Yoga retreat 2018
1 abril, 2018
Newsletter 209
1 abril, 2018

Newsletter 207

Reasons to do yoga
Many of your friends probably practice yoga and if you are about to encourage yourself to practice it, we will give you some good reasons to do so:
  • Reduces heart disease: By lowering blood pressure, weight and optimizing oxygen consumption, leads to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Zero anxiety: Concentrating so intensely on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing calmness. Yoga is also an introduction to meditation techniques, as you can see, the way how you breathe and separate your thoughts, helps calm the mind.
  • Forget about physical pain: Pain tolerance is much greater among those who practice yoga regularly. Related to relaxation and the production of endorphins.
  • Increase your strength: One of the premises of yoga is that you are using the weight of your own body for overall strength. This is the reason, why many athletes do yoga as reinforcement training.
  • Goodbye to migraines: Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce the number of migraines in patients with chronic migraine.
  • Delays aging: Yoga stimulates the process of detoxification in the body, this has been shown to delay aging.

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SURYA MUDRA: THE SIMPLE YOGA POSTURE THAT WILL ACCELERATE YOUR METABOLISM

Do you feel that your body is very slow, but you do not have the time or resources to do anything about it? Maybe you have already tried everything, but calm down, this might help you.
Surya Mudra is a simple yoga posture where you will only need your hands. You can do it in the office, when you get home, and it will speed up your metabolism and put your digestive system into action.
In case you are curious, mudras are hand positions that are used more frequently during meditation. In Sanskrit, mudra means “seal in energy”. In ancient Ayurvedic medicine, each finger is linked to a different element.
Do you want to try? Here we leave the instructions:
Stand or sit with your back straight.
Hold both hands in front of you.
Fold the ring finger in each hand and use your thumb to hold it in your palm. Remember that the more pressure you add, the more your metabolism will increase and digestion will speed up.
Point with the rest of your fingers towards the sky.
Ideally, keep this position with each hand for 45 minutes, but you can split it into three 15-minute sessions.

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Bhujangasana or the cobra posture: is one of the most used asanas in Yoga sessions. It consists of an extension of the spine and consequent stretching of the abdomen area muscles, and it is usually used in combination with the child’s posture or Balasana because they are complementary postures.

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It is a very common asana that emulates the position of a cobra that rises from the ground. It can be very useful when it comes to lengthening our back, strengthening our back muscles and the arms as long as we perform it with the correct technique.
Here are the keys to perfectly do the Cobra posture.
The palms of the hands are firmly supported on the floor, just below the shoulders, and the elbows are glued to the body: placing the hands correctly in the starting position is important when it comes to getting a good technique in this posture. We must not move our hands or elbows away from our bodies, but we can think that the hands are “the neighbors below” the shoulders, and the elbows should be kept by the sides of the ribs. Evidently, when raising the torso inevitably the hands are a little ahead of the shoulders, but in the starting position they should be placed just below them.
The shoulders should be kept behind and down and the head facing forward: a very common mistake is to lift the shoulders up “as earrings”, attached to the ears. The moment we join the cobra posture, we should think about bringing the shoulders back and down, so that the muscles of the back are activated making the posture responsible for lifting the torso area while lengthening the spine.
The head faces towards the front, the neck does not arch back: it is common to confuse the cobra posture with that of the dog face up. In the cobra, the cervical portion of the spine is aligned with the thoracic area, for which we will direct our gaze to the front.
The hip is supported on the floor and the muscles of the legs and buttocks are activated: we do not drop the weight on the arms, but rather weight is distributed between the arms and legs. The hip is supported on the floor, the tops of our feet are stretched and we pressed them against the mat to activate the muscles of the legs.
With these indications you can now perform the cobra posture correctly. Remember to inspire extending the spine to facilitate movement.

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Eat with many colors: “It’s not about vetoing certain foods or just consuming some because it’s not going to work. It is simply choosing better what to eat according to personal tastes,” says Burgos.

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The important thing is that it is varied and colorful because the more colors the higher nutrient intake is guaranteed. Among the simple changes that can be made is to take healthy snacks with you so that you have them at hand when you feel hungry. As for the cupboard, it is recommended to leave a few carbs and assemble a rainbow in the fridge with the colors of fruits and vegetables that should be consumed more.

“The recommendation is that they be at least five servings a day.” 

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