9 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby.

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9 Benefits of prenatal yoga:

  1. Develops stamina and strength- As baby grows within our body, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the weight.  Yoga poses strengthen our hips, back, arms and shoulders.
  2. Balance- Our balance is challenged physically as the fetus grows within our body. Emotionally we are drained due to the increases in progesterone and estrogen. As we try to focus on holding and breathing through each yoga pose, we are able to fine tune our balance, physically and emotionally.
  3. Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders- As baby grows, more stress is put upon these specific muscle groups in our bodies.  We tend to have more of a lordotic/lower back curve due to the increased size of our bellies. Our hips get tighter due to the added pressure of baby’s weight in our bellies. As our breasts increase in size, our upper back and chest have more tension, along with our neck and shoulders.
  4. Calms the nervous system-Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation.  When our bodies are in that mode, our digestions operate properly, we tend to sleep better, and our immune system is at its optimal.
  5. Connection with baby- A prenatal yoga practice allows us to slow down and focus attention on what is going on within our bodies. Through working with our breath and doing each pose, you become more aware of what is going on within.
  6. Increases circulation- Circulation is enhanced within our joints and our muscles are elongated during practice.  Upon circulation of the blood within our bodies, swelling is decreased and our immunity is enhanced, creating a healthy environment for a thriving baby.
  7. Breathwork practice- This is a good tool for labor during contractions.  If we are consciously breathing, our blood pressure and heart rate is regulated keeping us in parasympathetic/relaxation mode.  Calm mama equals calm baby.
  8. Sense of community/sisterhood- It can be very comforting to be with a group of women who understand what we are going through.
  9. Nurturing time- This time allows us to stop and slow down from our busy days.  Through the practice of yoga, you are setting intention in taking care of not only yourself, but of baby.

Combining and complementing with our Pregnancy Yoga classes, the 6 week private yoga training help women and their birth partner prepare for and experience birth. If you are interested in our 6 week private yoga training email yogawithgiesel@gmail.com.

Practice working with your body and mind to make your pregnancy more spiritual than painful.

Release fears surrounding birth and embrace the natural process of what your body and your baby will do.

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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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How to Do Yoga at Home

One of most delightful and soothing experiences you can do is to practice yoga at home. Unlike attending yoga classes, learning how to do yoga at home is a preferred choice of many.

Those who know how to do yoga at home can attest to the wonderful benefits it brings. Imagine that feeling of comfort and privacy of being able to manage your own regimen – it’s truly astounding!

Below are some of the benefits of doing yoga at home:

  1. You Can Manage Your Own Time

Instead of re-arranging your schedule for another person, you have the convenience to decide as to when you want to do yoga. Since you know how to do yoga at home, you can simply fit your ‘yoga time’ to when you feel comfortable.

All you need is a mat, a yoga book, and an audio CD or DVD. There are no costs other than that!

You can opt to buy a hard copy of a yoga book from your favorite bookstore or simply get one online which you can easily access.

  1. You Can Be Your Own Teacher

You can come up with a customized routine that suits your preferences at a particular time. Specifically, you can put together a personalized mix of poses, stretches and other exercises that fits your daily schedule.

It’s up to you if you want to start with a sequence of sun salutations and floor stretches or do some standing and balancing poses. Whether you have 15 minutes or a full hour to spare, you have the power to decide how long and what your routine should be – this is the essence of home-based yoga.

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  1. You Can Experience Yoga at its Finest

Learning how to do yoga at home is the only way to ensure that you’ll have a true yoga experience. This means that there are things that you can experience at home that you can’t get from being part of any yoga class.

There is a really different atmosphere when it comes to practicing yoga at home and being part of a class. You will feel a certain sense of serenity, sincerity and be more mindful of yourself in the privacy of your own home.

