Keeping up with the Times


Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share with you my last addition: a QR code with links so you can get a hold of my latests posts and additions on Twitter, WordPress and Facebook.  As I was creating the post I realized Yoganesha is more than just the combination of two words. Yoga means yoke or union. Ganesha is the elephant deity in Hindu religion known to be the remover of all obstacles.  Interesting how things come together when we least expect it.  Namaste!!!

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Four Reasons to do Yoga

Hi Everyone, 

My new yoga video on YouTube!  It talks about some of the benefits of yoga and there are many.  I would love to hear your comments and ways in which I can improve.  This is my first attempt at videos! It was shot by a good friend of my in a beautiful garden here in Tallahassee.  

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Yin yoga for hamstrings and hips

Contrary to popular belief you are not doomed to being stiff or unflexible.  I recently read a post by Lucas at Yogabody that actually explains that the first thing we need to do is change some of our eating habits.  Yes, that’s right.  You may actually be worsening your condition by consuming things like coffee, dairy, and processed foods.  That was sad news for me because I love coffee.  Fortunately, the one cup a day I drink isn’t that bad (according to Lucas). But there are the other things we consume together with not moving and stretching enough that makes matters worse.

So for starters, Lucas recommends having a green smoothie before you stretch. He swears by it!!  Second, there are many types of yoga.  The yoga you want to focus on for flexibility is, for example, Yin Yoga.  Yin yoga concentrates on stretching and holding the pose for a few minutes.  Of course, you need to be gentle  with yourself. Start slow and stretch to the point were you feel your muscles engaged but NO PAIN. Since this is about stretching you can customize your workout to the areas where you need the most such as back, hamstrings, hips.  Ideally, you will start with a gentle warm up and then progress to the areas you want to work on.

Another really important thing to keep in mind is your breath. You want to start by inhaling and then exhale as you stretch.  Remember to keep breathing throughout the stretch. So for example, if you are working on  your hamstrings. you could, for example, start by sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you, inhale and then exhale as you lean forward stretching your arms toward your feet. Allow you head to hang forward as the weight of the head intensifies the stretch.  Hold the position between 2-5 minutes. Then move on to another area of the body.

If you are like me and have a job that requires that you sit for long periods of time, or you run, jog or even walk, the hamstrings need to be on your list.  I am adding a Yin yoga link to this post and including Lucas’ contact information.

Happy Stttrrreeccchhhing !

http://www.yogabodynaturals.com/about-me – Lucas@yogabody.com

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Contrary to pop…


Contrary to popular belief you are not doomed to being stiff or unflexible.  I recently read a post by Lucas at Yogabody that actually explains that the first thing we need to do is change some of our eating habits.  Yes, that’s right.  You may actually be worsening your condition by consuming things like coffee, dairy, and processed foods.  That was sad news for me because I love coffee.  Fortunately, the one cup a day I drink isn’t that bad (according to Lucas). But there are the other things we consume together with not moving and stretching enough that makes matters worse.  

So for starters, Lucas recommends have a green smoothie before you stretch. He swears by it!!  Second, there are many types of yoga.  The yoga you want to focus on for flexibility is, for example, Yin Yoga.  Yin yoga concentrates on stretching and holding the pose for a few minutes.  Of course, you need to be gentle  with yourself. Start slow and stretch to the point were you feel your muscles engaged but NO PAIN. Since this is about stretching you can customize your workout to the areas where you need the most such as back, hamstrings, hips.  Ideally, you will start with a gentle warm up and then progress to the areas you want to work on.  

Another really important thing to keep in mind is your breath. You want to start by inhaling and then exhale as you stretch.  Remember to keep breathing throughout the stretch. So for example, if you are working on  your hamstrings. you could, for example, start by sitting on the floor with your legs extended, inhale and then exhale as you lean forward stretching your arms toward your feet. Allow you head to hang forward as the weight of the head intensifies the stretch.  Hold the position between 2-5 minutes. Then move on to another area of the body.  

If you are like me and have a job that requires that you sit for long periods of time, or you run, jog or even walk, the hamstrings need to be on your list.  I am adding a Yin yoga link to this post and including Lucas’ contact information. 

