Sunday, January 21, 2018

Yoga for Expectant Mothers

Maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is something we all should do, even expectant mothers. Yoga provides an increasingly popular means of staying active and flexible during these months of pregnancy.

“The meaning and purpose of yoga is to bring mind, body, and heart into one harmonious union of wholeness and balance,” said yoga instructor and licensed professional counselor, Tannie Bayne, owner of Shanti Yoga & Counseling in Gulfport.

Bayne explained that yoga helps to regulate the blood pressure; improve digestion, energy level, and quality of sleep; reduce stress, anxiety and depression; strengthen the immune system; balance the hormones; and improve joint mobility and muscle flexibility.

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The National World War II Museum: An Education in Bravery for All Ages

Parents are always looking for ways to occupy their children during the summer. Days spent at the beach, in movie theaters and roller skating rinks are typical for the summer months. A better idea, however, is to turn your child’s free time into an opportunity for not only fun, but learning as well.

Less than a couple of hours from Gulfport is the National World War II Museum -- often still called “The D-Day Museum” -- located in downtown New Orleans. Expanded into more of a complex now than just a single museum, the facility contains a variety of fun activities that will appeal to kids, along with sobering exhibits designed to help children and adults alike fully grasp what happened during WWII.

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Men and Babies: Fathers Reveal Their Truths

The sentiments and deep feelings of mothers regarding the birth of a child are often duly noted. But how do fathers really feel? And just how important are dads, anyway?

As a writer, I had to do some research and ask some direct questions. The responses varied, but the good news is … it was easy to find lots of good news.

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See You Later, Alligator

Feel the breeze rushing through your hair as you glide along the surface of a beautiful wetlands wilderness in a high speed airboat. As the trees and other vegetation pass by, you see wading birds, turtles, snakes and many other forms of wildlife including lots of alligators.

If this scenario suits your fancy, then it's time for you to pack the kids into the car and take a short drive to the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch – located in southeast Jackson County – to experience a swamp tour and the many other activities available.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore: Free Programs Teach Kids About Nature

Whether your child is interested in the marine life that thrives in the Mississippi Sound, the creepy crawlies that inhabit the piney forests, or our colorful feathered friends who take to the blue skies of summer, they are sure to learn something they didn't know – and keep busy during these seemingly endless days of summer – if parents consider bringing them to the children's programs offered by the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

These programs, designed to suit the needs of kids aged 3 to 11, are completely free. What's more, they require no sign-up; just show up if you'd like to participate! Each themed event will include arts and crafts, songs, stories, and … for the young 'uns who like collecting badges … a “Junior Ranger” badge for kids who attend at least four programs.

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