We all know the benefits of a good sleep but getting one can be hard to come by. Here are a couple of restorative exercises that I like to do to help me relax, unwind and prepare for a restful sleep.
Follow along with this single fun and simple move to energize you, cleanse and nourish your body, refresh your mind, and even help fight insomnia!
Use this as a one-minute break from a desk, as a flowing stretch break from an active day, or as the start to some more movement.
I don’t believe that physical pain automatically comes with age. Not because I’ve managed to age without pain, but because when I experienced pain, I was still young. Physical pain came not because of how old I was but because of how I moved and treated my body. I was an accomplished scholar-athlete studying nutrition. I ate well and I exercised but looking back I wasn’t very healthy. I was stressed and over-trained and eventually I was injured.
Too many of us put athletes and overly fit bodies on a pedestal while dismissing the physical experience that we can have ourselves. We think if we can’t do what they do it isn’t worth moving or having an experience in our body at all. Why are we handing over our power? Our experience? Our precious and finite chance to have fun in our bodies?
We don’t need to be fit to exercise. We don’t even need to be healthy. We just need to move.
Move with me right now in this 3-minute video!
Drunken Winter Stew from Robin Oswald
This wonderful recipe uses potatoes and cabbage (readily available in winter in the northeast). If you are sticking to an Irish theme, use a stout beer. For a less rich and heavy stew, try a porter.
– 3 potatoes, cubed
1. Bring potatoes, onions, and water to a boil, then lower heat to simmer
2. Add cabbage and mustard. Slowly add about half the beer (it will foam up a bit). Cover loosely. Let simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the beans, spices, and more/all of the beer to taste. Remove lid and let simmer another 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add water if necessary. Re-spice if needed before serving.
Try this simple technique to clear your mind, relax your body and uplift your spirit. It’s not meditation and you can do it at your desk. All you’ll need is a pen and paper and a few minutes to follow along!
Learn how Mother Nature keeps us hydrated and healthy throughout the seasons. These quick tips focus on hot summers and fresh berries with fun ideas for staying hydrating and reaping the benefits no matter where you are.
We’ll be indulging in cooling food, drinks and activities with gentle yoga, nature walks under giant trees and kayaking on the lake at my very special Summer Retreat happening at the end of August. Visit shannonsodano.com/retreats for more details.
What’s your favorite healthy summer drink?
Whatever the weather this holiday week and wherever your Independence Day takes you, here’s a sample class you can learn from to find fun, playful and exuberant moves either on your own or with family or friends. This was made for Exuberant Animal which has been one of the greatest teachers, inspirations and bringers-of-joy in my life. I hope you get a lot out of watching and doing it, too!
This video shares three quick and easy chair stretches that I teach in all settings from corporate talks to yoga classes. Give yourself three minutes to try them out. Then, bring one of them to mind next time you need a break! We’ll stretch the shoulders, hips and lower back, all while bringing fresh blood to your belly (good for digestion) and to your brain.
For more yoga with cello visit my yoga page for upcoming classes and workshops for spring!
Learn how to feel more stable, comfortable and confident while doing yoga whether you take a class or do it at home. All it takes is a few simple props!
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