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Yoga helps to enhance your body awareness, strengthen your body, and teach you how to restore your mind, body, and spirit. Yoga adds strength and flexibility to your body and enhances the body’s ability to practice massage. Practicing yoga helps you to gain body awareness. The principles of yoga can make your job easier and can help prevent injury.


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Any questions or comments about practicing yoga?

Please feel free to add discussions or questions about practicing yoga? Do your wrists hurt after practicing downward facing dog or plank for instance? I would be glad to help so you practice yoga…Continue

Started by Karina Braun Sep 6, 2012.

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Comment by Karina Braun on Monday

It is important to develop flexibility in your spine. If the ribs are flared or collapsed - spinal flow, breathing, and core stability is impeded. As a result, pain and dysfunction can arise. Bring your attention to your thoracolumbar junction.  This junction is where the lower thoracic and upper lumbar connect.  Notice if your ribs are flared (overextension) or slumped (excess flexion).  Now, pay attention to the movement of your breath. Feel a connection between your ribs and pelvis by engaging the abdomen. The deep core muscles, pelvic floor muscles, psoas, iliacus, multifidi, and quadratus lumborum facilitate action of the rectus abdominis and the external and internal obliques.  If the ribs are over flexed or extended, then the link between the pelvis and abdominals will be lost.

Take 5 deeps breaths in, Pause for 1 second, and take 5 deep breaths out for 5 cycles

Feel your body when you breathe and sense how your ribs move when you breathe.

Check out Yoga for Bodyworkers and Anatomy of Movement

Comment by Karina Braun on September 10, 2013 at 1:43pm

Basic Guidelines for Practicing Yoga:

  • Set a specific time to practice yoga every day
  • Practice free from noise and distractions
  • Set aside a certain amount of time a day to practice
  • Get In touch with your breath and move your body with your breath
  • Perform a set sequence to start your practice
  • Do a warm up before your routine, a cool down after, and a quiet relaxation to calm the mind and the body
  • Attend classes to keep yourself inspired and motivated
  • Always express gratitude in your life and keep your heart and body open
  • Keep your mind and body open and flexible
Comment by Karina Braun on July 10, 2013 at 12:21am

Sphere Therapeutix® and Yoga Low Back Workshop-
Saturday July 13 at 3:00 Pm Just Breathe Wellness Center

Sphere Therapeutix® is a unique type of bodywork that utilizes a 4″ air filled sphere and an aromatherapy infused t sphere® with a combination of yoga postures. You will be taught how to help pain in the low back, hips, and legs by creating space in the body and reducing pain and tension. Feel freedom in your body and live a happy, healthy and pain free life.

This workshop is great for self care and check it out because you may want to learn how to do the bodywork portion of Sphere Therapeutix. Please see the attached flyer.

Comment by Karina Braun on June 1, 2013 at 11:31am

Start your practice with centering in a supine, standing, or seated position and create an intention for your practice. Centering includes an intention to be mindful of the present and focus on the breath. Then, move onto a warm up so you can move your spine in all directions, increase range of motion in the joints, and increase the internal heat throughout the body. Asanas include standing postures, seated, supine, and prone postures, inversions, and twists.


Comment by Karina Braun on February 23, 2013 at 1:33pm

The other day I received a question about someone that had sustained a groin injury from doing Bikram yoga. In our society, yoga is used as more of a physical system instead of a means to relaxing the physical body. Sometimes yoga can be used as a competition instead of going within. Adductor strains can be caused from going beyond your stretch point or twisting too far in Triangle pose. In this blog, I explain how to do Triangle Pose correctly.


Stay healthy!


Comment by Karina Braun on February 8, 2013 at 6:53pm

What do you get from for your Personal Yoga practice?

Yoga can picks my mood up and energizes me, helps me be more positive, and clears my mind so my thoughts are more organized.

On the physical level, practicing yoga can open energy meridians and chakras which can lead to better health, and give your body increased flexibility and strength. Never underestimate the power of yoga and what it can do for your body and your life.

I like to practice at least 3 times per week to keep my body supple and my mind relaxed. 

Comment by Karina Braun on December 23, 2012 at 9:44pm

So glad you joined Viola. I also became a Yoga Teacher to help my clients. No one taught yoga in the town I lived in. Reiki, Yoga, and Massage work in such a complimentary way. It is great to see these disciplines grow the last 15 to 20 years!

Comment by Viola Crowder-Moger on December 20, 2012 at 1:22pm

Interesting - I just found this group.  I recently became a Registered Yoga Teacher - Yoga Alliance 200 RYT - and find Yoga extremely beneficial for myself and for my clients.  I have been a LMT and Reiki Master/Teacher for 18 years.  Yoga Therapy is a growing profession and fits right along with what we do.

Comment by Karina Braun on December 10, 2012 at 4:53pm

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This 12 Hour CE Course that will enhance your body awareness, strengthen your body, and teach you how to restore your mind, body, and spirit. Yoga adds strength and flexibility to your body and enhances the body’s ability to practice massage. The principles of yoga can make your job easier and can help prevent injury.

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Comment by Karina Braun on December 10, 2012 at 4:51pm

Hi Tiffany. I agree and that is why different classes fit ceratin body types, previous injuries, etc. I believe a personal practice is very important so you can go inward and practice what our inner guidance tells us.

Gordon- love the comment and agree...only thing is we live busy lives and sometimes have to take classes to fit this time in. It does come naturally and we should listen to the wisdom of our bodies.


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