Asana’s for ANXIETY

Practice Legs up the Wall for relaxation and increase circulation.

Today’s letter is near and dear to my heart. As many of you know I deal with anxiety and I’m passionate about bringing awareness to Mental Illness. There is no shame in mental illness and I want the young and old to know that anyone can have a healthy and successful life with mental illness. When I was at my deepest and darkest place I found Yoga and I’m so grateful to God for showing me ways that yoga can help with my anxiety and depression. Hence, I’ve put together a few postures which help with anxiety or simply calming the nervous system.

Childpose: Balasana is a common beginner’s yoga pose. It is often used as a resting position in between more difficult poses during a yoga practice. Childless, bring your Big toes to touch, spread your knees out to the width of your mat, start to walk your hands out long and gently allow your head to kiss the mat.

BENEFITS:

Helps to slow down the breath and heart rate

Calms the mind.

Gives comfort and space for safety

Forward Fold: Uttanasana Vinyasa — an asana which can be enjoyed both standing or sitting. This posture is one that can release tension in your low back and is great for claiming the mind and releasing anxiety when one feels overwhelmed. Hinge at your hips and melt toward the flood gaze toward your knee to protect or release your neck muscles.

BENEFITS:

Stretches the entire body from head to heels

Smoothe the nervous system

Tone and stimulate the internal organs

Legs up the Wall – find yourself scooting to the point where the wall and the floor meet …you are so close only a few more inches until you bottom touches the point where the connection meets. Start to walk your legs up the wall while flexing your toes toward your face. You may find this posture easy to navigate in your bed, the back of a couch, a wall or door…any flat surface will do.

BENEFITS:

Relaxation

Facilitates increased circulation

Soothes swollen or cramped feet and legs

Relieves lower back tension

Corpse Pose : Savasana – Exhale just lay…take up as much space as you need to feel comfortable. Release any special breathing, remove your tough from the roof of your mouth and allow for your jaw to release.

BENEFITS:

Helps reduce blood pressure

Release headaches, insomnia, and ANXIETY

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YOGA for a Cause

Given that the school year is back in full swing I send this message to encourage you to find moments for self-care. The following are three easy and effective on-the-go self-care tips:
1. Remember to Breath – A few deep breaths while in traffic will make the trip much smoother.
2. Oils are Essential – Keep a bottle of Essential Oils in your car, baby bag, or purse dab a little on your temples during the middle of the day or anytime to help with relaxation. My favorite Essential Oil is Lavender…as a REMINDER: We, Curvy Chick Yoga, offers Aromatherapy healing sessions just send me an email and we can arrange for an appointment.
3. Stress Balls – If you haven’t been on my social media yet you haven’t met Mrs. Pencil my new and favorite stress ball for the fall. I love to keep stress balls at home, the car, and in my desk at work.
Ladies, I hope you try one or all of these options. Additionally, Curvy Chick Yoga is proud to announce it’s first “Day of Om” Retreat on October 6th at 11:00am at the Darshan Center626 W. 18th St. in Chicago. Tickets are $30 and will be filled with meditation, intention setting, yoga, a healing circle, Love and HOPE as a portion of the proceeds will go to Day of Hope‘ aNon-for-profit that focuses on providing space for individuals struggling with mental illness.

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