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5 yoga poses against anxiety

mai 2, 2016

It is really amazing how anxiety can affect our emotions, body and behaviour. Do you often have: insomnia, appetite and digestive problems, tiredness, headaches, decreased libido or muscle tensions? Do you regularly feel irritated, worried, undecided, have difficulty to concentrate or negative thoughts? Well you may need to relax a bit because you are having some symptoms of anxiety! If you don’t want to wait for the week-end or the annual leave to get rid of your stress and want to learn how to relieve your stress anytime during the week: you should test the benefits of yoga! In addition to improve the flexibility and build muscle strength, the practice of yoga can reduce stress, boost immunity, ease migraines, boost sexual performance (I confirm! kidding), help to sleep deeper, focus, feel happier, give peace of mind and a lot more! I started yoga just one year ago and it helps me so much to feel more relaxed although I still have a lot more to learn. My yoga guru taught me 5 yoga poses for the stress management that are really easy for beginners and do not require to twist your body into pretzel shapes! Don’t worry, it is never too late to begin yoga, you can start at any age and you don’t even have to be a hippie;) You can test these poses everyday whether in the morning to start your day with a positive and relaxed mindset or before to go to bed if you suffer from insomnia. I would be really glad to know if you noticed some benefits of these yoga poses. Keep me posted in the comments and ♫ Relax, take it easyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ♪)! Bisous, Melissa ♡

 

5 relaxing yoga poses:

1. SHASHANKASANA – Child pose
Child poseSteps : 

  1. Sit in the vajrasana with palms on the knees.
  2. Inhale and raise your arms up and straight.
  3. Exhale and lower your body towards the floor and rest your hands on the floor. Try to touch the head on the floor.
  4. Close your eyes and maintain the pose for three to five breaths.

Some benefits: relax the nervous system, makes you calm, improves concentration and memory, stretches the spinal cord and helps to relief from back pain. Very restorative.

 

2. VIPARITA KARANI – Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose

Legs-Up-The-Wall PoseSteps:

  1. Lie down with your hips as close to the wall as you can.
  2. Lift your legs and rest them on the wall.
  3. Stay in this position as long as you want.

Some benefits: stress reduction, regulates blood flow, improves digestion, relieve insomnia, restores tired feet and legs, relieves backache and headache.

 

3. TRIANGA MUKHA EKA PADA PASCHIMOTTANASANA – Half Hero Forward Bend

Half Hero Forward BendSteps:

  1. Begin sitting on the floor with your legs together and straight in front of you.
  2. Bend out the left leg and place the left foot next to the left buttock.
  3. Slowly lower your body towards the right leg, try to touch the head on the leg, which should be well stretched.
  4. Place the hands on the right foot and keep your forearms as close as possible to the ground.
  5. Stay in this position 30 seconds and execute this position twice on each side

Some benefits: Calms the mind, improves the strength of the back and thighs, relax the nervous system, tones the abdominal muscles, improves the flexibility of the knee and spine.

 

4. JATHARA PARIVRTANASANA – The Abdominal Twist

The Abdominal Twist

Steps:

  1. Lie on the floor with the arms stretched out at shoulder height. Your back is fully supported on the floor.
  2. Exhale and smoothly lift the straight legs to a 90 degree angle. Take a breath or two.
  3. Exhale and lower the legs together to the right and reach the feet toward the right hand. Keep the left shoulder pressed against the floor, and don’t allow the torso to roll toward the legs.
  4. Then take your gaze to the left hand, hold and breathe into the upper abdomen for 20 breaths.
  5. Look back at the sky, inhale and smoothly lift back to center.
  6. Take a breath or two and repeat the posture to the left.

Some benefits: reduces stress and anxiety, stretches the chest, obliques and lower back muscles, improves digestion, improves the flexibility of the spine.

 

5. NADI SODHANA – Alternate Nostril breathingAlternate Nostril breathingyoga posesSteps:

  1. Sit comfortably making sure your spine is straight.
  2. Place your left hand on the left knee, palms open to the sky.
  3. With you right hand, bring the index finger and middle finger in between the eyebrows.
  4. Close your eyes and take a deep and smooth breath in and out through your nose.
  5. Put the thumb on the right nostril and inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily.
  6. Close the left nostril with the ring finger and little finger and retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause.
  7. While removing the right thumb from the right nostril, breathe out slowly from the right. Pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.
  8. Breathe in from the right nostril and exhale from the left. The first round of alternate nostril breathing is done.
  9. Repeat up to 10 rounds.

Some benefits:  harmonizes the left and right hemispheres of the brain, reduces stress, relax the nervous system, center to mind to the present moment, reduces insomnia, supports our lungs and respiratory functions.

Yoga outfit – Oysho

Thanks to: Carmen María Pérez ♡

 

Inspiration

Pray for our world

mars 22, 2016
world

What is the future of humanity? That is the question I’m having on my mind with these non-stop terrorist attacks all around the world. Recently I made a research on Google (my old buddy has always the right answer to all my questions;)) and found this link where you can see all the terrorists attacks listed since the 80’s. It is just « amazing » how often these attacks are occurring EVERYWHERE in the world lately! They happen more or less every 2 days and the countries victim of these attacks are mainly based in Africa, Asia or middle-east with sadly very few consideration from the western countries. We all should stay united and avoid any kind of racisms or islamophobia since this is not done in the name of a religion. They are frustrated and unhealthy guys exactly looking for amalgams to recruit more lost spirits so let’s not give them this opportunity. We are all concerned by the same threat and no-where is safe anymore, however there is no way that we should stop living due to the fear. Let’s pray for our world. Bisous, Melissa ♡

Inspiration

Pursuit of Happiness

janvier 1, 2016

« To make an end is to make a beginning ». 2015 has been a year full of lessons that will really help me to make a fresh start in a happy mindset for this new year. This year, I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on me to achieve unachievable resolutions even though I still haven’t met all my resolutions from last year (and you neither you know it ). In 2016, I really want to focus and share with you guys some tips about positivity, well-being, healthy lifestyle. A lot of people (Myself first) easily allow negative thoughts to get the best of them and steal all their energy. To work on this and experience peace of mind and happiness, here are 10 ideas that are important to focus on and never forget. Which one is your fav? If you have other advices,  please share them in a comment. I would be glad to know them! Bisous and happy new year 2016, Melissa ♥

1. Worrying is a waste of time. It doesn’t change anything. It messes your mind and steals your happiness.

2. Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.

3. There are secrets opportunities hidden inside every failure. 

4. Let go of what you think your life is supposed to be, and be grateful for everything that it is.

5. Move on from the past because it’s gone, stop being stressed about the futur because it hasn’t arrived, fully live in the present and enjoy the simple pleasures of life because it is what you have today. 

6. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

7. Let go of people that are not positive influences in your life and focus on building important friendships.

8. Leave your comfort zone. Everything you want is on the other side of fear. So sometimes saying fuck it is the best decision!

9. If you’ll never try, you’ll never know. So stop wishing and start doing because in the end we only regret the chances we did take.

10. Don’t expect too much from others, you will be disappointed. You are the only one responsible for your happiness.  Feeling happy is a choice.

buddha