Moving more, yoga and mindfulness – a terrific trifecta!
I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER excited about spring in New England and the fact that we will all be able to get outdoors and move more!
Speaking of “moving more”, did you know that April is National Move More Month? When I considered who I wanted to honor and spotlight this week, I immediately thought of my friend Eve Costarelli, who is a passionate promoter of moving more!
Eve and I met a few summers ago when she was part of the downtown Framingham Yoga on the Common program. I loved her energy, her passion and her commitment to yoga for all!
National Move More Month
I asked Eve to reflect on the importance of movement in our daily lives and to share how she “moves more” and teaches others to do the same.
Eve had this to say:
“I believe that moving is the key to life. Moving increases blood flow and circulation, therefore, increasing life. Movement releases stagnation and creates the environment for a healthier, more active life. I find ways to move every day, from walking to dancing, to yoga or another form of mindful movement.”
She also shared this:
“Moving more isn’t just good for the body—it’s also good for the mind, energy, and emotional and mental well-being.
The bottom line is moving keeps you healthy. Moving more keeps you even healthier! That’s it. That’s the key to life.
I keep myself busy every day. I exercise regularly by doing yoga, qigong, dancing, walking, cycling and meditating. Those are my things.”
To put it a bit more “formally”, in Eve’s opinion, the key benefits of moving more are:
- Better circulation
- Increased flexibility
- Healthier digestion
- Improved mental function
- Bolstered psychological well-being
- Feeling alive (above all!)
That all sounds great to me, how about you?
Yoga, it takes practice! It IS a practice…
I’ve often heard people say things like “yoga is boring” or “yoga isn’t for me” and so on … perhaps you’ve heard this or even said this yourself!
Eve’s years of teaching have brought her great understanding about the practice of yoga –
“Yoga is an acquired taste. Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice however, modern yoga is only about 100 years old. The term “yoga”, defined as “yoking; a union” brings together the basis of this practice: a uniting of the body, mind, and soul.
The practice of yoga includes moving your body in poses or asanas, the conscious alteration of the breath or pranayama, and bringing balance to the mind.
Many people are drawn to the practice of yoga because they enjoy becoming more aware of their habits, whether physical or emotional, and, with this increased consciousness, they become more aware both on the mat and in their everyday lives.”
Eve highlights a few of yoga’s many benefits –
- People who practice yoga see overall benefits physiologically and psychologically.
- Yoga improves strength, flexibility, balance and mindfulness.
- Balancing the flow of energy in our bodies is the key to good health.
- Yoga can help you to clear your mind, relax your body and focus on the present moment.
- People are initially drawn to feel fit, be more energetic, and be happier and more peaceful.
I have often heard Eve say that yoga is for all bodies, for everyone and anyone. And, that the best way to find the type of yoga that fits your needs is to try different classes!
Eve believes that yoga is the perfect complement to all lifestyles and that movement is akin to play. She encourages students of all ages in her classes to experience yoga and movement in their own way. She, as the instructor, adapts to fit the group or individual.
Groove & Flow with Eve
Eve, like many others, had to do a major pivot last year and moved all of her classes online, using Zoom. The style she teaches is called “Groove & Flow” which is her special blend of yoga, dance (including flamenco!), Qigong, and meditation styles.
If you take a class with Eve, you will be able to explore and experience the joy of movement and freedom of expression within a supportive, creative environment, regardless of experience and/or abilities.
Each class is a unique experience and is balanced with movement, relaxation and meditation. You can be on a mat or in a chair.
Eve’s goal? She wants all participants to experience –
- Inner peace
And in the process of moving more, she hopes that you build a greater sense of mindfulness, peace, and focus on self-care while connecting with others, expanding your community, creating more, and of course, improving your health!
A source of great inspiration…
Eve is truly inspirational! She is passionate about bringing movement and dance to every-body.
Her goal is for people to release their inner dancer; for every-body to relish in movement and sensation, watching from the inside out, and become able to know oneself.
Thank you, Eve, for being authentically, uniquely, YOU!
With love and gratitude,
P.S. Eve also has an incredibly impactful mindfulness practice, 108 Days of Everyday Mindfulness. If you’re interested, head on over to her Facebook Group!
Photo Credits: Flamenco Dancer – Robert Torres Photography; Yoga – Ivy Child International.