Category Archives: Yoga + Fitness

Happy, Healthy Father’s Day!

Wishing a very happy, healthy Father’s Day to all the dads in the crowd, and to everyone celebrating the wonderful dads in their lives! Keeping dads healthy is a special mission of ours, since we both lost our dads to preventable chronic disease way too early.

One thing we really admire about the men who have cleansed with us, is that once they decide to feel better, they don’t procrastinate or dwell on what they must forego (with the one possible exception of beer). They jump right in with both feet and usually have fast, impressive results! Even the guys who are just eating the cleansing meals their wives prepare lose 15 lbs, stop snoring, and feel fantastic! It makes us so happy… and also a little jealous.

The Preventable Silent Epidemic Affecting Dads Everywhere

You guys carry a lot of weight on your shoulders, and as a result, are often under pretty significant stress. Stress isn’t some benign, slightly unpleasant feeling that wakes you up sometimes or gives you acid reflux. It is a biochemical dynamic that can impact everything about your health – your blood pressure, blood lipids, blood sugar, hormone levels, digestion, nervous system, etc – and can predispose you to a cornucopia of chronic disease. According to WebMD, 75 to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. It is a significant factor in five out of the six most common chronic diseases, including top killers cancer and cardiovascular disease.

This is HUGE! Imagine if we got on top of that? How much suffering we could avoid, how much happier we could be, and how much money we could save? Turns out, the US could save an estimated $1 trillion in medical related expenses if we simply reduced our stress.

Many years ago, when my stressed dad’s blood pressure started going up, he said he’d make dietary changes, but drew a hard line at meditating. Back then, meditation was a little too “out there”. Thankfully, now it has widespread societal and medical acceptance as a very effective strategy for stress reduction.

But the current problem is that most people aren’t prioritizing it even though they know it could help. They’re just too busy. As the saying goes, “You should meditate for 20 minutes every day. If you’re too busy, you should meditate for an hour each day.” And as any experienced meditator can tell you, meditation practice actually saves you time because your brain is more organized, focused, and creative.

Think of it as strength training for you brain – it helps you to quiet all those stressful thoughts that end up wreaking havoc on your body. If you traded one hour of your physical workouts for a few meditation “workouts” each week, you’d benefit more.

We hope we’re not stressing you out about stressing! Our intention is to inspire you to take it seriously and motivate you to take action. Some tools we recommend include:

  • The life changing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program.
  • Online 21 Day Meditation Experiences by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. These are offered free a few times a year (get on their list!) and you can purchase them as well. We especially liked “Hope in Uncertain Times” and “Making Every Moment Matter”.
  • Headspace
  • Yoga classes near you (a meditative practice with many benefits for body and mind).
  • Taking breath breaks – a few times each day, taking a break to breathe deeply. Our YouTube channel has several breath videos. Full yogic breath is the basic one you can do anywhere, while the Alternate Nostril Breath is especially stress relieving. It’s like a horse tranquilizer!
Take that “jump in with both feet” attitude and just do it! Your kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids will be so happy you did!

 

Image credit: Ben Minor

3 Easy Fixes to Make your Resolutions Stick

#1 Surround yourself with the right people.

Science tells us that we are most like the people we spend most of our time with, in terms of health, weight, and even wealth. We influence each other in so many subtle and not so subtle ways.

Joining a community of people going in the direction you want to go increases your chances of success and fun!

In our cleanse – BAM! – instant community with people who are moving in the direction you want to go. You’ve got us, and we’ve got your back. Our cleansers also support each other, at events, online on the private Facebook page, and on our connection calls. Long lasting connections and supportive friendships get formed!

#2 Change your habits.

Habits can propel us to success or doom us to failure. It simply comes down to consciously creating good habits.

It’s not even hard! All you need to do is repeat the behavior you want to cultivate for a period of time, and voila – you’ve got yourself a new empowering habit!

