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10 Reasons to Start a Yoga Practice Today

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Who knew I’d be able to balance on a rock and do “dancer” pose? Not me.

Yoga is intimidating. Even after the first couple of classes it can be intimidating. You may not think yoga is for you, I certainly didn’t think it was for me. But that’s where I was wrong.

I’m thrilled we offer a safe place for beginners at our yoga retreats. If you’re like me, uncomfortable in a room of strangers who you think are judging you (they’re not!), a Yoga Nurture Retreat is perfect for you.

Five years ago if you would have invited me to a yoga class, I would have laughed and replied, “You’re kidding, right? I can’t even touch my toes.” I thought I knew what it took to do yoga, and I was certain I had none of it. I was wrong.

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How to Relax the Tightness in Your Neck

Does your neck feel tense and tight? Maybe these stretches will help. I was recently asked to submit information for an article about stretches that yoga instructors use for themselves and teach to their students. I frequently get neck discomfort and tension from working on my laptop. These neck stretches work beautifully.

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Neck & Shoulder Stretching at a Yoga Retreat

I plan to incorporate these stretches into upcoming yoga retreats. These feel especially good if you’ve been driving for awhile, with your neck and shoulders hunched and tight. It’s a perfect complement to our Friday evening hip opener class. Learn these soothing neck stretch when you join us for a retreat.

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Just Breathe

Some of the things I like to share with my yoga students:

“If you can breathe you can do Yoga.”

“Just breathe through the discomfort”

“Let your breath keep you anchored in the present moment.

“Use the sound of your breath to calm your mind.”

I know from personal experience, my breath is the most important part of my yoga practice.

Now as my life takes another crazy turn, teenagers and their issues (it’s true what they say about small kids, small problems; big kids, big problem, those of you with young children, Enjoy!).

Now I’m faced with problems that I used to believe wouldn’t happen to my kids and now the act of staying calm, seems completely impossible.

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My yoga teacher, readily tells our class that yoga is… “Learning to be comfortable in an uncomfortable situation.” That of course applies off the mat, as well as on the mat. I find it much easier to be uncomfortable on the mat than off!

Give me a hip stretch, where I feel like I’m a wishbone and my only wish is to come out of it. Give me two hours of hot yoga, where I collapse at the end into a beautiful savasana, feeling like a sopping wet dishrag.

I’ll take the discomfort of yoga any day over the feeling that my problems are bigger than me.

When things get hard for me, I can always find solace on my mat. It’s my time to breathe, to move, to meditate, to be completely present – where I let the stresses of everyday life fall away. Usually by the end of my practice, I don’t feel as overwhelmed.

My mat…a place to find comfort, calm, peace amidst the storm of my reality.

My practice…a place to just breathe.

My breath…my anchor when I feel overwhelmed.

How does your yoga practice help you get through the ups and downs of your life?

Need help catching your breath? Physically or figuratively? Join us for a retreat and take time for you. You’ll find your breath and so much more. Book here.