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The Secret Power of Yoga

Monday, 20 April 2015

my favourite pose: the dancer's pose
I've been a dancer all my life. I've mainly taken ballet (including point), then got into Latin dance (salsa, merengue, etc.), and then flamenco - a beautiful and challenging dance with so many different rhythms, variations, and those accessories - the fan, the shawl, the dresses, the shoes, the castanets, and so much more! 
Now that I have three kids, I have no time to dance and ballet is way too hard on my feet. So sad to say it out loud, but I'm officially old when it comes to the challenging and most beautiful world of dance. Ballet has always been my 'moment', my 'go to place' to forget about everything (in a good way) and focus on one thing only: DANCE! If you're a woman and you're constantly thinking about a million things at a time while creating many more million to-do lists, there comes a time when you need to take a break - I'm sure you know exactly what I mean;).
I haven't been to a dance class since I had kids. But...  A while ago, a friend of mine suggested I try a yoga class with her for fun; it was a Moksha yoga class. I really enjoyed it and attended several more after that, but still stuck mainly to dance classes. However, today when my time and (muscle) flexibility are so limited, I find that yoga is the closest thing to dance I can find. It is not perfect (for me, and nothing will ever compare to dance), I must admit, but you do get to get away from 'home' and focus on yourself and your body, and make yourself a better person for your family which is crucial. This is my two cents on why you should do yoga in a nutshell - to get a piece of mind and a more fit, toned, flexible body.

Interesting facts based on research...
There are over 19 million prescriptions for opioid painkiller in Canada, making Canadians one of highest users of prescriptions opioids in the world. The first treatment options that most doctors choose in North America is pain medications. We all know that these drugs help alleviate pain, but they also come with tons of negative side effects, including liver damage, kidney disease and digestive problems being the top ones. From personal experience, I can tell you that if I get a bad headache, I pop a double advil without hesitation, otherwise I won't get through the evening taking care of three little monsters. Did you know that "prescription painkillers are also very addictive and the most abused category of drugs; opioid-related overdose deaths now outnumber overdose deaths from all illicit drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, combined"? Isn't that crazy?!
Most importantly, painkillers mask the real issue behind the pain, often resulting in additional injuries and without addressing the underlying problems.
It has been proven that yoga offers an array of natural ways for dealing with pain. It is great for bringing balance back into the body (injuries and pain often occur because of imbalances in your body). If learned, practiced and applied correctly, yoga postures help your body return to balance where they belong, while improving flexibility, strength and endurance at the same time.

5 reasons to do yoga if you're a mommy...

Click here to read this wonderful article about why should do yoga.

My best friend asked me the other day: "What is yoga?"  "What does it do for you and your body?" Personally, it gives me a peace of mind for an hour or more. It's good for my body, I can feel it - it's a great workout focusing on balancing your body and mind at the same time, muscle toning and flexibility, and endurance.

And for those of you who are more visual, like me, check out the videos below to understand what yoga can do for you!

Stay tuned for my next post where I will interview a great Yoga Instructor at a top yoga studio on the secret powers of yoga!

Disclaimer: This post was written by Stella V.

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