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.
Usually when I meet people and they find out that I teach yoga they are excited and eager to learn more. But when I invite them to give it a try I get responses like, "I'm too old", "I'm not flexible enough", or "I need to lose weight first". Yoga is not something that you prepare for. Yoga is something you simply show up for. Better yet, show up with a yes!
As a faith-based yoga and wellness instructor, I am routinely asked whether a Christian can practice yoga. I am confronted with comments such as, “Christians should not participate in yoga, because it is a Hindu practice and opens the spirit up to worshiping Hindu gods.” I have addressed these types of questions, concerns, and more in person after my workshops and classes, via Facebook and email, and it’s a valid concern that deserves a proper response. So let’s get to it!
Anything in that we set our mind towards in life requires preparation. Whether it be mental, emotional, or physical preparation, most milestones in our lives are met through much conditioning and preparation. Before running a race, training is required. Before going to college, high school courses are required. Pregnancy is no different. As the body changes in preparation for the baby, some things may be instinctive for the mother and while others may not. Prenatal yoga prepares expecting mothers for their new journey by addressing those areas that are changing and strengthening those areas that are critical for a growing baby and its arrival. Prenatal yoga is not just about stretching, but it’s a practice that tends to the mind, body, and spirit which directly and indirectly affects the baby.
In recent years there has been more awareness on recognizing when someone is having a stroke than in the past, and I believe that speaks to our evolution as a society. Health is at the forefront in many regards and not just the recognition and prevention aspect, but rehabilitation, as well.
The statistics, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), show that on average, one American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, and more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year. In addition to these numbers, strokes are also the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. An estimated 6.8 million people–2.8% of the U.S. population– are living after having had a stroke, including 3.8 million women and 3 million men.
How many of you have ever taken a challenge? Challenges are pretty common nowadays, and they serve as great motivational tools to jump start change in your life. From financial challenges to health and wellness challenges most have either participated in a challenge or you know someone who has. Well family I want to challenge you in your area of wellness! I know that you've heard about all the great benefits associated with yoga so what's holding you back? Whatever the reason I want to challenge you to join my very first 7-Day Faith & Flow Yoga Challenge for beginners!!! The goals are simple: To draw closer to God and to step outside of your box and try something new for seven days.