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Mind & Body

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 00:29.

Mind & Body

Each decade poses distinct challenges, which is why we turned to the experts for a road map to better health. From your 20s to your 80s, we supply you with one healthy habit per decade. Live large with this handy-guide to your well-being.
by Mike Fisher

Healthy Habit for Your 40s:
Ease Stress with Yoga


The 40s can be consistently stressful as people work to advance their careers while often juggling the demands of a young family.

  • When you’re in a constant state of stress, your sympathetic nervous system sends messages to the adrenal glands to pour out cortisol, which can lead to exhaustion.
  • Engage in preventative measures. Yoga embraces the science of healing and balances the nervous system. The physical aspect of yoga prepares your body to be in meditation, quieting your busy mind and promoting well-being.
  • If you are new to yoga, restorative yoga or yin yoga are gentler ways to begin your yoga practice.

Carol Hutchison, orthopaedic surgeon and yoga teacher-trainer at Yoga Passage