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Breathe. Exhale. Repeat. The benefits of controlled breathing

It seems science is finally showing evidence of the benefits of breathing on our mind and body – something yogis and buddhists have knows for thousands of years. In yoga we call it pranayama; meaning breath control. There are many different types of pranayama that may be practiced in yoga. 

If I am feeling stressed, I will practice breathing […]

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Mood boost – yoga to calm your mind

I came across this article from www.psychologies.co.uk and it outlines some great simple but effective yoga poses for beginners. Great for improving your mood, deepening your breath and moving your spine safely. 

Originally, yoga postures were designed to be active preparation for meditation. In modern life, these qualities help relieve the pressures of modern life. Many of us […]

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Relaxed in the office with yoga

Article from: www.huffingtonpost.ca

I work from home, and have laptops on desks or tables throughout my home. The worst case scenario is that I am slouched, half-laying on the couch with my laptop balanced on my knees for 10 plus hours a day.

Recently, I spoke with Rachel Scott, Director of Teacher Development at YYoga. Rachel shared her […]

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5 poses to relieve lower back pain from sitting

My posture has definitely improved since ditching my desk job.

This doesn’t mean that as an office worker you can’t have great posture nor prevent lower back, neck and shoulder issues. This article from www.doyouyoga.com has some great tips as well as 5 key yoga postures which you can practice at home.

Maintaining good posture can be […]

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12 Ways to beat Christmas stress

Tackle Christmas stress before it takes hold! The Black Dog Institute shares advice for staying mentally well over the busy festive season.

1. Work out your priorities and keep a list
Prioritise tasks and tick them off when they’re done. Make the tasks possible; don’t place unrealistic expectations on yourself. The festive season is a good time to […]

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Are mindfulness and meditation the same?

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It is difficult to pick up a lifestyle magazine or scroll through your favorite yoga-related social media pages without seeing mention of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. The words “mindfulness” and “meditation” often seem interchangeable, and both practices appear to have the same advantages. So why the different terminology?

Because these terms […]

Why workplace yoga is the new black

This article first appeared on www.zenyogastrap.com

Today, unique company benefits are quickly becoming the norm. Many employees no longer see these benefits as luxuries offered only at cutting-edge companies – they expect them and might even see them as the deciding factor in choosing which company to work for. Among a plethora of employee benefits like […]

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Clear your mental clutter

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The last few months I have felt a strong urge to purge; particularly my wardrobe and drawers. I must admit I wasn’t totally ruthless, as I made a pile for charity / throwing and another pile I hung in a wardrobe in another room – just in case. I wanted to see whether the […]

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R U OK? Screen time beats family and friend time.

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Today is R U Ok? Day Australia and Saturday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day highlighting the effect suicide has on family, friends, colleagues and society at large.

Unfortunately, this year marks an occasion much too close to home. A few months ago, a friend of mine took his own life quite suddenly, plunging his immediate loved ones into […]

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3 Yoga poses to counter the Monday blues

This article first appeared on www.doyouyoga.com

The weekend’s over and it’s back to the daily grind. Monday has come to symbolize a return to the dull, the boring, the tedious. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Many people try to psyche themselves up for the day (and week) ahead with coffee, but why not try […]