The Beginning of Your Yoga Journey


First off, the differences between the two. Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation. On the other hand, meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.

Even though yoga and meditation are two different things, they do go hand in hand. Both of these practices are ancient, abopted by Western culture around the 1980s and soon became extremely popular.

Yoga

Although there are many different variations of yoga, the benefits still remain the same.

Back Pain Relief

Yoga sessions once or twice a week can help with discomfort and back pain. Through various stretchs, poses, and/or exercises, your back muscles will experience greater flexiability and agility with an added bonus of increased core strength.

Assist with Arthritis Management

Slow, easy paced yoga forms help relieves tension, as well as pain in joints or muscles. A few specific forms of yoga, such as Iyengar and Bikram help withh rheumatoid arthritis.

Migraines Be Gone

For those who search for alternatives to combat headaches or migranes, yoga and meditation can help. Yoga is an excellent exercise to do to help prevent them or to help with an existing one. If able, the bridge pose is most beneficial. It helps relieve the tension in the neck and shoulders, areas that can cause a migrane.

Meditation

Meditation has become highly popular in managing stress levels. There are several different types of meditation that have become popular and they all share the same benefits as well.

Emotional Improvement

Since meditation requires deep relaxation, coming out of your thoughtful state leaves many feeling refreshed. It is encouraged to look at the postive aspects of your life and focus only on that. So after the 10 minutes, you are feeling more up-beat and positive.

Stress Management

The main reason many people practice meditation is the benefits of reduced stress levels. Regularly meditating helps reduces the stress responses that happen in the brain throughout the day. So the more you meditate, the better you handle and react to stress which is a huge bonus when it comes to high blood pressure.

Better Concentration

With helping to manage stress and improve emotions, obviously you would be able to concentrate better. BUT, meditaiton also helps increase levels of gray matter concentration in the brain. So it is an added bonus, leaving you to regulate and process emotions more effectively, help with your memory, and boost your learning ability.

Overall, meditation and yoga have many benefits. By combining meditation and yoga you can get even more of the benefits from the two. What are some of you favorite yoga poses? Let us know in the comments! Until next time lovelies!

Stress Be Gone

Stress is something that most people struggle with on a daily basis. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress (there are also some people who don’t deal with it at all). Here are some ways to help deal with and reduce stress in your everyday life.

How Stress Affects the Body

Physical Effects: When you are stressed out chances are you will end up pushing yourself to an extreme. This could be long hours at work or multiple high-intensity workouts. There will be draining effects on your body, resulting from this that could lead to you feeling sick. Stress can also lead to overeating, which will result in weight gain, or on the other end of the spectrum loss of appetite causing you to lose an unhealthy amount of weight.

Emotional Effects: Being overly stressed can lead to emotional breakdowns or intense burst of emotion such as anger, jealousy, aggression, or even depression. This can cause strain on relationships with friends, family, or a significant other. Other signs of stress are when in public you can be perfectly fine and act happy, but as soon as you are alone you feel overwhelmed with emotion.

Relieving your Stress

Coloring

This is such a great way to unwind, and with the newly popular “adult coloring books” it makes it way more fun for us adults. I have built up my collection of these over the more recent years, and they literally make themes for anything. If you don’t want to spend the money on “professional” coloring books, you could always just print some coloring sheets off of Google images. All you need to do then is grab your kid’s crayons and unwind for an hour or two.

Bath Bombs

Taking a hot bath or shower is a great way to just chill out for a while. If you do opt for the bath, bath bombs just make it seem 100 times more relaxing. There are so many different scents to choose from and you can get them almost anywhere nowadays. You could also just add bubbles. Whichever you choose to do, it is sure to help you relieve some stress.

Dance it Out

Fellow Grey’s Anatomy fans will understand this one. Whether you’re in your living room, kitchen, or in the middle of surgery, when it’s all just getting to be too much take a minute, and dance it out.

Journaling

Finding a nice quiet place and writing all of your worries down can be a great way to let it all out. Whether writing about what is stressing you out that day, or just talking about your day, in general, it is a good habit to get into. I’m someone who doesn’t like to talk about my problems with someone else face to face, so writing it out helps me to release some stress, and forget about it afterward. Plus, it’s an excuse to go out and buy a cute notebook or journal.

Yoga

This is a great way to relax both the mind and body. You could spend 20 minutes or an hour with this one, whichever fits best into your schedule. You can buy disks from Amazon, or you could look up some yoga routines on YouTube. A bonus is you are also getting a workout in with this one! You can also check to see if your local gym offers any yoga classes.

Spa Day

You can do a DIY spa day at home, or really treat yourself and go to an actual spa, both are sure to relieve that extra stress you have been feeling. You could buy a couple of face masks and a new nail polish color and cancel the rest of your plans for the day.

Oils

Essential Oils can be a great, simple option for relieving stress. If you get a diffuser you can have that going in the background of your everyday life. Lavender is a great scent option as it is very calming and can help you feel more relaxed. I use my diffuser with lavender oil at night, as it helps me fall asleep quickly rather than tossing and turning.

You Time

The most important tip to helping release stress is taking time for yourself. It’s okay to take off of your jobs a couple of times a month or go out by yourself on the weekend. Take a day to go shopping, out to lunch, or even just alone time at home reading.

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