New Bedford yoga trainer offers ideas for Nationwide Leisure Day

NEW BEDFORD – August 15th is National Relaxation Day and with everything going on in the world there is an excuse here to relax all day instead. Here are some suggestions from a master yoga teacher.

“Relaxation day should be like your birthday,” said Sarah Moniz, owner of Solshine Yoga in New Bedford. “What do you want to do on your birthday? Take time for yourself, do something good for yourself. “

Moniz has been teaching daily yoga and other meditative classes on the second floor of the Killburn Mill on West Rodney French Boulevard since 2018.

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“When you think about relaxation, you really have to think about healing,” said Moniz. “Your body is like a magical machine that was created to constantly heal itself and keep it healthy. Relaxation is so important because then your body can actually heal. “

Solshine offers sound healing, aromatherapy, Reiki, meditation and energy medicine with a “breathtaking view” of Clarks Cove through the studio’s large mill windows. “The sun comes in and we can watch sunsets and get in touch with nature during the class,” she said.

Moniz says most of their courses are beginner-friendly and centered around meditation. “You leave class with a different energy than the first time,” she added.

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Moniz opened the studio after retiring prematurely from the digital marketing world of companies. “I’ve just worked in some really stressful corporate environments and my health just got worse,” she admitted, adding that she was also a new mom at the time.

Sarah Moniz, owner of the Solshine Yoga Studio, is a 200-hour registered yoga and meditation teacher, Reiki master and energy medicine specialist, as well as an advanced buti yoga teacher.

“I just really struggled.”

The native Dartmouther began taking buddhi yoga classes, which are a mix of power yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics. She said it boosted her wellness journey. “I’ve just started learning about all the spiritual things and everything touched me so much,” she said.

“The body tries to regain its balance and is constantly trying to repair itself. And it is sometimes overwhelmed because we are constantly in this state of stress, ”added Moniz. “Your body cannot maintain this level of stress over a long period of time, we were not designed that way.”

Here are five tips from Moniz on how to enjoy Relax Day on August 15th:

1) Do an activity that relaxes you

The best way to relax is to simply do an activity that best relaxes you, be it reading, napping, exercising, or listening to music. “Just taking time for yourself is relaxation,” says Moniz.

Solshine offers daily courses such as Sol Yoga Flow, Flow & Chill, Core Flow, Nutritional Healing, Buti Yoga and Sisters’ Circle. Most courses are available on weekdays from 6 p.m. and on weekends in the afternoons and evenings.

The teachers at Solshine Yoga include Sarah Moniz (left) as well as Sandra Orr and Marisol Rosa (right).

“I always tell people in class that we will spend the next lesson concentrating on ourselves,” said Moniz. “It doesn’t matter what’s going on outside these walls, nothing you can think of for the next hour will change if you just think about it.”

2) Spend time in nature

Moniz says that being in nature is extremely relaxing and an automatic way to help your body breathe easier. A recent USA Today article on Blue Mind stated that a recent study showed that being around, in, on, or under water can make the body happier, healthier, and more connected.

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Solshine offers some courses at Silvershell Beach in Marion. However, being in parks or city beaches can help heal and relax the body.

3) Take a break from technology

“We kind of created this modern world that is great … technology is great. But it keeps our nervous system in constant stress mode, ”Moniz said, adding that small tasks like replying to an email, reading a text, displaying a headline, or reading Facebook posts can put a strain on the body overtime.

“You don’t realize how much stress can come in different forms,” ​​she said.

Moniz has been teaching daily yoga and other meditative classes on the second floor of the Killburn Mill on West Rodney French Boulevard since 2018.

Taking a break from technology can be helpful in clearing the mind and refreshing the body so it has time to rebalance. “When you actually take the time to relax … you are basically activating the rest and digesting part of your nervous system, which basically happens when all the magic happens that allows your body to heal.”

4) Drink herbal tea

Diet is a big part of relaxation, according to Moniz. Solshine teaches a nutritional medicine class that talks about inflammation in the body and anti-inflammatory foods. One way to relax the immune system can be to enjoy a cup of herbal teas such as mint, lavender, or chamomile.

National Relaxation Day is an important day to remind people to breathe and take care of their bodies.

According to another USAToday article, Joyce Maina, founder and director of Cambridge Tea Consultancy, says tea has been consumed for more than 5,000 years. It can help a person to be energized, but it can also help a person achieve a relaxed state. The antioxidants and vitamins found in these teas help fight disease, infection and the fight against oxidative stress.

5) Just breathe

“We didn’t grow up breathing properly,” added Moniz. “We basically hyperventilate all day because we’re not paying attention to our breath.”

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Taking a few minutes to focus on breathing in the morning, during the day, and just before bed can be beneficial for your body to heal. “It is important to focus your attention on your breath.

“Breathing is important,” said Moniz.

There are two different types of breathing: breath focus and breath control.

Moniz says most of their classes are beginner-friendly and the yoga classes are focused on mediation.

Moniz says that “breathing focus” means sitting down and taking a few minutes to concentrate on your breathing, e.g. B. Inhale deeply through your nose, exhale, and then exhale through your nose and mouth.

“Just putting your focus on your breath and your attention on your breath will instantly help relax the body,” said Moniz.

“Breath control” means taking deep breaths to relax the body. Moniz suggests inhaling up to four and then exhaling up to eight – longer exhalations can help slow your heart rate.

“Just take a moment to take a deep breath and relax,” added Moniz.

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