Today was my first semi-blind weigh-in. I get told whether I am within a given range, above it, or below it. I was expecting for it to really stress me out, but I’m not obsessing about it now. If I can’t deal with not knowing the exact number, I can call her tomorrow and she will tell me. I’m going to try not to do that. I am also really sick and have a fever, so I’m trying to unwind with a bit of gentle yoga and Supernatural.
"Do you follow any blogs that are about yoga?" With love, Anonymous.
Yes, I follow a few that focus on yoga for mental and physical wellness because I have trouble mentally with a lot of “fitspo” showing up on my dash. I also follow a lot of people who are interested in yoga among other things. I’m not sure that I could go through and pick out which blogs that I follow are about yoga so…
LIKE THIS IF YOU ARE A BLOG ABOUT YOGA!
(and if I don’t follow you already I’ll check out your blog <3)
Frontiers publishes systematic review on the effects of yoga on major psychiatric disorders
Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, even in the absence of drug treatments, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD in patients on medication, according to a systematic review of the exercise on major clinical psychiatric disorders.
Published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Psychiatry, on January 25th, 2013, the review of more than one hundred studies focusing on 16 high-quality controlled studies looked at the effects of yoga on depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints, eating disorders and cognition problems.
Hey yoga fans, good news!
"Just wanted to say thank you for sharing the sun/moon salutation links featuring the rounded cartoon figure. I'd been looking for a pictorial that didn't involve a thin image for AGES. So thank you for that, and being here for all of us. You are such a great person, doing such great things. I really appreciate it." With love, Anonymous.
I’m so glad you liked the links! I love the cartoon picture you’re talking about and refer to it whenever possible, haha. Much love <3
Saturday September 22nd
"How can I get into yoga? I dont even know where I would start?" With love, Anonymous.
Hello! It’s great that you want to start doing yoga. I think one of the best things to start with is the sun salutation or moon salutation sequence, which is a combination of basic movements that is great for beginners as well as being the basis for more advanced poses.
These sets are also good for beginners:
Don’t forget that the poses in yoga are only part of the practice of yoga. Yoga can be a powerful mental tool as well. Meditation and pranayama yoga breathing can be very helpful.
You can also look around in your area for free or donation based yoga classes. Sometimes studios, fitness centers, shops, and other places offer free beginner classes and that can be a great way to be introduced to the poses.
Hey guys! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a yoga set because I’m on limited exercise right now. This is a short flow to help with digestion.
Hero Pose is a very centering pose that relaxes the body while activating the nervous system. It’s the perfect way to get this sequence started:
- Kneel at the top of your mat with your knees together. Separate your feet, and sit on the ground between them. Use your hands to roll your calves away from your thighs. Curl the arches of your feet around the curve of your bum, so your toes are pointing behind you and slightly toward one another.
- Focus on the line of energy from the base of your spine to the top of your head. Draw attention to this space as you breathe, get comfortable in your seat, and engage your abs. This way you won’t compromise your lower back.
- Rest your hands on your thighs, and stay here for five deep breaths.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Downward Facing Dog brings the body into alignment and relaxes your gastrointestinal tract:
- From Hero Pose, place your hands parallel to each other at the top of your mat.
- Inhale as you tuck your toes under your heels. Then exhale to lift your hips, coming into an upside down “V” shape called Downward Facing Dog.
- Spread your fingers wide and create a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Work on straightening your legs and lowering your heels toward the ground. Relax your head between your arms and direct your gaze through your legs or up toward your belly button. Hold for five breaths.
Open Triangle Pose
Triangle Pose gives love to your intestinal area and increases blood flow. It brings the benefits of a forward bend and a twist all at once:
- FromStanding Forward Bend, step your left foot towards the back of your mat with your toes slightly pointed forward, creating a 45-degree angle.
- Keep both legs straight as you reach your right hand straight out over your right leg. Lower your right hand, resting it on your right shin or a block or place your palm flat on the floor. Extend your left arm straight up and gaze at your left fingertips.
- Stay like this for five deep breaths. Then lift your torso up and either rotate your feet to the left or come into Down Dog, step your left foot forward between your hands, and repeat this pose on the left side.
Bow Pose is fantastic for aiding digestion and relieving constipation. This pose really stretches out your entire torso:
- After performing both sides ofOpen Triangle, move through a vinyasa (Four-Limbed Staff to Up Dog to Down Dog).
- Once you’re in Downward Facing Dog, drop to your knees and take a moment to lie on your belly. From here, bend your knees and hold onto the outside edge of your right ankle and then your left.
- Once you have a firm hold of each ankle, try to keep your toes together, either pointing or flexing your feet. Lift your feet up as high as you can and shift your weight forward so you’re resting on your naval instead of on your pubic bone.
- Hold for five deep breaths and then slowly release.
Navasana focuses on stimulating your core. It’s an essential pose for healthy digestion:
- From Bow Pose, take a moment to relax with your belly on the floor before flipping over to sit on your mat.
- Bend your knees and lift your feet off the floor, balancing on your tush. Keep the spine long and straighten the legs as much as you can without rounding the back. If this is too hard, keep the knees bent — you’re still working your core.
- Hold for five complete breaths.
Supported Headstand Pose
It may sound counterintuitive to go upside down, but inversions are a yogi’s best defense against digestion issues. Supported Headstand is an ideal pose to stimulate your abdominal muscles:
- From Seated Forward Bend, come up to your knees to prep for Supported Headstand.
- Folding forward, place your clasped fingers and head on the floor at the top of your mat. Straighten your legs and walk your feet toward your head. Bend one knee and tuck it into your chest. Using your abs and hamstring flexibility, lift the other leg off the floor so both knees are tucked into your chest, so you’re in a pose called Bound Headstand Prep: Tuck.
- With complete control, slowly lift and straighten both legs up, coming into Bound Headstand. If balancing is hard, bend one knee and place the sole of your foot on a wall.
- Hold for five breaths. Then slowly bend your knees into your chest, lower your feet to the floor and rest in Child’s Pose.
Adapted from HERE.
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