Yoga allows you the flexibility to decide where and when to practice it. Some cannot afford to join yoga classes due to financial reasons. Another obstacle to taking these classes is the fixed schedules which makes it hard for others to squeeze it into their weekly agenda. Whatever your reason is, knowing how to do yoga at home is truly an advantage.

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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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Yoga band is the new ‘relax tech’

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Muse, a Google Glass-like wearable piece of tech will now help users practice yoga, even from the workplace.

The device is the result of a popular crowd-funding Indiegogo campaign and costs $300. The user wears it like a headband and through a pair of headphones and a mobile phone, the device, according to Mashable, can transport the user to an idyllic surroundings and soothing sounds.

The Muse headband is part of a new wave of devices that are increasingly trying to bring users some relaxation and focus through wearable technology. The makers of the device say users can use this tech anywhere in a plane, at work or even during assisted commute.

Sensors inside the headband measure the brain’s electrical signals and the data is then translated into feedback users can understand. The device will even prompt you to keep a count for one to 10, in order to relax.
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In the current market of ‘relax tech’, Muse is also joined by another device called the Thync. Thync too detects brain activity and helps users relax and after a massive $13 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, the manufacturers claim the first product will be out in 2015.

According to Mashable, Thync claims it has combined actual neuroscience with algorithms to help people make the “transition from a busy day to a relaxing evening”.

Source: deccanchronicle.com

About the Contributor:

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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.

Let’s get connected

Facebook/gieselarnold

Instagram@gieselarnoldyoga

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Blog: gieselarnoldyoga.wordpress.com

Emailyogawithgiesel@gmail.com

Reading, writing and warrior pose?

children yogaINDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — In recent years, at IPS #19 or “SUPER School” as it’s now known, unconventional items like exercise balls and ellipticals have had a place in the standard learning day, as school leaders look for ways to encourage and active mind and body.

Now, there’s a another new twist, as yoga has come to the classroom, too.

“And yoga is about breathing, so our muscles relax and are peaceful,” explains instructor Alicia Oksay to her group of fifth through eighth grade girls. “This is a tough age for girls, so we knew this was when they needed to focus on their individuality and doing what’s right for them.”

Oksay works with an organization called Mighty Lotus. The stated goal of Mighty Lotus is to “empower under-served individuals to overcome challenges and lead mindful, purposeful and healthy lives through the development of life skills using yoga, meditation and other awareness practices.

“At first I was scared. I didn’t think it was going to work,” admits Janyia Lloyd, one of the students currently taking the course. Halfway through the year, she has shrugged off those initial worries. “I think it helps everyone. If you’re going through anything, it’ll calm you down.”

That review will please leaders at the school and Mighty Lotus, who say they want the yoga to mean much more than mere physical flexibility.

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“For example, today we did some feet-behind-the-head,” explains Oksay, explaining the link between the physical and the mental. “Most people can’t do that right away, and it’s learning to deal with whether you can or can’t do it first of all. Not whether you can do it, but how to handle it if you can’t.”

Sixth-grader Ximena Flores says it has definitely helped her learn coping skills.

“I used to get mad at my brothers because they got into my stuff, but I remembered to calm down and breathe slow and it helps calm me down,” Ximena said.

Mighty Lotus says it’s a tool for children.

“So when they’re faced with confrontation, bullying, any type of issues where they don’t know how to deal with their emotions, they now have a tool,” says Alyssa Pfennig, president of Mighty Lotus.  “A tool they can use. They don’t have to get from anyone else. And they can use all the way through their life.”

Mighty Lotus currently has programs in six schools in Central Indiana with hopes of expanding to more.

Source: Wish TV

About the Contributor:

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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.

Let’s get connected

Facebook/gieselarnold

Instagram@gieselarnoldyoga

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Blog: gieselarnoldyoga.wordpress.com

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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.

Let’s get connected

Facebook/gieselarnold

Instagram@gieselarnoldyoga

Twitter: @gieselyoga

Blog: gieselarnoldyoga.wordpress.com

Emailyogawithgiesel@gmail.com