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March: Yogilation’s Self-Care Challenge

Dear Yogilators!

Tomorrow is the start of a new month AND the meteorological beginning of spring! So, after February’s “Green Smoothie” and “Plank” challenges, I noticed that I ran out of breath very often, thinking about too many things I have to do besides holding the planks and preparing the smoothies. I even caught a cold and had to take a break from both challenges.

Sitting, sitting, sitting? How to keep moving at the workplace without losing time!

Although sitting is a serious hazard to our health, unfortunately many of us have jobs that require long hours of sitting …

What are you doing most of the day? Sitting? Well, join the club! The majority of jobs include long sitting periods throughout the day. It’s unbelievable, but we sit 30 hours a week at average because oftentimes people only move to the lunch room and back for several reasons. Either too much to do, stress, no time, or slowly starting inertia (inactivity).

Want to stay or get yogilated? How about going to free online Yoga classes?

It’s weekend time and you might have to clean, cook, and run lots of errands, so there’s almost no time to make it to your yoga class?

Or perhaps you are constantly traveling around, never really at one spot, with no time to look or settle for a great yoga studio?

So why not taking a yoga class ONLINE? It’s FREE, for all levels and styles.

DO YOGA WITH ME >>>> http://www.doyogawithme.com/

or

YOGAINTERNATIONAL >>>> http://yogainternational.com/topic/classes

Be good to yourself. Relax. Be yogilated. Namasté. ♥

>> Caution: If you’re a beginner, please ask a friend or a more advanced yogi to help you with the poses and to make sure you’re doing it right. Please don’t hurt yourself. <<

 

Yoga vs. Pilates mat

Are you using the same mat when practicing yoga and Pilates?

Have you had (back) pain while doing some Pilates exercises like “the 100” or simply felt uncomfortable or had trouble keeping your neutral spine?

Maybe you’ve used the wrong mat!

What many people don’t know (including me in the past): There’s a difference between a yoga and Pilates mat:

A Healthy Heart

Seeing so many especially more and more young people die of heart attacks due to overwhelming stress, enormous pressure and high expectations, combined with poor nutrition and overall self-care made me do a little more research about heart health.

There is no doubt that our heart is our most important organ and muscle, essential and responsible for your other organs and overall functioning – in short: for being alive. Unfortunately, many of us forget or underestimate the impact of external factors, toxins, life-style, emotional well-being, nutrition, exercise etc. on our heart. High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and cardiovascular diseases are only a few of the masks that an unhealthy heart can wear.

Even if heart issues are running in your family, heart attacks or strokes can be prevented or at least the likelihood can be decreased with the right diet, exercise, and overall self-care, including stress management, mindfulness and mental health.

So let’s start with our best natural remedy and medicine: FOOD

The relationship between positive thinking, stress-management, and performance

Good morning and happy Tuesday! 
I hope you had a great start in the new week and took some time for yourself to relax, do something that makes you happy, and calms you down.

For me, life is busy but exciting. The big international event, of which I am part of the organizing team, starts next week. We have reached the home straight, so the pace has doubled now.

HOWEVER, (although it’s truly challenging) I am still taking time off every day to exercise, eat every 2-3 hours, and drink plenty of green tea and water. How else would I stay productive and get through these days? 

Don’t ever underestimate the power of positive thinking, healthy eating, and exercising.