I love green and growing things. Gardening is an excellent way to get active. You probably know by now that I focus on functional fitness, meaning fitness that's grounded in balanced, natural movement, that helps you stay injury-free and fit for daily life. Gardening is a great way to reinforce and enjoy the benefits of functional fitness.
You can get good cardio from raking and mowing, digging and weeding are great resistance exercises, and just walking around on the natural surface of the garden promotes balance and stability. Gardening burns a fair amount of calories, too.
I often write in response to something that comes out in one of my classes.... a question from someone, or an thought I have as I respond to how I see someone moving, or an emotional or physical response in a student. In this case I am responding to an article a couple of people forwarded me. It is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, and something which has shifted both situationally and purposely certain aspects of my teaching, that is, the commercialization of the practice.
May the sun bring you new energy by day.May the moon softly restore you by night.May the rain wash away your worries.May the breeze blow you new strength into your being.May you walk gently through the world you know and its beauty all the days of your life. Apache Prayer Have a great weekend and try to allow yourself to calm the mind even if it is just a few moments.
As this year comes to a close and we are ready to begin the New Year, most of us vow to make major changes in the coming weeks. We attempt to live a healthier life, without taking the time to reflect on what that “healthier life” will look and feel like. We think we need to change everything at once, but the fact is this is not realistic and we find our willpower depleted after a few weeks and give up.
Meditation brings in many different benefits that you do want to know a lot about. You do need to practice a lot but after you do you gain benefits that few activities can bring in. Meditation is not appreciated for the right reasons these days. Unfortunately, most people out there end up faced with a problem because they end up quitting. Hopefully, by highlight the advantages of soul guided meditations below, you will stick to it and you do all that you can in order to eventually succeed.
If you werer going to take an exam, would you prefer a room with workers using jackhammers outside the window, or one that is quiet? Or, if you were writing an essay would you do your best work at the library, or in a disco with strobe lights flashing and loud music? There are certainly some people who would say they prefer to work with some external chaos, but most people find focus easier in a quiet environment.
Meditating is really easy for some people but it is quite difficult for most individuals that try it. When you use free guided meditation, you have to open yourself in a way that is not at all easy. You can be faced with problems like the ones mentioned below. Understanding them is the first step towards overcoming them.Too Many Thoughts Pop Up
As the scientific evidence of meditation continues to add up, it appears that this ancient practice is like an exercise for the brain, and has been shown to help with the maintenance of mental health, and improve memory processes, sense of self, and empathy. In a way, it is similar to physical exercise, which improves cardiovascular health, resilience, muscle strength, and blood pressure. There have been many studies published on the benefits of meditation on mental health. Let’s look at a few of the results that these studies found.
Yoga studios tend to have a certain look. Part of this has to do with the practical needs of doing yoga. For example, a carpeted floor tends to hold more dust, and is less desireable for a practice where your face is regularly close to the floor. Part has to do with the rather long and highly fluid history of the practice of yoga.
I consider myself pretty open minded I'll try anything at least once. But Yoga isn't it for girls? Sitting around in your lycra hot pants chanting like gibbons. That's what I used to think until my eyes were opened.I work with many healthcare professionals and I've been introduced to many wonderous alternative and complimentary therapies such as homeopathy.But yoga I knew very little about ashamingly. So a bit of a back story and I may go off on a tangent here but I need to do so to explain my story and experience fully so bare with me.