The odds of getting accepted to run in the London Marathon 1 in 247,069
The odds of coming in first place in the London Marathon 1 in 38,000
The odds of being diagnosed with Autism 1 in 68
This year, I have been selected to run for Team Up with Autism Speaks on their elite London Marathon Team. The marathon will take place on April 24, 2016 and I have pledged to raise $10,000 for this great cause. Running to help cure autism is something that I am driven to do and being able to participate in one of the World’s Major Marathons is an awesome bonus! Continue reading London Marathon 2016!
Whether by car, train, or plane, be prepared to travel this holiday season with a few yoga poses that will help you feeling good and prepare your mind and body to deal with long periods of sitting.
Yoga techniques are a great avenue to remind yourself to move and bring attention to your breath and body. Completing a few poses can help calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety that we may get from traveling.
Below are a few yoga poses that you can easily do anywhere and can help you feel remarkably better during your travels.
- Neck Rolls– Exhale, drop your right ear to your right shoulder, look down toward your chest. Inhale, drop left ear to left shoulder, look up. Repeat
- Shoulder Lift– Inhale, raise your shoulders toward your ears. Exhale, completely let go, drawing your shoulders down your back.
- Seated Side Bend– Interlace your fingers and press your palms towards the ceiling. Inhale, reach up. Exhale, draw your hands to the right. Inhale, come back to center. Exhale, draw your hands to the left.
- Seated Cat-Cow– Place your hands on your thighs. As you inhale, draw your chest forward and your shoulders back; think about spreading your collarbone. Exhale, round your spine and draw your shoulders forward, pull your belly in. Look down toward your navel. Repeat
- Seated Twist– Place your left hand on your right knee or left armrest (if you’re in a plane) . Inhale, lengthen your spine. Exhale, twist to your right, drawing your right shoulder back. Switch sides.
- Seated Figure 4– Bend your right knee and place your right ankle on top of your left thigh. Interlace your fingers under your right thigh. Sit up straight and draw your left knee down towards the ground and gently pull your right knee up. Switch sides.
- Ankle Rolls– Get your blood flowing by rolling your ankles in a circular motion, both to the right and the left several times while stretching the leg out in front of you. You can also point and flex your feet.
- Forward Fold– Separate your feet to hip-width distance, bend your knees, and bring your chest to your thighs. Fold forward, grab opposite elbows or maybe interlace your fingers and drop them overhead.
- Lunges– Begin standing. Step your left foot forward and bend your left knee 90 degrees. Keep your right leg straight and right heel lifted. Arms can rise overhead or keep your hands at your heart center. Then step back with the legs together. Switch sides. Maybe add a twist, placing your palm down on the inside of your forward foot.
- Seated Savasana– Close your eyes and let go of the noise and other distractions. When thoughts come, just listen to your breathe and let them go.
I believe that all teens can benefit from yoga. When I look at teenagers today, I often see individuals who appear unbalanced, have difficulty focusing, are often in a rush, and some who are depressed, anxious, or nervous and I feel for them. The pressure on youth today is tremendous (i.e. getting good grades, getting into a good school, staying current, fitting in) and as kids begin to hit adolescence, puberty, transition to high school or college, and begin to explore relationships with one another; they need an outlet that can help them stay focused, allow them to gain confidence, and feel good about themselves. I believe yoga can provide just that.
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