Yoga For Anxiety: 6 Poses To Reduce Stress And Support Mental Health

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Yoga can be the most efficient way to relieve the body and mind of stress. Studies show that roughly 40 million U.S. adults suffer from anxiety. That makes stress & anxiety one of the most common mental illnesses in the country. But even those who haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder aren’t immune to experiencing stress, tension and anxiety in their everyday lives.

Practicing yoga can not only be an effective stress reliever, but also a way to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Yoga helps by transferring the focus and attention to the body and  breath. 

“Yoga helps our entire system slow down,” ViraYoga founder Elena Brower tells the Huffington Post. “Our bodies are programmed to heal naturally, and what stops that healing are all the stressors of daily life. Yoga dissolves those stressors for the time during practice and usually the effects last for hours after.”

Below are Six Easy Yoga Poses that can help you relieve daily stress!

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Yoga Pose: Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

 1. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

Forward bends are excellent for calming our nervous system, according to Brower. The posture provides a release of the upper body and soothes the mind through gentle inversion either when practiced on its own or between poses.

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Yoga Pose: Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

 2. Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

The Legs up the Wall pose is a simple but effective anxiety-busting posture for beginners that can help you to escape the “thinking mind.”

You don’t have to be so flexible or so strong, and yet it’s very relaxing and very calming for the nervous system.

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3. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

To quiet the mind and cultivate focused awareness, try the Half Moon Pose, a balancing posture with one leg raised 90 degrees and one hand on the floor or on a block.

“Balancing poses take our attention off of the mind and into the body,” Brower says.

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Yoga: Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

 

  1. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Before moving on to the Eagle and Half Moon balancing poses, beginners should start with Tree Pose, a basic standing balance to help calm a racing mind and induce concentration.

 Balancing poses force you to be honest about where you are currently, and they force you to pay attention to where you are. If you’re in a tree pose and your mind is wandering, you’ll know it because you’ll fall over.

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Yoga Pose: Child’s Pose (Balasana)

 5. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

 This is one of the best resting poses of any yoga practice. Child’s Pose basically involves sitting on the knees and bending forward with arms forward or by your side. It can be very comforting and self-soothing. This is one of my favorite poses because we all just need to slump over and relax at times.

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Yoga Pose: Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

 6. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Is useful at relieving discomfort in the muscles of the back, neck and abdomen. Furthermore, a little time spent in cobra pose can go a long way towards alleviating stress, anxiety and even depression.

                                     Benefits of Cobra Pose:

 Stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominal

Decreases stiffness of the lower back

Strengthens the arms and shoulders

Increases flexibility

Improves menstrual irregularities

Elevates mood

Firms and tones the buttocks

Invigorates the heart

Stimulates organs in the abdomen, like the kidneys

Relieves stress and fatigue

Opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs

Improves circulation of blood and oxygen, especially throughout the spinal and pelvic regions

Improves digestion

Strengthens the spine

Soothes sciatica

Helps to ease symptoms of asthma

Make Yoga part of your daily routine even if that means getting up a few hours early in the morning before work. Your mind and body will thank you!

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Jaden Smith Announced He Has Failed His Dad!

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Jaden Smith

What is going on with Jaden Smith?

Jaden Smith is obviously going through something massive.  Whatever the issue is, must be pretty major for him to announce that he feels he has failed his father.

Jaden went on a rant Wednesday, to Instagram Live to pour out his thoughts on following your dreams!

But, that was only after he felt the need to confess that he’s moving out of Los Angeles and that he failed his father Will Smith!

Now I for one along with many would love to know exactly what it is he is engaged in that will be a letdown to his father. We all know that the Smith family seems to be pretty open to allowing the children to be very diverse in expressing themselves.

Yet something is clearly not being fully said in this little confession. I mean come on out and spill the tea for us Jaden because the world is a bit eager to know what exactly you are saying.

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Jaden Smith & Father Will Smith

 

While sitting in the parking lot of the DMV, the actor and artist shared:

“It’s going to be so funny to tell my dad that I’ve failed straight up. Everybody follow your heart, you know what I’m saying? Do exactly what you want to do, be who you want to be. I’m about to move out of LA. There’s a lot of bad things here. Create the life that you want for yourself. Don’t try to be somebody else. It’s hard these days to really create the life you want for yourself because there’s nobody really here that’s like supporting the youth or the youth’s creativity.”

