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Forget Yoga Envy + Remember Who You Are

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | October 29th, 2013 | 17 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: abilities, ability, asanas, ashtanga, blessings, body, compare, confidence, crying, disappointment, envious, envy, exercise, Fitness, frustration, gift, handstand, headstand, inversions, invert, jealous, jealously, Joseph Campbell, Kathryn Budig, love, negative thoughts, physical, self-love, self-respect, workout, Yoga, yoga class, yoga competition, yoga poses, yoga studio, yoga-practice

Yoga EnvyThe yoga practice is a glorious dance of the physical possibilities in the human body. An advanced practice can take your breath away as easily as it can expand your ujjayi. It can twist and turn in directions that make an artist quiver with creative jealousy and inspire even the heaviest of sloths to entertain a change of mind.

That being said — it can also be intimidating as hell.

I learned, trained, teach and practice in Santa Monica, California. It is the mecca of yoga these days and the cream of the crop when it comes to beautiful practices. It’s hard to find a level 2-3 class that doesn’t have at least one yogi soaring through the air in-between asanas or adding what appears to be a level-X variation to every pose. It can often be inspiring and mind-blowing but it can also be, in a word, daunting.

10 Benefits of Yoga Inversions

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | April 8th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: arms, asana, balane, blood flow, brain, circulation, confidence, core strength, detox, detoxify, downward dog, energy, fear, Forearm Stand, fun, gravity, handstand, Happy Baby, headstand, heart, humble, immune system, inversions, invert, legs, Legs up the wall, lymph nodes, oxygen, perspective, relax, relaxation, shoulder stand, Standing Forward Folds, toxins, upside-down, Yoga

yoga inversion

A yoga teacher’s suggestion to invert has the power to illicit a range of emotions from students: bewilderment, fear, anxiety, aversion, rejection, excitement, butterflies — you fill in the blank.

Purposely turning ourselves upside-down is contrary to our physical nature, and yet the benefits of upending ourselves are many. Just as yoga gently encourages us to move away from any unconscious habitual patterns, the invitation to invert is simply another way to shake things up, step out of a rut.

Anxiety to Zen: An Open Letter to Yoga

Bonnie Schmidt by Bonnie Schmidt | March 18th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: anger, anxiety, arm balances, astavakrasana, breath, confidence, control, drive, enlightenment, euphoria, expression, forward fold, get to know yourself, going with the flow, imperfect, journey, judgement, knowledge, mistakes, new path, panic attacks, peace, poems, relinquish control, resentment, speak your mind, strong, sun salutations, tight hamstrings, tranquility, trust, truth, unique, universe, vinyasa, yoga class, yoga mat, yoga poses, yoga saved my life, yoga studio, yoga teacher training, yoga-practice

Yoga saved my life.

Pretty grand statement, I know. And perhaps other people say that, too. I guess depending on where you are in life or what you happen to be going through, there are a lot of things that can save your life. A good book could do it, a sign from the universe or maybe even a strong martini. But when I say that yoga saved my life, I mean it truly came into my life during one of the darkest moments I had ever experienced and gave me back my desire to really live — fully and entirely.

A few years back, I found myself completely paralyzed with anxiety. I couldn’t go to work, drive my car or even leave my house without a potential panic attack. This anxiety made me angry. It made me resentful. But most of all, it made me an entirely different person. I became a shell of what I used to be. A lot of people thought I’d stay that way. Full disclosure: I thought I’d stay that way too.

The Shaman and Ayahuasca

Alyson Charles by Alyson Charles | December 6th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: Amazon rainforest, ancient ritual, art, blessing, confidence, disease, documentary, Don Jose Campos, filmmaker Michael Wiese, gaiam tv, GaiamTV.com, health, mind, mind-altering, painter Pablo Amaringo, Peru, psychoactive, realms of consciousness, south america, spirituality, tea ceremony, The Shaman and Ayahuasca

The Shaman and AyahuascaIt all starts with a simple discussion. The next thing you know, you’re off to the Amazon rainforest in South America, drinking tea made from a psychoactive plant and taking part in an ancient ceremony intended to heal and open the realms of consciousness.

That’s what happened to filmmaker Michael Wiese as he was searching for a cure after being confronted with a serious disease. Michael realized the universe was co-conspiring to aid in his mission, and soon he, his wife and his translator were off, embarking on a mysterious and deeply personal adventure.

