5 Health Benefits Of Yoga
“Yoga is selfless, cleansing, freeing, balancing, inspiring, and joyfully performed: a vision in which one experiences peaceful interconnectedness with all life around them.” Or at least so says The Bhagavad Gita, written thousands of years ago, long before anyone uttered the words “downward facing dog.”
Yoga has mutated and transformed before our very eyes. Some yoga practitioners barely move, while others sweat from the backs of their knees (by choice). No matter what your practice looks like, yoga is a very healthy thing indeed. Here are five amazing health benefits that should make you feel great about your decision to roll out your mat:
Staves Off Stress And Anxiety
Studies have shown that yoga practitioners are significantly less anxious, depressed, tense, angry and fatigued after class than they are before. This is hardly surprising. However, the health benefits of yoga are not just contained to that hour of class. Practicing yoga can certainly have physical consequences, such as lower blood pressure, but it can also allow you to take a step back from rash reactions. That deep breathing is just as effective after an argument as it is in an incense-scented room.
Yoga May Lower Your Risk Of Cancer
A 2013 study tried to look into how yoga may improve wellness and it found that there was a rapid effect on gene expansion. There was a greater change in circulating cancer-fighting immune cells after a series of gentle postures, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises). Pretty amazing yoga magic, if you ask us.
It Can Help With Low Back Pain
A staggering amount of people (some suggest 80%) will experience some form of low back pain in our lives. This can be debilitating and worsened by the shapes we place our bodies in again and again. Slouching over a computer may become our baseline, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A study placed yoga at the same level of effectiveness as stretching with a physical therapist. One thing is for certain: our bodies crave movement. Yoga’s ability to stretch the spine in all directions can help us to feel healthier and pain-free.
Adding to the list of astounding health benefits, a study showed that yoga had a positive effect in the management of type II diabetes by decreasing blood glucose levels. The postulation is that the mindful movement associated with yoga is excellent for improving digestion, and therefore, improving blood sugar. Helping move things along, as it were, is a good practice for all of us.
It Can Enhance Mental Health
Mental illnesses are one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Yoga has been reviewed as helpful for people living with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or sleep disorders. Studies suggest that yoga influences neurotransmitters, inflammation and oxidative stress in a manner similar to anti-depressants and psychotherapy. This does not mean that it will stand in for medication, but it can work wonderfully as an adjunct to strengthen mental health.
It may feel like a simple thing to do: show up at a studio to stretch and have some time away from your obligations. However, science is proving that this slow hour may be an incredibly beneficial change to the quality of your life. So what are you waiting for? Get on your mat today!
Courtney Sunday went to her first yoga class in the late 1990s. It took some time for her to get hooked but once she did, she went to a teacher training, claiming adamantly that she would never teach. That didn’t work out so well. Courtney now leads 200-hour teacher trainings around the world and works as a freelance writer. You can find out more about her at www.courtneysunday.com and https://somuchyoga.com.
Our first #WINEDOWNWEDNESDAY was a HUGE success thanks to all the babes that came to show their support. It was held right here at the JIVA head quarters surrounded by some local JIVA babes and vendors.
We had an amazing turn out for the 50 minute yoga class led by the talented Lisa Luther. Don't forget about her Surf & Yoga retreat in Southern Nicaragua taking place THIS summer on July 23-30th. There are still spots available- so sign up while you can!!!
Check out her website to find out more about retreats, teaching schedule, and upcoming events she will be at!Shout out to the amazing local vendors that came out for ladies night as well:
Sol Stoned Jewelry
>>Website: www.solstoned.com>> Instagram: @solstonedjewerlyInner Child Wellness>> Website: www.innerchildboutique.net>> Instagram: @inner_childNot only are we are lucky enough to call these ladies JIVA babes, but they also sell stunning products sooo show them some love!Photos are by the AMAZING Shaye Babb >> if you need ANY kind of photography done, she is your girl. Shaye is the eye behind almost all JIVA photography & comes highly recommended by us!
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>>BIG Shout out to our raffle winner Vivian who will be taking home a bag full of goodies from JIVA, Sol Stoned & Inner Child Wellness.
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS EXPERIENCE WITH US. STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT EVENT!
So over here at JIVA HQ, things are in full swing with the Spring launch, and we couldn't be more pumped about it! So in keeping with this Spring fever, I wanted to offer you a fresh take on styling your JIVA leggings for this season and beyond.
It's easy to forget that leggings can be styled in a multitude of ways beyond just the gym or the studio, and with our quick dry technology and high-end, fahsionable prints, you honestly can go right from a sweaty yoga class to a coffee date with a friend, if need be (we won't tell!)
We would LOVE to see how you style your JIVA gear! Be sure to tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #jivababe so we can see!
JIVA's go-to photographer
Need a photographer in Florida? Book this girl. This lady is so so talented, seriously! Our founder Nikki really wanted to showcase this girlboss on the blog, and for obvious reasons- she's the real deal! She shot out Spring 2016 collection that is due out mid March (soo excited!!), and when I went on her website to check out her work, I was blown away! Simply stunning. Her dream series was a personal favorite along with her nature photos. The way she captures life is so authentic and beautiful, and I am so happy to bring you this interview from our go-to photographer!
1) What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps kick-start your day on the right track?
I get up, have my coffee, and then I hit the gym! Sometimes it’s tough to get myself to go, but I always feel so good after I workout
2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?
I make sure to always say my gratitude. It can change your whole mindset if you just take a few minutes to be quiet and think about what you’re thankful for. I think saying affirmations are great too.
3) Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?
Sometimes I overwork, or put a little too much pressure on myself. When I start feeling like that I go talk to my mom about whatever is on my mind. She always gets me to take a step back and view things a little differently. Thank you mom!
4) What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?
Headphones, chapstick, all of my camera gear, and some healthy snacks!
5) What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration?
I put on some good music and scroll through tons of photography blogs. I also look at the work of photographers who I aspire to be like. That motivates me, and gets me excited about starting a new project!
6) How do you go about setting goals?
I sit down and think about where I want to be in a few months. I always think big, but that pushes me to work really hard. I figure out what my end goal is and then plan out what I need to do to achieve it.
7) What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion?
Don’t worry about what others think, and don’t be intimidated by others who have the same passion as you. There will always be competition in your field of work but you can’t let that scare you. Be different, and be proud of what you do!
In action shooting JIVA's spring line due out mid March!
8) Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?
Child’s pose and Cobra pose are definitely the most comforting to me.
9) What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?
I recently read Ask and it is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks. It’s about the laws of the universe, and how your thoughts manifest into reality. Keeping a positive, happy mindset it crucial to success.
10) Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?
Every night I have tea before I go to sleep. Lately I’ve been making lemon, cayenne, honey tea because I know it’s really detoxifying, it also tastes really good! Before I go to sleep I think about everything I’m thankful for. Doing that makes me feel relaxed, and I almost always wake up in a good mood.
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It's February, and you know what that means? You made it through the 1st month of the New Year! January can sometimes feel like a crazy month. With coming right off of the holidays and starting with a holiday, only to be followed by trying to stick to our resolutions, this past month may have felt a bit rushed.
But this month, let's remember that it is still winter, and in winter, animals hibernate; thus, we should a bit too! Take a cue from Mama Nature and slow down. Stop hurrying from one thing to another, and try to enjoy the moments in between, ya know, life.... #mondaymantra