In our cleanse, we walk beside you every single day for 4 weeks, encouraging, reminding, and inspiring you to create these long lasting, healthy habits for yourself. This is why our cleansers usually continue moving in the direction they want, even after the cleanse is over.

To illustrate the power of habit, check out this poem…

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men.
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.
Plus, the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am a HABIT!

#3 Address your subconscious beliefs.

Does this sound familiar?

“I do everything I’m supposed to do for a couple weeks, and then for no reason whatsoever, I revert back to my old ways, and sometimes even worse than before.”

If I had a dime for every time someone said that to me, I’d definitely be rich… or have at least $25.

It’s a very common theme. The root of it is one of the biggest reasons diets, resolutions, relationships, and even businesses fail. It is simply because our subconscious beliefs about ourselves and the world sabotage our conscious efforts.

The subconscious mind drives about 95% of our behavior. A woman who sees herself as overweight and unhealthy will always struggle with reaching and staying at her ideal weight. Someone who doesn’t feel worthy of love will always find a way to push it away. We need to get to the root of the beliefs in the deeper layers of our minds before we can make any easy and lasting changes. Everything else, although helpful, will be temporary fixes.

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

Fortunately, there are tools to help us get at the subconscious beliefs – meditation, mindfulness, EFT, positive affirmations, and more. It’s like upgrading your operating system!

In our life changing cleanse, we help you to not only cleanse out toxins, excess weight, and water retention, but also limiting beliefs about what you are capable of. We begin January 7th with the mindfulness week. Join us!

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You’ll Love This Meditation Series!

Two incredibly wise teachers have teamed up to create free, online 21-Day meditation experiences. Each day for 21 days, there is a new meditation for you that you access online or through their free app. Each meditation is less than 20 minutes. In each meditation, both Oprah and Deepak Chopra talk for a few minutes about a concept or experience before we meditate. This is probably my favorite part of the program. The content is so inspiring, rich, and calming. No matter what struggles I’m navigating, their words never fail to make me feel like “everything is already alright”. After their intros, Deepak gives us a mantra meditation. We repeat the mantra silently for maybe 10 minutes… and then you’re feeling focused and uplifted!

I loved the Hope in Uncertain Times program so much that I bought it, and have done it several times since then. I will return to it often in the future.

Their next meditation program begins on October 30, 2017. Click here to sign up! If you’re reading this after the program has begun, get on their mailing list or like them on Facebook so you’re notified of the next program. It seems they run them a few times a year.

Om Shanti

Breath Techniques for Energy, Calm, and Clarity

There is an ancient proverb that says, “He who half breathes, half lives.” One of my yoga students took the concept a little further and said, “He who doesn’t breathe, doesn’t live.” While we obviously need to keep that in mind (lol), the main problem is that most of us are shallow breathers. Breathing rapidly into the top part of your lungs is a result of stress and also creates more stress hormones in a negative feedback loop. As we know, stress is damaging to the body, drains our energy, and steals our joy. To feel relaxed and energized, as much as you can, breath deeply and fully, right down into your belly. You know, like you did when you were a baby. Babies are little yogis who can teach us a thing or two!

There are also numerous breath exercises that help bring about peace, calm, energy, clarity of mind, and more. If there is a state you want to achieve, there is a breath technique that will help get you there. Below are links to a few of our most common yogic breath exercises with a summary of the benefits, the “how to”, and a minute or two of practice. A daily breathing practice will help keep you relaxed, your energy stable, and your mind clear. You can also use these in times of need, when you need an infusion of energy, clarity, or calm.

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The Master Resolution

This New Year, are you looking to transform some aspect of yourself? Most of us are! Did you have the same intention in years past? Most of us did! With all this fresh motivation, “New Year, New You” effort, why do we find ourselves climbing the same mountain year after year?

There are endless theories that have shed light on our predicament, but they haven’t necessarily helped us overcome our challenges. We’ve still got these same 10 lbs, the afternoon Venti double shot high octane sugar bomb addiction, binge watching, couch potato habits.

