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Category Archives: Yoga

4 Effective Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress reduction is a popular topic these days and for good reasons. Chronic stress can lead to a weakened immune system and increase the risk of diseases. Over a prolonged period, this can damage the body and emotional well-being in a number of ways. Some symptoms of chronic stress include depression, weight gain, panic attacks …

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Hip Release Move

This stretch is really a movement and it’s kind of fun! Hip Circles are like spinning a hula hoop and they really feel good and get the blood flowing. Good for digestion too quite helpful now that the holiday’s and extra goodies abound! Standing Hip Circles (Kabandha) Benefits: Loosens low back and hips Trims waist …

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Yoga Stretch to Reduce Stress

All stretching is quite relaxing though sometimes challenging. I thought with the holidays upon us it would be nice to share something you can do to let go of the stress and anxiety that sometimes happens during the last few weeks of the year. In yoga this stretch is called reclined butterfly. It is a …

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Stretch of the Week- Mild Back Bend

In yoga this is called sphinx for obvious reasons I guess. One of the issues we see a lot in massages is an extremely tense front of the body. Things like sitting at the computer for extended times and poor posture tend to lead the body to a forward curve. Doing this stretch will help …

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Stretch of the Week- Child’s Pose

If you have every gone to a yoga class you have definitely done child’s pose.  It is considered a rest pose in yoga and the benefits are many. Such as  gently stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles, calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue, relieves back and neck pain. How to: Kneel on the floor. …

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Stretch of the Week- Side Bend

We see so much lower back tension and pain that regular stretching can really help keep you feeling good. Stretching the side of the body opens up the lower back muscles, lats, lateral shoulder and ribs. It’s perfect for this time of year because it makes space in the lungs also which helps with the …

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The Best Kept Secret in the Biz: Yoga Combined with Massage

A secret in the natural health business, that most yoga and massage providers will encourage you to discover for yourself, is that the combination of yoga and therapeutic massage on a regular basis can exponentially increase and prolong the benefits of both. Massage and yoga are some of the most popular, well known healing modalities …

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Stretch of the Week- Spine Stretch

In yoga this stretch is called Cat Cow. It is a great stretch for the spine.  A lot of people believe that your spine is your center life force and that it’s health is crucial to your entire well being. So why wouldn’t you take good care of it… you only get 1 spine in …

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Stretch of the Week – Figure Four Stretch

Try this when you get home after a long day, or after a run or workout. Massage therapy works wonders on tight hips but to loosen them on your own or in between massage sessions this is a great way to begin stretching the hips. Start by laying on your back. Cross the right leg …

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Stretch of the Week: Seated Lower Back Stretch

Here is a simple lower back stretch that you can do right now. Many of us suffer from low back pain from time to time. Sitting a good portion of the day which shortens the hip flexors and hamstrings play a big part of this. As do muscle weakness in the core. Sometimes you just …

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