Here’s What International Day Of Yoga Looked Like in Belize

On Sunday, June 21, Belizeans all over the country gathered to celebrate the UN’s first International Day of Yoga.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition,” Modi said when he first proposed International Day of Yoga during the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

Check out these amazing pictures from the event below:

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Yoga may guard against heart disease

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Doing yoga may be a good way to protect against heart disease, particularly if you cannot do more vigorous exercise, research suggests.

A review in the Netherlands of 37 studies involving nearly 3,000 people found yoga was independently linked to a lowering of heart risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Yoga does not count towards the recommended physical activity that we should all do each week.

Experts say it may still be beneficial.

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

There are lots of different types of yoga – tantric, Hatha and Ashtanga to name a few – but most are not strenuous enough to count towards the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity the government says we should get each week to give our heart and lungs a workout.

Yoga does count as a muscle strengthening exercise – something the same guidelines say we should do on two or more days a week, every week.

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Prof Myriam Hunink, from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, set out to investigate what effect, if any, yoga might have on heart health.

Compared with no exercise, yoga had significant benefits – it was linked to a lower risk of obesity, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol, the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reports.

When pitched against other types of exercise, such as brisk walking or jogging, yoga was no better or worse based on the same measures of heart risk.

Prof Hunink said: “These results indicate that yoga is potentially very useful and in my view worth pursuing as a risk improvement practice.”

It is not clear why yoga might be beneficial, but experts say it could be down to its calming effect. Stress has been linked to heart disease and high blood pressure.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “The benefits could be due to working the muscles and breathing, which can bring more oxygen into the body, leading to lower blood pressure.

“A larger study is recommended though to assess the effects of yoga more fully.”

She said the benefits of yoga on emotional health were well-established.

Source: BBC News

About the Author:

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Giesel was born and raised in Dangriga Town in Belize, Central America and is now a Houston, Texas based yoga instructor with a passion for holistic health and nutrition, and self-acceptance.

On her journey to share her passions through yoga, Giesel incorporates her Garifuna and Creole culture, yoga philosophy, and awareness to attain self-love.

Giesel specializes in Vinyasa Krama Yoga, which is a flowing sequence of asanas linked by breath and intention.

She is a registered member of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers.

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Bend like a cobra to counteract computer slouch

At the computer, do you sit up tall with your shoulders back and down? Or do your shoulders tend to round forward? Chances are, it’s the latter.

Over time, your chest and shoulder muscles can become short and tight.
Enter Cobra pose. This gentle backbend stretches–and also strengthens–your arms, back and backside.

Cobra

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  • Lie with your chin resting on top of your mat.
  • Place your hands under your shoulders with fingers spread wide.
  • Press your hands into the mat and draw your shoulders back toward your heels, tucking your tailbone.
  • Press the tops of your feet into the mat and lift your chest, keeping your neck long.

Tip: Though this pose requires getting down on the floor, you don’t need a mat to do it. Try Cobra on the floor of your living room during a commercial break from TV.

 

About the Author:

Giesel was born and raised in Dangriga Town in Belize, Central America and is now a Houston, Texas based yoga instructor with a passion for holistic health and nutrition, and self-acceptance.

On her journey to share her passions through yoga, Giesel incorporates her Garifuna and Creole culture, yoga philosophy, and awareness to attain self-love.

Giesel specializes in Vinyasa Krama Yoga, which is a flowing sequence of asanas linked by breath and intention.

She is a registered member of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers.

Let’s get connected

Facebook/gieselarnold

Instagram@gieselarnoldyoga

Twitter: @gieselyoga

Blog: gieselarnoldyoga.wordpress.com

Emailyogawithgiesel@gmail.com

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Why this yogi wears PINK…

October is breast cancer awareness month. A time when we honor those currently fighting breast cancer and all who have gone before them.

Earlier this year, my auntie was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the scariest feeling to hear the somber tone in my Mother’s voice when she told me the news, but rather than thinking it was a death sentence, we knew there was hope.

Our family is rich in love and support and was willing and able to go above and beyond to help my aunt with her battle.

I wear pink for my Auntie who is a breast cancer warrior. I love you.

Spirit Meaning-Diseases & Affirmations from metaphysical healer Louise Hay

BREAST (left):Feeling unloved, refusal to nourish oneself. Putting everyone else first.

Affirmation: I am loved and nourished by all around me

BREAST (right): Over protection, over bearing, difficulty in giving love.

Affirmation:I embrace and trust life knowing that I am safe and loved. I choose to love and be loved.

CANCER: What’s eating at you? Deep hurt, secret or grief.

Affirmation: I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my life with joy. I love and approve of myself.

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