He implies he’s not being supported creatively, but made no mention of why exactly he feels like he’s letting his dad down!

I honestly believe that it has nothing to do with getting some support on his creativity. This issue goes a bit deeper than the surface and that could very well be why he feels the need to get out of the LA spotlight for a while.

Yet being the son of a very popular set of parents, can put a large amount of stress on any young adult.

The 18 year old simply wants to be free to be who he is.

We’re sure more will surface on this topic later this year but for now, you can’t help but understand his desire to get away from the big lights!

 

                             Watch his rant (below) to see if you can figure it out!

 

Remy Boy Monty Takes Pelle Pelle to His Hood!

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Remy Boy Monty: Pelle Pelle

Pelle Pelle has become one with the Urban Community and continues to be a mainstay in Pop Culture!

Pelle Pelle was born from a dream on the streets of Detroit. Its mastermind Marc Buchanan, launched his vision into a global phenomenon that rocked the world hand in hand with the explosion of Hip Hop! The line features cutting edge designs, bold colors, in your face compositions, and top of the line quality; which catapulted Pelle to the forefront of street wear fashion. The recognition can be seen everywhere; Music videos, movies, television shows, and countless other high profile events. Celebrities, athletes, and musicians embrace Pelle as a must-have in their wardrobe. Pelle Pelle has become one with the urban community and continues to be a mainstay in pop culture. Launched in 1978, Pelle Pelle is an urban fashion brand which started off as a leather outerwear company.

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Pelle Pelle Urban Clothing

Pelle Pelle sprouted into various other designs like outerwear, boots, and handbags. The brand was also the first brand to launch the designer baggy pants. It has been sported by celebrities such as Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Cam’ron, Martin Lawrence, and more. Pelle Pelle is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

As Pelle Pelle continues to embrace its Hip Hop culture and heritage, they are linking up with various influencers to see what they have in season for the winter months.

Recently they were able to link up with well-known Remy Boy Monty for their latest installment!

 

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Remy Boy Monty took Pelle Pelle to the streets of Paterson, NJ. From the whip to the chicken spot, he showed them his stomping grounds and revealed #WhatsInSeason for him.

 Check Out the Video below as Monty takes them on a tour of where he grew up at!

                                 Twitter: @RemyBoyMonty1738 @PellePelle

Be sure to head over to Pelle Pelle & make an impression this season!

Reasons Hidden Figures Should Be #1 Again!

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HIDDEN FIGURES, blew expectations with movie goers, making the film #1 opening weekend, beating ROGUE ONE at the box office and bringing in $22.8 million!

Hidden Figures is a film for the entire family to experience! The true story of how three amazing women helped pave the way in areas of race and segregation, showcasing the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic!

 If you have not been to the theaters to check out this film then you are truly missing out!

Here are four reasons why the film is a MUST SEE!

The film may have taken place in the early sixties but couldn’t be timelier; especially with awards season. The film and cast members have been nominated for awards such as:  Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics’ Choice Movie, BAFTA Award and NAACP.

Celebrities such as Common, Nas, Jamie Foxx, Debbie Allen and many more praised the film on social media.

Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer played the roles of the three Black female mathematicians who began working for NASA in the 1950s and helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Did you know that all of the characters they play are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.?

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Hidden Figures Cast

Lastly, let’s not forget about the men in the film. From Luke Cage to Straight Outta Compton,  Mahershala Ali and Aldis Hodge, play the roles of  Jim Johnson and Levi Jackson; supportive husbands to Katherine Johnson and Mary Winston Jackson during the Civil Rights.

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This film is very meaningful as we embark into the celebration of Black History month. These women did something amazing during a time when women did not have many rights. Let’s add that this was a very racial era for black people.

When you take your family to see this movie, you are allowing them to experience the historical growth of black intellects through the years. You enable them to open their minds to the many possibilities of what they are capable to do if they believe. This film also shows that intellect mattered to NASA at the time more than the color of these three women’s skin.

So don’t wait until this movie comes out on DVD to experience the historical act of these three women. Make plans to go this week and support the film that has everyone talking!

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HIDDEN FIGURES

 HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.  The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

 

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