This Is Why You Should Include Yoga In Your Fitness And Wellness Routine

“A daily dose of yoga is a wonderful way to enjoy a moment of peace,” said renowned yoga and nutrition instructor and book author, Julie Montagu.

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With roots that originated in ancient India, yoga has transcended both time and trends, and people from all over the world are embracing its many benefits.

According to studies, practising yoga can decrease the secretion of stress hormone or cortisol.

Doing yoga can also greatly relieve chronic pain and improve mental health brought by depression and anxiety.

“A daily dose of yoga is a wonderful way to enjoy a moment of peace,” said renowned yoga and nutrition instructor and book author, Julie Montagu.

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• HANDSTAND CHALLENGE • 💯 days! Yes you read that right!!! 👀 100 Day Handstand Challenge – Who’s with me? 🙋🏼‍♀️ . I’ve got 100 days before I’m in Japan 🇯🇵 on the ultimate @markkanyoga Yoga and @stefanocamassa Zen retreat for 12 days!!! (Yup, before you ask – am sneaking it in, in the middle of my filming!) – and I am DETERMINED TO GET THIS PRESS and….. FLOAT UP (not jump) TO HANDSTAND! . So, I thought it would be fun to do together!!! Kicking up to a wall and holding for 1 second counts! Anything goes as long as you are on your hands 👐🏻 . I’ll be posting my progress/videos each day on my InstaStories and will then create a HIGHLIGHT REEL so you can see the entire 100 days! Eek! . BUT…. I want to see yours too!!! So, if you’re game too, make sure you TAG all of your posts AND stories with #100dayhandstands AND #juliemontagu 🤸🏼‍♂️or else I won’t see them! 😬 And I want us all to motivate each other. I need you! Who’s in???? 👇🏻xxJulie

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“Additionally, following your yoga session with a short period of meditative practice can go a long way to enhancing these feelings, and allow you to truly reflect on the events of each day.

“Doing so will help you to process and release any negativity that has taken place, leaving you ready to face the next day with a fresh attitude and clear mind.”

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• MY INSTAGRAM • I get a lot – and I mean a lot – of messages saying ‘I love your yoga instagram’ account. Which a) thank you for these super kind words however b)….. . I think I need to just set the record straight. Yoga plays a HUGE part in my life – from a) helping me re-discover my true authentic self to b) making me feel energised, light, happy, grounded and well, overall good about myself and so because of that – and all my yoga training in the past (and present)….. . I DID create a yoga and wellbeing account @wholeselfyoga where you can find….. 💫 all my blogs posts every single Tuesday (last Tuesday’s blog post was ‘5 Ways Yoga Teacher Training Changed My Life’); 💫information on my upcoming retreats at @mapperton_estate 💫recipes and bits of excerpts from my 4 Wellbeing books 💫my 200-Hour Teacher Training 💫my Mandala & Mentoring Course and 💫my ‘just about to launch’ 15-Hour YACEP ‘Build Your Yoga Brand’ online course. So please do follow @wholeselfyoga for all of the above.👆🏻 . BUT this account here is just me and little bits about me – what I like, what I do, what I’m passionate about, of course there’s yoga (b/c obv that plays a huge part in my life), and bits of this and that – that have inspired and motivated me – to share here with you all. . So, the answer is No, this isn’t a yoga account or a wellbeing account or a healthy food account – it’s an account that has those elements because they play a huge part in my life but it’s also just an account of me drinking a beer 🍺 once and a while, embarrassing my kids, trying to get into that press handstand (and falling), and some TV stuff (yes more of that to come this week) And that’s it really. 😐😅 . So, I’ll see you back here for all of the stuff above – mostly light-hearted but definitely just the real me. xx Julie 📷: @moligophotography

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That love for yoga is also evident here in the capital where studios promoting the practice have popped up left and right.

Studios like YogaOne in Mangrove One behind Al Seef, BodyTree Studio near Khalidiya Mall, Hot House in Al Zeina, The Room in Zayed Sports City and The Studio along Corniche Road are all go-to places for new and experienced yoga practitioners.

Incidentally, a community happening will take place on 12th January, from 9.30am to 4pm at Silkor Laser and Aesthetic Center branch in Shakhboot City, to promote health and wellness among women.

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FREE Health&Wellness day for women! Start the NEW YEAR with us and join Inner Seed's HOLISTIC WELLNESS EVENT this January 12. Enjoy various activities, talks, delicious food and giveaways! Art | Yoga | Dance | Meditation | Pilates |Sound healing | Fitness and many more… You will get to meet like minded women of Abu Dhabi as well as various wellness companies to guide you on what you feel need change or growth. We want you to learn the best tips to self-improvement goals! Come meet the experts and learn about the latest natural approaches to a positive life! . . . . . . . 🍃Date: January 12 🍃 Location: Silkor Shakhboot City Branch Abu Dhabi @silkorholding 🍃Time:9:30-4:00pm 🍃Book your spot today and bring a friend Email: [email protected] 🍃Visit (Link in Bio) or call 0503528640 #InnerSeedHolisticWellnessEvent . . Spreading the love of life🍃#InnerSeed #GrowthFromWithin #Healing #Meditation #Happiness #CommunityEvent #WomenofAbuDhabi #HolisticWellness #AbuDhabiWorkshops #NewYear #Yoga #PositiveLife #HealYourSoul #Celebrate #WomenEvent #AbuDhabiYoga #AbuDhabiYogis #AbuDhabiWellness #Health #AbuDhabiHealthy #AbuDhabiFitFam #InAbuDhabi #AbuDhabiActivities #we_abudhabi #abudhabibloggers #abudhabisports #abudhabifitness #DubaiYogaLovers #AbuDhabiEvents

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The Holistic Wellness Event will feature yoga and meditation sessions, as well as dance, art activities, Pilates and inspiring talks, among many others.

Pre-registration until 8th January is required at [email protected]

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