Just Say Yog-ahhh

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the pelvis is a mirror to the body. "There are 35 muscles attached to the pelvis so when it's out of whack, everything suffers," says physical therapist Lara Heimann, founder of Yogastream. Unfortunately, with sitting practically a lifestyle requirement these days, the pelvis literally gets crushed. Whether you're stiff from a bad night's sleep, a lengthy commute or a long day at the computer these 4 yoga postures will help condition and realign an overworked pelvis for less injury and pain. Do these moves as often as possible to activate, open, lengthen, and stretch for a sublime spine and happier hamstrings.

Half-Bridge

This posture engages the transverse (side) abs -- the stabilizers of the spine. How to: Lying down with your back flat against the floor, knees up, place your hand on your belly and push your lower back into the floor. Breath for a count of five.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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