Mindfulness For People Who Think They Can't Meditate

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For much of my life, I battled an internal engine that churned a steady stream of negative thoughts. I looked for relief in every way imaginable and often read that meditation held a powerful key to my true happiness. But every time I sat in lotus position and tried to clear my mind of thoughts Continue reading Mindfulness For People Who Think They Can’t Meditate

7 Unspoken Rules of Yoga Etiquette

Article by Keri Gans | Found on US News

Yoga is supposed to help still your mind from all its chatter, but have you ever felt that a class did anything but that? Sometimes little things happen before, during or after class that can literally throw your zen out the window. To help make your class a little more peaceful for all, here are some suggestions for yoga ettiquette I’ve picked up as a longtime yoga practitioner and newer certified teacher:

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The Lifelong Benefits of Exercise

Feel younger, live longer. It’s no slogan — these are actual benefits of regular exercise. People with high levels of physical fitness are at lower risk of dying from a variety of causes, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Physical Fitness: What the Benefits of Exercise Mean for You

There’s more good news. Research also shows that exercise enhances sleep, prevents weight gain, and reduces the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, […]

How Physical Exercise Prevents Dementia

Article Found on ScienceDaily

Numerous studies have shown that physical exercise seems beneficial in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in old age. Now researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have explored in one of the first studies worldwide how exercise affects brain metabolism.

In order to further advance current state of knowledge on the positive influence of physical activity on the brain, gerontologists and sports physicians at Goethe University Frankfurt have examined the effects of regular exercise on brain metabolism and memory of 60 participants aged between 65 and 85 in a randomised controlled trial. Their conclusion: […]

Bored Of Your Workout? 5 Reasons To Give Pilates Another Shot

Article by Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio | Found on MindBodyGreen

As a young athlete, I’d been taught to constantly push my body during practice. Fatigue and pain were signs of failure and not that my body might be screaming for rest and recovery. I wrapped my aches and pains in copious amounts of athletic tape and pressed on.

One day, I purchased a Pilates VHS tape from a local discount store on a whim (we’re talking mid 90s here). In contrast to the rigorous pounding and repetitious workouts my body endured as a gymnast, training with my Pilates video was surprisingly refreshing […]

How to Do a Plank 5 Different Ways [VIDEO]

Article By K. Aleisha Fetter | Featured on Fitness Magazine

Planks are what strong bodies are made of. They hit all your major ab muscles—especially the deep underlying ones that are responsible for improved exercise performance. Not to mention your back, shoulders, and butt. (Yes, really.)

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Where Pilates and Physical Therapy Meet

An Interview with Dr. Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates

By Marguerite Ogle | Featured on Very Well

Typically, when we think of physical rehabilitation we think of physical therapy. However, with the exceptional rise in the popularity of Pilates over the past ten years, awareness of its rehabilitative effects has increased. Doctors recommend Pilates to their clients with foot, knee, back, shoulder, neck pain and more. Physical therapists are integrating Pilates equipment and exercises into their practices, and many are trained as Pilates instructors as well.

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19 Signs You’ve Finally Reached Optimal Health

Article by William Cole, D.C.. | Article Found on MindBodyGreen

One of the first questions I ask new patients is “How would you rate your health?” It’s a good ice breaker because it gets right to the core of their relationship with their body. The most common answer is: “I’m in good health, doc!” But when I look at their list of medications and health issues—the ones that made them want to set up an appointment with me in the first place—I see that they are hardly in “good health,” much less optimal.

What they usually mean is that they […]

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Yoga Practice

Article by Sasha Nelson | Found on MindBodyGreen

Although the practice and general knowledge regarding the importance of yoga are spreading like wildfire through the West, it’s important to have a strong knowledge of what you’re actually doing in order to get the most out of your yoga practice. Yes, yoga is scientifically proven to decrease stress and improve overall well-being—a trait that does not go unnoticed, per the current explosion of mindfulness practices across the United States—but it’s not just because each vinyasa flow class makes us feel like a superhero. In fact, the physical practice of yoga is only one small part of it. 

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Can Coffee Make Your Workout Easier?

Article by Alice Park | Found on Health.com

The more tired you feel, the harder exercise can be. That’s why coaches of elite athletes have long known that a shot of caffeine before a training session or competition can improve performance by making it easier to exercise more vigorously with less pain and fatigue.

But for an average Joe, does drinking java really give your workout an edge? While the science isn’t solid yet on caffeine’s role as a training aid, the research so far is encouraging.

Caffeine’s main effect on the body is to increase alertness […]