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Unlocking the Hidden Powers of Yoga

If you think Downward Dog is a canine training command, perhaps it’s time for a basic primer on yoga — and its many health benefits. For centuries yoga has been used to increase strength and flexibility, as well as improve mind/body alignment and reduce stress. Solid benefits all, but they’re just a sampling of how yoga can improve everyday living. Here’s a breakdown: Injury prevention Whether you’re a diehard, gym-every-day athlete or a weekend warrior looking to up your exercise game, yoga can help. Regular yoga practice gets you in touch with your entire body as you move through the poses and flows. And when you’re more in touch with areas that are tight or sore, it’s more likely you’ll pay attention to what’s hurting before a potential injury becomes a real one. Gateway back to fitness In the same way yoga helps prevent injuries, it also can serve as a safe way to get back into a fitness program following time away. If you’ve had to step away from exercise due to injury and …

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4 Free Meditation Apps to Help You Relax

Could your phone be the key to calm? Some people believe you need to get far away from the beeping and buzzing to reap the benefits of meditation, but with the help of free meditation apps, I think technology can be helpful in your quest for a little rest and relaxation. Meditation apps make it possible to slow down and check in with yourself anytime, anywhere. They’re easy to use, even if you’re a beginner. Here are four popular picks I’ve tried, that I think are worth trying. Stop, Breathe & Think If you’re new to meditation, this might be the app for you. Stop, Breath & Think teaches you about how stress impacts your body and mind, what mindfulness meditation is and how it can help you feel better. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can choose from 30 short meditations. Mark each one as you try it to track your progress and stay motivated. Stop, Breathe & Think is available for iPhone® and Android® at stopbreathethink.com. Aura Aura’s offerings are short, sweet …