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Relaxing & Stress-Reducing Yoga Moves

Stress is a serious part of day-to-day life in our current society. And it’s become so commonplace that I swear we’ve started having “My life is more stressful than yours” competitions. A takeover by the ‘Cult of Busy’ if you will.

However, stressful lives, and the correspondingly high cortisol levels that result, can impact your health in a very real way. Causing everything from depression and concentration issues to high blood pressure, stomach ailments, and weight gain.

It’s important to slow things down and put some time & effort into relaxing and reducing your stress levels.

Here are a few stretches and simple yoga moves that can help you quiet the crazy, and relax – Anytime, any place. I love doing these before bed, they’re a great way to focus on your body and your breathing, and give your brain a chance to stop spinning so that you can fall asleep easier.

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Downward Facing Dog

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Cat & Cow Poses

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Pigeon {My absolute favorite pose, I could stay here all day}

What I’ve discovered about yoga is that you get out what you want from your practice. If you’re looking for something gentle and rejuvenating, that’s just what you’ll get.

So keep that in mind as you’re heading into a class or looking for a great yoga video on YouTube for an at-home session – Set an intension!

Do YOU have a favorite yoga pose?

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Meditation

I’ve talked about meditation before but I wanted to spend a post to really focus on it for a few minutes.

When someone first explained the practice to me, I was baffled. I have a million things to do and you want me to stop, sit still, and clear my mind?

Never. Going. To. Happen.

And then I tried it… And I was hooked.

Meditation means something different to everyone. For some people it’s the perfect start to the day, for others it’s repeating a mantra throughout the day whenever they need it, and for others it’s an all-day everyday lifestyle.

I think the major takeway is that this practice is deeply personal. You develop a practice that works for YOU, for your needs and your lifestyle.

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I run out the door every morning, makeup barely on, to get to the office at an ungodly hour. That means that, as wonderful as it would be, lighting a candle and enjoying a few minutes of blissful solitude each morning is not feasible right now.

Instead, I do a 5-10 guided meditation in a dark conference room at my office later in the morning a few times a week and a kundalini meditation before bed each night.

Guided meditations are GREAT if you have trouble clearing your mind or find yourself in need of meditation when you’re in a hectic or loud space.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Tell me – Have YOU tried a form of meditation?

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