Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can be beneficial to children, teenagers and adults alike. Whether it’s teaching us that it’s ok not to be perfect or if it’s increasing muscle strength for sports, yoga can be extremely powerful for everyone, no matter what age, on and off the mat.
The Benefit of Yoga for Teens - Teens can benefit from learning anything that increases their focus and ability to calm themselves, which I’ve found to be one of the great, lasting benefits of yoga. And while team sports are great, I think it’s important to promote physical activities that kids can still be doing at age 80. Like yoga.
The First Declaration of Love: Presence. Yoga Off the Mat - On practicing yoga and mindfulness off the mat: The practice of presence is cultivated over time through honest self-confrontation, positive discipline, and belief in our potential. Practices like meditation, mindful breathing, and yogasana can be invaluable in moving us toward this more connected alignment.
Why Yoga For Kids - With all this in mind, the benefits for a child discovering yoga can be bountiful. As I mentioned, children’s creativity and imaginations are encouraged and stimulated by these yoga adventures. This is achieved in a completely non-competitive and non-threatening environment allowing children to completely express themselves and truly “bloom”! Along with developing improved strength, balance, poise and flexibility, comes pride in attaining all these qualities, therefore boosting self esteem and confidence. When targeted to key joints and muscles, yoga benefits children’s skills in other athletic fields as well.
How 1 Hour on Sundays Will Change Your Life - Taking just an hour to center yourself on Sundays will set you up right for the entire week. This hour will allow you the chance to align your mind, body and soul in preparation for the challenges that will (and they always do!) arise throughout the next few days.
Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can reduce stress. Whether it’s limiting the amount of time you practice in order to fit other things into your schedule or if it’s working strictly on your breathing, yoga can reduce stress in a number of different ways.
Yoga, guided meditation reduce stress at work: Employees who participated in one 60-minute yoga session per week during lunchtime for six weeks experienced improvements in energy, confidence, composure, elation, life satisfaction, and clear-mindedness.
The Five Healing Benefits of Breath: With each inhale and exhale you are drawn inwards, and into deeper awareness of yourself. The capacity for breathing to enable us to actually withdraw from overstimulus and the hyped-up pace of the outer world is glorious, and an incredible tool. The beauty here is that it is available even in the most public of places, as no one will really notice on the train or standing in line or in a waiting room if you close your eyes, take the moment to touch that sweet peace inside, and connect more deeply with your true self.
The Stress Relieving Miracles of Yoga: Yoga is not all about the techniques and execution but rather a way to mediate and a way to get the full control of your own potential. It is not doing some positions on that yoga mat, but rather a way to release the tension and be able to learn to be aware of your body and its limitations.
Heart Healthy Benefits of Yoga: One of the ways to improve heart health is by lowering stress levels, controlling high blood pressure, and improving blood cholesterol levels. If you’re looking for a fun, relaxing activity to spice up your day and keep your heart healthy, why not consider yoga?
Five Ways to Get in a 10-Minute Yoga Practice: Set your intention every morning to practice yoga for at least ten minutes. Whether you emphasize heat and strength or quiet and restoration, your body and your mind will be the better for it.