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Yoga means “inner oneness”.  And is a great way to develop the mind, body, and spirit.  It helps develops strength and flexibility; it practices deep breathing; releases tension in the mind and body; it benefits the heart, concentration, your mood, and so much more!  Starting this Saturday, I will take one class a week.

FREE CLASSES Every Saturday from 5-7 PM

8555 Haskell
North Hills, CA 91343

If this isn’t anywhere near you, you could check online.  There are tons of free yoga classes throughout Los Angeles in parks, recreation centers, and gyms.  Let’s do it!

“Yoga is bodily gospel.”  ~Reaven Fields

Sometimes my mind feels like it’s stuck in quicksand, slowly sinking and unable to break free.  It could be from the long list of things I have to do, things in the past I wish I could change, insecurities of what others are really thinking about me, past trauma, or the future (just to name a few).  They make my thoughts feel static, overwhelming me with stress and anxiety.

Now, think of some things that stress you out…

How do you deal with stress? Maybe ice cream? Procrastinating? Shifting your focus on to someone else’s problems?

One easy and IMPORTANT way to deal with stress is focusing on deep breathing.  Lay your hand on your chest and notice your breath.  When I did this, I was overwhelmed with school and issues at home.  My breath was quick and I felt a little claustrophobic.  Does your breathing feel constrained?

Long, deep breaths release tension in the mind, spirit, and body.  Noticing the pressure happening in my body, I relax and take in a deep breath through my nose, filling my abdomen and lungs with air.  I exhale the air slowly, releasing my stresses, fears, and concern with it.  I do this for a few minutes.  I feel calm, focused, and at peace.

Try it for yourself and see how you feel:

Not only does deep breathing help relieve stress, it also:

  • Purifies the bloodstream, allowing a detoxification to take place in the body.
  • Allows more efficient digestion because of the increased oxygen that is reaching the stomach.
  • Improved health of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves due to increased oxygen.
  • Skin becomes smoother and healthier with a reduction in facial wrinkles.
  • Healthier more powerful lungs, increasing stamina.
  • Allows heart to last longer and work more efficiently.
  • Fights against heart disease by providing extra oxygen to your heart’s tissues.
  • Relaxes mind and body without inducing tiredness. You feel relaxed and energized at the same time.
  • Releases tension and reduces stress
  • (Source: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/149086/the_vital_importance_of_deep_breathing.html?cat=5)

It’s crazy to think that something we do naturally, everything single day. can give us so many health benefits, if we just do it a little slower and deeper.

Instead of waking up thinking, “Oh God! Another day; It’s early; I don’t want to wake up; Ugh; So much to do!”, I will take five deep long breaths and say, Thank you.  And throughout the day, I will practice this breathing as many times as I can.  Everyone can handle this.  It’s simple, easy, and relaxing.   Let’s try it together and see if our days make some positive changes.

Image by Laura Crescio

Visit http://www.stress-relief-exercises.com/deep-breathing-exercises.html to get more tips on breathing techniques

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.”

Everyone needs inspiration.

That push from others; the song that makes you feel weightless; a quote from those who seem so much wiser; family; a bike ride or jog, that reminds you of your inner-strength; warm family meals that are eaten as a community; fresh air; yoga poses; old pictures; ice cream; mangoes; books that fill your soul; funny facebook comments; prayers; thank you’s; a large glass of water when you are really thirsty; gifts from others (that remind you that you are worth it); laughter; hugs; pets; hikes; … and the list goes on.

But, sometimes life becomes overwhelming and stress, procrastination, sadness, anger, jealousy, and fear get the best of us.  It’s hard to remember why we should keep pushing.  As someone who works as a mentor for children and is always putting myself out there for everyone to turn to, I forget to practice what I preach.  This blog is a personal journey of healthy living and inspiration.  For myself and others.

Finding inspiration for sustainable, healthy living through anything and everything!


“A turtle travels only when it sticks it’s neck out.”