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Showing posts from April, 2019

My Yogi Journey

This weekend, I begin an eight week journey to become yoga teacher certified. I hope to become healthier, wiser and more level headed after this experience. Beyond that, I hope to introduce yoga to those who may not know about the practice but can benefit from its healing aspects, including my friends and family! (Hi, mom)!

Going into it, I have no idea what to expect. I know I will be taking more yoga classes than I ever have before—five per weekend—but I'm up to that challenge. I already listen to my body quite well now, and don't expect to be pushed beyond my limits in the practice aspect. What I'm unsure about is the actual learning I'll take part in; will I find out how to guide others, or will I have to figure that one out on my own? Our teacher, Robbin, mentioned we will go over the necessities to teaching such as voice training. It hadn't even crossed my mind all the aspects that go into teaching a class! 
I'm not doing this to change career paths, for t…

1 Minute Stretches To Make You Stand Taller

Tension can manifest in different ways. One of the most common is pain and discomfort in the shoulders and upper back. I experience this a lot, especially since I work in an office. To fight this, I try to sprinkle in a few of these stretches a day.
In this video, physical therapists describe simple stretches most people can do from home. I love the chin tucks; I try to do those while typing or browsing! I came across this YouTube page a few months ago and they quickly became a favorite. The end part of this video does include equipment, just a heads up.

Note: I am not a health professional and advise you to talk to your doctor if you have existing conditions. Credit to Bob & Brad, YouTube.

15 Minute Guided Meditation for Confidence

I just ended this meditation and I feel excellent. 

I decided to look for a solar plexus chakra meditation since it helps with anxiety, confidence and trusting your gut feelings. This video features a "body scan" in the middle of it, which is basically just checking in with different parts of the body. Everybody might be different, but when I do body scans, I basically start at the top by focusing on the crown of my head when breathing in and out. If I can feel a "tingle" or similar response, I go onto the next major body part. If I don't feel anything when focusing on an area, it might mean I have to try again or there is a "blockage." 
Since the body scan was relatively quick, I ended up pausing the video to rrreeeaaaallllllyyy focus on the solar plexus area, which is a little bit above the belly button. I didn't feel a thing when "breathing into" that area, so I figured it was blocked and I would need to take it up a notch. While breath…