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101 things to do on a park bench

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So, the second you give something up…the more appealing it becomes. Am I right? I should give up doing laundry…oh wait, I guess it doesn’t work for everything!

To add an addendum to my previous post about taking a break, I will say you may see me drop a note or two on and off this summer as I’m inspired. I am not going to make any predictions there but go with the flow.

With that said I wanted to share with you this RAD video I found, it is too good to not share. All I have to say is start prepping for Green Gym Day – June 9! If you are interested in finding a park bench with me somewhere, let’s meetup and do it! (In real life – I’ll let you know the details) 🙂

What I especially enjoy about this video is that it includes a lot of yoga postures 🙂

I hope you enjoy and are inspired!

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Less stress, more living series

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First off, if you haven’t already noticed, Huffington Post has a Less stress, more living series. Check it out.

Second, if you have an hour to spare and want to engage your intellect or dedicate some time to think about stress management in your life (and in our schools and in our hospitals), below is a thought-provoking discussion/debate on the topic to accompany your Saturday morning cup o’ joe/tea. (Just be sure not to multi-task and be mindful as you watch, right?) 🙂

The video is a forum brought to you from a partnership between Harvard School of Public Health and Huffington Post Living. Very cool. Here is the video link.

If you don’t have time and the thought of a 1-hr educational video stresses you out, here are some highlights to note from the conversation:

  • Stress is a big problem and every symptom and disease is amplified by stress.
  • Stress is not distributed equally to people in society. People of lower education and socioeconomic status are hit harder.
  • The medical system does not have a systematized process for dealing with stress in their patients and more and more people are affected by it.
  •  There are studies that show that doctors advise patients to do what they tend to do. If they like to exercise they advise patients to exercise, if they like to check their lipids, they advise their clients to check their lipids. Makes sense. One panelist said that we need more practitioners and doctors in the world who model and understand techniques and behaviors that promote healthy living and stress reduction. Until people begin to walk their talk, they will not be prepared or qualified to offer helpful advice or resources to their patients (as it pertains to stress).
  • Health coaches and yoga teachers are becoming popular – my personal plug 🙂 and will have a greater presence and role in the collective’s ability to navigate our health.
  • Some food for thought: What should mental health centers of the future look like? What should the portfolio of options look like?  As our collective stress will only continue to grow, we do not want to limit our delivery of the new model of care and should be open to the fact that there is no one prescription to address stress, there are many.

Using a yoga strap to improve posture & reduce tension

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Posture contributes to how we feel and to our overall health and well-being. Just talk to a chiropractor, and they will tell you all about it.

Today I learned a way to use a yoga strap to help improve posture. It’s quite simple but a powerful exercise. Truthfully I do not own a yoga strap but plan to go buy one tomorrow. I have been slow to buy yoga “props,” thinking of them as mere accessories. However, as I deepen my practice and have learned how to use them, I now know they are definitely worth the investment.

Often times, a prop is only viewed as something that people use who cannot do the full yoga posture on their own. Some people view props as signs of weakness or inability.

If that is the only way we view props, we are missing the true essence of what they can offer us. My yoga teacher likes us to refer to props as “tools”. She calls them tools, because that is really what they are. They are tools that allow everyone to feel the full extent of a pose (whether or not their body is able to go there on its own). This ability to feel the full pose helps us realize the pose fully but it also allows our body to understand the pose through experience, creating a memory of that feeling in our body so we can replicate it on our own, later, when we are ready.

Same thing goes with posture. Using this yoga tool, you can start to enjoy the benefits of good posture again and remind your body what proper alignment feels like so that when your body is ready to do it on it’s own, it can easily reproduce the sensation.