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Why is Yoga an excellent stress reliever?

Stress is commonly defined as tension being applied to an object. Within the human body this can manifest emotionally, mentally, physically, or more often than not, all three. Stress is your body’s way of reacting to and coping (or not coping) with what it perceives as a threat – this could be an event (or events) or individual(s) that result in you feeling anxious, angry or frustrated.

Yoga is a fantastic and cost effective stress buster. While there are many strains of Yoga, most include a combination of physical poses (asanas), controlled breathing (pranayama) and guided relaxation (nidra) or meditation (Dhyna) to bring about a more harmonious mind-body connection. How important is this mind-body connection in stress alleviation?

When we are stressed our fight or flight reflexes kick in, knowingly or unknowingly draining the body as our Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) switches on and our adrenal glands begin running on high alert. Breathing is impacted when we are stressed – often becoming shallower, we may even momentarily stop breathing and then struggle to take big gulping recovery breaths, further exacerbating our anxiety and leaving us feeling drained on a physical and mental level.

By mindfully looking to establish a stronger more controlled harmony between movement and breath we can significantly reduce perceived stress, and even lower our blood pressure and heart rates, coaxing our Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) into action. The PNS has a wonderful counterbalancing effect on the drain of the SNS being on for often much longer periods than it should be. As the PNS kicks in, the body begins relaxing into the movement, our breathing deepens – calming us, while supplying more oxygen to the body, making for clearer thought and action.

As an added bonus Yoga is non-judgemental, so there is no added pressure making you feel that you need to compete – simply modify your movements as needed – almost anyone can do Yoga.

Consistent Yoga practice fosters greater body awareness, enabling us to identify the physical manifestations of stress and consciously allowing us to “let it go”. Yoga provides an excellent opportunity to learn to leave our worries behind while we focus on ourselves and what we are doing on the mat. Learning to be more in tune with yourself and your limitations, lets you work through discomfort with greater ease and makes success that much sweeter and better appreciated – this translates into everyday life (whether you are aware of it or not).

That’s it for now – see you all for playtime on the mat😉

Till next time – Keep it Light😘

Louise

 

About Nicky Oram

Nicky enjoys ‘swanning’ and ‘horsing’ around and has been invited to Mexico with a rather unusual travel guide.

1. What is your favorite Yoga style and pose?
TRIYOGA and pose is SWAN

2. How did you get interested in Yoga?
I started an interest in yoga at Virgin in Kloof where I attended Triyoga classes with Bindu Lovell.

3. If you could compare yourself to an animal, which would it be and why?
Horse. I have loved them all my life! They are free spirited and are one with the outdoors.

4. What do you like to do in your free time?
Ride my horse, hike and enjoy nature.

5. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
Ummm, thats a hard one as things have been too serious lately!

6. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Travel Channel. I would love to travel more and this is one way of doing it.

7. What’s your favorite drink?
Coffee!

8. If a penguin wearing a sombrero walks through your front door, what does he say and why is he here?
Ole!! I have come to fetch you to board the plane to Mexico. He is my travel guide!

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Purring through the Universe

Welcome Louise!

We are super happy to announce that Louise of  ‘Yoga with Louise Live Stream’ is joining us as a Brand Ambassador for Yoga Essentials (in fact we were doing extra Sun Salutations in the office this morning!), she is a great asset to our team.
Louise is a seasoned Yoga and Pilates teacher who teaches a fusion of Hatha, Kripalu, Vini and Vinyasa (infused with core Pilates principles). She has 25 years of experience on the Yoga mat. Louise is a firm believer that you must “play where you are”, finding what works best for you and never comparing yourself to anyone else as we are all unique. She encourages students to progress at their own pace, exploring their own boundaries, whilst honouring their own body’s need in each moment.

She admits to being a perpetual yoga student, who loves mindful movement and the physical and mental benefits that it brings!

Louise has an established online Live-Stream daily class service where students can participate in real time or simply catch up later (classes are available 24/7 to do in your own time). She is also available for private classes. You can find out more on her website Yoga With Louise

We will be featuring her with her own section on our Two Cats blog, where we will post news and updates, including product reviews.

We noticed a rather playful and sometimes ‘wicked’ sense of humour that Louise has, so you have been warned!

You can  find her on Facebook, Instagram (Ywl.live.stream), YouTube and Website at :

                    

So welcome Louise –  from all of us at Yoga Essentials and the Yogiverse!

The Yogiverse is a FREE service open to all Yoga studios and teachers (and yogi’s).
You can join the Yogiverse at http://yogiverse.co.za

 

Yoga Time To reset

Time to reset and restore. Legs up the wall. An excellent way to de-stress at the end of a long day. It benefits the kidneys, pelvis, lower back and reduces water retention in the legs. Is excellent for stress and anxiety.

