Yoga

Benefits of Deep Breathing

Pausing and taking deep breaths on a regular basis is a beautiful practice and there are a ton of benefits.

Benefits of Deep Breathing:

  • more oxygen to the brain and body
  • more alert
  • increased confidence
  • less stress
  • reduction in blood pressure

Most of you probably do not spend your whole day sitting or standing up tall.

You might be hunched over a computer or a sewing machine, picking up little kids or slouching in line at the grocery store. Because of this, you are not taking deep breaths which lessens the amount of oxygen going to your brain.

By taking short breaks to take deep breaths you can increase your alertness and feel a whole heck of a lot better!

Sit up tall, you can do this lying down at the beginning or end of your day also.

Relax your shoulders.

Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale out of your mouth.

Relax.

Let go of tension.

Let go of your morning.

Let go of your day.

Let go of anything that is not serving you.

Begin to breathe only through your nose.

Allow your inhales to go all the way into your belly. This may be challenging at first. We are used to taking shallow breaths that do not go much deeper than the chest. Begin to notice your ribcage expand with each deep breath. Place one hand on your belly. Feel your belly expand with each inhale. Gently draw your belly back towards your spine as you exhale.

Focus on allowing each inhale becoming deeper than the one before and each exhale longer than the one before.

Continue for 5 breaths, 10 breaths, 1 minute, the length of a song, the length of an article you are reading, a commercial break, the drive to pick your kids up from school.

Notice how good you feel! Notice how deep your breaths are compared to the earlier ones. Enjoy this good feeling.

Pause and take deep breaths any time you need a little pick me up!

I created this video about deep breathing back when I lived in Chicago and taught yoga full-time. It is an oldie but a goodie. Enjoy!

Gentle Yoga for the Waning Moon

Do you remember that Energizing Flow Yoga video I shared in June?

The video I am sharing today is perfect to do after or on the days in between for a complete yoga practice. I also love this sequence during the waning moon phase that we are currently in.

So perfect for lazy summer days or under the moon!

Always check with your doctor before practicing yoga.

The most important thing is to listen to your body. You are your best teacher and I am simply your guide.

BENEFITS OF GENTLE YOGA:

  • Relieves stress
  • Increases flexibility
  • Calms the mind
  • Lubricates joints
  • Keeps organs healthy
  • Develops intuition
  • Helps with mindfulness

There are a ton more benefits too! Practice this and let me know how you feel after!!!!

If you really like this, I would recommend doing it 2 to 3 days a week. It is also gentle enough to be a daily practice.

This is a beautiful way to open up to your intuition and increase your trust in your self.

#themooandandarrowlodge

Energizing Flow Yoga Sequence

I teach weekly yoga classes in The Dreamcatcher Circle that cover everything from the chakras and moon phases to releasing tension and relaxing. The video here is a bit more vigorous than I usually teach and is a nice way to kick-start summer. It quickly warms you up and helps you release any old junk you are holding onto.

You might like to have 2 yoga blocks to rest your hands on during the lunge poses if you are feeling tight. Always check with your doctor before practicing yoga.

The most important thing is to listen to your body. You can push yourself but you do not want to be in pain at any time. You are your best teacher and I am simply your guide.

Benefits of Flow Yoga:

  • Increased metabolism
  • Releases toxins
  • Helps focus the mind
  • Releases tightness and tension
  • Increases flexibility
  • Builds muscle
  • Improves lung capacity

There are a ton more benefits too! One of the reasons I practice this is to remove blocks to my intuition. You should feel like a clear channel after this session.

Practice this and let me know how you feel after!!!!

If you really like this, I would recommend doing it 2 to 3 days a week.

#themoonandarrowlodge

Quick Energizing Yoga Sequence

This short yoga sequence helps you connect  to the sun’s energy through:

  • solar breath
  • focusing on the solar plexus
  • imagining yellow light
  • simple yoga stretches.

It also helps release tension and tightness while clearing the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras.

Perfect for a boost of energy!

xo,

Kerry

p.s. I originally did this live on Instagram. Enjoy!

Blue Moon & Full Moon Event on March 31st!

We have another Blue Moon this year already!!!  That means the second Full Moon in one month and it happens in the sign of Libra on Saturday.

Bring some crystals and join me for a little yoga & ritual to help you feel balanced!

When:

4pm (Arizona/PST – 5pm MST – 6pm CST – 7pm EST) on Saturday March 31st, 2018

Where:

My Facebook page

I’ll send a reminder out in our Facebook Group.

xo,

Kerry

Free Gentle Yoga Class Video

As a way to celebrate the launch of The Dreamcatcher Circle, I shared a Gentle Yoga class live on my Facebook Page on Monday morning. Members of The Dreamcatcher Circle are able to request custom content for this class in the future. Click here to learn more!  xo, Kerry

JOIN THE DREAMCATCHER CIRCLE!

Oh my goodness!!! It is here!!! The Dreamcatcher Circle monthly membership is HERE!!!! If you feel called to work with me but also feel busy and overwhelmed at times then this is for you.

The Dreamcatcher Circle is a nurturing community where busy individuals like you can learn to slow down, feel good, and begin to manifest your dreams in a small amount of time every day.


You can find all of the dreamy details here:
THE DREAMCATCHER CIRCLE

Please let me know if you have any questions!!!

xo,

Kerry

The Dreamcatcher Circle is HERE!!!! Join now!

 

Oh my goodness!!! It is here!!! The Dreamcatcher Circle monthly membership is HERE!!!! If you feel called to work with me but also feel busy and overwhelmed at times then this is for you.

The Dreamcatcher Circle is a nurturing community where busy individuals like you can learn to slow down, feel good, and begin to manifest your dreams in a small amount of time every day.


You can find all of the dreamy details here:

THE DREAMCATCHER CIRCLE

Please let me know if you have any questions!!!

xo,

Kerry

Full Moon Ritual & Yoga – March 1st 2018

Join me on Thursday, March 1st for a bit of yoga, gratitude, and a guided meditation to help you relax, release stress and tension so you can enjoy the moment and manifest your new moon intention or new year’s goals.

This event will be live on my Facebook business page: The Moon & Arrow Lodge

Can’t make it live! Check back in to watch it that night or over the weekend!

Optional supplies:
sage
candle
matches
Manifesting with the Moon workbook

This is my favorite site to discover the time of the Full Moon in my area:https://http://www.timeanddate.com/

xo,
Kerry Burki

The Secret to Less Fatigue & a Calm Mind

Ahh…doesn’t less fatigue and a calm mind sound like heaven?

You probably already have some tips and tricks that you like to use and I am adding one more to your toolbox. Or possibly just a longer version.

Drumroll, please….

It’s SAVASANA!!!

“The stresses of modern civilization are a strain on the nerves for which Savasana is the best antidote.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

For those of you that are not yogis, this is the relaxation practice traditionally done a the end of a yoga class.

It is also great to do at the end of the day, after a run or gym class, or simply when you are feeling stressed.

I created a Savasana video so you can experience the full 9 to 10 minutes of relaxation anytime.

The first one is a bit of an introduction about what I am writing here and the second one is the full relaxation. So go get your blankets!

Remember, it is harder to calm the mind than it is to relax the body so this is considered one of the most challenging poses in yoga.

The reason it is worth doing is that “this conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both the body and the mind.”

I have been teaching yoga for about 14 years and have seen the length of time spent in savasana decline over the years.

In the famous yoga text by B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga, it is suggested to do 10 to 15 minutes after asana (physical poses) and 5 to 10 minutes after pranayama (breathing exercises).

Intrigued? Go relax your way into the weekend!