Daily Inspiration for the Mind
We know the long term effects of stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, but do you know why? When we're stressed over long periods of time, our body releases cortisol, a hormone which can have some pretty crazy influences on our bodies. It can inhibit our immune system, impair our ability to make and keep memories and even lengthen the time it takes to heal!
Don't freak out though, adding a few little rituals in your daily life can reduce your cortisol levels significantly. Having a chuckle, getting a massage and even dancing has shown to lower cortisol, so while you're trying to fit in yoga class, work, driving the kids to class and making dinner, stop for 5 minutes to look at dog shaming pictures or practice your moves while you're showering. More proof that having fun is healthy!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Daily StretchSide Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-workout, Stretch Break
Hold for 1 minute total
Stretch Benefits: Helps elongate obliques and opens up the chest so you can take full breaths of air. Stretches the hips to improve mobility.
Begin standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips and your toes pointing forward. Reach your right arm up with your palm facing to the left. Slide your left hand down your left leg as you reach up and over towards the left with your right hand stretching the right side of your body. Stay in the stretch for 30 seconds breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. Be sure to not to lean forward or backwards. Repeat the same thing on the other side.