When my own health challenges led me to yoga years ago the door swung open for me to embrace my desire to teach and educate. I have a passion not only for teaching yoga to those who are new to the practice but I love to educate as well. In my experience I find that many communities do not fully understand the science behind yoga. Some people think that if they can't touch their toes then what's the point of yoga? So with every opportunity, whether in a class or in passing, I take the time to educate those who are willing to listen.
Have you ever noticed Thanksgiving and Christmas items showing up earlier and earlier in stores each year? It’s not unusual to plan or even shop for the holiday season as early as September. If you take a moment to look back you may find that you spent the last four months planning, traveling, cooking, entertaining, shopping, and all other duties as assigned. The holidays can be extremely stressful but when it’s all said and done there is life after the holidays.
It's not uncommon to experience joy and stress during the holiday season. Shopping, cooking, travel, and family can invoke various emotions and that's okay. Stress is a natural part of life. It has the potential to bring out the best and the worst in us. However, when someone mentions stress more times than not they are not talking about the good stress. I hear phrases like "I'm stressed out" or "___ is stressing me out" from children as young as 6 years old!
As a kid growing up down south I knew diabetes simply as "sugar". How many of you all can relate? I knew many who had sugar but I really didn't understand what it meant. What I vividly recall were fun moments with family and friend that would immediately become serious when someone with sugar felt weak or experienced low energy.
Hey family and welcome to fall!!! I have to admit that I'm not a fall kinda girl but I appreciate God's seasonal design. He doesn't let us get too comfortable or settled into a space for too long because his plan is to always move us forward. I think sometimes if I was in control that I would use my ill-equipped intellect to live in the space of summer forever! With my limited ability I would chose the sunshine and the heat every time.
Have you ever felt depressed? If so, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Additionally, women are more prone to depression versus men. Depression is clinically defined as “a period of two weeks or longer during which there is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure, and at least four other symptoms that reflect a change in functioning, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image” based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. So if you’ve ever experienced prolonged feelings of sadness, guilt, fatigue, and just down then you may be suffering from depression.