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But the mental health aspects of yoga are often more surprising than the physical ones . “ There ’ s a sense of peace that comes over me when I ’ m in the yoga space ,” Carrubba said . Carrubba ’ s students have described how yoga is a time for them to tap into how they ’ re feeling and let go . She has enjoyed seeing her students become more confident in themselves and their bodies , and feel proud of their accomplishments . “ When you lift a weight you didn ’ t think you could lift , you feel so empowered . It ’ s the same thing in yoga ,” Rasmussen explained .
Trying yoga for the first time can feel intimidating . The most common concern Carrubba hears from beginners is that they ’ re not flexible enough . “ It ’ s not about being flexible .
It ’ s about breathing , getting into the positions to the best of your ability , and using props and modifications to get there ,” she explained . Rasmussen adds that it ’ s important to try out different yoga styles . “ If you really want to explore yoga , you have to give yourself enough room and time to do it . You can ’ t just say , ‘ well , I took two classes and it didn ’ t do it for me , so I ’ m done ,’” she said . Rasmussen also emphasizes the importance of finding an instructor who resonates with you .
With each new year comes a new opportunity to put our health — both mental and physical — first . Whether it ’ s acupuncture , yoga , or both , these practices may offer a different , relaxing way to get back on track for the new year , and can provide health benefits for many years to come .
Better Health ... it s yours for the taking ! Five things you can do
1 . Walk : Whether its down the street , around the block , or anywhere in our local area . new to walking ? Start with a short distance and build from there !
2 . Hydrate : Most of us don ’ t drink enough water . as a result you may feel sluggish at times . Grab a glass or bottle of water to perk up and get the hydration your body needs !
3 . Stretch : Ever pull a muscle while tying your shoe or cramp up while reaching for the top shelf ? get into the habit of light strtching daily . Five to ten minutes of stretching makes a world of difference and can save you a pain in the ... back or other part of your body !
4 . Join a Friend : The world is opening up ! While we still need to be dilligent about personal space and hygine , join a friend over coffee or other beverage - just to have fun and catch up in person !
5 . Get Creative : Write a poem or encouraging letter to a friend or loved one , learn to draw or paint , take up a new a craft , play a musical instrument , etc . Its a no-judgment zone ! You are free to let your creativity soar !
- To your health !
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