Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way, but a much smaller percentage of people actually meet their resolutions. Studies have shown that about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, 46% of people are still on target six months later, and only about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolution.
The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and to reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some tips to support your efforts for optimal health and wellness this holiday season. Continue reading Stay Healthy This Winter!
It’s amazing to think that millions of people each year donate to charity for the sake of making the world a better place, one dollar at a time. At a time where we see so much violence on TV and hear stories of death and destruction, it’s nice to know that there are still so many people out there who are kind, who are charitable, and who are working to help make the world a better place. Continue reading ‘Tis The Season for Giving!
lululemon athletica shares more than just high quality active wear. The brand as a whole embodies a healthy, strong, passionate lifestyle with a love for active living. The company is made up of remarkable individuals who support each other and their customers so they can be inspired to live an active, healthy, and happy life. lululemon offers many types of support to their costumers/clients, including information shared in their stores, information shared through social media, their outreach and partnership with people and local business in their communities, and through their free classes at the stores. I believe that lululemon is a wonderful support system and great resource to the community. I am so grateful to be one of their store ambassadors and a part of the lululemon family!
Each Holiday throughout the year, I teach a special class that revolves around plank pose (Kumbhakasana). I love anything that involves core work and plank is just one of the many exercises that I enjoy most and love to teach. So in honor of Thanksgiving, I held my annual Happy Planksgiving Flow. Continue reading Happy Planksgiving!
Whether by car, train, or plane, be prepared to travel this holiday season with a few yoga poses that will help you feeling good and prepare your mind and body to deal with long periods of sitting.
Yoga techniques are a great avenue to remind yourself to move and bring attention to your breath and body. Completing a few poses can help calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety that we may get from traveling.
- Neck Rolls– Exhale, drop your right ear to your right shoulder, look down toward your chest. Inhale, drop left ear to left shoulder, look up. Repeat
- Shoulder Lift– Inhale, raise your shoulders toward your ears. Exhale, completely let go, drawing your shoulders down your back.
- Seated Side Bend– Interlace your fingers and press your palms towards the ceiling. Inhale, reach up. Exhale, draw your hands to the right. Inhale, come back to center. Exhale, draw your hands to the left.
- Seated Cat-Cow– Place your hands on your thighs. As you inhale, draw your chest forward and your shoulders back; think about spreading your collarbone. Exhale, round your spine and draw your shoulders forward, pull your belly in. Look down toward your navel. Repeat
- Seated Twist– Place your left hand on your right knee or left armrest (if you’re in a plane) . Inhale, lengthen your spine. Exhale, twist to your right, drawing your right shoulder back. Switch sides.
- Seated Figure 4– Bend your right knee and place your right ankle on top of your left thigh. Interlace your fingers under your right thigh. Sit up straight and draw your left knee down towards the ground and gently pull your right knee up. Switch sides.
- Ankle Rolls– Get your blood flowing by rolling your ankles in a circular motion, both to the right and the left several times while stretching the leg out in front of you. You can also point and flex your feet.
- Forward Fold– Separate your feet to hip-width distance, bend your knees, and bring your chest to your thighs. Fold forward, grab opposite elbows or maybe interlace your fingers and drop them overhead.
- Lunges– Begin standing. Step your left foot forward and bend your left knee 90 degrees. Keep your right leg straight and right heel lifted. Arms can rise overhead or keep your hands at your heart center. Then step back with the legs together. Switch sides. Maybe add a twist, placing your palm down on the inside of your forward foot.
- Seated Savasana– Close your eyes and let go of the noise and other distractions. When thoughts come, just listen to your breathe and let them go.
Recently, I attended a workshop that focused on the book The Element written by Sir Ken Robinson. In his book, Sir Ken Robinson talks about self fulfillment and creativity. He helps his readers understand that “The Element” is when natural talent meets personal passion and that when people finally arrive at “The Element” they feel most themselves, most inspired, and achieve at their highest levels.
I believe that all teens can benefit from yoga. When I look at teenagers today, I often see individuals who appear unbalanced, have difficulty focusing, are often in a rush, and some who are depressed, anxious, or nervous and I feel for them. The pressure on youth today is tremendous (i.e. getting good grades, getting into a good school, staying current, fitting in) and as kids begin to hit adolescence, puberty, transition to high school or college, and begin to explore relationships with one another; they need an outlet that can help them stay focused, allow them to gain confidence, and feel good about themselves. I believe yoga can provide just that.
When we think about thinking positively we at times assume that it implies seeing the world through rose-colored glasses and ignoring the negative parts of life; but it’s more than that. While it is good to focus on and appreciate the good things in our lives; positive thinking is also about approaching life’s challenges with a positive outlook. It’s about turning challenges into something positive, i.e. making the most out of a potentially bad situation, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive way.
I am very excited that Keri asked me to share my love for food with all the readers of Yoga Swole. Those of you that know me, know that food is a very important part of my life. When Keri and I moved to New Jersey from Massachusetts, I did some soul searching and knew that I needed to make my obsession with food more healthy; that is how I got into cooking.