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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Busy Parenting? Try 4 Simple Yoga Poses For Balance

By:  Michelle  Alva  Physical & Yoga Therapist, Blogger  September  2014


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Being a parent is one of life’s most fulfilling, challenging and enriching life experiences. Our children require our unconditional love, full presence and patience to develop into healthy and thriving individuals. But it can also take a toll on us as well, so by weaving even simple yoga poses into our busy lives, it can help us achieve more balance.

7 YOGA BENEFITS FOR BUSY PARENTS

  • Lowers stress
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improved focus
  • Improved sleep
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Boosts your immune system (resilience from catching a cold)
  • Elevates your mood

4 YOGA POSES FOR BUSY PARENTS

Can you say: Baddakonasana?
While still in bed, practice baddakonasana, the reclined pose. Expand and receive fully a deep diaphragmatic breath of peace and gratitude from the moment you wake up in the morning. 
Extend Your Spine and Stretch!
As soon as you get up in the morning from your bed, reach your arms overhead and stretch. Feel the lengthening of your chest, arms, upwards and extending your spine backwards to open the front side of your body. This is a great movement especially if you sit in a chair for more than three to four hours during the day. You can extend while taking a shower for added benefit.
Practice Mindful Sun Salutations
Practice at least three to five rounds of sun salutations in the morning. This is a series of repetitive movements that are guided by the breath and done with full awareness of the body. Feel yourself moving with awareness and with a sense of joy and appreciation for your amazing body. 
Eat Meals Mindfully
Practice mindfulness meditation by integrating this form of witnessing and observing every moment just as it is. Turn off your phone and computer during meals. Practice being present with your food and your children. We only have so many hours in the day and making sure that we are accomplishing what is most important brings us a great deal of peace and fulfillment that overflows into how we respond to our children.

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