Yoga Tips in Less Than 2 Minutes!
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In Madeline Levine’s informative and wildly popular New York Times article “Raising Successful Children”, she points out that one of our jobs as parents is to control our anxiety. We need to do this to be good roles models and to make good parenting decisions.
This can be easier said than done. In fact I know parents that have increased their anxiety levels because they know that their stress levels are negatively affecting their kids and that stresses them out even more!
Before anyone jumps on the stress and anxiety wheel, read below the 5 simple tips for decreasing your anxiety.
Moms often find themselves in need of a yoga practice but feel that it is impossible to do. 2 Minute Yoga shows moms how they can easily incorporate yoga into their busy lives with tips and support. Learn more from our first #Yoga4Moms Twitter chat held May 30, 2012. Thanks to the many of you that also contributed to the conversation with your thoughts and comments and for your re-tweets.
Q1. @NicoleDeAvilla, I’m sure you hear this statement: I want to do yoga but I am not flexible enough… What do you say? #Yoga4Moms
A1. You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. Not only will it help increase your flexibility it increases strength too!
A2. #Yoga4Moms There are many beneficial yoga practices that you can do that do not require flexibility
A3. #yoga4moms You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. It will help increase your flexibility!
Q2. @NicoleDeAvilla What is the best style of yoga? #Yoga4Moms
A1. #Yoga4Moms Finding a good teacher is more important than any particular style of yoga. Find the teacher that works for you!
A2. #Yoga4Moms There is no one best style. Instead there is something for everyone. Find the one that fits your groove!
A3. @aliciadunams Most important find a teacher that is safe! Listen to your own body and don’t take it where it shouldn’t go!
Q3. @NicoleDeAvilla Don’t you have to be young to practice yoga? #Yoga4Moms
A1. A 100 year old American woman yoga teacher was just featured in the news! You are never too old! #Yoga4Moms
A2. The media portrays young beautiful yoga models so we think we have to be young. But you don’t. #Yoga4Moms
A3. Yoga actually will help you to feel and look younger than your years! #Yoga4Moms
Q4: @NicoleDeAvilla, how does yoga help with stress reduction? #Yoga4Moms
A1. As exercise it lowers cortisol levels even if you practice a gentle style.#Yoga4Moms
A2. Yoga raises dopamine levels – our “feel good” hormone! #Yoga4Moms
A3. The Yoga breathing calms the nervous system and reduces cortisol the stress hormone #Yoga4Moms
A4. Many of the simple practices stimulate the prefrontal lobes of the brain – keep your executive function working! #Yoga4Moms
A5. Yoga helps you sleep better which helps keep stress levels down and you feel and look better #Yoga4Moms
Q5. Are there yoga postures that are unsafe? #Yoga4Moms
A1. There aren’t yoga postures that are unsafe – only unsafe ways of practicing! #Yoga4Moms
A2. There are Yoga postures that some people should not do because of their health history or other reasons. #Yoga4Moms
A3. Some Yoga that is good for some people is not for others and visa versa – know what is best for you! #Yoga4Moms
A4. That’s why I love yoga -something for everyone. Just practice in a safe and commonsense way. #Yoga4Moms
Q6. Can you practice yoga when you pregnant? #Yoga4Moms
A1. Yes! You can practice yoga while you are pregnant. Use your common sense and you will find it helps with pregnancy #Yoga4Moms
A2. If you can, find a prenatal yoga class. Otherwise modify as you would any exercise program. #Yoga4Moms
A3. During pregnancy is a wonderful time to practice Yoga breathing and concentrations techniques #Yoga4Moms
A4. Yoga practice prepares one for labor, delivery and recovery. #Yoga4Moms
A5. Yoga is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself while you are pregnant. #Yoga4Moms
A6. You can start practicing yoga right away – don’t wait for the last trimester to reap the rewards! #Yoga4Moms
A7. Always check with your doctor. If you can exercise you can do yoga. #Yoga4Moms
A8. If you can’t exercise you can do the yoga breathing and concentration exercises – very helpful! #Yoga4Moms
Q7. And the burning question… How can yoga help with weight loss, @NicoleDeAvilla? #yoga4moms
A1. Short answer – YES yoga can help with weight loss. #Yoga4Moms
A2. Research is mixed 4 weight loss – I will tell you how to get the results #Yoga4Moms
A3. Stress hormone cortisol puts on belly fat – Yoga practice reduces cortisol and helps with weight loss. #Yoga4Moms
A4. Many large size women find that yoga is the only exercise that works for them – really! Just do the right Yoga #Yoga4Moms
A5. Certain safe Yoga breathing practices can boost metabolism and help with weight loss. #Yoga4Moms
A6. Yoga practices help calm the mind and helps develop will power – essential in weight loss. #Yoga4Moms
A7. Yoga helps increase the activity in the prefrontal lobes that help with making good healthy eating choices. #Yoga4Moms
A8. Yoga increases dopamine levels. When we feel good we aren’t going to eat for emotional reasons. #Yoga4Moms
A9. Yoga makes us feel better physically and emotionally. When we feel better we make better choices and can loose weight more easily
A10. Yoga does burn calories! Yoga concentration helps to make the mind fit too! #Yoga4Moms
Q8. Is there something we can do quickly to de-stress in the moment? #Yoga4Moms
A1. To de-stress in the moment Breathe! Breathe deeply, slowly and in the belly. #Yoga4Moms
A2. Yoga breaks can be done anywhere, anytime. A simple Yoga stretch with breathing can do wonders! #Yoga4Moms
A3. You can do Yoga without ever leaving your chair! Breathe – Move – Center #Yoga4Moms
A4. Slow gentle Yoga belly breathing can do wonders! #Yoga4Moms
A5. All you need is a few minutes of simple yoga practice to completely change how you feel! #Yoga4Moms
Thanks @NicoleDeAvilla for all the benefits of #yoga – we know it rocks. #Yoga4Moms
I love hearing from everyone – your questions and comments too! #Yoga4Moms
Stay tuned for more #Yoga4Moms Twitter Chats and for the new #Yoga2DStress and #4YogaTeachers