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Benefits of Hatha Yoga Stretch

Benefits of Hatha Yoga Stretch
Offered 8:15 am each Monday/Be Well Studios

There are plenty of unhealthy, thin or very athletic people who are living on processed, GMO body-building supplements and others who might be considered over-weight (large boned 🙂 ) who drink raw milk, eat all organic and practice yoga. In many cases, size is not an indicator of health, but rather your mindset plus how many prescription and over the counter drugs you take.

This is where yoga and stretching come into play. How? Because these exercises challenge you to think about what you are doing and the benefits spill over into many areas of your life. I realize there are plenty of you out there who think intentionally while you are running on the machines, but it’s too easy to zone out or tune into the news or whatever is on the tv rather than noticing your thoughts.  Yoga and stretching are mind-body exercises because they take thought and intention. Yoga and stretching are not just about moving the body, which they do, but they have many other advantages.

What is the difference between the two?  Stretching is simply that, stretching. It’s pretty much body movement, kinesiology and lengthening the body. Yoga involves stretching, but also strength, balance and often yogic philosophy. The word yoga means union, and often the practice of yoga encourages you to form a union with whoever or whatever you desire. These are very simplistic definitions for the sake of saving space, all two practices help you become more flexible and increase your range of motion. Regardless of how you practice stretching, you’ll benefit in many ways:
• More flexibility: In the body as your muscles and ligaments lengthen, and in mind as you practice patience to achieve that length in your muscles. Building patience through stretching can help you become comfortable with stillness in your mind and body.

• Ability to manage stress:  Often we are so busy in life we don’t take time to reflect on our day and take time to understand how we are responding to daily activities or illness. Stress can be caused by many things. When you take time to slow down, stretch and become familiar with your body and mind it gives you the space to process how you are feeling and how you might be responding to any circumstances. Stretching your muscles creates a controlled kind of stress on the body when your brain identifies how to deal with this controlled stress, it teaches you skills to deal with everyday stress so you’re better prepared. This includes stress from pain, stretching in a controlled manner will help you deal with chronic pain. Often stretching can alleviate pain if it is rooted in muscles or joints that are stiff.

• Clearer thinking:  The busy-ness of life can be an obstacle to keeping healthy perspectives and actually seeing the truth. When you clear away the clutter from schedules, work and relationships it is easier to understand what your priorities are, what you can do in situations, and what you should let go of.

• Pain Management: Controlled stretching helps your mind and body deal with stress, which pain creates. Often, just moving the body helps you realize where your pain is coming from and discovering movements that can alleviate that pain. I always encourage my students to explore movements rather than just striking a pose and holding it one way. Pain management improves when you learn breathing exercises and specific stretches to ease tension in the whole body.

• Improved body awareness:  Life is busy and often our self-awareness is one of the first things we neglect. Whether it’s feelings of hunger, fatigue or pain, ignoring your body’s signals that something is wrong can become a chronic habit until something major happens. Stretching gives you the time and space to tune into your body and realize how you are feeling physically and emotionally. One of the most important elements to helping this happen is to do stretching in a relaxing environment away from any distractions that will keep you from focusing on what you are doing.

• Better sleep: When your body is tense and muscles tight, it can keep you from relaxing at night to sleep. Many of us carry tightness in our muscles without realizing it. The shoulders, back, and belly are the main areas most people carry stress. Simple stretching can help release that tension and help ease you into a peaceful night’s sleep.

• You’re less likely to get injured:  Bodies that don’t bend break. As people get older, their muscles and ligaments often get tight making it more likely they will break some bones if they fall.

• Make you happier overall:  Scientists have found that exercising only 7 minutes a day can help you feel better, lessening your chances of suffering from depression. Yes, stretching is exercising.

• Lose weight:  Stretching helps all your body systems work more efficiently. It increases circulation, gets fresh oxygen to your muscles, brain and all body systems. Your body can eliminate toxins more easily and often that results in lost weight. Weight loss with stretching is often a nice side effect of managing stress, breathing better and stretching.

• Improved balance and posture:  As your muscles become more limber, it helps your body to balance. Stretching helps you to free up areas in the body that are rigid, it is these imbalances that make our posture out of alignment. When you stretch and free up areas of tightness, it allows your body to become more symmetrical and you’ll see almost instant improvement in your posture.

What do you find is the biggest challenge in doing more stretching? Time? Instruction? Unsure how to begin? Join me at 8:15 am, Mondays at Be Well Studios. This class is for everybody, no yoga experience needed.

