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Tip Of Nose
Start in Mountain. Weight on left foot. Inner foot firm. Bend right knee. Clasp right ankle. Press right foot sole against inner thigh. Resist with left leg. Hands in Anjali Mudra. Gaze at a fixed point. Repeat on other side.
A) Back against a wall. B) Close eyes. C) Bring hands overhead. D) Baby tree (place insides of soles of one foot near insides of ankles of the other foot). F) Hands on hips. G) Hold ankle with one hand and use other hand to balance. H) Tree with hand on chair for balance I) Tree with foot on chair. J) Half lotus tree (bring foot higher up your thigh). K) Tree side bend. L) Tree with a partner.
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1. Wildlife Habitat Wildlife use trees for food, shelter, nesting, and mating. These habitats support the incredible variety of living things on the planet, known as biodiversity. By protecting trees, we also save all the other plants and animals they shelter.
2. Clean Air A study in the Journal of Preventative Medicine found that people experienced more deaths from heart disease and respiratory disease when they lived in areas where trees had disappeared. Trees are often referred to as the “lungs of the planet” because of the oxygen they provide to other living things.
3. Clean Water Forests provide natural filtration and storage systems that process nearly two-thirds of the water supply in most countries. When you drink a glass of tap water, you’re drinking water that was filtered largely by the forests.
4. Carbon Sequestration Burning fossil fuels puts heat-trapping carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, changing our climate in dangerous ways. Planting trees can slow down this process. A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
5. Reduced Crime Neighbourhoods with abundant trees have significantly fewer crimes than those without. Researchers think that this is because green spaces have a calming effect and encourage people to spend more with their neighbours outdoors, bolstering community trust.
6. Increased Property Values People are drawn to homes and businesses near trees. The proof is in the prices: property values are 7 percent to 25 percent higher for houses surrounded by trees.
7. Mental Health Feeling down? Take a walk in the woods. Several studies have found that access to nature yields better cognitive functioning, more self-discipline, and greater mental health overall. One study even found that hospital patients who can see trees out of their windows are hospitalized 8 percent fewer days than their counterparts.
8. Temperature Control The shade and wind-breaking qualities that trees provide benefits, everyone, from the individual taking shelter from a hot summer day to entire cities. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. Planting trees reduces this “heat island effect”.
9. Flood Control Trees can hold vast amounts of water that would otherwise stream downhills and surge along rivers into towns. That’s why trees are such an important part of stormwater management for many cities.
Balance Poses Benefits
Balance is the ability to control your body’s position, whether stationary (i.e. a complex yoga pose) or while moving (e.g. playing golf).
Balance is a key component of Yoga, along with strength and flexibility poses.
Top 5 Benefits Of Balance Poses
1) Body Awareness – Body awareness is the sense of how your limbs are oriented in space, also known as proprioception. Balance training improves body awareness, which decreases the likelihood of injury.
2) Coordination – Balance poses require your entire body to work in harmony, otherwise you will fall or stumble. Improved coordination during balance poses will be transferred into coordination in everyday life.
3) Joint Stability – Balance poses help to promote stable knees, ankles, hips, and shoulders. This can prevent a multitude of injuries including sprained ankles and knee problems.
4) Reaction Time – Balance poses can improve your reaction time. If you happen to slip or stumble when performing balance poses, your body needs to re-balance immediately or you will fall. This in turn will improve your reaction time in everyday life.
5) Long Term Health – Adding balance poses into your Yoga session helps to maintain or improve your balance, which is needed to prevent falls and fractures. As we age, our balance can deteriorate. Yoga balances will help delay that deterioration.
Ankle Hold: Hold ankle with one hand and use the other hand to balance.
Baby Tree Pose: Place insides of soles of one foot near insides of ankles of the other foot.
Chair Hand: Tree with a hand on a chair for balance.
Chair Foot: Tree with the foot on a chair.
Eyes: Close eyes.
Half Lotus Tree Pose: Bring foot higher up your thigh.
Hands: Bring hands overhead.
Hands: Place hands on hips.
Tree Side Bend: Get in Tree Pose and bend to the side.