Stress Affects our Bodies BodyTools

How Stress Affects our Bodies [Infographic]

In times of “stress”, there is a cascade of neurological and hormonal messages that occur that prepare the body to react, bypassing rational thought. Sharpened mental focus Liberation of fat and glucose for fuel (delivered efficiently by excited cardiovascular system) Increased heart rate, blood pressure…
MasterWord
March 18, 2016
BodyOutside encounterTools

Cat-Cow Pose

The Cat-Cow yoga progression is a little dance up the spine that is perfect for beginners! It also invites experienced yogis to keep finding the depth and awareness in spinal flexion. Cat-Cow is all about integration and will leave you feeling revitalized and present!
MasterWord
February 15, 2016
BodyDuring encounterMindTools

Breath Counting

Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand without disturbance or physical danger. Lower your eyelids or close your eyes completely. Take three deep breaths and relax your body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. When you inhale, keep your mind at ease.…
MasterWord
February 15, 2016
During encounterMindTools

Centering in the Dantian

Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand without disturbance or physical danger. Lower your eyelids or close your eyes completely. Take three deep breaths and relax your body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. Let your awareness gradually sink down to…
MasterWord
February 15, 2016
During encounterMindTools

Center in the Big Toe

Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand without disturbance or physical danger. Lower your eyelids or close your eyes completely. Take three deep breaths and relax the body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. Let your awareness sink gradually down to either…
MasterWord
February 15, 2016
MindOutside encounterTools

Mindful Walking

This is a walking practice. Remember to maintain enough awareness of your physical environment to be safe. Find a suitable location for mindful walking. A relatively long and straight journey on an even surface, without vehicular traffic or other dangerous obstructions such as stairs or…
MasterWord
February 15, 2016
BodyOutside encounterTools

Say “Ah”

This practice releases stress and helps you feel more calmness and openness. Whenever you feel the need to release physical and mental tension, take a deep inhalation and exhale slowly and gently while sounding out the syllable “Ah.” This sound creates vibration within your body that eases…
MasterWord
February 15, 2016