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Positive Deviance is based on the observation that there are always certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges. The Positive Deviant, LLC is a Wealth, Health and Wellness provider, offering services and products to enable individuals to live their greatest potential, using creative methodologies.

Yoga Pose of the Month:

Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svansana)

Benefits:

Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression

Energizes the body

Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands

Strengthens the arms and legs

Helps prevent osteoporosis

Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue

How It's Done
1. Start on your hands and knees. Your hips should be hip-width distance apart and directly below your hips. Your wrists should be directly below your shoulders, fingers spread wide.

 

2. EXHALE and lift your hips, bringing your knees off the floor and reaching towards the ceiling with your backside.

 

3. BREATHE

Belly Breathing: 

Meditation can be hard when you first begin your practice. One way to help you quiet the chatter in your mind is to focus on your breathing.

Benefits:

Lowers your heart rate

Helps lower blood pressure

Improves core muscle stability

Improves your body’s ability to tolerate intense exercise

Slows your rate of breathing so that it expends less energy

How It's Done

1. Sit or lay face up in a comfortable position.

2. Relax your shoulders (Don’t hold stress in your neck – roll them down your back).

3. Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest (or let them relax on your sides – COMFORT is the key)

4. INHALE deeply through your nose

5. Allow the air to travel down your throat, through your chest, down to your belly, which should inflate as it fills with air, lifting the hand.

6. EXHALE back through your nose

7. Allow the air to take the reverse route, deflating your belly and lowering your hand, up through your chest, and out your nose.

It may help to visualize the air moving through your system – It will help you focus on the moment instead of everything else. You may even say to yourself INHALE and EXHALE as you work through your meditation practice. Start by taking 5-15 breaths in this manner, and work on elongating the breath as you get stronger.