Category Archives: Fitness and exercise

Yoga Meditation: start changing your life today

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“Yoga meditation is about quieting a busy mind,’ says Wade Imre Morissette,” [Best Health]

When I started yoga a few years back, I envied  my instructor SO much. He had this aura of absolute calm around him. He spoke softly, slowly and seemed in total control of his thoughts. I would glare at him with green envy while he went serenely about the business of teaching a bunch of old ladies to bend and stretch the old limbs into weird positions.

My mind has NEVER been quiet. I always have a thousand things running through it: what to make for lunch/dinner, where to buy wool for my crochet group, what to tell my next client, how to get funding for my charity. On and on, a constant rumble of ideas, memories, reminders, not to mention those ‘eureka’-thoughts that popped up now and then. In the end it turned out that calming all this chaos in my head was the more difficult part of yoga class. The bending and stretching I did without trouble (oh, I did fall over a few times), but that meditation part…eish!

After much giggling (mostly me), frowning (the rest of the class) and sighing (my ever serene instructor), I finally got it right. After about 6 months (YES SIX!). And boy, how it changed my life. I learned to treasure those moments of utter stillness. Meditation is like cultivating a ‘dream garden’ to which one can return to once in a while to recharge your ‘batteries’.

I noticed that, after half an hour of meditation, sometimes only 15 minutes, I can make sense of all those thoughts and ideas rushing through my mind. It is almost as if meditation causes the thoughts to behave, to stand in line, so that I can tackle each one in turn. These days, if I feel overwhelmed by the craziness of life, I switch off my computer, put my phone on silent and breathe. For just a few  minutes I take a quick stroll through my dream garden. It works like a charm.

Being a lifelong sufferer of insomnia,  I decided to put aside some time for meditation at night, just before bedtime. I’ve been sleeping like a baby ever since. I wake up rested and feeling in control of my life and my thoughts.

I don’t think I will ever be able to achieve my teacher’s serenity, but through his example and calm instruction, I’ve managed to change my daily life from a wild dash to a gentle trot.

Feel like giving it a shot? Why not have a look at this brilliant article, published in Reader’s Digest’s Best Health Magazine? Don’t worry, they explain everything in great detail and you will see, you CAN do it. It may take time, but the article shows you how to begin slowly and, after a bit, you will find yourself wandering your own little ‘dream garden’! I challenge you to try it.

Remember: “Considering that serious yogis spend a lifetime honing the art of meditation, there’s no sense in pressuring yourself to perfect your own meditation technique after just a few sessions.” [Best Health] You see! All you have to do is keep on trying and you WILL reap the benefits. I can vouch for that. So, why wait! Read the full article here.

SOURCE:

Best Health Magazine.  Yoga meditation: A beginner’s guide.  [Web:] bit.ly/2sSLDEP  [Date of Access:]  June 21, 2017.

* Image source: Best Health

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5 Unhealthy Habits Everyone Needs To Ditch Now: A Doctor Explains

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Article via @mindbodygreen by dr Rachel Abrams

“Is it possible to avoid heart attacks, ulcers, headaches, cancer, and other poor health events? YES! It is true that we don’t have complete control over the universe, and sometimes, “shit happens,” but it is very clear that negative health triggers increase our risk for poor health events. Knowing what they are and avoiding them just might save your life.” [Abrams:2017]

Dr Rachel Abrams tells us how bad stress, inactivity, unconscious eating and a few other bad habits, can influence our physical well-being.

Read the full article here.

SOURCES:

ABRAMS, Rachel, Dr.  2017.  MBG (Mind Body Green)

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#Yoga Instead Of #HormoneTherapy For #Insomnia During #Menopause 

Via @AHealthBlog
Yoga Instead Of Hormone Therapy For Insomnia During Menopause

[Excerpt and image only: read full article here.]

“Hormone therapy is the only FDA approved treatment for night sweats and hot flashes, and less women are choosing hormone therapy nowadays. A lot of women go on hormone therapy mainly because they need to sleep. That’s why  Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MsFLASH ) sought to evaluate if 3 more natural approaches, such as exercise, yoga, or fish oil, may be able to help ease the symptoms of menopause.” [Continue reading here.]

Source (excerpt and image):

Yoga Instead Of Hormone Therapy For Insomnia During  Menopause | Health Blog [Date of Access:] 5 April 2016

The perfect 20-minute workout: here are 7 tips to get you going

Via @mindbodygreen by Brian Syuki

[Excerpt only: read full article here.]

“Here’s the brutal truth: Most workout sessions last longer than they should. You can build an effective, high-intensity workout in just 20 minutes and reap all of the same benefits you’d get from an hour-long workout…”

Bryan Syuki shares these 7 tips to help you plan a highly effective 20-minute workout…AT HOME! [You can read more details about these tips here.]

  1. Do full-body exercises.
  2. Try circuit training.
  3. Time yourself.
  4. Avoid distractions.
  5. Reduce rest periods between sets.
  6. Plan your routine before you get to the gym.
  7. Train at home.

Click here to read the detailed article.

Source:

SYUKI, Brian.  2016.  7 Simple Tips To A Perfect 20-Minute Workout  [Web:] Mind Body Green.  [Date of Access:] 19 January 2016.

Photo Credit.  Shutterstock

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21 Ways To Stay Healthy When You Sit At A Desk All Day

Via @mindbodygreen

“For those of us who sit down at a desk most of the day, health and well-being aren’t always easy to work into our lifestyles,” says Rebecca Plantier in her article for MindBodyGreen.com. Some of us are lucky enough to have health centers at work, but do we have the time to use it? Lunches are often served in office cafeterias, but how healthy are those really?

Being a stay-at-home-mom, freelancing in charity and counselling, I do rush around a lot during the day, but still spend many hours stuck in front of my computer. Ms Plantier’s tips will therefore come in very handy. I’ve highlighted a few of her pointers. Have a quick look below and click here for all 21 tips:

  1. Take hourly breaks, stand up, walk around and S-T-R-E-T-C-H
  2. Avoid elevators, escalators and walkways; take the stairs.
  3. Instead of pushing buttons to reach a colleague, take a walk to his desk.
  4. Use lunchtime to take a walk.
  5. If possible, walk or ride a bicycle to work.
  6. Ditch the cafeine! Drink herbal teas instead.
  7. Say no to those irresistable office snacks – cakes, pastries, etc.
  8. Feeling peckish? Do not raid the tuck shop or vending machine; avoid chocolate bars and crisps, instead keep some nuts and dried fruit in your desk drawer for times you may need a power snack.
  9. Click here to continue reading original article.

Source:

21 Ways To Stay Healthy When You Sit At A Desk All Day – mindbodygreen.com

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