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What can Yoga do for you?!

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There are so many benefits of yoga and they differ from type to type. Here’s a little cheat sheet for you.  I am relatively an advanced beginner, ha!   It’s amazing how stiff you can become when you don’t use your body.  Go slow and build on these positions, you will get there.  Everyone is different tho, so modify where you need to.

Take a look at the following 2 routines!

*Sacral Chakra Yoga Routine

*Wake Up Yoga Routine

 

 

 

 

**What can certain Yoga poses do for you?

*Seated poses

These poses will make you feel inner peace and calm because they promote deeper breath. Use the cross-legged seated postures to increase hips and lower back flexibility and to strengthen your back muscles.

*Standing poses

Mountain Pose, one of the most important standing poses, is the basis of any yoga routine as it gives proper alignment to your feet and body. When done correctly, standing poses are instrumental in improving your posture.

*Bends

Forward bends stretch your lower back and hamstrings, release tension in your upper body and increase spine flexibility. They help you feel calm and relaxed.

Back bends open your chest and hips, strengthen your arms and shoulders. They help relieve muscle tension and improve spinal flexibility.

Both kinds of bends should be performed in succession to maintain balance in your spine and avoid injuries.

*Balance

Challenging balance poses help you tone up your muscles, develop coordination and agility. They are also posture-improving because you need to elongate your spine in order to maintain balance. A non-physical benefit is that balance poses polish focusing skills: attention is the key factor in the right performance of a balance pose.

*Twists

Twists release tension and lengthen your spine, increase shoulder and hip mobility and relieve backaches thanks to the stretching of back muscles. Always be sure to twist both sides of your body to ensure proper balance.

*Lying poses

Back poses stretch your abdominal muscles, open your hips and increase spinal mobility. They release tension and strengthen your limbs and back.

Stomach poses strengthen your arms and back and open up your hip area. They relieve tension and increase flexibility in your spine.

*Inversions

The most popular inverted poses – headstand, shoulder stand and plow – are often called the King, Queen and Prince of asanas. They develop strength and stamina in your upper body, stimulate your brain. Bringing your legs higher than your heart, they reverse the flow of blood and other fluids in your body, which relieves tension in your legs.

*Relaxation poses

Relaxation poses, including the most well-known Corpse Pose, calm your mind and body and encourage a deep feeling of relaxation. They can be used at the end and start of your yoga practice, as well as in the middle of it. Despite the seeming easiness, relaxation poses are often really challenging because of our inability to relax fully.

*Plank poses

Plank poses are helpful in building strength in the arms, wrists and spine, which prepares you for inversion poses. To reap as much benefit as you can from a plank pose, try holding it for up to 1 minute. Side plank poses additionally work your shoulders.

Namasté 

Thank you Yoga for this info!

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What does your Reset Button look like?

I don’t know about you , but I certainly need to hit the reset button on a weekly basis!  What is your way of releasing stress and giving your body the Reset it needs?!  One of my fav’s is to get out into the outdoors…out into nature.  Look at the beauty that surrounds us, and take deep breaths.  Hiking is at the top of my list!  Great exercise too.  It was a beautiful day yesterday, so spur of the moment, we packed a lunch and set out on this hike.  We are very blessed to have these wonderful spots to explore right in our backyard!

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Get Off the Couch!!

I went to the cardiologist with my dad last week.  He has a 100% blockage that rerouted itself and an 80% blockage.  However, with medication (yes, medication…there are times you need it) making better choices with his diet, AND WALKING EVERYDAY.. she said this is what is keeping him moving!!  So PLEASE, get up, get out….and WALK!  Start by going around the block and build from there!!  Who knows…you may become addicted!  If you are in a cold area….go to the mall!  🙂

 

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Cleanse Like You Mean It!

Halloween Is Over!
With Thanksgiving Coming, It’s Time to Cleanse Like You Mean It!
The enemy is within!  Whether you’re trying to manage your weight, deal with stress or just stop feeling yuck- the toxic load you carry is sabotaging your efforts! It’s time to clean it out so you can move forward!

Click here to find fun tips on cleansing!

Thank you Dropsmarts for this info!!!

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Identify Your Headache!

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Where did Your Feet Take You Today?!

As I set out for a walk today by myself (usually I have a walking partner), I put in my ear buds and tuned into “Pontoon Radio” …. for a 2 to 3 mile walk!  Well…with songs like Sweet Home Alabama, On the Pontoon, Boot Scootin’ Boogie….etc… I  just kept on truckin’!  Next thing I knew was on at least a 5 mile or more!!  Did you know that even walking for 10-20 minutes a day, can improve your health!!

1. Walking improves circulation. It also wards off heart disease, brings up the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart. Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Tennessee found that post-menopausal women who walked just one to two miles a day lowered blood pressure by nearly 11 points in 24 weeks. Women who walked 30 minutes a day reduced their risk of stroke by 20 percent – by 40 percent when they stepped up the pace, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

2. Walking shores up your bones. It can stop the loss of bone mass for those with osteoporosis, according to Michael A. Schwartz, MD, of Plancher Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in New York. In fact, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, study of post-menopausal women found that 30 minutes of walking each day reduced their risk of hip fractures by 40 percent.

3. Walking leads to a longer life. Research out of the University of Michigan Medical School and the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System says those who exercise regularly in their fifties and sixties are 35 percent less likely to die over the next eight years than their non-walking counterparts. That number shoots up to 45 percent less likely for those who have underlying health conditions.