The Shaman and Ayahuasca on GaiamTV.com follows these three on a thought-provoking journey, providing unique personal perspectives, majestic and stunning visuals of Peruvian surroundings, and wisdom from a famed shaman. It also piques the viewer’s curiosity: What does this psychoactive elixir taste like? How does it feel to be whisked away to other realms and connected to the cosmos? How does it feel to return to reality? Here are a few of the most intriguing and eye-opening moments from this fascinating documentary:

Week 10: Putting It All Together

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | May 21st, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: 10-week program, animal protein, bikini body, body cleanse, confidence, deep tissue massage, detox diet, detoxify, eggs, energy, exercise, fish, Fitness, fruits, fun, health, healthy, laugh, laughter, motivation, natural-cleanse, personal trainer, self confidence, spring training, stretching, vegetables, veggies, week 10, week ten, weeks, well-being, wellness, whole grains, work out, workout, Yoga

Thumbs Up Fitness Woman

Congrats! You made it to the tenth and final week of the Better Body and More Energy Challenge! I knew you could do it.

For your last assignment, I’d like to you tie together everything you’ve learned about nutrition and fitness over the past nine weeks. Don’t worry — it sounds more daunting than it really is!

Raising Hope-Full Children

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | May 18th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: being present, children, confidence, confident, dad, families, family, HOPE, hopeful, mom, mother, optimistic, parent, parenting, Parenting Without Power Struggles, preteen, self confidence

Hopeful children

The first title I imagined for the parenting book I would someday write was Please Don’t Let the Light in Your Child’s Eyes Grow Dim. I had run into a 12-year-old girl whom I’d known at the age of four, when she was one of the brightest, most vibrant kids I had ever met. When I saw her at 12, I hardly recognized her. She was slumped into herself, subdued, and her light was … dim.

As I began writing, I was determined to articulate what I had come to understand about how to help children manifest their gifts and head into adulthood with joy and passion.

Leap and the Net Will Appear

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 27th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, changes, choice, confidence, Cynthia James, decisions, faith, fear, Greg Louganis, HOPE, Indiana Jones, inspirational, leap of faith, life, love, risk, self confidence, self growth, self-awareness, spirituality, taking chances, trust

Taking chances

A few weeks ago I gave a talk entitled “Leap and the Net Will Appear.” I want to begin with the fact that “something in you is always calling you to dive into your greatness.” Once you do, you will discover that you have always been amazing, talented, unique, powerful, expansive, abundant and destined to live an incredible life. On some level, we always know this. The challenge is getting to a place where we leap no matter what we are currently experiencing. Here are three things to contemplate when it comes to hoping for a better life and taking chances.

Week 4: Feel the Love and a Better Body Image

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | March 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, body-image, compassion, confidence, criticism, energy levels, exercise, Fitness, health, healthy, lose-weight, love your body, love yourself, motivation, negative thoughts, personal trainer, positive thinking, self confidence, self-love, spring training, week 4, week four, weeks, weight-loss, well-being, wellness

Love YourselfLove is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. Unfortunately, I find that women who are most critical of their bodies are missing a degree of self-love. Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and having negative thoughts about certain parts of your body? Do you find yourself saying things like, “If only my thighs were slimmer,” or “I wish my butt wasn’t so flat”?

When I teach my fitness classes, I often invite my students to do some of the exercises with their eyes closed in order to really feel the movement. On a neuromuscular level, training the body while creating positive thoughts and making that positive connection is scientifically proven to be one of the most powerful ways to create and reinforce a positive body image. And, on a non-scientific level, it just feels good!

Week 3: Make Fitness Fun Again!

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | March 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, confidence, dance, energy, energy levels, exercise, Fitness, fun, health, healthy, lose-weight, motivation, personal trainer, self confidence, spring training, week 3, week three, weeks, weight-loss, well-being, wellness

Fun Fitness

A while back, I had a client who was struggling with his weight. Unfortunately, he felt about as excited about exercising as he did about doing laundry. We dug into his athletic past and found that he had been discouraged by his physical abilities, which had turned into a near fear of moving his body.

We both knew that he would have to exercise to achieve his weight-loss goals, so I encouraged him to think about what physical activities he had enjoyed as a child, before the fears started building. After all, all children like to play.

Week 2: Learn to Love Food

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 27th, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, confidence, diet, eating, energy, energy levels, food, food diary, food journal, food journaling, fork method, health, healthy, healthy-eating, learn to love food, metabolism, motivation, nutrition, personal trainer, processed food, self confidence, slow-food, spring training, week 2, week two, weeks, well-being, wellness, Whole Foods

Happy woman with fruits and veggiesDiet. I shiver just hearing the word. Don’t you? How many have you tried? Most importantly, how many have failed you?

Food is always a part of our life experience. In my home country of Sweden, we socialize a lot around food. In the world of fitness, proper nutrition is vital for making progress and increasing energy levels. As a child, food is a necessity for growth and development, and as we get older, we become more aware of our diet’s impact on our longevity. So why then do we get lost in the middle?