Yoga and Tai Chi to release stress and increase health!

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“Breathe into well-being with a grateful heart.”

– Maria Lauren, (AKA Maria Elena Alberici)

Who doesn’t want some stress reduction? The stress hormones that are produced by your adrenal glands are decreased when you take a deep breadth while paying attention to specified Yoga postures or Tai Chi movements.

The brain has an effect on your well-being, the subcortical regions of the brain, to be exact. Most exercise dominates the cortex part of the brain. However, the meditative practice of Yoga and Tai Chi dominates the sub-cortex region of the brain. What a relief!

Self-awareness and self acceptance is increased as new energy fills your body when you inhale and old energy leaves your body when you exhale. No one is perfect but you are renewing yourself with every breath heightening introspection into the connection between your body and mind. As you meditate and/or pray with a grateful heart, a positive and rebuilding nature lifts your spirits too!

Your focus to breathing and movements helps with your concentration, memory and circulation flow to your brain and the rest of your body.

“Calmness is achieved by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other forms of exercise which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system providing a fight-or flight sensation. Yoga has also been shown to lower the levels of hormone neurotransmitters – dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine – which creates a feeling of calm.” – Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, 2013, 2011

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The following symptoms are reduced or alleviated through practicing Yoga and/or Tai Chi:

Arthritis, Cancer, Migraines, Constipation, Diabetes, Depression, Back pain, Chronic pain, Chronic bronchitis, Asthma, Parkinson’s disease, Menopause…

If you haven’t explored a Yoga or Tai Chi class, what are you waiting for? The benefits are wonderful. As a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente, I teach many different forms of exercise including Tai Chi and Yoga.

  • A shout out to AFAA and NASM re-certification program for fitness enthusiasts and experts to update their knowledge with the latest in health and fitness.

Wishing you all health and vitality,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

Your Powerful LIFE blog

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Did you know? Surprising health benefits of doing Yoga!

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Taking in a full breadth of life… Finding balance and peace within…

Connecting to the majesty of nature is only a glimpse into the majesty and wonders of God.

– Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici  – Riccio

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The following facts may be breathtaking and mind-boggling but don’t worry!  Practicing Yoga can be a breath-giving and mind-opening experience.

 

Did you know that yoga delays aging?

Yoga stimulates your detoxification system.

 

Did you know that yoga may increase vitamin C levels and reduces toxins in your body?

Specific movements get the lymphatic system flowing and boosts your immune system.

 

Did you know that yoga improves sleep?

Your body and mind learns how to relax.

 

Did you know that yoga increases red blood cells?

This improves blood circulation.

 

Did you know that yoga increases joint lubrication?

Joint range of motion is improved.

 

Did you know that yoga improves gastrointestinal functions?

Several postures massage internal organs.

 

Did you know that yoga is believed to improve metabolism?

Certain poses regulate and control hormone secretions.

 

Did you know that yoga lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and decreases your respiratory rate that improves your lung capacity?

Relaxing, controlled breathing with some movement stimulate the muscles and organs of the abdominal region.

 

Did you know that yoga improves balance?

Strengthens your core muscles. When one muscle is worked in one direction, it will be worked in the opposite direction for balanced strength.

 

Did you know that yoga improves depth perception, eye-hand coordination, concentration and dexterity?

Practitioners become more aware of mind-body connection with a faster reaction time.

 

Finally, did you know that yoga improves coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance and posture?

You probably knew this one! Different parts of the body are challenged to move together efficiently with proper alignment and awareness. Lactic acid build-up may be released as well as stiffness, tension and fatigue. This may be why yoga is frequently used by athletes.

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In the above photo, I am doing one of my favorite yoga poses called, Lord of the fishes. Check out my previous post on the health benefits of this yoga pose and more.

 

Did you know that yoga may help in disease prevention and emotional stability? More about that on my next post. 😉

 

Take care of your health and your health will take care of you. How do you take care of your health? I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment right here! 🙂

Be well,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

 

My Website: Highlights of my work in the Fitness and Entertainment Industry

 

  • Information derived from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Sunrise Yoga Workshop.

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“Your Powerful LIFE” is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment… It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyright.