Spring Time

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Spring is in the air! It’s such a lovely season.

So many beautiful flowers blooming. 🙂

 

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Photography

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog. I’ve been buried deep into photography lately because I want to turn it into a business in the near future. I’d appreciate you liking/sharing my Facebook page to help me get started!

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And if you’re in the Chicagoland area, I’m still building up my portfolio, so I’m open to shooting for free. 🙂

Simplicity

Simplicity

We take so much for granted. Is life really that bad? Are you homeless? Do you have a terminal illness? There’s no excuse if you don’t fall into such categories. Even at those points I see humans being grateful for everything. We’re blessed with so much. It’s time to appreciate what you do have because you never know when your last breath will be.

Benefits of Yoga

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We all know yoga increases our flexibility when we practice often. But there’s a lot of people who don’t know the other benefits, which are much more important than just being flexible. These other benefits not only are physical, but also mental. I found an article on yoga from the American Psychological Association that talks about practicing yoga. Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, a neuroscientist, commented about the practice:

“I believe if everyone practiced the techniques of yoga, we would have a preventive aid to a lot of our problems,” Khalsa says. “There would likely be less obesity and Type-II diabetes, and people would be less aggressive, more content and more integrated.”Image

We all have our own reasons for practicing yoga. Flexibility, strength, lower stress, find your calm, etc. When we commit ourselves to practicing on a regular basis, we’ll start to see us reach our goals, plus more. It’s incredible to see what yoga can do for us if we commit. It becomes such a big part of our lives because it leaves us feeling almost invincible. Below I’ve listed just a few of the benefits for both physical and mental. There are many, many more benefits!

Physical benefits:

  1. Improved flexibility
  2. Stronger muscles
  3. Helps prevent arthritis
  4. Helps prevent osteoporosis
  5. Improves energy
  6. Improves athletic performance

Mental benefits:

  1. Handle stress better
  2. Quiet the mind
  3. Focus on breathing
  4. Encourages positive thoughts
  5. Encourages self-acceptance
  6. Builds awareness of your body, feelings, and others around you

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/11/yoga.aspx