Breathe. Get centered. And Relax.

Have you ever had one of those hectic days? Where everything is just flying at you a mile a minute? Or you’re so stressed, you have trouble falling asleep? Well, guess what: the answer is in your breath.

Some of you may have experienced┬áthe calming effects of focusing on your breath during yoga. It is a simple technique that can be used anytime, anywhere – not just on the yoga mat – to bust stress!

Here is how:

Sit in a quiet place you feel comfortable, roll your shoulders back and straighten your spine.

Deeply inhale and hold it for a few seconds.

Take your right thumb and press it to your right nostril, close it completely and exhale through the left.

Pause and inhale through your left nostril.

Use your ring and middle finger to close your left nostril and exhale through the right before pausing and breathing in again through the right.
Continue to alternate sides, making sure to pause for couple seconds at the top and bottom of each breath. Each breath you take should be long and full. Continue alternating nostril breathing for at least 5 minutes. If you want to aim for a deeper sense of relaxation, you can do it for up to 10 minutes.

Now, if you’re nose it so congested due to allergies that you cannot do this exercise, well then, that’s another conversation.

..breathing technique

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April Showers Brings Super Health Powers!

gardening

April is National Gardening Month, so head to your favorite nursery and stock up on mulch, plant food, and your favorite garden veggies and flowers! Did you know that gardening is the ultimate Mind-Body workout? Getting outside helps create a calm relaxed state of mind, helping you let go of those everyday stressors. Added benefits? Major calorie burning, functional exercising, and free produce!

Here are some tips and checklists and added benefits to help you get started!

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Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation is incredibly beneficial for lowering stress levels, decreasing anxiety and creating an overall sense of well-being. Unfortunately, many of those new to meditation get frustrated in the process easily and quickly lose interest. Read this informative article to learn how to overcome these hurdles and make meditation part of your wellness regime.