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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Dec 20, 2021

With Courtney Jones


Have you ever wondered why we’re told to just breathe when we’re feeling stressed out? How can the act of taking a deep breath or breathing deeply change how we feel? There is scientific evidence to support breathing as a way of reducing stress. Our body goes into overdrive as it physically reacts to and processes stress. When our bodies are repeatedly subjected to periods of high stress, it could negatively impact our health. That’s why it’s so very important to find ways to relieve that physical and emotional stress. The very act of slowing our breath and inhaling deeply sends a message to our brain to calm down. It forces our heart rate to slow and our muscles to lose that tense posture. As the body relaxes, we begin to feel quieter, calmer, and finally feel better.


That’s just one reason why so many people are turning to meditation or deep breathing exercises these days. At a time when our daily stress levels are compounded by so much that’s outside of our control, it helps to process that stress in a healthy way. But deep breathing does more than just relieve anxiety. It can also combat depression, improve our digestion and even help us sleep better. Adding aromatherapy through candles or electric wax burners is another way of increasing that feeling of psychological well-being. Finally, daily exercise is also a great way to combat stress by physically burning off that anxiety. With the holidays right around the corner, why not set aside some “me time” to bring some added movement into your day?


Last year, Florine interviewed Yoga and Pilates instructor, Courtney Jones, about how exercise and proper breathing can literally transform your life for the better. These days, you can find Courtney Jones teaching Yoga, Pilates, and meditation on Zoom. Visit her website Body & Mind Unbound for more information and inspiration on your wellness journey.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Courtney started doing yoga as a stress reliever as a new mother of infant twins upon moving to Detroit.
  • Initially, Courtney did not like yoga.
  • Why is breathing so important?
  • How you can attend Courtney’s online classes during COVID-19 and receive a free class just for listening to this podcast!
  • The difference between yoga and pilates and their benefits.
  • The importance of building strength, especially as we age.
  • How Courtney began her training in fitness.
  • The silver lining Courtney has found during the pandemic.
  • How often Courtney practices yoga & pilates.
  • More about how Courtney motivates clients.
  • Tips for everyday health and fitness.


Today’s Takeaway: With so many disruptions to our daily routine right now, stress can take its toll. During times of stress, it can be even more challenging to watch what we eat, get enough sleep, or exercise. But it’s more important now than ever before to take care of your mind, body, and soul. Increasing our endorphins through physical activity is one of the most effective ways to beat stress. The spiritual practice of yoga can provide both physical and mental benefits. Simply learning to pause in the moment and breathe deeply can be one of the most calming and healing tools we have. When we feel better, we act better. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”



  • “The breath is kind of the fountain of youth.” — Courtney
  • “I see yoga and pilates as disciplines that enhance your overall well-being.” — Courtney
  • “When you really feel good about the body that you’re in, then it all kind of flows together.” — Courtney

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Courtney Jones:

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