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3 tips to more physical activity

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You’re on the road to a successful, healthy body, and it’s great that you’re getting your regular exercise in. But did you know that confining physical activity only to the time you’re working out can be a major roadblock to reaching your goals? Continue reading

How to know if you need a rest day

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You know that engaging in physical activity benefits more than just your weight-loss efforts. It also helps clear your mind, gives you better quality sleep and tones your muscles. But did you know that sometimes, too much of a good thing is not always better? Continue reading

Let’s talk about … essential oils (Part 2)

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If you’ve enjoyed a yoga practice at MunA Yoga, you’ve noticed that we always offer our students access to essential oils at the beginning of class. A few people have asked the big question: Why?

Using different essential oils during a class can be a wonderful way to enhance a yoga practice by stimulating the senses even further. Here are a few different scents you can use to add depth to your yoga practice.

  • Peppermint. If you’re want to awaken your mind, breath and muscles, peppermint is the essential oil for you. Use peppermint on sore muscles to allow more blood to flow to those regions. As a precaution, don’t rub peppermint near sensitive areas of the body (including around the eyes or too high up the inner thighs) as this will cause a burning sensation and other irritation.
  • Lavender. Opposite to peppermint, lavender oil calms the mind with its light, floral scent. Use this essential oil to allow both your mind and body to become more relaxed as you practice.
  • Eucalyptus. This essential oil acts as a natural decongestant and is perfect for reaching maximum breathing during your practice. Because our breath is so vital, being able to inhale and exhale completely is important to any practice. If you find it difficult to achieve these deep breaths, this oil can help you.

If you’ve never tried using essential oils in your yoga practice, don’t be intimidated to try. Depending on your mood and your body, you may want to experiment with a few different oils to find the one, two, three or more that work best for you. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, contact us today!

(Do you want to know how to apply essential oils during your practice? Here’s a blog post all about the three different ways to add aromatherapy to yoga.)

Let’s talk about … essential oils (Part 1)

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So you want to supplement your yoga practice with essential oils; that’s great! They can be a great way to add depth and awareness by making the sense of smell more prominent. There are three main ways to incorporate aromatherapy into a yoga practice.

  • Diffusion. To diffuse an essential oil, add a few drops of essential oil to water. You can buy a diffuser that can help maximize the oil’s circulation, or you can simply heat the water in a pan before adding it to a bowl with a bit of the precious oil. The steam from the water will then diffuse the oils.
  • Misting. Creating your own mist is a great way to cover a lot of area quickly and efficiently. As an added bonus, misting a mat or room can help clean and deodorize. To make your own, combine 10-20 drops of your favorite scent(s) into half a cup of water. After it’s mixed, pour into a spray bottle and enjoy!
  • Massaging. For more direct contact, rub the essential oils into your skin. We recommend the wrists, neck and temples for most essential oils. This will give you the most intense benefits, including opening up the breathing passageways, soothing sore muscles and stimulating the mind.

Discover what adding essential oils into your practice can do for you! If you try one of these methods and don’t like it, give essential oils another chance. Try a second or third method before disregarding aromatherapy completely. Maybe massaging the essential oil directly on your skin is too strong, make your own mist instead or attempt to diffuse. And with so many different essential oils to try, your possibilities are endless.

(To answer even more of your essential oil questions, be on the lookout next week. We’ll talk about which essential oils to use in order to maximize the senses and enhance your practice even further.)

3 simple ways to improve your health

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Your health is important to you, that’s one of the reasons you exercise regularly. But did you know that your diet is equally, if not more, important than exercise when it comes to staying healthy? What you put into your body not only helps to determine your weight, but it also is key to keep your mind sharp and body active. Here are a three tips to improve your health. Continue reading

5 ways you can focus on staying positive

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Life is full of crazy ups and downs. Sometimes everything goes according to plan, and sometimes … there are those moments. The ones where the wheels go off the rails and you’re racing at bullet speed through the unknown. Before you fret, here are some things to think about to stay positive. Continue reading

Location, location, location

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Fact: Practicing yoga can be done anywhere.
Fact: It’s amazing how the location in which you do yoga can affect your overall practice.

In general, there are some places that are more conducive to a soothing yet powerful practice and other places that are over-stimulating. Here’s a list of things to think about when deciding where to practice yoga.

  1. Noise level. Try to find a place that is quiet in order to let your mind relax with the silence. Complete silence is not necessary – but rather somewhere that the noise level is not negatively affecting your mind-body connection.
  2. Lighting. You should practice yoga in the lighting that makes you most comfortable. Some people like well-lit rooms while others prefer their space dim. Another thing to consider is whether you prefer natural light or artificial light.
  3. Terrain. When choosing a place to practice yoga, take into account how the flooring could affect your hands, feet and other parts of your body. This is especially true when practicing outside – no one wants to be poked by a stick mid-practice!
  4. Temperature. Some spaces may be too hot or too cold for your yoga practice. Experiment with different temperatures to see what feels best for you. Keep in mind that your body adds heat to a room throughout your practice.
  5. Other distractions. Some other distractions could include a cluttered area (after all, a cluttered space is a cluttered mind) and/or an overly aromatic location (whether the smells are good or bad).

If any of these points are providing distractions to your yoga practice, reevaluate your location. Ask yourself if you should or could move your practice to somewhere that will allow you to get the full benefit of your yoga practice.

If you’re ever in doubt on where to practice, that’s what Body and Mind by Muna is here for. Contact me today to begin your practice!

Staying conscious of releasing tension

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As we’ve talked about before, yoga is more than just stretching our muscles. When we practice yoga, we are creating a mind-body connection that allows us to release and relax tension in our muscles while giving them the opportunity to lengthen. Continue reading

Your first yoga props

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One of the great things about yoga is that you can practice without any props or pieces of formal equipment. You aren’t required to use special socks or shoes. No weights, bands or balls are needed. Continue reading