Yoga Warm-Up Routine

Yoga Warm-Up Routine

As you probably already know if you’ve been following the blog or Facebook page, I recently wrapped up my yoga teacher training in Boca Raton, Florida and have been continuing teaching yoga-dance fusion classes back in my home state of Kentucky. A few of you asked me to share some of the specific flows I’ve been teaching. Well, ask and ye shall receive! I’ll be sharing more flows, and even including a soundtrack of some of my favorite music to use during yoga classes, so keep checking back. I’ll be adding more yoga and meditation resources in the near future… For now, this should be enough to get ya started! Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Warm Up Difficulty: Beginner (Level 1) to Intermediate (Level 2) Type: Ashtanga Inspired Vinyasa Note from Brittany: This is a warm up for a Vinyasa flow inspired by Ashtanga teachings. Certain asanas (postures) are not meant for beginners and should be performed only under supervision of a trained yoga teacher who can spot you and adjust you as needed. As you work through the following flow, please remember to listen to your body. Yoga is not the time for ego. It is not the time for comparing yourself to others. It is a journey through your breath. It is a journey to self love and acceptance. Breathe into the stretches just at the edge of what is challenging to your body, but don’t push yourself into pain. Love yourself, breathe, relax, and modify the postures as needed for any injuries or other physical conditions you might have. There might be more advanced versions of postures that...

Stop Anxiety & Panic Attacks in their Tracks!

When a panic attack strikes, it can come out of nowhere. Sometimes, you literally think you are dying. The symptoms can include a sense of impending doom, tightness of the chest, and even sharp or stabbing pains in the chest wall. There have been many times that I literally thought I was having a heart attack — yet EKG’s, bloodwork and stress tests all came back perfectly fine. Today, I want to share with you a plan I’ve created to help calm the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks so you can live your life without feeling cray-cray and stressed out all the time. Anti-Anxiety Affirmation: When you feel the signs of a panic attack coming on, the first step is to RECOGNIZE it and call yourself out on what’s happening. It’s good to have a mantra, affirmation or other truthful statement that you can say to challenge your scared inner self or the critical voice in your head that is creating the anxiety. I recommend the following statement, but you can choose any fact that you know to be true and that helps you feel better: “I know what this is. This won’t kill me. This feeling will pass, and I’ll get through it.” Repeat your affirmation over and over in your head, or even out loud if you need to, until you feel the symptoms starting to subside. If your panic attack starts creeping back up again, just start repeating the affirmation until you feel better. As many times as it takes. After your symptoms start to subside, you can proceed with working through the following questions...