This is an excerpt from a previous post from March 4, 2014, but a good one. As I continue to take my great thyroid boosting supplements, the post reminded me of one of the yoga poses that is good for the thyroid….Cobra Pose:
A basic pose to yoga, this exercise puts pressure on the stomach when you lie face down. Benefits include stimulating the heart and lungs, as well as the thyroid, which boosts the immune system. It also massages the kidney and adrenal glands. Lastly, it helps to eliminate constipation.
Bring the heart up to the sky, but be careful not to put too much pressure on the lower back. Go as far as feels comfortable. Hold for 8-10 breaths.
For video instruction on the above poses, click here.
As mentioned in previous posts, I created a video with Livestrong.com where we focused on exercises for the liver, kidneys, and thyroid. Besides taking my regular thyroid booster supplement, I try and do these poses as well:
I got some new candles for the yoga studio that I manage….I like them!
My husband has a sign above his desk that reminds him everyday to do the most important thing…breathe. Although he doesn’t practice the yoga physical practice, he tries and practice the most important thing.
He’s also using these cool new hooks that I got to hold up his calendar. Somehow, he’s hearing me despite not making time for me to teach him exercise…
Last week, I taught a private prenatal yoga class to a momma-to-be who was doing yoga for the first time. A majority of women who come to prenatal yoga are often exploring yoga since it’s one of the exercises recommended during the 9-month waiting period.
This week, a friend of mine, Desi Bartlett, had a photographer join her prenatal class and the photos are very fun. There are mommas laughing, getting a massage, and being peaceful with their babies. If you have ever wondered what a prenatal class looks like, this is a great way to peak around: http://kateegrace.pixieset.com/…/desibartlettprenatalyogaa…/ (you will have to enter your email to see them).
If you are like my first-time yogi client, you may be more inclined to try a yoga dvd. My friend Desi has a dvd as does Julie Schoen. I love them both and would recommend getting in your yoga in any way you can!
I have learned many things from my yoga teachers. I have learned about alignment, rhythm of the flow, and ancient yoga teachings. I have also learned about chocolate. I have learned that sometimes it’s just really nice to have the teacher bring you a little gift for after class. For this reason, I often bring chocolates and leave them by their mats while they are seated in meditation. It’s so lovely to open one’s eyes and find a personal surprise.
When we are centered, focused, and in tune with our true self, it’s lovely to see that reflected back to us. Having students show up for class, give it their all, and bless me with their presence is huge. It fills me with such emotion that I like to reflect that back to them. I am so happy that they come and find that a small piece of chocolate is a small amount of appreciation for their efforts.
I also love good music so I am enjoying using the new wireless bluetooth speaker I got for class. I may send them home with songs in their head too and hopefully a yearning to come back for more yoga.
I didn’t realize that most health insurance providers will pay for, and sometimes require, a second opinion. This is a great thing if we’re getting a piece of bad news, like in this article from the LA Times, or if we just don’t 100% agree with our doctor’s recommendation.
I’ve heard of so many mothers-to-be who don’t love their OB, but are afraid to offend him/her by going to someone else. It doesn’t hurt and it’s encouraged!
Despite hearing a lot about him over the years, I had never truly given him much time. He speaks to living our truth, believing in ourselves, and being in the present moment. I looking forward to discovering more about him and his wise words!
— Ingrid Greene (@IngridWellness) May 21, 2015
I have a new set of Sentley Flow headphones that I’m looking forward to trying out!
This week I was running late to teach my yoga class, but it wasn’t completely my fault. I had left on time, but there was tons of traffic. These days I depend on my Waze App and new magnetic phone holder to help find me the best route and it is usually right on target. Unfortunately, the app took me through some very congested areas and I was a few minutes late. Rush hour in LA isn’t fun and I guess I discovered this the hard way once again.
I really didn’t want to be late because I love this class. It’s a small one, but the ladies are just lovely. It’s in a senior community center and since it’s small, we have an opportunity to chat and while we do our exercises. Because it is so small, I also have thought many times about discontinuing my teaching there since it’s barely worth my time, gas, and effort to get there.
This week I decided that I would for sure keep the class because I so much enjoy catching up with these women and stretching with them. When I leave, I too feel less stressed, joyful, and ready to take on the world. We speak about health, our bodies, our husbands, and just life in general.
It reminds me of that saying “It’s Not Where You Go, But Who You Travel With”. The time, gas, and effort to teach this class is by far exceeding by the value I get from leading it.
Today it rained in LA and I decided not to venture out for yoga. The traffic is even worse when it rains here and I preferred to catch up on things at home. Around 2pm though I realized I had been sitting all day and needed to stretch.
It was still raining so I couldn’t go for a walk. I decided to pull out a yoga dvd instead and it was great. I was feeling very limber after just a few minutes and I was still in my office.
I like to have a few dvds at home although I don’t often play them. I much prefer getting out to a studio with other energy to complete my practice, but having the flexibility to do things at home is great.
As a yoga teacher, I also am able to design my own practice, but very often I enjoy not thinking about what pose is next and just following someone else’s sequence.
Here’s to rainy days!