Finding Balance Throughout the Day

By Guest Blogger: Bethany Henderson

One of the biggest complaints I hear from my students is how easily they get stressed during their day. From balancing demands at the office with family and friends to attempt to find time for yourself and running to a yoga practice or gym session- our days can get very, very busy. Now stress isn’t always bad. A little bit of stress can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. But we need to find how to find daily balance.

Finding Balance Throughout The Day

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How can we balance stress?

My go-to answer is always yoga and healthy eating habits. Yoga can be beneficial to our mind and body in many ways. From reducing general stress and anxiety, to increasing energy levels, boosting focus and concentration. A yoga practice can help with expanding our breath capacity, to improving posture and circulation in the body, and help to relieve everyday tensions such as head, neck and back strain, and work-related injuries from sedentary job environments.

Start your day off right - create a mindset ready to take on whatever the day has in store for you. Try starting with five minutes of this yoga sequence to energize the body and center and awaken the mind.

Begin with the breath:

Find a comfortable seated position on the mat, on a pillow or lying down on your back. Rest your hands down to your thighs and close your eyes. Begin to notice how you are breathing here. No controlling or forcing the breath, just an awareness of how you are breathing at that moment. You can ask yourself:

“Is my breath slow, or is it moving fast?”

“Is my breath shallow or deep?”

“How do I feel the quality of the breath is right now?”

Try not to control the breath, only observe what is naturally happening.

Finding Balance Throughout The Day

Photo: @bethanyyoga

Find Your Movement:

  1. Start standing in mountain pose and find your natural breath.
  2. Take a deep breath in and reach your arms up and overhead.
  3. Exhale, and hinge forward from the hips to bend forward into a fold, relaxing your belly towards thighs.
  4. Inhale, press your hands to shins and lengthen out away from your hips.
  5. Exhale and step back to plank.
  6. Release to your belly and inhale to cobra, drawing your shoulders back away from the ears.
  7. Exhale to a downward facing dog, lengthening your heels back towards the floor.
  8. Inhale and step forward to a flat back at the top of the mat.
  9. Exhale to a forward fold once more.
  10. Breathing in, reach the arms up and overhead.
  11. Exhaling return back to center at mountain pose.

About the Author

Bethany found yoga to cross-train when she competed in professional watersports over 10 years ago. The love for the practice transitioned into teaching, as an E-RYT 200 hour certified yoga teacher and studio founder of Yoga Roots in Sweden. She is originally from the US and currently resides and teaches in Malmö, Sweden. To her teachings, she brings influences from an athletic background, international environment and a pure joy for sharing yoga with others.

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