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Detroiter Kerrie Trahan began practicing yoga over 12 years ago, when she first participated in a class at the Boll Family YMCA, but it wasn’t until she moved to South Korea that yoga began to wind its way into her life in a much deeper way.
After discovering the practice helped her overcome depression and grief, she began working toward becoming a registered yoga teacher. That study has taken her to Thailand and India, where she amassed enough knowledge to earn a RYT-300 certificate. She brought that knowledge home to Detroit and began sharing it with her family and friends. Out of that was born Yoganic Flow, a community-based yet transient organization that holds pop up classes around the city.
Heal your heart with a delicious recipe from the lovely folks at D-Town Farm. The following recipe is an excerpt from their monthly newsletter: Down to Earth.
Yoga newbies and regulars can cultivate a NEW yoga practice!
Here are 4 yoga postures that are accessible for new yogis and can be experienced in a NEW way by regular practitioners. The majority of the asana (yoga posture) instructions below are from Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar. To learn more about Light on Yoga, you are welcome to join us at the Yoganic Flow: Detroit Yoga Book Club.
New to Yoga: Try Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
New Way to Feel Pose: Try Padmasana (Lotus) explained by Iyengar on page 45 of Light on Yoga.
This Summer we will be offering FREE YOGA at the abundant and beautiful Drew Farm for Family Day on the following Saturdays:
You can also pick spinach and enjoy other
fun family activities together!
Winter’s over and spring has finally arrived! Although the season has changed, you may be feeling a little sluggish from the past few months of frigid weather, heavy food and long nights. With warmer days ahead, this is the perfect time for some inner spring cleaning.
Increasing your intake of water, fruits and veggies is a great way to detox your system. Yoga is another effective way to cleanse because it targets the body’s primary systems of elimination. With a plethora of other health benefits, here are just 3 ways yoga can give your body a healthy, spring cleaning this season.
1. Twisting Poses: Digestion – Gentle pressure applied to the abdominal area stimulates the digestive organs which encourages waste removal. Compression postures like twisting and hugging are the most effective for this. Try out these 3 postures for a healthy, digestive cleanse:
2. Chest Openers: Respiratory – Lung expansion encourages deep breathing which stimulates the elimination of carbon dioxide and lactic acid. Chest opening postures are most effective for expanding the lungs. Try these 3 chest openers for respiratory cleansing and strengthening:
3. Inversions: Blood & Lymph Circulation – Lymph fluid and blood circulation are both activated by movement and gravity. Inverted poses are effective at stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation because your head is below your heart. Try these 3 inverted poses for better internal flow:
Ready to start your inner spring cleanse? Check out our schedule and join a yoga class today!
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Hey Detroit! Join us on Earth Day (April 22, 2017) for a truly educational, interactive, (and fun!) opportunity for DPSCD families and our Detroit school communities. Yoganic Flow will be offering:
Family Yoga at 12:30pm
Packed schedules. Traffic Jams. Breaking news. We’re constantly bombarded with responsibilities, delays and distractions in our daily lives. When do we get a moment to sit quietly, breathe deeply and just…relax? With March being Mental Health Awareness month, it’s time we took a moment to, Wooh-sah, for our mental health.
There are simple ways to de-stress such as practicing yoga and meditation. Herbal remedies are another healthy and natural way to relieve tension. But with a plethora of herbs to choose from, which ones are best for promoting mental clarity and relaxation?
Check out this list of 3 calming herbs that will help ease your mind and uplift your spirit!
1. LAVENDER – Known for its vibrant purple flowers, Lavender is excellent at relieving anxiety and stress. With its calming scent, it’s also great for promoting restful sleep. The benefits of Lavender can be enjoyed in multiple ways including: steeping the dried or fresh flowers for an herbal tea, adding flowers to an herbal bath or burning lavender essential oil in a diffuser.
2. SPEARMINT – Recognized by its fresh aroma, Spearmint is a very uplifting herb. With Menthol as a potent ingredient, Spearmint is great for promoting mental clarity and focus. It also provides relief for digestive and respiratory issues. Like most herbs, Spearmint can be used in a variety of ways including: herbal teas, aromatherapy and applying a food-grade essential oil directly to your tongue for instant invigoration.
3. CHAMOMILE – As an active ingredient in most “sleepy-time teas”, Chamomile is well-known for promoting relaxation. Its pleasantly mild flavor renders it a great herbal tea to enjoy at the end of a long day. Relieving nervous tension, lowering stress and aiding in digestion are some of its many benefits. Besides tea, fresh or dried Chamomile flowers can also be added to tub water for a calming, herbal bath.
While herbs are generally safe, always consult with your health practitioner before use if pregnant, breast-feeding or taking prescription medication.
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February is Heart-Health Month and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. What a perfect time to show ourselves some L-O-V-E! One way to do so is by eating heart-healthy foods like cayenne pepper and fresh basil which help regulate blood pressure and circulation.
Stress management is another important factor in maintaining good heart health. I’m sure your holiday beach-vacation was blissful and last weeks deep-tissue massage was heavenly. But those activities are infrequent and often reactive to stress. Ready to get proactive with your heart health?
Here are 5 simple, everyday habits for a healthier and happier heart!
1. QUALITY SLEEP – Brain cell regeneration and other vital activities occur during sleep. Deprivation can lead to emotional distress, exhaustion and poor eating habits. For a better night’s rest: turn off all electronic devices at least 1 hour before bed, eat no more than 2 hours prior to sleep and make sure your bedroom is completely dark. Chamomile tea is great for getting you into the sleepy-time mood!
2. YOGA OR STRETCHING – Yoga and deep stretching are great for relieving tension in the body, mind and spirit. Attend a local yoga class for guided instruction or simply stretch at home. Stretch each muscle group starting from your neck down to your toes. Hold each position for at least 10 seconds, breathing slowly and deeply. Stretching can be done anytime during the day and is very beneficial upon waking and before bed.
3. DECLUTTER – Cluttered spaces can unknowingly cause tension and stress. If it’s difficult to locate items and function in the space, it may be time to tidy up. Focus on organizing rooms you spend the most time in such as bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Important activities such as sleep, food preparation and bathing will be more pleasant in clutter-free environments.
4. NATURE – Spending time in nature increases endorphin levels and relaxes the mind. Head outside and go for a walk, bike ride, lay in the grass, sit on a park bench, play in the sand, swim in the river, or simply open a window to get fresh air. Be mindful during your time in nature. Observe the colors, smells and sounds. You can spend all afternoon outdoors, or just 5 minutes for your lunch break. Every moment counts.
5. JOURNAL – Writing down your thoughts, ideas and feelings is therapeutic. It allows you to express yourself freely – without critique. You can journal affirmations, goals, fears and dreams. Dedicate a notebook solely for journaling to keep a record of all your writings. Start off by writing 5 minutes a day before bed, answering 3 questions: How do I feel today? What am I worried about? What am I excited about?
We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let us know, what are your favorite ways to de-stress?