Yoga to the Rescue

Breathing exercises and yoga are considered excellent resources for controlling stress and anxiety.

It’s comforting to know that we have the ability to tap into our very own resources when the need arises.  Have you found yourself in a stressful situation lately?  Take a moment to reflect on how your body reacted.  Did your palms become sweaty while your heart rate increased?  Did you feel achy in your neck or shoulder area? 

If you find yourself anxious, why not take a moment and focus on the breath?  Breathing exercises and yoga are considered excellent resources for controlling stress and anxiety.  Yoga is a combination of mindful movements and gentle breathing exercises that help in lowering muscle tension, relaxing the nervous system, and lowering heart rate, thereby relieving anxiety.

After a recent class, a student of mine shared with me how she used the benefits of yoga off the mat to manage a stressful situation.  The student was having an MRI and needed to be still while the test was being performed.  She tapped into her yoga breath and visualized herself on a sandy beach in Florida.  I love this story; it is so empowering to know we have the tools inside ourselves.  I like to take a moment during each class to thank our bodies for allowing us to practice and take in all the wonderful benefits of yoga; coming together and practicing yoga … we are blessed.

Feel free to join us and begin your yoga journey of self exploration…see you on the mat.

If you would like to learn more about yoga, please feel free to join us Wednesdays at 6:00pm* and Thursdays at 9:30am* at Jacobs Well in Evergreen Park.

*Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Joan Zigulich is a Certified Hatha, Children and Family Yoga Instructor.  My mission is to introduce the wonderful benefits of yoga allowing the student to practice both on and off the mat. I teach classes at Jacobs Well in Evergreen Park. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss how to incorporate the practice of yoga into your life, yogapathway@yahoo.com   or "LIKE" Yoga Pathway on Facebook www.facebook.com/YogaPathway

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