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Jun 29, 2018
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.
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.
Find Your Movement:
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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