MELT YOUR BODY.

In his Grounding Stretch PURE Yoga class on Equinox+, Sho Higuchi gives two options for a front-lying stretch that is great for the lungs and calms the nervous system. You can stack your hands and rest your forehead on them, or sit back into a Child’s Pose. Either way, close your eyes and take a couple of breaths. “Because the belly is compressed by your legs or the floor, when you take a deep breath in, instead of going into the belly, you might feel the breath move into the back body,” says Higuchi. “With each exhalation, imagine that your body sinks into the earth a little bit more as if it melts into the earth. If you were practicing on soil, your body would make an indent into the soil. Let yourself be supported by the ground beneath you.”
In his Grounding Stretch PURE Yoga class on Equinox+, Sho Higuchi gives two options for a front-lying stretch that is great for the lungs and calms the nervous system. You can stack your hands and rest your forehead on them, or sit back into a Child’s Pose. Either way, close your eyes and take a couple of breaths. “Because the belly is compressed by your legs or the floor, when you take a deep breath in, instead of going into the belly, you might feel the breath move into the back body,” says Higuchi. “With each exhalation, imagine that your body sinks into the earth a little bit more as if it melts into the earth. If you were practicing on soil, your body would make an indent into the soil. Let yourself be supported by the ground beneath you.”

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MYTH-BUSTING: SLEEP

Use these truths to optimize your nightly regeneration.

MYTH: Everyone needs 8 hours of sleep.

Sleep need is unique to each person but, on average, 95% of people need 6 to 9 hours per night. For optimal health, it is recommended adults sleep 7 or more hours on a regular basis.

FACT: You can make up for lost sleep.

Naps are a great way to pay back sleep debt if you are sleep-deprived. However, it could impact your sleep drive for the following night so you have to be aware and plan.

FACT: Your food cravings could be due to your sleep schedule.

Insufficient rest, , or constantly shifting your sleep schedule, disrupts the balance of  appetite-regulating hormones.

MYTH: If you have a partner, you should be on the same sleep schedule.

Again, everyone’s sleep requirements are unique. However, it’s important that you understand each other’s needs and do what you can to accommodate them.

FACT: People can either be night owls or early birds.

These are examples of chronotypes. Your chronotype is your own personal biological clock that controls your body's rhythms.

FIGHT INFLAMMATION WITH CHERRIES.

Cherries contain high levels of anthocyanins, compounds  (a.k.a antioxidants ) responsible for reducing inflammation in the body by combating oxidative stress. Studies show that anthocyanins can help relieve muscle pain after an intense bout of exercise. Add them to a smoothie or cut them up and use to garnish a salad. Just be sure to buy cherries with the darkest skin color as this signifies a higher level of antioxidants.

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