Daphne Miner LeMay/Balance/ DaphneBalance.com
300 RYT, Reiki I, II, III, Master & Teacher, Cert. Thai Yoga Bodywork, Cert. Children Yoga, Cert. Personal Trainer, Ayurveda Therapy

Mindful Living, April 22, 10:00am-5:00pm

Presented by Ed Williamson of Pathways Mindful Living and Wellness  :

This day-long Mindful Living workshop is designed to bring awareness and union to the four energies that make up our human life-those of the body, mind, emotion, and subtle energy. When we are not in control of our energies, we are living by accident rather than living intentionally. Most often we are the passenger being driven through life at the whim of our patterned thinking and emotional reactions.
In this Mindful Living workshop, you will learn methods to manage and unify these four energies, enabling you to sit in the driver’s seat and take control of your life’s direction and destination.
Through this practice, you will be able to break old patterns, create new ones, and live from a place of mindfulness and, ultimately, joy. Through light physical movement, meditative practice, and guidance in emotional behavioral awareness, this workshop will help you recognize any discord and imbalance in your energies and learn how to manage and harmonize them.

 Please wear loose clothing for some light movement
 Please bring a notebook and pen

$75 per person, includes a coupon for discounted lunch in our Organic Cafe
Payment is expected at time of registration
Register in person at The Local Grocer
or by calling 603-356-6068 x5

FREE Introduction to Yoga for Beginners!

FREE yoga class w. Marcia

First Monday of Every Month!
Learn the basics from the ground up
May 1st
4:30-5:30

 

 

Gentle Flow Yoga to Restore with Jess

In this Gentle Flow Yoga to Restore class we will gain mind/body awareness in a non competitive environment. Uniting breath (pranayama) with movement (asana), we will work toward gaining lung capacity, functional strength, range of motion in the joints, balance, flexibility, and relaxation. Each class begins with a grounding exercise. From the grounding exercise, we’ll transition into a warm up, a gentle work phase, a standing balance phase, and finally into a cool down with restorative poses and deep breathing. The most challenging part of your practice will be getting here, but make the time for yourself and discover the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of a regular yoga practice.

Open Studio with Shane

This $5 class was created to provide a more financially accessible space to practice where you can come and just be; tune into your body and let it guide you rather than being guided by an instructor; a clear space to escape, to relax, or to simply have fun and play! Shane will be holding and ensuring a safe space, as well as addressing any potential inquiries you may have during your free flowing movements. See you on the mat!

Power Yoga with Jess

Heated Power Yoga is a powerful, fast paced, dynamic & sweaty all levels class designed to challenge, awaken, detoxify & purify every system, muscle and tissue of the body. This energetic flow style class guides students towards greater awareness of self, personal transformation and empowerment. It will sculpt, tone and condition both your body and mind. This class is appropriate for all levels. Modifications and variations are encouraged to support and accommodate individual needs and experience levels. Class is 75 minutes long!

The Local Grocer is Hiring!

Hiring Full and Part-time Year-round Line Cooks
Starting Pay: $12 – $14.50/hour based on level of experience
Ready for daytime hours?
Looking to work in a positive, productive work environment
where you can cook healthy, organic and creative food?
Great Perks!
Free Yoga & Meditation
Free Organic Shift Meal
Generous Staff Discounts for you and your family
Stop in to pick up an application or send resume, letter of introduction and 3 professional references to [email protected]

 

Sprouts Yoga with Daphne

Sprouts Yoga!

Calling all 4-7 year olds!

Cows Moo, Down Dogs bark, Yoga-mandalas-Scarfs, Glitter jars, Acting meditations

sprouts

Don’t know what to do with the kids this February vacation? How about an introduction to yoga and meditation? Be Well Studios and Daphne Miner Lemay will be offering “Sprouts Yoga” for February vacation.

There are two sessions available:

February 21 and 23

or

February 28 and March 2

$25 / week

Classes are 1-2 pm. We ask that parents stay and enjoy lunch or shop while they wait for their Sprout

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing with Eric Breault and Marci Starr Brennan, February 18th

Be a part of the most empowering pulse on Earth.

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing
February 18th
1-3pm


Be Well Studios
3358 White Mountain Why
North Conway, NH

Two profound sound healers are coming together to create a sound spectacular!
A cocoon of vibration – a molecular massage – a mindful experience – an empowering message – that will shift your frequency and consciousness to the next level of LOVE! As you take in the sound, these vibrations begin to transform you instantaneously at all levels.
Join Eric Breault and Marci Starr Brennan for an afternoon of love, light and expansion. Please register at Be Well Studios on location or through their phone number at 356-6068. You may also contact Eric Breault at [email protected] to, if you want more details for more information.