Integrating Yoga Into Your Fitness Routine

Now that we’ve touched on the beneficial whys of incorporating yoga into your workout regime, it’s time to talk about how. Please note that I am not a fitness expert and you should still do your own research (especially if something doesn’t feel right). This is simply a combination of what I find works, and what I’ve researched myself.

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Overwhelmed? Stressed? How To Deal With Stress At Work

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Aaaah! Let’s just say that right now things are crazy! It feels like everything was snowballing and BOOM! now it is time to do everything at once. I’m only talking about work stresses..and even then, I do what I love for work. Yeah, you can call me one of those people. 2014 is off to a pretty crazy and amazing start, though there are times I have felt so overwhelmed! 

Here are some tips to help manage work stresses: (This is pretty much a note to myself and I hope you guys can benefit from it, too.)

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How To Cat/Cow Fluid Movement

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This is my favourite morning yoga pose. It’s great for stretching and really starting your body up, as well as allowing you to listen to what your body needs. You can feel your way into this movement and make your own variations (as to how deep to go, how far out to stretch, etc). Listen to your body.

Start by going on all fours. Wrists under the shoulders, knees underneath the hips. Press up and out into table top, whilst extending to the crown of the head.

Inhale cat/cow, bringing the heart forward, allowing the stomach skin to stretch. Travel the spine slowly, slooowly. This is a morning routine after all.

Exhale and move your way up from the tail by pressing up and out of the tops of your feet and your palms. Release crown of the head. Repeat.

Inhale into table top. Curl your toes and walk fingertips towards your thigh tops. Inhale. Open palms and shoulders to reach up above you. Exhale to release back. Rest the tops of your feet back down and sit on them whilst widening your knees. Go back onto all fours.

Reach fingertips forward. Come forward, scoooping. Inhale. Exhale and extend child’s pose, then continue inhaling and exhaling whilst rounding the spine and creating a fluid movement from left to right, or right to left. Allow the movement to be slow and fluid and feel how your body wants to move.