Lay on your back, shimmy your butt along the floor until its fairly close to the wall, place your legs against the wall.

Options:
• Blanket under the lower back
• Knees bent
• Arms beside you, hands to your belly or arms overhead
• Butterfly pose with soles of the feet together and knees out to the sides.

If you enjoyed this sequence and found it beneficial please feel free to make a donation at paypal.me/pennysleinyoga Music by: Beautiful Chorus Song: Breathe It In Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel, you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Yoga for Bikers

PSY yoga is for everyone but this sequence is particularly good for bikers because it allows for more mobility in the IT band, piriformis, lower back, hip flexors, quads, iliopsoas, whole chest and shoulders.

Time to get off your bike 😉 for a moment and do some dynamic stretches before or after your ride or on rest days.

Remember Always make sure not to over stretch. You can do this by listening to the body. When you feel it naturally pausing…then pause. Foam rolling is also excellent for those tight muscles! (More about that later)

Start with a few repetitions and once you’re familiar with the poses increase according to your body’s needs.
• Arm swings
• Standing side stretch
• Standing bow
• Shoulder stretches
• 1 legged quad stretch
• Alternating knee to chest
• Alternating leg lifts
• Standing figure 4
• Hip flexor stretch
• Wide legged forward fold
• Side lunges
• Warrior 2
• High lunge
• Crescent moon
• Childs pose
• Prone twisted scorpion
• Upward facing dog
• Cow and cat
• Half happy baby
• Figure 4
• Twisted figure 4
• Side stretch
• Sacral massage
• Savasana

If you enjoyed this sequence and found it beneficial please feel free to make a donation at paypal.me/pennysleinyoga Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Office, Plane or Chair Yoga

Yoga is good for your immune system. When the body is in a state of stress it produces cortisol which lowers the immune system. A few minutes of yoga every day lowers stress levels, increases circulation and boosts immune system.

Chair yoga is perfect for times when you’re in the office, having to sit for long periods of time or even on a plane. See what space you have around you or what space you can create. Use the furniture or equipment, move your body and get the circulation going.

• Head tilts side to side
• Wrist rolls • Side bend
• Shoulder rolls
• Torso twists
• Cat stretch
• Thoracic rotation with bend
• Chest fly • Eagle arms
• Figure 4 • Ankle rolls
• L-shape
• Calf raises
• L- shape twist and toe touch

Make the sequence longer by repeating each pose a few more times. Always listening to messages the body is giving you. Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class! Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Penny Slein Yoga Sun salutation For Beginners

Strengthen your body with dynamic mindful movement, speed up metabolism and increase circulation. Excellent warm up for runners.

Reach up towards the sun and bring its power and warmth into your body. Surya Namaskar is energizing so best practiced in the morning prior to eating breakfast.
• Mountain Pose
• High Mountain
• Forward Fold
• Lunge
• Downward Dog
• Extended Child’s Pose
• Upward Facing Dog
• Downward Dog
• Lunge
• Forward Fold
• High Mountain
• Mountain

Go at your own pace. Begin with two sun salutations then increase to four, six etc. You can hold each pose for a few breaths or transition with each inhale and exhale. Allow it to become a moving meditation. Let it flow naturally. Listen to your body. If you feel you need more intensity move faster, if you feel you need to slow it down then slow it down, if you feel you need to rest then rest. Remember you create your own sunshine 😉 Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class!
Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you,
Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel, you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

 

Penny Slein Yoga – Wrist and Shoulder Warm Up

Simple, quick mindful movements for wrists, arms and shoulders. Aiming to mobilize and strengthen the joints and ease pain

Start slowly, increasing the number of repetitions and increase the range of motion accordingly. If you feel any pain then stop. This 5min clip includes wrist rotation, extension and flexion in seated and tabletop positions.

Like, share, save, comment and subscribe. Let me know what aspects of yoga you would like to focus on. Love, light, blessings to you and namaste Pen Xx

Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class! Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

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DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Penny Slein Yoga – 10 min Yoga Abs

Begin with a few repetitions then slowly build up to more.

There are so many ways to strengthen and tone your core and here are a few to get you to make the mind body connection, begin to engage your lower abdominals and whole body. * Pelvic rocks * Crunches * Figure 4 * Figure 4 crunches * Low boat pose * Supine tree * Eagle legs * Plank * Forearm plank * Sphinx * Crocodile – restore and rest Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class! Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

 

Penny Slein Yoga – 5 Min Yoga Standing Warm Up

Quick simple 5min yoga warm up and mindful movement for the entire body. This standing warm up includes: * Dynamic chair pose * Forward fold * Rag Doll * L-shape * Chair pose with crossed arms * Warrior 1 * High Lunge * Warrior 2 * Extended Angle I will post a variety of warm ups, sequences and meditations to get you started on your yoga journey.

Subscribe, save, like, share and comment. Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa come join me for a class. Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.