We recycle, and we turn our lights on, unplug our devices when we aren’t using them, and make sure that we don’t litter. But there is this strong urge that society does not do enough to save the earth, that we are doing more and more to destroy it, versus the other way around. Holidays are a time where everyone comes together to post that they agree with that holiday, like earth day. Half society says “take care of the earth, I love the earth #happyearthday” and the other half says “ save the earth every day, every day should be earth day.” Both of these ways to look at a holiday like earth day are right. Making “earth day” a holiday is a great way to create awareness to remind society, that we really need to take care of our home. Hopefully its reminder to do it every day, not just the one day of the year that earth day falls on.
So, taking this time to remind us to take care of our home, we have compiled a few ways that we can save the earth every day, not just today!
Comment and reach out to us what you think about this blog, and this list of ways that YOU can easily save the planet. Did this list inspire you and how could changing just one thing affect your life, and the earth. Also, inspire others to be better and do better, if you for example have a great DIY recipe for a cleaning item, tell your friends, it might help them make their own and stop buying it too. You could also make it a thing and invite friends or family over for dinner for a “meatless Monday” special recipe.
Stay happy friends, hug a tree, love a tree.
Every year around this time, one of our teachers, Michelle, detoxes for a whole month. I talked to her about the process, and she told me the key is taking it in stages. It’s much harder to stick to something when you drastically change your habits all at once. Michelle starts with 2 weeks without gluten, dairy, or alcohol. Then on the 3rd week, she cuts back on coffee. In the 4th week, she fully detoxes from coffee and caffeine, processed food, and sugar. On the last day of the month, she’ll finish strong with a 1 day juice cleanse. Doesn’t this sounds SO much more doable?!
You probably break a sweat during your yoga flows, and other ways you like to exercise, but I’m talking a deep detoxifying sweat from a steam room or sauna! If you’re having trouble shaking the season cold or allergies, step into the steam room at your local gym (many 24 hour fitness have them), breathe deeply, and get your sweat on!
We recently posted about infrared saunas, and I can’t recommend that experience enough for a good detoxifying sweat. Here’s what I wrote about Purify Sauna Lounge in Anaheim Hills.
Everyone there was very helpful in explaining how it works, what to wear (or not wear, I should say), and all the benefits.
You can spend quite awhile in the sauna, up to 40 minutes, since the heat is from an infrared light. I only lasted about 30 minutes, but still felt the full effects. I mostly did some seated yoga, but you can also play music, read, or even watch TV! It’s important to bring water or buy a bottle there. It’s a totally private sauna so you can be nude or wear a swim suit.
I don’t know if this is how you’re supposed to feel, but I felt energized and refreshed after sweating that much. I seriously felt so happy and got so much done the rest of the day. Add this to your self-spring cleaning list FOR SURE.
Spend some time outside in nature without your phone. Make a day of it! Go to the beach, go one a hike, just explore technology free. Let us know what you observed and perhaps learn from this experience!
Chaturanga Dandasana, which you may have heard referred to as the yogi push-up or low plank, is a pose in which you bend your elbows to lower down from high plank, keeping your elbows over your wrists and you arms hugging into your sides, while maintaining plank alignment in the rest of your body. Easy, right!? (Just kidding).
In practicing this pose, it is more important to focus on alignment over depth. There are several poses and exercises that work the necessary muscle groups to ultimately produce a successful and safe chaturanga dandasana. It may seem like all the effort comes from your arms, but this pose cannot be done without the support of your core and legs. One of the main benefits of chaturanga, which is pretty cool when you think about it, is that it trains your legs to activate in arm balances, THAT’S how much your legs work in this pose!
Our studio manager, Kaylea, recently started graduate school for kinesiology. In one of her classes, she’s practicing 3 different physical exercises for a certain amount of time each week, and has been monitoring her progress. This gave us the idea to share 3 exercises you can be doing at home for a stronger chaturanga on your mat! These exercises focus on building core and upper body strength while testing and increasing shoulder stability.
If you are new to yoga or just getting back into it, now is the BEST time to master the technique, reap the benefits and avoid the mistakes. Practice the following poses at home, and find yourself getting stronger when you practice chaturanga on your mat!
Reverse Plank, or Dolphin Pose:
Learning to love either of this poses can take some time because of the intensity in your shoulders, but they both train your triceps to rotate, or “hug” inward, which is that unfamiliar form you will find in chaturanga (since push-ups are usually done with elbows out wide).
Happy Flow Yoga Team
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