Yoga is a physical and mental practice, which strengthens the body’s core and muscles. It also involves meditation and clearing one’s mind. Yoga is a great exercise to do before or after taking a steam shower. For more yoga poses, visit Top 5 Yoga Poses.

Relaxation is a big component of yoga; During a yoga workout, you should take a break from your worries and stress. The poses also help relieve tension built up in the body from stress. At the same time, your posture will improve with these exercises.

Warrior I Pose

The Virbhadrasana I, or the first Warrior Pose, is one of the most popular and important yoga poses in the Sun Salutation. In Warrior I, the right foot is at the top of the mat and the left foot is brought back. The right knee is bent and the hips are forward, while the left foot is angled at a 45. As you breathe, bring your arms up over your head. Look at your hands and open your up your chest.

This pose strengthens the back, shoulders, arms, ankles and thighs. It also improves balance.

Plank Pose

A person doing the plank pose may look like they are about to do push-ups. This pose precedes chaturanga and is used to transition between poses. It is also known as Kumbhakasana. During Plank Pose, the person’s body is straight. If you cannot hold a Plank, put your knees on the floor until you’re strong enough to do the full pose.

Plank Pose works the lower back, abs, spine and arms.

Boat Pose

It sounds odd, but a person in the Boat Pose is holding their body in the shape of a boat. Your body will make a “V” with your arms outstretched. Make sure your back, arms and legs are straight. The legs are at a 45 in the air and the person leans back. Hold this pose for at least ten seconds.

The Boat Pose, or Paripurna nava, will improve digestion, reduce stress and is beneficial for the thyroid, kidneys and spine.

Crow Pose

This is a more advanced pose, and it requires strength in the arms, wrists and core. The Crow Pose is also known as the Crane Pose and the Baka. Your hands will be planted on the ground and you will lean forward on your wrists while your knees are resting on the upper arms of the body. The body curls in on itself and balances on top of the arms.

The Crow Pose works the wrists, abs and upper back.

Child’s Pose

Lastly, Child’s Pose is a resting pose to let the body relax during a long yoga workout. You can get into Child’s Pose by first kneeling on the ground with your knees hip width apart. Bend your torso over your knees and rest your forehead on your mat. The toes should point backward. Rest your arms on the mat and lay them pointing back towards the feet.

Child’s Pose promotes relaxation, treats headaches and works the knees, thighs, lower back, ankles, neck, hips and spine.

Yoga takes practice and dedication, but the benefits are well worth the effort. We hope you enjoy trying these poses as you increase your knowledge of yoga and strengthen your core.

Feng shui is a Chinese philosophy that originated thousands of years ago. Feng Shui describes the placement of buildings and objects in rooms. The goal is to keep the energy in a home in balance. Feng Shui can be practiced in any room of the home, including your bathroom. The bathroom is the room in which we use the most water. Water is an important element in feng shui (“Feng shui” translates to the words wind and water).

Qi, or energy, is in the earth. The direction buildings face and the way furniture in a home is placed can influence how this energy will flow. When applied properly, it is believed feng shui can increase harmony, health, happiness, wealth and love in a person’s life. Before getting in the steam shower, consider the state of the feng shui in your bathroom.

Typically, in feng shui, the bathroom is perceived as a room that lets energy drain out of the home. Water is associated with energy, and the water in the bathroom is consistently flushed down the toilet or is consistently disappearing through the shower drain. The good thing is that proper feng shui techniques can help you limit how much energy drains out of your bathroom.

Ways to Improve Feng Shui in your Bathroom

-Make sure the mirror in your bathroom does not reflect the toilet. This would also reflect the bad energy.

-The toilet is one of the places where the energy drains away. It should be as far away from the bathroom door as possible. It’s even better if it is located inside a separate room or if it is concealed by a small wall.

-Give yourself different lighting options in your bathroom. You can install a dimmer or use candles for low lighting to create a relaxing environment during a bath.

-Keep the air in your bathroom fresh. Keep a window open and/or use the ventilation fan. Put some beautiful plants in your bathroom to contribute to the fresh air and the relaxing environment. Opening the window will also let in the natural sunlight.

-Some feng shui experts recommend the decorative colors white, blue or grey for the bathroom. Other feng shui practitioners recommend adding more wood elements and earth elements to the bathroom, including green and brown colors.

-Keep the bathroom clean. You don’t want clutter to get in the way and stress you out. Throw out or give away the items you never use.

-As much as possible, keep the bathroom door closed and keep the toilet lid closed to keep the energy inside of the bathroom. Some practitioners believe the energy flushing down the toilet is energy for wealth flushing away, so keep that toilet closed!

-Keep your bathroom smelling nice with essential oils and/or candles. These scents will help increase the relaxing energy in the room.

The bathroom is for purifying the body, relaxing the mind and is where renewal takes place. This area should do its best to promote peace, health, cleanliness and love. Good luck in your feng shui endeavors.

Creating a steam bath in the woods can be a fun DIY project to try while out on a long camping trip. Taking a steam bath may be something you enjoy at the spa or gym, or something new you’d like to try. First and foremost, always put safety first while building a steam bath. Also check out our post on how to do a DIY Steam Facial.

Sweat lodges were traditionally created by Native Americans for use during ceremonies in North America. Visits to the sweat lodges were methods of purification. These lodges were wooden structures; sometimes they were created out of covered holes in the ground. Today, steam showers are popular in personal bathrooms. Bathing with steam relaxes the mind and the body and has various health benefits.

Before using the steam bath you create while camping, be sure not to wear any tight clothing in the steam bath. To begin, you will need an old dome tent. Cut off the bottom of the tent and lay it out in a wide, level space in the woods. Make sure you have a border around the bottom of at least half a foot to a foot wide. It will behoove you to set up the tent in a space near a source of water, like a lake or river.

Build the structure of the tent using tent poles. You can secure the poles in place with rocks. It is crucial that you do not use rocks from a water source. These rocks will overheat, may explode and may burn someone using the steam bath. You will need to build a fire near the tent; do not build the fire too close to your tent for your safety.

You will use the fire to heat stones for half an hour. These stones are then placed inside a ring of rocks created in the middle of the tent. While moving the heated stones, be sure to protect yourself using the correct type of gloves or other protection to avoid burning yourself.

Now you are ready to start your DIY steam bath in the woods. Close the door to the tent and leave it cracked to let air in and out of the tent. Take a pan of cold water and slowly pour it over the heated stones. Steam will be created and begin to fill the tent. Repeat this until the tent is filled with steam.

The practice of pouring or sprinkling water on heated stones is how saunas are traditionally heated. A sauna uses hot and dry steam, while a steam shower produces steam at a lower temperature and at a higher humidity. Today, saunas installed in modern homes are usually electric.

Use the steam bath you’ve created for fifteen minutes at a time. After your steam, pour cool water on yourself or take a swim in a cool body of water. Different cultures in a variety of areas around the world have been using steam for centuries to relax the body. Steam rejuvenates tired muscles, makes it easier to breathe when suffering from a cold or asthma and steam deeply cleanses the skin. Have you ever created your own steam bath?

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