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Stretch at least a little bit everyday

Stretching is your body breathing!  It makes you feel good because it opens lines of communication within the body and creates more space for everything to work more efficiently. Stretching is a key component to Healthy Living and Longevity! Whether you’re a hard core athlete, dancer, housewife or couch potato – you need to stretch! Stretching rebalances and rejuvenates your body after a workout, a long period of sitting or a stressful situation. Everyone benefits from stretching. It is one of the best ways to increase your range of motion and get the chi (your energy or your life force) flowing free thru your body.

Everyone has different areas of tightness or stuck energy in their body.  For example, many people are tight in their hips and lower back.  This is because almost everything we do in sports, dancing and workouts involve the hips, glutes and lower back muscles. It’s great to condition and strengthen these muscle; however, most people forget to stretch them at the end of their workout or sport and end up overly tight.  This can then create muscle imbalances in the rest of the body if one does not stretch and rebalance. Additionally, the hips and low back can get very stiff from sitting for long periods of time, and who remembers to stretch after sitting? These areas also tend to be a home for old emotional stuff , so stretching can be great for emotional release as well. One of my favorite stretches for this area is the supine hip release.  It’s a great stretch to start with since it’s very gentle and feels really good.  Here’s a video of the supine hip release to get you started.  It’s less than 5 minutes and stretches the hips and lower back. The supine hip release on this video can be done everyday to release old emotion baggage and give you more freedom of movement and comfort in the hip joint.

Click below to watch or DOWNLOAD THIS FREE STRETCH VIDEO HERE [musicvideo columns=”2″ limit=”1″ cat=”stretch” orderby=”ID” order=”ASC” pagination=”true”]

Stress is currently being called the “Black Plague” of society today – due to the fact that it is the number one root cause of all fatal diseases and all dis-harmony in our bodies and in our lives. Regular stretching reduces the harmful effects that stress has on the body, while making you feel good. We all have different forms of stress in our lives and whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, self induced or from exterior sources – stretching is the perrrrrfect medicine to relieve anxiety, stress and tension.  Without stretching we become stiff in our physical body and blocked in our energetic body, which does not promote healthy living. Stretching gets the energy moving, so your mind and body can be open and free. Stretching also helps us find peace and relaxation, another important factor in Healthy Living that people tend to forget about.

For athletes, dancers and exercise enthusiasts, stretching helps your mind body connection, improves your coordination, and helps to prevent injuries. For artists stretching keeps the mind and body relaxed and clear, setting the right space for creativity to flow free. I could go on and on about the benefits of stretching, but more importantly, you need to see for yourself.  For the next 28 days do a little bit of stretching everyday and I’m sure you will see why stretching is key to peacefully powerful healthy living and feeling good.
Happy Stretching … Namaste!

Meeshel

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