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Stress Free Living: I can't do that yoga pose!
April 06, 2010

Yoga: Stretch Your Way to Stress Relief

April 2010 - Issue #016: I can't do that Yoga pose!

Welcome to the April 2010 issue of Stress Free Living! Over the last month a lot of new content has been added to and I’m very excited about giving you an inside look at all the new info the site has to offer, including some fun new opportunities to share you stories and lives with us. There is still a lot more to come but if there is a topic you would like more information on, don’t hesitate to reply to this email and let me know.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Stress Free Living ezine!


“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
~ Jamie Paolinetti

In This Issue...

1. Yoga: Stretch Your Way to Stress Relief

2. Balance Ball DVD Review

3. Your Happiness Pages

3. In Case You Missed It

4. All About You

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Yoga: Stretch Your Way to Stress Relief

Before I ever tried yoga I was nervous about it. I can’t explain why except that maybe it just seemed foreign or strange to me. All I really knew was that I had seen images of people contorted into strange and difficult looking poses that I didn’t want to even try to do.

But, since it was recommended by my doctor, and is often recommended as a great stress management tool, I had to try it. In fact, it is so popular for stress relief that I didn’t feel that I could be an effective Stress Management Coach without at least trying yoga to see what it was all about.

I enjoy exercising but I like to do it in private. So of course I ordered a DVD so that I could try it out in my own home…. After all, I didn’t want to fall over and make a fool of myself in front of anyone other than my dog. And after my first attempt, I almost gave up. Honestly, it looked so much easier than it actually was. I was frustrated.

I put the DVD away… permanently and felt disappointed. I mean, I know that I’m not in that great of shape, and I’m not flexible AT ALL, but was I really so bad that I couldn’t do yoga?

Not too long after that, I was having a conversation with a friend when she recommended that I try yoga. I told her about my attempt and how it was just too hard for me. She explained to me how many different types and experience levels there were and helped me to understand that while I thought I had a beginners program, it probably wasn’t the right one… or not really meant for beginners. Because while it should be challenging in some ways, it should never be so hard that it can’t be done and it should never feel uncomfortable. If it is, you are practicing beyond your skill level.

So I went to my favorite online store,, and did some searching. I found that not only do they have options for Yoga for Beginners, icon they also had options based on different medical needs… such as Yoga for back pain. So I ordered the program for back pain and decided to give yoga another try.

The difference between my first experience with yoga and my second experience with the Yoga for Back Pain DVD icon was like night and day. I now see that the program I initially tried was not suited for beginners like me who have no experience with yoga and no flexibility whatsoever. This lesson is extremely important for anyone who has tried and given up on yoga. There are programs out there that are suited for people like us. Yoga isn’t just for the flexible young college student who recycles religiously and eats all organic foods (no offense intended if this describes you).

Yoga can be adjusted to suit nearly everyone… and let me tell you, the program that I found that was suited for me is amazing! It’s tough to describe the combination of relaxation and energy I feel after completing a session. It’s wonderful. My back, hips, and joints in general feel like they can breathe… which in itself is tough to understand unless you’ve experienced that feeling.

Now that I’ve found yoga that works for me, I completely understand why it works so well to relieve stress and how it helps to fight the symptoms of stress. I now practice yoga nearly every night before I head off to bed. It helps my mind and body relax and allows me to get a good nights’ sleep.

Before you try yoga or any other exercise program, be sure to talk to your doctor to get the go-ahead. When you’re ready, I’ve created a bunch of informational and resourceful pages on the website to help you understand more about yoga, how it can be beneficial for you, and I’ve even given my suggestions for great Yoga DVDs for many different skill levels and situations… including Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Diabetes, and Yoga for Arthritis.

Click here to be directed to the website for all the tips and information you need on using Yoga for Stress Relief.

Balance Ball DVDs

In last months’ issue, I gave my product review on the Balance Ball Chair from Gaiam (if you missed that article, you can read it online by clicking here ). As I became more intrigued in the Balance Ball itself, I decided that I wanted to learn how to incorporate it into my daily exercise routine. I also mentioned in last months issue that I had ordered some workout DVD’s specifically for the Balance Ball and promised to give you my review… so here it is:

Product Review: Balance Ball DVD Set

After using the Balance Ball Chair for a short time (and loving it) I thought it would be fun (or at least interesting) to learn how to use this bouncy wonder in my workouts… but being completely unfamiliar with them, I had no idea how these things were used in a workout. So of course I turned to and ordered instructional workout DVD’s that are specifically for use with the Balance Ball.

Maybe I was overly anxious, but to be honest, it seemed like it took forever for the DVD’s to arrive. Of the many things that I’d ever ordered from Gaiam before, it had never taken so long. After a few weeks of waiting, I emailed customer service to get an update on my order. I was pleased when I received a very quick response, but not so pleased to find that these were on back-order… seems I wasn’t the only one who wanted them. However, after I offered to pay for my shipping to be upgraded once they did arrive back in stock, they offered the quickest shipping option at no charge.

It did still take a few weeks which I wasn’t expecting, so when they finally did arrive, I wasn’t as excited as I was originally. Although I will say that their customer service and response time was superb.

So while I may not have been jumping up and down, I was still anxious to try them. There are two different DVD’s included in this set. One is the Balance Ball Beginners Workout and the other is titled Balance Ball for Weight Loss. Purchased separately these two DVDs would cost almost $30 but when purchased together as a set you'll only pay $20.00 (a good deal in my opinion).

The first one I tried was the Beginners workout. I was surprised at the muscles that were worked out and surprised that I did in fact break a sweat even though it is a very low impact workout. The next day, I did feel some soreness in muscles that I didn’t even know I had (which is always exciting) and with my excitement level renewed, I put in the other DVD for another workout.

In my non-professional opinion, both DVD’s are suitable for beginners (provided your doctor has approved the exercise). As I stated before, this was my first time working out with the ball but I had very little trouble (if any) keeping up with the workout.

Bottom Line?

Regardless of the back-order issue, once they arrived I really enjoyed these DVD’s. As with everything else I’ve ever ordered from Gaiam, the quality exceeded my expectations. Working out with the Balance Ball has become my new favorite exercise… so much so that I’ve been using the DVDs every morning. And the scale has certainly noticed.

Final Verdict: Two Thumbs Up! Great for anyone looking for something fun and different from your normal workout.

Click Here to get your Balance Ball DVD Set icon

Your Happiness Pages

Since we are a stress management website, we often discuss the things that stress us out and what we can do about them, but it’s also extremely beneficial to focus on the positive things in our lives and celebrate the things that make us happy!

There are two new submission pages at that are for exactly that purpose.

Your Recipe for Happiness

This page allows you to share the things that you need in your life to be happy… such as your friends, family, or pets… and speaking of pets…

Happiness is Pets!

This page is to celebrate the pets in our lives and share stories about why they make us so happy. Be sure to visit those pages to share the things that make you happy! If you need some examples, you can check out my submissions…

Click here to read about my dog Gunner

Click here to read about my cat

In Case You Missed It...

Have you seen the newest additions to the site? Click on teh links below to be directed to all of the new pages under each topic:

How Does Stress Affect Health?

Happiness Information

Stress Management Help

Pets and Stres

Check out this cool new stress relief product for your pets...

Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm your Canine Companion icon

All About You

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