3 Ways Yoga Helps You Take Care of Yourself

1. Manages Your Stress
When you are going through stressful times, focus your practice on reducing your stress levels. You have a lot of choices for relaxing poses and practices.

2. Balances Your Emotions
When you feel off-balance emotionally (depressed, anxious, or angry), you can incorporate poses into your practice that help improve your emotional state.

3. Balances Your Body
Think about your particular body and all the activities you already do in your daily life. You can focus your practice on improving your strength, flexibility, balance, and/or agility as needed.

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Fight Like a Girl

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Did you know there are more than 2.8 million Breast Cancer survivors in the United States? Did you also know that when detected early, Breast Cancer has a 98% survival rate?

Almost everyone has been touched, in one way or another, by Breast Cancer. This October NEXT Yoga is honored to celebrate those who have overcome the disease, help support those who continue to fight it, and help bring awareness to those who can be proactive with Breast Cancer.

Throughout October..

-There will be pink NEXT Yoga tank tops as well as breast cancer awareness bracelets and tumblers for sale.

-We’ll be holding a raffle for Breast Cancer Awareness themed raffle baskets, and we will draw winners at the end of the month.
*Tickets will be 1 for $5 or 3 for $10.
*Proceeds to Susan G Komen Foundation.

-We are partnering with Athleta Naperville. We’ll be honoring Breast Cancer Awareness by teaching a class every Saturday, 8:30-9:30. Wear pink and come flow with us Athleta… for FREE!

#breastcancerawareness #courage #hope #pinktober #NEXTyoga

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Office Yoga

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Next time you’re sitting at work and your head and neck start to ache from sitting too long, staring at your computer, take a breather…literally! It’s important to minimize any discomfort throughout your day, so you can focus on your work and feel your best.  So take a few minutes to work on your neck, back arms, hips and wrists with a few stretches.

Here are 3 yoga moves you can do right at your desk:

1) Shoulder Rolls. Sitting upright, inhale as you lift your right shoulder to your ear. Exhale as you slowly rotate your shoulder and drop it away from your ear. Repeat with your left shoulder, then continue alternating between both shoulders five more times.

2) Neck Stretch. Sit upright without touching back of your chair with your head directly over your spine. Lift the crown of your head as you breathe in, and drop your right ear toward your right shoulder as you exhale without lifting either shoulder or turning your head. For a deeper stretch, reach over your head and place your right hand by your left ear, then gently pull your neck away from your left shoulder.

3) Chair Twist. Sit at the front of a chair, then swivel your thighs to the right so you’re sitting diagonally. Inhale and lift your right arm up to the ceiling. On an exhalation, move your arm across your body and hold on the back of the chair on the left side. Bring the left hand to the right knee or chair handle, then inhale and lengthen your spine. Exhale and twist to the right, pressing your right hand against the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Relax the muscles in your back and gently twist a little farther. Stay in the pose for 10 to 15 breaths, then return to center with an exhalation and switch sides.

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Spiritual Warriors ~ The Harvest Moon Brings Forth a Surge of Emotional Energy

full-moon-sailseptember-harvest-moon-59The full moon nearest the autumn equinox is named the Harvest Moon since, during this month, the moon helps the harvest by providing more light at the right time than other full moons do.

The full moon known as this year’s Harvest Moon will rise tonight (Sept.16) and will be shaded by a subtle type of lunar eclipse for some skygazers in Africa, Asia and Australia.

Eclipses on the Virgo-Pisces axis have been described as “ a precious event full of imagination, intuition and participation in the unified field of the ONE… This Pisces Full Moon eclipse is here to dissolve what holds you apart from Spirit and your true Self.” (MysticMama.com)

Open your root chakra at the base of your spine and send down thick roots to the core of Mother Earth to remember who you are. It can be a time to focus on what is working in your life and especially in your relationships and enhance it.

Experience the magic of the sunset and the moonrise. The Harvest Moon-September’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when crops were supposed to be harvested. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering and at the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon.

Tonight – September 16, 2016 – that full moon you’ll see ascending in the east after sunset is the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon.

 

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What is fascia and why do we talk about it in yoga?

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Fascia is a fibrous tissue that ‘connects’ every cell in our body. This connective tissue extends from our head to our toes. Fascia surrounds and infuses every muscle, muscle fiber, bone, blood vessel, nerve and organ in our body. It also directly affects our muscular and neurological systems.
Fascia is a white, somewhat transparent web interwoven through our tissue. Deep fascia is a tough, tight form embedded in our muscles, blood vessels etc.
To keep joints mobile and healthy we need to keep our fascia happy! We need to slowly stretch our body to help our fascia. Ligaments and tendons start to relax and release when given the time and space to do so, creating space, increasing strength and deeper flexibility.

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STAND UP TO CANCER DAY

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One in two men and one in three women will suffer from cancer in their lifetime (American Cancer Society).  Observed annually on the second Friday in September, Stand Up To Cancer Day, honors those who have been affected by this disease.

As an interest in more holistic approaches to healing is growing, yoga therapy for cancer patients and survivors is emerging as a successful approach for fighting the physical distress of cancer and cancer treatment.

Some people with cancer, who use yoga, say it calms their mind so that they can cope better with their cancer and treatment. Others say that it helps reduce symptoms and side effects such as pain, fatigue, sleep problems and depression. Yogic breathing and gentle yoga poses send oxygen-rich blood to the cells, delivering vital nutrients to tired cells. Increased blood flow balances the glands and enhances the lymphatic flow in the body.

But one of the main reasons cancer patients use yoga is because it makes them feel whole again. Yoga provides natural tools to help you relax and cope with stress, anxiety and depression. Yoga is also a natural mood enhancer; it is uplifting to the mind, body and spirit, which is so important for cancer patients.  #standupforcancerday

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Back to School = Back to your Mat

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The end of summer means back to school! It’s an exciting time, not only for kids, but for adults too. It invites us to think of brand new activities and abilities we have yet to explore and improve upon the ones we currently have.

Think of your body as your workbook. Every time you attend a yoga class, you’re learning something new about yourself and that gets you closer to accomplishing your objectives.

So take this time for yourself. By spending quality time working on yourself, you can strengthen your patience and replenish your soul. The greater your practice, the more you are reminded that it is in the journey, not the destination, where joy lives and that is a lesson worth learning.

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL YOGA MONTH!

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL YOGA MONTH designated by the Department of Health & Human Services. Join our worldwide community and celebrate!

This month we honor the practice that gives us so much. We flow with gratitude as our bodies, minds and spirits are uplifted and inspired. The benefits of yoga go well beyond flexibility. We are stronger, more peaceful, patient and mindful of people and our environment. It is never too late to start a healthy lifestyle through yoga. Blessings!  #nationalyogamonth #namasteeveryday #nextyoga

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Stop blaming your arms! A tip for those who struggle with upper body strength in yoga inversions.

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If you struggle with inversion poses, such as downward dog, headstand or handstand, it is very easy to blame your arms and your lack of arm strength. While this may be true, if you have been regularly practicing yoga, you may be surprised to learn the reason could be in your shoulders, and more specifically your arms and shoulders not working together as a team.

One way to work on this area is by bringing your focus to the rhomboid muscles. These muscles are located on the back between the shoulder blades. When your posture is habitually rounded forward (common for people working at a desk all day), the rhomboids become over stretched. Learning to contract these muscles to draw the shoulder blades together is an important step toward improving inversion poses.

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Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

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Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training gives you the knowledge and skills to become a Certified Yoga Sculpt Teacher.
Learn the Yoga Sculpt Primary Series, the essentials of yoga philosophy, and receive the tools needed to teach an innovative, fun Yoga Sculpt class.
Deepen your own practice through posture clinics and personal feedback.

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