Ganesh Knits: Artwork at the Yoga Studio

I am so excited to feature some very talented artists at the Bee Yoga Fusion yoga studio. You might have noticed the beautiful prints as you hung your jacket on a hook and as you walked into the studio. If you haven't please stop and enjoy a few deep breaths while looking at the new art work.

This beautiful print is from Joanna Barnum

 and called "Ganesh Knits". Joanna is a freelance illustrator, portrait (human and animal) painter. She mainly works in watercolor and captures a wide range of themes including fantasy, mythology, culinary, wildlife, and documentary. She has a BFA degree in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a local artist residing in Baltimore, MD.

Please check out her Etsy page where you can find affordable artwork for your home or office. 

Bow Pose for Anxiety? You bet!

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) is a great pose to do with kids (or adults) who have anxiety. The pose stretches the entire front body; the shoulders, chest and throat. Often times this is where we store tension or anxiety in our bodies.
Bow pose also strengthens the back muscles and improves posture.

Begin by laying on your belly. Bend the knees and draw your feet towards your bum, reach back with your hands and grab ahold of your ankles. Take a deep breath in and lift the chest and thighs off of the ground. Stay here for several breaths and then release.

The Bee Yoga Fusion YogaKids and I play a game where we get in bow pose and try and travel across the room while maintaining the posture. It's hard but a lot of fun too. Often times the kids end up cracking up in laughter as they see their friends rocking like boats slowly across the floor.

Stretch Your Face!

We talk a lot about stretching your body and the importance of flexibility and strength based exercises. But we hardly ever talk about the face and how important it is to stretch. Singers and stage performers can be found backstage before a show making similar faces as seen here in one of the Bee Yoga Fusion YogaKids.

Stretching the lips and strengthening the eyes is important for performances; not just on a stage but in front of your staff at work, giving a presentation, speaking at church or giving a speech to your community group.

Give it a try the next time you have a presentation to give. Sneak into a bathroom and stretch out your lips as shown, Try to look at the tip of your nose to strengthen your eye muscles. Then stick out your tongue and exhale, do this at least three times.

You might notice that you feel calmer going into the presentation and trip over your words less often.
Good luck!