and stress as well as fight fatigue is child’s pose. This pose can help slow the mind and create a feeling of comfort and self-soothing.
How to get into child’s pose:
1. From a kneeling position, sink back onto your heels.
2. Fold forward, walking your hands out in front of you.
3. Allow your torso to fall heavy into your thighs, and rest your forehead on the floor.
4. Keep your arms extended forward or rest them alongside your body.
5. Hold this pose for up to 5 minutes.