4. Walking lightens mood. A California State University, Long Beach, study showed that the more steps people took during the day, the better their moods were. Why? Walking releases natural pain­killing endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise.

5. Walking can lead to weight loss. A brisk 30-minute walk burns 200 calories. Over time, calories burned can lead to pounds dropped.

6. Walking strengthens muscles. It tones your leg and abdominal muscles – and even arm muscles if you pump them as you walk. This increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints and muscles – which are meant to handle weight – helping to lessen arthritis pain

7. Walking improves sleep. A study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that women, ages 50 to 75, who took one-hour morning walks, were more likely to relieve insomnia than women who didn’t walk.

8. Walking supports your joints. The majority of joint cartilage has no direct blood supply. It gets its nutrition from synovial or joint fluid that circulates as we move. Impact that comes from movement or compression, such as walking, “squishes” the cartilage, bringing oxygen and nutrients into the area. If you don’t walk, joints are deprived of life-giving fluid, which can speed deterioration.

9. Walking improves your breath. When walking, your breathing rate increases, causing oxygen to travel faster through bloodstream, helping to eliminate waste products and improve your energy level and the ability to heal.

10. Walking slows mental decline. A study of 6,000 women, ages 65 and older, performed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that age-related memory decline was lower in those who walked more. The women walking 2.5 miles per day had a 17-percent decline in memory, as opposed to a 25-percent decline in women who walked less than a half-mile per week.

11. Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk. A study from the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those who walked less.

12. Walking helps you do more, longer. Aerobic walking and resistance exercise programs may reduce the incidence of disability in the activities of daily living of people who are older than 65 and have symptomatic OA, shows a study published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management.

Read more at www.arthritis.org

Sooooo….what are you waiting for.  It costs you nothing!  Take some deep breaths, look at the beauty around you!  GET OFF THE COUCH! Get a partner…or, plug into some awesome music!  Food 4 Thought!

Let your feet take you to feeling better!  Your body is your best friend, do something for it daily!!

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Give Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

The Body is amazing!  Given the right tools, it can heal itself in most cases!  The more and more info I see and read about Moringa Oleifera,  it is truly an amazing super-food!  It can actually help the body to heal itself in many ways.  Do something good for your body, eat plenty of dark, leafy greens…. make sure to hydrate!  Water is so important to your system. Also… get off the couch and get some exercise!  Even if it is just walking around your neighborhood.  And, add Moringa Oleifera to your daily routine…why wouldn’t you?!  Do your own research.  This is a great article on Moringa!!

For many centuries Moringa Oleifera was used in traditional medicine, such as the “Ayurveda”, as a treatment Arthritis and Gout. It was believed that Moringa Leaf Powder reduce inflammations and pain caused by these conditions.
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In 2008 the Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences of the Putra University in Malaysia, published a research aimed to test if Moringa poses any Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory activities, the same activities achieved by the drugs used in modern medicine such as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The research found that the Moringa leaves posses substances that have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activitie; in fact they found that it has high quantities of these substances. This means that Moringa Oleifera use in Indian traditional medicine as a treatment for Arthritis and Gout.
 
The effects of the Moringa is suppressing the COX-2 enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for inflammation processes and pain. Usually the drugs used to suppress this enzyme are NSAID such as Voltaren, Nksin, Adoil, ARCOXIA, Kaspo etc. The side effects of these products include risk for stroke, kidney problems, blood vessels problems, stomach problems and the list goes on.
 
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Blood pressure tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure.  Click here to read more!
For info on why Zija’s Moringa Oleifera is the one to choose, contact me… www.food4thoughtwellness.com ….I can also save you 25% if that is something you are interested in.
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You’re in Charge of YOU!

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Be Prepared When You Travel

AMÉO LIVING SERIES: ESSENTIAL OILS FOR TRAVELING

The following is one in a series of practical Améo Essential Oil uses from healthy lifestyle expert Karen A. Jensen

Time to hit the road! Just remember that as you travel a few things can make your trip memorable in several ways. Your wellbeing might be enhanced with the use of items such as Ameo Aroma Necklace, Aerify Diffuser, Beadlets, even a cotton hanky onto which one can place oils such as Gest Calm – a terrific aid for travel tummies. Peppermint and Life Unlimited can help you keep up with vacation schedules.  Think about keeping Pure Tranquility, in your travel bags to maintain that mellow and laid-back attitude. Soothing Air can make sure the dry airplane atmosphere remains a non-factor as you travel.

Recently my husband and I traveled to India. It was an amazing trip and in order to make sure we were able to enjoy every moment, oils such as Proshield were diffused, placed on face cloths and taken internally. Ameo Hand Purifier is easy to carry and actually makes hands feel softer and more pleasant than other such products.

If your trip includes roller coasters you might consider the Cooling Mint beadlets, just place one between lip and gum then board the ride certain that your stomach stays where it belongs. The use of Muscle Rub may also be a good idea for those sporting trips, even to work into the feet when heading to the ski slopes.

Remember that any of the citrus oils – Lemon, Tangerine, Orange or Bergamot, can be added to drink bottles. Simply add the oil to the powdered SuperMix or SmartMix, work in well then add water and shake vigorously. A drop on a slice of fruit or spritzed from your 4mil sprayer onto salad can keep you functioning at top levels.

Sometimes the stresses of travel can result in blisters that make you feel awkward and uncomfortable. A combination of equal parts Black Pepper, Sweet Fennel and Copiaba can make a difference. This is also a great blend to add to your Zija Oil for dry or problematic skin. Of course AGX Skin is one of my favorites for addition to fractionated coconut oil and use in massage.

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