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Why should you do stretching exercises at your desk? To prevent sitting disease!

Did you know that the average American spends about 55% of their waking hours every day sitting??? 

This adds up to almost 8 hours everyday sitting, and this finding is on the low end, with other studiesthat many people are sedentary (ie: not moving) for 12 or more hourseveryday. WOWZERS!!

So what does this all this sitting mean for your health?

Remember how we talked about how Sitting is the New Smoking ie: how all that time parked in a chair is not only wreaking havoc on your derriere, but also your health? Well unfortunately, it’s true and it even has its own name: SITTING DISEASE!  “The growing body of research on sitting disease has found a strong correlation between long periods of sitting and elevated risk of illness or injury.” YIKES!!!…..like what you might be asking yourself???? 

It turns out that sitting for so long everyday puts someone at a higher risk for:

  • weight gain (especially around the midsection where it poses a higher...
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FREE 5 day “Desk Yoga” Challenge starts April 22nd!

Did you know that taking short Yoga Breaks throughout your workday is a great way to:
  • ease the chronic tension in your neck and shoulders
  • strengthen your core muscles for better posture
  • balance the effects of chronic sitting
 
Within just a few deep breaths Yoga Breaks help to boost your productivity by:
  • lowering your stress levels
  • keeping your brain alert and sharp
  • boosting your creativity and focus
 
AWESOME RIGHT?
 
I’m so excited to help you get into the habit of taking Yoga Breaks throughout the day with this FREE 5 Day “Desk Yoga” Challenge!!!
 
Sign up by HERE:👇🏽
http://bit.ly/takeayogabreak to get your challenge worksheet!
 
Each day at 7am HST/10amPST/1pmEST  in my  Yoga at My Desk Tribe I will be going live to show you 1 stretch and 1 strengthening move for a different area of your body, plus a breathing exercise to help you focus and quiet your mind!
 
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What drives me to do what I do? Learn more in this Podcast episode!

I am excited to share that I was recently featured as a Stand Out Expert on the Stand Out Be You Podcast! Take a listen to learn more about my journey as an entrepreneur and how I became interested in helping people integrate the tools of Yoga into their workday.

Yoga is such a powerful way to help you move, stretch, breathe to boost your energy, lower your stress levels and increase your focus for more productivity. And Im excited to share these tools with you!

Are you here on Maui? Learn more about my different in person Workplace Wellness services HERE .

Want to learn how to take Yoga Breaks at your desk? Check out the Yoga at My Desk Online Course  or join the Yoga at My Desk Tribe on FaceBook HERE.

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Remember how much fun recess was as a kid? It turns out adults need them too!

Do you remember how much joy you felt when you heard the recess bell sound? Hooray, time to go outside to play!

And within an instant everyone would grab their snacks and head outside to skip, play ball, talk, whatever. Wasn’t it fun?

Spoiler alert: 

It turns out that recess really wasn’t all fun and games, it actually serves a purpose! 

According to research from Georgia State University, the brain can only focus for 45-50 minutes at a time. In order for it to regain focus, it needs novelty and downtime to process information at high speeds again.

Interesting right?

While you thought you were just out there having fun you were actually:

  • increasing oxygen and blood flow to your brain
  • improving your balance and motor function
  • building healthy muscles and joints
  • lowering stress levels
  • enhancing your hormonal balance and overall well-being

When you returned back to class after this “brain break” (aka: recess ;)) research...

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A powerful question to ask yourself anytime, anywhere

Want a simple yet extremely powerful way to ground yourself and return your focus to the present moment?

Ask yourself this question:

 

 

And then pay attention:

Where do you feel your breath? What is the quality of it?

Often when we are feeling stressed out or paying attention to things around us our breath is short and shallow and mostly in the chest and shoulder area.

Not only does this increase tension in this area because these muscles are not meant to be our main breathing muscles, it also triggers more stress in our bodies because it is the fight or flight breathing pattern.

As soon as you shift your focus to your breath and begin to pay attention to it you will notice a shift within yourself. As you tune into the flow of your breath, the feeling of it and the quality of it you will feel yourself becoming more relaxed, grounded, and present.

Tuning into the subtle rhythm of the breath is the easiest way we have to bring our attention into our body and into the now.

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FREE Workshop: Deep Breaths for Less Stress on Saturday April 13th

Deep, slow breathing is one of the most powerful tools we have for lowering our stress levels! In fact,  the American Institute of Stress,  considers it to the most effective way to bring our stress down. However, it is one that we often forget about and take for granted since it happens without us having to think about it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join me for this interactive and informative free workshop that will teach you powerful and effective breathing techniques to leave you feeling energized, calm and less stressed.
 
Learn about:
  • how we breathe
  • how it effects your nervous system
  • several breathing techniques that you can do anytime, anywhere to lower your stress levels
  • how to use the breath to quiet and focus your mind
 
DATE: Saturday April 13th
TIME: 10-11am
LOCATION: HMSA Neighborhood Center (beside Target in Kahului)
COST: FREE!
 
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Are your neck and shoulders sore and tight from sitting for long hours?

Try this 10 minute "Yoga at My Desk" video to relieve this tension, help you sit taller, and give you a boost of energy and focus right at your desk!