Posts tagged yoga
3 Tips for Christian Who Practice Yoga

When I started practicing yoga in 2008, I was very naïve to what others thought about yoga especially in faith-based communities. With a diagnosis of osteoarthritis in tow, I made my way to my first yoga class at the recommended of my doctor.  I was seeking physical relief from lower back pain but what I found on the mat was so much more.

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National Relaxation Day

Join me for the "Road to Relaxation".  Now more than ever we need to relax and not just on vacation.  The act of relaxing doesn't require money, fancy clothes, or an exotic location.  To relax is to be less tense or anxious.  Sounds simple, right?  So why is it so hard for us to relax? Some may say that life is just too busy to relax and that may be true.  Life is busy.  Yes, we can all agree with that but there is a thing called "burn out". 

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Christianity & Yoga: Is It Really Okay?

As a faith-based yoga and wellness instructor, I am routinely asked whether a Christian can practice yoga. I am confronted with comments such as, “Christians should not participate in yoga, because it is a Hindu practice and opens the spirit up to worshiping Hindu gods.” I have addressed these types of questions, concerns, and more in person after my workshops and classes, via Facebook and email, and it’s a valid concern that deserves a proper response. So let’s get to it!

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Yoga For Expecting Mothers

Anything in that we set our mind towards in life requires preparation. Whether it be mental, emotional, or physical preparation, most milestones in our lives are met through much conditioning and preparation. Before running a race, training is required. Before going to college, high school courses are required. Pregnancy is no different. As the body changes in preparation for the baby, some things may be instinctive for the mother and while others may not. Prenatal yoga prepares expecting mothers for their new journey by addressing those areas that are changing and strengthening those areas that are critical for a growing baby and its arrival. Prenatal yoga is not just about stretching, but it’s a practice that tends to the mind, body, and spirit which directly and indirectly affects the baby.

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How Yoga Can Help Stroke Survivors?

In recent years there has been more awareness on recognizing when someone is having a stroke than in the past, and I believe that speaks to our evolution as a society. Health is at the forefront in many regards and not just the recognition and prevention aspect, but rehabilitation, as well.

The statistics, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), show that on average, one American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, and more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year. In addition to these numbers, strokes are also the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. An estimated 6.8 million people–2.8% of the U.S. population– are living after having had a stroke, including 3.8 million women and 3 million men.

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How Can Lemons Help Those With Arthritis?

Whenever life happens we have a choice in how we deal with the adversity.  Is the glass half empty or half full?  Dealing with arthritis has it ups and downs but all in all I know that I can participate in my own miracle because of God's beautiful gift of free will.  So I choose to LIVE despite what I'm feeling and how things look on the outside. 

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What Happens When You Surrender?

Many times when we ask God for something we are thrilled when He says, "Yes". But, what is our reaction when we hear a resounding "No" or nothing at all? For me, a no is one thing but silence from God would send me into a tailspin. I spent years trying to figure out what the silence meant. During the silence I would look for signs and wonders and beat myself up wondering what sins had I overlooked. 

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The Power of Meditation

As a Christian I didn’t understand the significance or the power of meditation until I became an adult.  And even as an adult I wasn’t aware that mediation was so deeply rooted in the Bible.  What I heard about mediation was in the context of the New Age movement.  Specifically, Transcendental Meditation (TM).  This type of mediation is rooted in Hindu philosophy and may be a part of mind-body exercises like traditional yoga.  However, upon further research and good bible teaching I learned that God does in fact want us to meditate.

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5 Hidden Benefits of Downward Facing Dog

If you’ve attended a yoga class, you've probably done downward-facing dog pose. Downward-facing dog is a foundational pose found in various vinyasa yoga flows, and for many of us, we initially feel the stretch in the arms, the back, and the legs. That’s the obvious, but there are so many other benefits to exploring downward-facing dog. Downward-facing dog is a very challenging pose, as the muscles are working to hold the pose against gravity.

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What Are Mind Body Exercises?

Do you remember Jane Fonda in the 80s or Step Aerobics in the 90s? It’s interesting to reflect on how things evolve and change in life and the fitness industry is no different. As a society we’ve spent years sculpting muscles, gaining strength, and building our cardiovascular system all in the hopes of looking and feeling healthy.

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