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In Search of a Good Friday Stretch

Posted By Sara On August 24, 2007 @ 3:26 pm In Fitness,Health,Men's Health,Raising Healthy Children,Stress,Women's Health | 14 Comments

Hi gang! Here are a few cool facts about yoga and why simple stretching techniques are healthy for adults and the seedlings alike.

1. Lung Relief

Many of us never stretch our sides. Doing this is excellent for the lungs (and you don’t even have to say ommmmm). Stretching your sides also reduces stored tension [7] in the chest cavity. By improving flexibility and expanding those ribs, you will breathe easier, which is always a wonderful way to restore a sense of relaxation. (Breathing from the base of the torso, rather than the upper chest, is an instant way to calm down.)

Pay attention to your breathing and your chest tension throughout the day. Often, by afternoon, we’re wound tighter than a tennis racket. Stand up and do some side stretches, reaching as far to each side as you can. Breathe deeply as you do this and hold the stretch for at least 15 seconds. (Be sure to bend from your side, not from front to back.) To get the most from the stretch, raise your arms over your head and elongate your spine as you wave slowly to the side.

2. Child’s Pose: It’s for Everyone!

The popular yoga move known as Child’s Pose [8] is an immediate and easy way to release stress and relax. It’s especially good for irritable or hyperactive children. Do it together as a family after school, or before dinner. This is a really freeing little pose for adults, too. To get the most out of it, really press yourself down into the floor and stretch your spine as much as you can. Now all you have to do is lie there and rest. It’s a 3-minute mini-vacation for the mind and body.

Further Reading:

Best Yoga Mats [9]

More Easy Yoga Moves [8]

Top 10 Ultimate Fitness Gadgets [10]

Simple Stress Relief Tips [11]

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