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‘From early childhood onward we make many decisions about how to be and how to live. These decisions shape the habits of our bodies as well as our minds. The Alexander Technique’s in-depth approach helps us to move out of unwanted habits and back into choice.’ Mary Cox, psychotherapist, UK.
The essence of the Alexander Technique lies in awareness of the postural relationship between the head, neck and back so that this natural state of balance brings about movement with minimal effort and allows for general poise and ease.
Positive affect is defined as the experience of pleasurable emotions such as joy, happiness, excitement, enthusiasm and contentment that can enhance health on all levels.
Positive affect is often used as an umbrella term covering all positive states, including positive emotions. It has been proposed as a protective factor for ill-health for many years. According to American social psychologist, Barbara Lee Fredrickson,1 positive affect brings forth psychological and physical well-being, and improved cognitive function and mental health.
There are many different yoga styles, as there are hundreds of various yoga postures. Each style and posture has its own set of benefits and reasons why it is a valuable and a ‘feel good’ exercise for your body, mind and soul.
Often yoga is seen as a de-stressor and a set of slow stretches to bring calmness and peace to a busy mind and tense body. Yes, that is correct. However, yoga can also be energising. Ask a yogi who has just stepped out of a hot Power Yoga session, and she will certainly let you know that yoga is not all ‘Oming’, soothing and relaxing!
The winter season it is that time of year when our body is more sluggish, stale and in need of an energy boost. Many tests have been done to show how much yoga boosts your immunity by increasing your overall health. Your organs, systems and bodily movement function better after they have been twisted, oxygenised and realigned.
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