Energy, (Chi) is what animates us and gives us life. As a teacher of the Chi ball method, I teach and incorporate Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, ChiBall, and deep relaxation into my daily life. I have worked with thousands of clients seeking to revitalize their lives through the philosophy of a wholefoods diet and exercise.

As you age, your muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints are minimized. A regular stretching programme can help lengthen your muscles and make daily activities easier. If you are doing strength training exercises, running or cycling regularly it is important to incorporate stretching into your exercise routine to avoid the shortening of the muscles.

The most important benefit of stretching is that you are able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs. Also, stretching decreases muscle soreness and ensures that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely they will become injured.

Ancient Eastern disciplines state that our good health and well-being come from the inside. Our inner organs need energy or “Chi” and space to function at their optimum. We can stimulate this chi with deep breathing and by stretching and moving. Moving muscles slowly and mindfully relaxes and loosens them, allowing improved “Chi” to flow, which restores and renews energy. These simple stretching exercises release tension in the muscles and renew your body.

This stretching class is a unique set of movements and exercises that are practiced with a ChiBall, and this liberates “blocked chi” or improves breathing and lung capacity, improves circulation and vitality, releases muscle tension and stiffness, and enhances concentration, balance and coordination.

It’s fairly easy to adapt a short stretching routine into your busy schedule.

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In good health,

A long-time vegan, lover of animals, nature and life and passionate about human ecology. As an eternal optimist, increasing the number of people worldwide to switch to a wholefood, plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle is her mission. Together with her husband Bill Tara, they have created The Human Ecology Project.