Maybe it’s high time to stop looking for the newest trend in self help, and instead embrace the oldest trend in self help… meditation.

Meditation isn’t just for hippies anymore. It’s gone mainstream, big time. And for good reason… it works! Meditation is the foundation of all self help. Looking through hundreds of books in the self help section, the common denominator is self awareness, creating mindful space between trigger-reaction, reducing stress, cultivating self control, simplifying… Meditation addresses all of these. One practice, so many benefits! Plus it’s free, you can do it anywhere, it’s simple, and anyone can do it.

This time of year (and again in a few months) everyone is hyper focused on weight loss. Can meditation help you lose weight? Yes, because extra weight is a symptom of a thought pattern. Meditation sheds light on the thoughts and transforms them into more empowering versions. The cause of overeating dissolves, and eating more moderately becomes natural. Of course, the benefits extend way beyond anything about weight or appearance. By products of mediation include becoming more patient, understanding, insightful, creative, happy, peaceful, and more.

Let’s do this! Here’s the resolution underlying all resolution… Every day, make the commitment to yourself to sit down and meditate. Make your starting point so small, that your subconscious won’t derail you. On the first day, just sit down for a minute with a straight back and closed eyes. The second day, increase the time a bit, if that feels right. Just get into the habit of sitting, let the time frame build slowly up to around 20 minutes. During meditation, you can simply watch your thoughts, find the space between thoughts, observe your breath or ambient sounds, or maybe silently repeat a mantra. There is a meditation technique for everyone.

For more guidance, check out these excellent resources:

Wishing you all the peace and happiness in the new year!

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Benefits of Yoga: Digest and Repair

Woman doing stretching exercise on yoga mat. Fitness female performing yoga on exercise mat at gym. Child Pose Balasana.

In our stressed out society, many of us are in a constant “fight or flight” mode, due to psychological stress and habitual shallow breathing. This causes our sympathetic nervous system to direct the blood where it’s needed to quickly escape or fight an imminent physical threat– our muscles, brain, and eyes. Therefore, blood flow is directed away from digestion, immunity, skin, and repair. Is it any wonder that stress causes digestive problems, rapid aging, and predisposes us to disease?

Yoga to the rescue! The physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and psychological approach stimulate the parasympathetic response, which is rest, digest, and repair mode. And you thought you were just getting more flexible! Yoga practice can help us to feel better in every way, live better, and even age better.

There are numerous styles of yoga, from relaxing and restorative to vigorous and athletic. Explore the classes in your area – you can definitely find one that meets your needs (which of course may change over time).

Namaste!

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Get Fit Quick: The Workout for Busy People

Not to be confused with “get rich quick” schemes, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is no scheme. It’s a highly effective, proven approach for building lean body mass, boosting metabolism, improving insulin sensitivity, and increasing fitness and performance. Since you can whittle down your workout from a long, boring 60 minutes to a quick but intense 20 minute workout, it’s the best option for time crunched people, but also a great adjunct for anyone interested in fitness and health.

There are many variations to HIIT, but the basic format is:

  • 3 – 5 minute warmup of your choice
  • 30 seconds of intense movement (ex: sprinting)
  • 90 seconds of lower intensity movement (ex: relaxed jog)
  • Repeat the 30:90 sequence 8 – 10 times
  • 3 – 5 minute cool down of your choice

You can do this sequence with walking/running, cycling, swimming, running stairs, elliptical, and even jump roping. Also, you determine the level of intensity that works for you. And, there’s no pressure to do this every day. In fact, it is best to limit HIIT to no more than three times per week. On the off days, you can do your longer cardio workouts, weight train, and/or practice yoga.

HIIT workouts will be intense, but just for a short period, and you get to recover completely before starting the intense phase again. So you’re not huffing and puffing through a long, grueling workout. Because the recovery is built right in, you actually finish this workout feeling refreshed and with more energy!

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