A Look Back On 13 Years Of Yoga

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13 years ago I walked into my first yoga class. I had always wanted to try it, but I really had no idea what type of journey it would lead me on. As I lay in a pool of sweat relishing those first moments, I knew that I would be back. I knew that I had found something that would be everlasting in my life. My yoga practice has made me healthier, happier and a better human being. So maybe you won’t have the life changing epiphany that I had, but here are some reasons that you may want to add a yoga practice to your life. Or at least check it out. 

 

It Calms The Mind and Reduces Stress-Our world is a constant bombardment of information and distraction. Staying in the present moment and remaining mindful takes a calm and focused mind. The meditative aspects of yoga can teach you how to breathe and stay calm throughout your busy day. Yoga also reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. When your body is relaxed, it reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also lowers your heart rate and blood pressure and boosts your immune system.

It Increases Strength and Flexibility-Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Yoga poses use every muscle in the body, helping to create strength in all parts of the body. It also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

It Helps You Manage Your Weight-Yoga helps with weight control by burning excess calories and reducing stress. It also encourages a healthy lifestyle which can lead to healthier eating habits, activities and self esteem.

It Helps You Sleep-Exercise and lowered stress leads to better sleep. There’s no denying it. A regular yoga practice promotes restful sleep and allows you to function more in the present.

 

Yoga simply promotes a healthier and happier you. We all look for that little edge in life that takes us to the next level. For me that’s yoga. Maybe it could be for you too! 

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Enjoy your journey.

Namaste

Bruce

 

 

 

 

 

Getting In Shape For The Big Game

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So football season is here. It’s a great time of year as summer ends and fall arrives. We get excited to watch big games and root on our favorite teams. It’s a time to get together with friends and celebrate and have fun. But sometimes we have too much fun. After a weekend of watching football, we can experience lethargy and brain fog from eating unhealthy foods and lack of movement and exercise.
Now, before you get defensive, I’m not telling you that you need to abandon your football party habits. I’m just going to give you a few suggestions on how to enjoy the big games and feel better when it’s all over.

1. Schedule physical activity before and after games- It’s simple, before the big game, hit the gym or go for a run or a bike ride. If you’ve got several games to watch just make sure you fit in some exercise during the downtime. You’ll feel more energized for the game and your body will thank you for getting out and moving

2. Eat healthy meals and snacks around the games- I get it. You don’t want to be the guy eating salad as your buddies knock down nachos and brats. Have a healthy snack before the game. You will feel better and you will still be able to munch some game food, but you will be less likely to over indulge which will leave you feeling better later.

3. Moderation- This is an easy one. We’ve all felt the effects of over indulgence. Dial it back a bit. Enjoy the food and drink, but remember you have to function after the game. Make sure you’re feeling up to it.

4. Plan around the big weekend- If you know you’re going to be spending your weekend watching football with friends, get yourself in game shape. During the week prior eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of rest. Remember you’re training for some hardcore leisure. Also, have a recovery game plan. After the big weekend make sure you plan some healthy meals and workouts to cleanse your body and get you back on track.

We all love football and the social interaction that surrounds it. That’s never going to change. We just need to be mindful of our habits. By making a few changes  and having a plan we can enjoy the games and come out of the weekend feeling energized, focused and ready to get on with the game of life.

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