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Category Archives: Yoga

April 1, 2014

photo-3Spending hours on your feet is exhausting and painful.

When you need to refresh, sleep well and be ready for another day, find 15-20 minutes for yourself.

Simple and relaxing this pose is guaranteed to calm the chaos in your mind, de-stress your nervous system, while taking the pressure off your feet, hips, back, shoulders and frown.

8 Simple Steps to Relief from Exhaustion
  1. Place a folded blanket or yoga mat on the floor at a wall
  2. Sit sideways against the walls with your knees bent and your hip against the wall
  3. Slowly lower yourself back, with your head on the floor swinging your buttocks around so they touch the wall
  4. Raise your feet up the wall extending them straight up as far as is comfortable for you.
  5. Place a small pillow under your head and/or neck if you are more comfortable.  Another blanket for comfort and coziness is nice too!
  6. Let your arms roll so that your palms face up keeping your arms away from your body in a comfortable position.
  7. Breathe slowly – Every time your minds wanders off (as it will) gently remind yourself to focus on relaxing and on your breathing

Ahhh!.

Benefits of Legs up the Wall
  • Relieves pressure from your legs, ankles, knees and hips
  • Releases lower back
  • Eases shoulder, upper back and neck tension
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Balances out the mood
  • Allows you to rest and restore your energy.

Legs up the wall is part of a series of Restorative Yoga poses. Simple, effective and easy to do. This series is ideal for anyone who needs to de-stress, energize and find more calm and balance.

Yoga, Mindfulness workshops and classes and other de-stressing activities are available through www.thewellnessedge.ca.

November 14, 2013

Mid terms – Panic or Thrive?

stress picThe past couple of weeks I have the wonderful opportunity to meet with college students to hear their lives are being affected by stress and share some tools and techniques to help students manage and cope with the stress their living with.

Students, like everyone else is not just coping with stress, we’re all over stimulated. Juggling mid terms, deadlines, internships, jobs, social lives takes a huge toll on students. Some students are parents, working one or two jobs juggling their needs along with running a house and studying. read more …

October 18, 2013
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What just 20 minutes of Yoga can do for your brain

I’ve always know that practising Yoga was good for me. Even when I work hard to avoid getting on my mat, there’s a nagging voice telling me to just go and do it!

Living with arthritis often means waking up sore and stiff. It can take half an hour for me not to sound like Frankenstein clomping around the house while my joints warm up until I can move with more freedom.

Getting on the mat to warm up aching muscles, ease pain and increase my sometimes limited flexibility never

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June 25, 2013
hummingbird in flower

hummingbird in flowerIn this 24/7 connected world we’re all looking for tools to help us remain balanced, focused on what’s important and healthy – mentally, physically and emotionally. Life just shouldn’t be suffered struggling from one disaster until the next one.

Mindful Living practices provide us with a roadmap to navigate our way through life with more balance, less stress, happier and living more effectively. read more …