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Namaste and happy Saturday to you.  Its been a busy crazy week so park your troubles at the door and step into a calmer place.
Take a second to relax yourself with some deep breaths.  Clear your head.  Roll your neck.  Pull your shoulders back and sit up straight.  Stretch your neck and back to let each vertebrae have its space.  Heck, stand up and stretch your arms to the ceiling.  Stand on your tip toes and get a really good stretch going.  Now relax.  Bend over and touch your toes.
Dont forget to drink 2 liters or about 64 ounces of water today.  

Yoga and Flexibility

When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they're too old, unfit, or "tight" to do yoga. The truth is you're never too old to improve flexibility.

The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. This may release the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use, which may cause stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body.

Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility.
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Here are some yoga positions I'd like us to try today.  This may not be cohesive, but you can find your way from position to position slowly.
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