If there is one thing that defines our work experience today, it’s stress. It can be exhausting. If we’re not proactive, it can really mess with our health. It can compromise our immune system as well as our creativity, productivity and cognitive capabilities.
Come spend some time in the Stress Lab, where you can learn new techniques and tools to integrate into your life to finally help you get a grip on defusing stress
These steps would be a whole set and it can take 5-10 minutes depending on how many mantras you personally like to add. Do as many sets as you like and feel guided to.
Over time you will experience how calming and refreshing this Moving Meditation can be and what a positive impact it will have on your mind and therefore on your whole persona.
Sitali, meaning cool breath, is a Yogic breathing method that lowers the fire energy or body’s internal temperature. This is a breathing practice for staying calm and cool calming anxiety and settling the body
Repeat 26 times.
Whether it’s in your hips, hamstrings, or all in your head, tension has a way of accumulating as we hustle through the day-to-day. But there are ways to reclaim some very necessary “me” time with just a few simple steps.
Restorative yoga prioritizes stillness, relaxation, and a calmer state of mind, even more so than more traditional forms of yoga. These restorative yoga poses will calm and reset your entire body and mind to prepare you for ultimate relaxation.
This pose is a passive, supported variation of the Shoulderstand. For your support, you’ll need a block, thickly folded blankets or a firm round bolster.
– While sitting on the ground, place a medium-height block behind you beneath where shoulder blades will lay and place another block behind that one to use as a pillow for the head. Allow the body to gently rest on the blocks, adjusting their placement until you are comfortable, with arms resting on either side. Stay here for at least ten deep breaths. Start with blocks on medium height and adjust from there. For deeper shoulder opening, take the shoulder blade block to the medium height or remove it all together and rest head in clasped hands with elbows wide (pictured).
Yin is an introspective practice that offers a chance to turn inward and nurture the calm and quiet. It is a practice in stillness, patience, and non-reactivity.
Through yin yoga, we become adept at self-care. For healthy range of motion, layers of connective tissue must allow muscles to glide over each other. But injury, habitual posture in daily life, and aging, among other factors, can bind these connective tissues together, creating so-called adhesions and restricting that movement between the sliding surfaces of the muscles. Like a traffic jam, adhesions block the flow of nutrients and energy through the body, causing pain and limiting mobility. Holding poses that gently lengthen the muscles and fascia helps break up adhesions, and applying mild stress to joints and connective tissues can increase their range of motion.
Hold each pose for 1-3 minutes. Beginners- hold the pose 30 seconds- 1 minute.
Meditation is a practice of aligning your mind, body and spirit. Guided meditation, deep relaxation and mind-body techniques are not passing fads, trends, or New Age nonsense. They are researched and proven approaches that have lasting benefits for radiant health, happiness and self-empowerment.
The following guided meditation is just over 7 minutes long. Find a comfortable place to sit, push play and discover the benefits for yourself! Remember, mediation is a practice. At any time you lose focus or get distracted, simply guide the focus back to the breath.
We don’t have to let stress take over. It doesn’t have to run the show. We hope you have enjoyed experimenting in the stress lab. We challenge you to incorporate these new tools and techniques into your daily life to help you defuse stress, and keep a balance between work and rest.
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Denise and Emily
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