Happy Stttrrreeccchhhing !

http://www.yogabodynaturals.com/about-me – Lucas@yogabody.com

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Lucas


Lucas

Looks pretty amazing. Read his story and see that getting there isn’t as farfetched as you think!

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What’s for Breakfast??


We all have heard this time and again…breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Well, consider the word, break fast”.  Essentially, it is the opportunity you are giving your body to nourish and fuel itself after a number of hours without food. But the question is how do we do this and what foods will we use to break the fast?

Like many of my readers, I’ve been there too. Wake up late, somewhat tired, no time to cook anything, and if I’m late enough I’ll skip it altogether until I get to the office and then have a couple of cups of coffee and hope that someone brought donuts or bagels.  Now, I am not a medical doctor, but it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that you are shocking your system. After going through the night without food or water, the first thing that greets our system is an acidic liquid devoid of any nutritional properties. Sounds yummy, huh?  After that we may add a bagel (dense carb) topped with fat (cream cheese).  And we wonder why we are tired, rundown and overweight.  

I don’t pretend to be a dietician, but I can propose a better alternative. When you get up, have a glass of water. Yes, that’s right. Not orange juice, coffee, or much less a diet soda. Plain old water. Why? Because in the majority of the cases you are dehydrated.  Water not only hydrates you but also lubricates your bowels to help you eliminate last nights meal. (By the way, that AM sluggishness may also have to do with what you ate last night.)

Next, and I swear this doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. Throw some greens, berries, a banana, and some protein powder into your blender. For liquid use water. In addition, you can get creative and add chocolate or carob, peanut butter, etc.  Make a good size blender, pour and drink.  You can also take some with you to drink throughout the morning.  But wait you may say, I need something warm in the morning especially in the winter. OK.  What about green tea?  Today, green tea flavors are endless. And if you just must have that cup of joe (I’ll be honest I do love coffee), have a cup after but not before; easing your body gently into the day instead of shock treatment.  Your body will thank you for it in so many ways.  I am including a Green smoothie recipe for you to try. 

This simple Green Smoothie is a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. I promise it is delicious and nutritious!

ingredients:

1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0%)
1 cup ice

directions:

1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Note-I use our Blendtec Blender which is a very powerful machine. Make sure you use a powerful blender that will puree the orange, spinach, ice, etc. I like to store one serving of the smoothie in the freezer for later. Pour in an air-tight container and freeze. Make sure you take the smoothie out of the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to drink it. You can also store the smoothie in the refrigerator.

Source:http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/green-smoothie/

And remember to smile as this frames your mood for the rest of your day.

Namaste!

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Ahimsa: The principle of personal non-harm


For me ahimsa is perhaps one of the cornerstones of yoga. Ahimsa or the principle of non-harm virtually covers all aspects of life.  I could write a book on the topic, but for space and time, I want to address personal non-harm today.

What does it mean to not harm yourself? Of course, we can get really extreme such as bodily harm like cutting or other forms of physical harm. But there is also subtle ways that we harm ourselves, perhaps even daily. For example, over-consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, television, video games, etc. You know where I’m going.  No, I am not going to sit here and nag about how you shouldn’t have eaten the entire bag of potato chips, but we know what our weaknesses are.  Time and again I have heard that when people adopt a yogic lifestyle or a “healthy” lifestyle, you slowly begin to remove or curtail certain personal habits.

Other forms of self-harm include being in abusive relationships, not getting enough exercise, stressing ourselves out to the point that we engage in unhealthy behaviors such as over-____ (you can fill in the blanks).  The opposite of self-harm is self-love. Although we live in a society that espouses selflessness but at the same time glorifies individuality, we receive tons of contradictory messages in the media, music, film, etc.  Often our self-harm is product of fear (I will dedicate an entire blog to that one!).

So what I propose is that you take one behavioral  change you wish to incorporate into your life. I stress one because often (like in New Year’s resolutions), we promise we will exercise, eat healthy. quit smoking/drinking, etc. etc.  Those resolutions at best may last a week.  Take one, such as  trying to incorporate walking. such as meditative walking (see link), 3 times a week for 20 minutes.  If you miss a day, don’t sweat it. Start again.  But don’t stop because you missed a day or two. Just resolve not to stop.  It is the first step toward loving yourself and turning around unhealthy personal behavior.

Namaste!

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