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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?

10 Weeks to a Better Body and More Energy

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: 10 weeks, 10-week program, better-body, bikini body, calm, confidence, daily walk, endorphins, energy, exercise, Fitness, health, healthy, hike, motivation, personal trainer, self confidence, spring training, stress, walk, week 1, week one, well-being, wellness, work out, workout

woman after workout

Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! In Los Angeles where I live, it has already started: The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping louder outside my window and I’m starting to feel that subtle energy change, both in my personal training clients and in myself!

This is the time when there is so much “newness” happening that I like to use it as a catalyst to create a resurgent flow of energy for the rest of the year. The best thing about creating this flow of energy is that the byproducts can include a fitter body, more energy and an influx of self-confidence.

But I can’t stress enough that change takes time. Starting too many things all at once usually ends in exhaustion and a feeling of “I MUST DO” instead of “I WANT TO.” One of the best ways to overcome the inertia and the absolute best way of creating a habit and sticking to it is to change slowly and repeat the new positive pattern over and over again. And over the next ten weeks, that exactly what we’re going to do!

Cancer and Heart Openers: How Yoga Heals

Mandy Ingber by Mandy Ingber | October 19th, 2011 | 29 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast-cancer, cancer, gratitude, healing, health, heart openers, heart opening, heart opening exercise, mandy ingber, recovery, wellness, Yoga, yogalosophy

Mandy Ingber Up Dog

This month I am reminded of the courage it takes to continue to open our hearts in faith, even when we have been pained by loss or heartbreak. There is nothing more heartbreaking than being faced with the inevitable: our mortality, and the remembrance that life is impermanent. This is a reality we deal with each day, and yet the desire to live must carry within it a gratitude of remembering or the faith of forgetting.

5 “No Excuses” Training Tips

Jessie Pavelka by Jessie Pavelka | April 27th, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: change, excuses, exercise, Fitness, health, hectic, Jessie Pavelka, schedule, Step360, time, travel, weight-loss, wellness, workout routine

Workout Excuses

Excuses are easy to make. They’re also contagious and can paralyze your progress, not only physically, but in other aspects of your life. I have had many clients get a good momentum going with their fitness and then, because of a bump in the road (a hectic schedule, business trip, vacation or illness), they drop off and then have trouble getting back into their routine. If you aren’t careful, all of your hard-won progress can slip away in a matter of days.

Is Yoga Therapy Right for You? The Next Wave of Conscious Care

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: aches, American Viniyoga Institute, back-pain, body, breathing, chronic, core, doctor, donna karan, emotion, Gary Kraftsow, healing, instructors, Jill Miller, Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, Larry Payne, Loyola Marymount, medical conditions, medicine, meditation practice, mind, nerves, neurological, New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, pain medicine, physical therapist, physical therapy, postural assessment, pranayama, psychological, reduce stress, rehabilitation, rodney yee, spirit, students, teachers, therapist, training, UZIT, wellness, yoga nidra, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy, yogic sleep

Yoga TherapyIs yoga therapy right for you? Have you tried everything under the sun to eliminate an ache, pain or chronic condition? If your doctor has suggested that you try yoga therapy (and not just yoga classes), the first step is to find a great yoga therapist to steer you into a customized practice that may potentially improve the conditions of self-healing in your body, mind and spirit.

3 Simple Steps to Eliminate Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | March 10th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: abdominal pain, absorption, acid reflux, acid-blocking medications, alcohol, anemia, bacteria, bloating, caffeine, calcium, celiac disease, cigarettes, citrus, Clostridia, dairy, deficiency, dementia, depression, DGL, diarrhea, diet, digestion, drugs, enzymes, esophagus, fatigue, food, food allergies, Food sensitivities, fried food, gas, gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, glutamine, gluten, H. pylori, health, heartburn, Helicobacter pylori, hiatal hernia, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, licorice, magnesium, Mark Hyman, medical, medicine, nerve damage, Nexium, obesity, osteoporosis, overweight, Pepcid, pharmaceuticals, Prevacid, Prilosec OTC, probiotics, relaxation, side effects, small intestine, smoking, sphincter, spicy, stomach, stomach acid, stress, tomato, upper endoscopy, upper GI, valve, vitamin B12, wellness, Xifaxin, yeast, zinc carnosine

Man with heartburnAre millions of us born with a genetic defect that makes us produce too much stomach acid? Do we just have a major evolutionary design flaw that requires us to take powerful acid-blocking drugs to prevent heartburn and reflux?

I believe that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding “no.”

At least 10 percent of Americans have episodes of heartburn every day, and 44 percent have symptoms at least once a month. Overall, reflux and heartburn (also known as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease) affect a whopping 25 to 35 percent of the U.S. population! As a result, acid-blocking medications are the third-top-selling type of drug in America today. Two other drugs to treat reflux, Nexium and Prevacid, are among the world’s best-selling drugs and account for approximately $5.1 and $3.4 billion in sales annually.

Spice Up Your Cuisine with Gaiam Flavor

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 18th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: cafe, food, gaiam, organic, recipe, wellness, wholsome

Story and photos by Kim Fuller

Welcome to the Gaiam Life food and recipe blog! We are getting our goods from our very own chefs in the Gaiam Café.

Starting next week, we will be posting at least one dish per week from the delicious and wholesome cuisine made fresh every day.

The Real Secret to Healthy Aging

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | May 18th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: dr. mark hyman, health, longevity, Mark Hyman, mitochondria, resveratrol, UltraWellness, wellness, wine

“Live to 120 years old by eating as much as you want and drinking lots of red wine!”

That’s the intriguing finding of a recent study from Harvard researcher David Sinclair and his group.