energy

Yoga for All Seasons: Summer

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | June 23rd, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: asanas, ayurveda, backbends, breath, breathe, Bridge, calming yoga, coconut water, cooling yoga poses, diet, doshas, eat what's in season, electrolytes, energy, Floor Twists, food, Forward Folds, heat, herbs, hot, local, Moon Salutation, nutrition, pitta dosha, pose, seasonal eating, seasons, Seated Forward Fold, Shitali Pranayama, Single-Nostril Breathing, spices, summer yoga, sun salutations, Supported Shoulder Stand, warm weather, water, Wide-Legged Forward Fold

summer yogaAs the seasons shift, our bodies cycle through an organic ebb and flow of change that serves to harmonize and create balance within us. These changes are usually influenced by the seasons themselves: hours of daylight, foods that are abundant at particular times of the year, weather patterns and seasonally inspired activities.

Although your body will adjust to these changes naturally, it never hurts to integrate some simple tweaks into your routine to aid in the transition and link yourself more intimately with the season that is upon you.

Yoga for All Seasons: Winter

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | December 31st, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: ayurveda, backbend, body, bow pose, Breath of Fire, circulation, cold weather, colds and flus, corpse pose, Dhanurasana, doshas, energy, Fish Pose, heat, herbs, hibernate, hibernation, humidifier, inversion, kapalabhati breathing, kapha, light therapy, Locust Pose, lymph, Matsyasana, neti post, pranayama, rejuvenate, relax, rest, root vegetables, SAD, Salabhasana, Salamba Sarvangasana, savasana, seasonal, seasons, Shavasana, shoulder stand, soup, spices, Sun Salutation, sunlight, Surya Namaskara, tea, vata, Vitamin D, warm-up, warming, winter yoga, yoga poses

Winter Yoga

It is important that we change with the seasons just as nature does by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices. During the winter season, the energy of the Earth and its creatures is drawn inward. We can use this time for restoration and introspection, just as many plants and animals use it for hibernation. In preparation for the spring, it is important to slow down and rejuvenate.

An Ayurvedic approach to winter

There is a rule in Ayurveda that “like attracts like.” That is why the kapha and vata doshas can become provoked and aggravated during the dry, dark, cold months of winter. This is because the climate is alike the qualities of these two doshas. If kapha or vata are triggered, digestive fire plummets, leaving you more susceptible to colds, poor circulation, joint pains and negative emotions. Here are some yoga and lifestyle tips that can help you to balance your doshas this season.

Namaste Any Time of Day: Yoga for the Holidays

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: balance, busy, community, depression, downward dog, energy, goals, gratitude, hip openner, holiday celebrations, holiday schedule, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday yoga, hustle and bustle, increase flexibility, manage stress, Meditations from the mat, mental strength, Pigeon pose, Rolf Gates, short days, sleep better, styles of yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, tone muscles, Warrior 1 Pose, Warrior 2 Pose, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, yoga DVDs, yoga philosophy, yoga-practice

Holiday YogaIt’s the holiday season … a time of dark, cold mornings, short days and busy nights, tending to the hustle and bustle of getting things done for various holiday celebrations, all the while gorging ourselves on delicious — but often calorie-laden — holiday foods. The average day passes quickly, and you usually find yourself collapsing into bed at the end of it feeling completely exhausted.

The Aura Color Quiz + How to Be Happier with Color

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | December 3rd, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: aura color quiz, chakras, energy, happiness, happy, healing, holiday stress, personal development, Personal Growth, personality quiz, personality type, self help

aura color quizThe holiday season can be a stressful time of year. Ironically, many of us find ourselves strung out and unhappy at a time when we expect to be at our happiest. How you handle the stress of the holiday season has a lot to do with the kind of person your are. Knowing that, you can use specific strategies to deal with holiday demands and make the season what is was meant to be: joyous.

Yoga for All Seasons: Autumn

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | October 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: autumn, ayurveda, backbends, bow pose, bridge pose, camel pose, change, cold, corpse pose, diet, doshas, energy, fall, food, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Noose Pose, Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, Revolved Triangle Pose, routine, savasana, seasons, Shavasana, Side Stretches, sun salutations, twists, vata, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, Yoga, yoga poses

Yoga in AutumnFall is the season of transformation. We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves are falling, the air is changing and we are harvesting an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables.

It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does — by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices.

Ironically, it is only through change that was can stay grounded during this shifting season.

Food Combining: The Natural Weight Loss Secret

Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez by Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez | October 10th, 2013 | 29 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: acid reflux, beans, bloating, cellulite, constipation, detox, detoxify, detoxifying, detoxing, digestive system, disease, elimination, energy, food, food combining, fruit, gas, gluten-free, grain, headaches, healthy-eating, IBS, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, legumes, lose-weight, meal, nutrition, nuts, poop, protein, seeds, starch, vegetables, veggies, waste, weight-loss

food combiningAlthough new research suggests that fewer people are dieting in America (yay!), many of us are still puzzled when it comes to figuring out how to achieve optimal health, longevity and vitality. As a culture we’ve been trained to look at what we put in our mouths as the main event — the food, the calories, the protein, the fat — but we’re not taught or encouraged to look at what comes out of our bodies.

We want to turn this perspective around with a bold (and obvious) statement: Everyone poops. Yep, everyone sits on the porcelain throne. You already know this, so let’s get right to the reason we’re bringing it up in the first place.

Waste = weight.

The number one weight loss secret that nobody really talks about is the fact that the extra poop sitting around in your colon is one of the main causes of excess weight. When you learn to rid your body of extra waste on a regular basis, weight loss and maintenance become effortless.

Yoga and the Earth

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | April 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, change, composting, Earth Day, eco-friendly, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, electricity, energy, environment, green, habits, Hanumanasana, lights, Lizard Pose, Mother Earth, non-violence, One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, organic cotton, Parasvottanasana, planet, Pyramid Pose, recycled, recycling, Splits Pose, tree-pose, trees, Utthan Pristhasana, Vrksasana, Yoga, yoga block, yoga mat, yoga poses, yoga props, yoga strap

Earth Day YogaAs you grow and deepen your conversation with yoga, it becomes quite clear that the yoga practice must stretch far beyond the boundaries of that little sticky mat. Naturally, your practice begins to bleed into every part of your life, saturating your world with concepts like ahimsa (non-violence). Part of that concept is living in a way that is non-harming to the Earth.

Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to explore this mind-set, as we look for ways to give back to our life-sustaining planet. Every moment we are nourished and blessed by the abundant gifts of the Earth, and on this particular day we have the chance to give gratitude back to the source! This is a special chance to develop lasting rituals in your yoga practice and in your life that nurture an eco-centric approach to everyday living and that have the potential to last all year round.

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.

Are Your Workouts Wearing You Out?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: attainable, cardio, diet, energy, exercise, fitness plateau, frequency, goals, intensity, lose-weight, measurable, Melissa Hurst, nutrition, realistic, Reasonable, SMART method, specific, strength training, the firm, time frame, timely, tired, weight training, weight-loss, work out, workout rut, worn down

By The FIRM Master Instructor Melissa Hurst

You’ve made it through the holidays! Your weekly schedule, while still hectic, is becoming more routine and you have even found time to fit in your workouts (hopefully). There’s only one problem: Instead of your workouts re-energizing you, they are wearing you down.

If you are facing this dilemma, you are not alone. There are many reasons why you may feel as though your workouts are not giving you the results (emotionally or physically) you expect.

10 Reasons to Quit Your Coffee

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | July 6th, 2012 | 8 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 5-HIA, acidity, addiction, antioxidants, blood sugar, caffeine, cardiovascular disease, catecholamines, cholesterol, chronic disease, coffee habit, cortisol, detox, diabesity, diet, diterpenes, doctor, dysbiosis, energy, GERD, glucose levels, glycemic index, health, healthy, heart burn, heart disease, Huffington Post, indigestion, inflammation, insomnia, insulin resistance, Mark Hyman, nutrition, serotonin, sleep, stress, triglycerides, type 2 diabetes, withdrawal

10 Reasons to Quit Coffee

Coffee: Is it good or bad for us? You might get media whiplash trying to figure that out. The truth is, I find this subject to be as confusing as you probably do.

After all, the media certainly doesn’t help clarify whether America’s favorite morning beverage is going to land you in the doc’s office or set you free with a clean bill of health. It’s no wonder so many of you shrug your shoulders in utter confusion as you refill your morning mug and get on with your day!

I know all about this adoration of coffee. I, too, was smitten and enamored with Coffea Arabica. We had our courtship during the 1990s, when I worked more than 80 hours in the emergency room and saw 30 to 40 patients a day.

I traded sleep for espresso, authentic energy for Haagen Daz coffee ice cream and normal circadian rhythms for high-speed, caffeinated adrenaline rushes.

But then, my body began to communicate to me what I had been attempting to ignore — that I needed to slow down and let the natural systems assume their proper course. You can read more about how I successfully turned my health around here.

As I began to tune into my body and provide it with what it really wanted — fresh, whole, real, unprocessed foods; sleep; relaxation; and the time to enjoy the life I had created for myself and my family — I was able to break up with coffee and make up with my health.

You can too, and I’m going to tell you how. But first, let’s discuss what makes coffee such a hot topic widely disputed in today’s health circles.