Stressed? Try Yoga!

Bella Breakdown As a teacher, my life and work often blend together in a chaotic, stressful ball. It is difficult for me to separate from my students, and I often think incessantly about whether or not my lesson went well, how my students are doing mentally and emotionally, and when I can get my next break from the constant nature of my work. But when I get to a yoga class, my worries slowly but surely melt away, until I am lying on the ground in Shavasana at the end of the class and my mind is an absolute...

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Take A Breath

Bella Breakdown For centuries people have been using breath as a way to calm down and center themselves. Some of the oldest religions in the world have placed breath at the center of their practice. It is, after all, the most fundamental thing about humanity, a practice that we constantly partake in which gives us life, and yet one of the things we do that we notice the least. But what happens when you actually pay attention to your breath? Try it. Right now. Close your eyes and breathe in. Breathe out. Do it for one minute, and let...

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Challenge Yourself To This 30-Day Self Love Yoga Challenge

Bella Breakdown January is full of ads and articles about getting in shape, taking on new fitness challenges and pushing yourself to get a workout in everyday. I don’t know about you, but it gives me hella anxiety. Throughout the month I tried to avoid being effected by these messages, but it’s hard not to feel guilty about my habits, or lack of motivation for hitting the gym. So now that it’s February (my birthday month!) and the month of love, it’s time to take on a much more fulfilling challenge. It’s all about self love and acceptance. This...

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Yoga Poses For Stress And Anxiety

Bella Breakdown We all experience stress from time to time, and those feelings can manifest themselves in different ways in our body. Many times, stress can cause tightness, pain and other physical symptoms in our bodies. Exercise in general is a proven tool to combat the effects of stress, but it’s also important to slow down and incorporate some healing postures and stretches into your routine. Try some of these poses next time your feeling on the anxious side. Sukhasana with Forward Bend Easy pose, or sukhasana, is a seated, cross-legged position. The forward bend helps you to focus...

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Great Pregnancy Exercises

Bella Breakdown Many women are ditching the idea that you have to be completely horizontal during your pregnancy. We are still working our day jobs, up and moving, and working out! Just because you are growing a human, doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite workout routine! Pregnancy also puts your body into a crazy tailspin. The sciatica , the pressure on your joints; exercising can actually be extremely helpful in relieving some of that pain. Here are some amazing exercises for you and your pregnant belly. 1. Curtsy Lunges Curtsy lunges are a great way...

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