The importance of stretching

Getting antsy during your self-isolation? It’s time to roll out the yoga mat that you bought at Target 8 years ago! (that may or may not still be in its original wrapping)…  During this period of isolation, this is your chance reconnect with the physical and mental exercise that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the world. Stretching is essential because it helps maintain flexibility. And if anyone of us need anything right now to stay sane, its flexibility in our bodies and our minds. The Mayo Clinic recommends that stretch at least two to three times a week. And you should hold each stretch for 30 seconds for most areas and up to 60 seconds for sore or problem areas. The beauty of yoga, specifically, is that it stretches the body, the mind, and the heart. I think we all need to open our hearts in this moment and make them bigger. We all could make space in our hearts for those that are suffering. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Yoga really is for everyone. So in this time of self-isolation, find some space to connect back with yourself through yoga. Maybe find more space and openness if your heart for love. And send it out there. Love, great love. The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, [love] grows perhaps the greater.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien