- Introducing more raw fruit & vegetables,
- Buying organic when possible, as less chemicles would have been used like pecticides etc,
- Buying local Irish produce when possible as these would be fresher,
- Also keeping our meals simple.
Yoga and some of the amazing health benefits!
Yoga is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise, thanks to many celebrities and athletes citing the benefits that they feel from regular practice. In many ways it’s easy to understand why yoga is regularly advised by doctors for help with anxiety and stress relief. Yoga teaches calmness, a relaxed mind, deep breathing and a focus on inner peace, bringing together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and to manage stress and anxiety. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind. The combination of the breathing techniques, postures, relaxation and meditation all work together to bring the body into a state of harmony, focus and energy.
For those that are into running, walking, biking or any other action sport, yoga will improve flexibility, core strength and balance. This will help you recover faster after workouts, open up tight areas that may hinder performance, improve a range of motions and develop mental focus and concentration.
There are a number of fantastic health benefits associated with yoga including improved blood circulation resulting in healthier organs, skin and brain. Yoga significantly reduces the risk of heart disease. It lowers stress levels and can help battle depression.
Yoga brings elasticity to the spine and strengthens the muscles in the back, preventing back pain. Research has also shown that patients fighting or recovering from cancer can benefit by gaining strength, a rise in red blood cells and less nausea during chemotherapy.
Here comes the science bit…Yoga not only makes you more supple and tones up your body but also stimulates all the glands in our Endocrine System. The Endocrine system is made up of seven main centers or glands that energy in our body flows through. All the glands are connected to the spine and the energy runs up and down the spine. Blocked energy in any of the glands can often lead to illness, each of the yoga postures that we practice stimulates a different gland, we practice the postures in a specific sequence, in which the energy flows through the glands.
No one is on the same journey or has the same body so we all need to do the best we can without comparing or judging. There are modifications for every yoga posture so that everyone can feel the amazing benefits no matter their age or fitness level!