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Top 4 Tips on Living a Balanced Life from Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor
Wellness
Published Tuesday May 23, 2017 by Meredith Simmons

Top 4 Tips on Living a Balanced Life from Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor

Motivation
Perspective
Personal Growth

In her years of being an athlete, Misty May-Treanor has learned a lot about how to balance responsibilities with self-care. Now a coach and mother, the three-time gold medalist divides her time between teaching others the sport of volleyball and being with her family. We asked Misty to share her advice on how to ensure you meet your goals while still taking care of yourself.

Take time for yourself.

Misty prioritizes time for herself to ensure that she’s in the best shape for her family. For Misty, taking that time gives her endorphins, making her feel better and giving her more energy.

“It’s important for women to take time for themselves, so you don't get bogged down,” Misty explained. “You can read a book, go for a walk or just take five to ten minutes to meditate. We don’t give enough time for ourselves.”

Try to make the person next to you better.

In her years as an athlete, Misty learned the importance of teamwork, both to achieve a common goal and to hold herself accountable.

“My goal has always been to make the person next to me better,” Misty said. “I’ve met a lot of people through working out—from people in classes I take to being a role model to other young kids.”

By holding herself accountable to other people, Misty makes sure that she is doing the best she can for her team, family and herself.

Stay the course.

When setbacks happen, Misty doesn’t let it distract her from her goals. As an athlete, she learned that she had to dedicate herself to the process and stay humble—no matter what happened.

“We can be so focused on winning and losing, but you still have to enjoy what you’re doing,” Misty said. “You’re not going to see progress overnight. It’s so important to remember to stay patient and stay the course, especially when people are just starting out.”

Plan ahead.

As busy as she is, planning ahead is important for Misty to stay on track with her goals. Since Misty was introduced to MINDBODY in 2006, she's used the software to book her workouts, and now, to run her business, Dream in Gold Beach Volleyball Club.

“With the MINDBODY app, it’s so easy to set up workouts, get reminders and stay on track. In sports, you have to be goal-oriented to have a clear path to success. Setting goals along the way help you find a way to make the task clearer.”

Meredith Simmons
Written by
Meredith Simmons
Corporate Social Media Program Manager
About the author
A native Midwesterner, Meredith is an avid sports fan and half marathon addict. Her love of sports and fitness led her to MINDBODY. As MINDBODY's Corporate Social Media Program Manager, Meredith manages MINDBODY's corporate social media channels and product review programs.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.