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You can’t remember the last time you relaxed

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And we’re not talking about going on vacation or to the spa – but on a regular, routine day. (By the way, these are the most soothing yoga poses to help you sleep better.)

The yogi says: “By relaxing the body and following the breath in a yoga pose, we learn how to relax the mind,” he says.

 

You suffer from foggy brain

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If you have a hard time focusing, then it might be time to sign up for a yoga class.

The yogi says: Flows are sequences of different yoga poses. “It is the flow state when we are in our most clear-thinking and creative selves,” says Finn. Being in flow with life is something we all want. We learn to be in a flow state in a yoga pose but we quickly learn that the same skills can be applied to giving a presentation in a boardroom or sinking a free-throw.

 

You feel unbalanced

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This can mean both physical and mental unbalance. But a yoga flow challenges this part of ourselves to be better. (Here are some yoga moves that will get you in shape—and fast.)

The yogi says: “Not being optimally centered, in flow, and at peace is one of the main factors for the stiffness I see in beginners,” says Finn. “The good news is, the change that I see in people happens fast. It feels incredible to observe this process.”

 

You don’t feel your days have purpose

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The mind-body connection really does impact our confidence and ability to be grateful.

The yogi says: “Most people think the biggest benefit they get after a month [of practicing yoga] is flexibility. This is true, but the greatest gift is vitality and a connection to our higher vibration self,” says Finn. “I see people with so much more life force moving through them. They have more purpose, more joy and you can see it in their eyes.”

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You are just too damn busy

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No time for a yoga class? Then you really need to sign up. (Here’s how you can beat that dreaded afternoon slump with yoga.)

The yogi says: “Life gets busy and very few of us have a connection to our innermost self,” says Finn. “Whatever you call it; our soul, our inner light or just oxytocin, we have a cultural amnesia about this place in the heart. We don’t have sacred spaces or time to move stuck emotions out of our body so we can get in touch with this place.”

 

You are worried about your health

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Don’t add stress to any risk factors you may have. Take control with yoga.

The yogi says: “In our Yoga and Mind Body Medicine course we spend a lot of time looking at current research on how yoga increases immunity to so many diseases,” he says. “On the flip side, it is incredible how much living in a state of stress shuts the immune system down. Yoga is the antidote.” He references a study on Genomic counter-stress, that showed that in less than three months yoga and meditation can change the expression of 500 genes.

 

You do have a health concern

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If you have talked to your doctor and she gives you the go-ahead, that is bigger than a sign! (Plus, chair yoga might be the miracle cure for your arthritis.)

The yogi says: “Times have changed. Yogis want to learn cutting edge healing science from doctors and many doctors want to learn from yogis. We all want to learn to heal ourselves and others,” he says. “The fact is that yogic breathing techniques are powerful ways to shift our nervous system from the sympathetic ‘fight, fight or freeze’ response to the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ response. […] Yoga is amazing medicine and the effects are incredible for beginners.  There really is no reason to wait.  Try a few classes to find the one that works best for you as there are many approaches to yoga.  You’ll be happy you did.”

 

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