Fitness Journey – Beginnings, Fears, and Success

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Don’t look at healthy lifestyle as a chore, make it a part of your life. Introduce small routines of what you already know to your everyday practices. Start small. Even a couple of minutes of stretching a day can make a big difference in how you’ll feel in your body and then also how your body will start to take shape. Even go for slow walks on a treadmill while watching your favorite show. Find things that you enjoy doing and combine them with those that would make your lifestyle healthier.

Think of things that motivate you.

What are the habits that don’t serve your healthy lifestyle and how can you reverse those? Nutrition and food take a major role in any healthy lifestyle. When it comes to it, it is important that you don’t restrict yourself from anything, but rather balance what you love with the foods that serve your goals and enhance your performance. Also, don’t overcomplicate things. My motto for success has always been “Keep things simple.” And it has proven to be right. Every. Single. Time.

Normally, the end of the year with all the holidays notes a setback in everyone’s nutrition. While I feel that my major setback is actually summer. With all the mouthwatering fruits, endless hours of me relaxing in the shade by the beach with a salty and pine-y perfume in the air and fig trees literally on every other footstep that enhances the appetite. It is the toughest time for me not to gain some weight. But placing yourself back to work and keeping steady routines through it all helps carry the healthy lifestyle even though the downtime when you don’t seem to move a muscle at other activities but swimming. Though swimming is one of the greatest forms of exercise just because your body is capable of moving freely in all directions with no impact. Just as a side note.

One other thing that will help you achieve your goals is to make them as specific as you possibly can. Don’t say just “Get fit.” Rather, make a plan out of it, and a list of actions you’re going you’re going to take to get there. Set specific times during each week to dedicate to working out and caressing your body.

And I’m back to nutrition.

Dedicate a certain span of your weekend (or another day) to preparing your food. There are plenty of things that can be done in advance or fresh produce that can be precut. You can make healthy dips like hummus or tzatziki to pair with your choice of protein. Cooking is easy and it can be a lot of fun when you have a good plan in action.

Plus, here’s my number one tip when grocery shopping. Keep yourself in the aisles on the sides. It’s where the fresh produce and unrefined goods are kept. Those will leave your belly feeling best, the lightest, they will give your body plenty of nutrients to work with and will ensure all minerals it needs for a healthy functioning. So, when you do put on your fanciest athleisure and head to the gym next time, you’ll be crushing your workout, too.

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Harmonize Your Yoga Practice with Pristine Musical Ambiance: Five Playlists to Try

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Yoga has the power to touch our lives in such a profound way. Unsurprisingly, music is the same. When combined, a yoga practice supported by a moving background playlist can bring your experience to another level. The right music and sounds can make that challenging pose just a little easier, motivate us to execute a flow sequence with stamina and grace, and ease us into deeper relaxation and meditation.

However, finding the right music may be trickier than you think. A band you may love to see in concert might not necessarily be right for your yoga practice. Appropriate music should embrace and heighten your connection to mind, body, and spirit; it should not distract you from a pose or a flow sequence or get you caught up in lyrics. If you’re struggling to find the right music for your practice, here are five playlists that might supply what you need:

Tibetan Monks

Featuring subtle rhythmic chanting, humming sounds, awakening chimes, singing bowls, and deep bellows, the music created by Tibetan monks has been used for many years to assist in the relaxation of body and mind. Traditionally used by Tibetan Buddhists to prepare themselves for meditation, this style of music has been adopted by yogis everywhere as a soothing background for yoga practice.

~Try searching: Tibetan monk, Tibetan meditation, and singing bowls~

Sounds of the Natural World

Another option used to cue relaxation during yoga offers sounds of the natural world. Often paired with light piano music, these soundtracks commonly incorporate ocean waves, dolphins, seagulls, crickets, rainstorms, and rustling leaves. Give it a try and embrace the interconnectedness of all creatures.

~Try searching: rainforest sounds, wildlife music, and ocean sounds~

Mystical Noise and Outer Space

Some yogis who are easily distracted by traditional music or wildlife sounds opt for more mystical playlists. Featuring an eclectic blend of keyboards and inexplicable melodic noise, mystical soundtracks are reminiscent of deep space and often have a recurring note or subtle melody. Try it out during your next session and see if it helps you channel your inner universe explorer.

~Try searching: mystical music, universe, outer space, and ambient sounds~

Casual House Music and Lounge

While some yogis may be initially puzzled by this suggestion, this is actually a common choice for power flow yoga classes and any class that features quick and continuous flow sequences. This is because the consistent beat of these tracks is often emphasized, making it easier to match moving transitions to the beat and retain a rhythm for sequences. Try to avoid playlists that feature a lot of remixes with heavy lyrics, as words can sometimes distract.

~Try searching: casual house, lounge music, majestic house, and deep house~


Surprise! Try a silent yoga practice to help concentrate on your breathing and the internal rhythm of your own heartbeat. Throwing in a silent practice every once in a while, is also beneficial for heightening your awareness and appreciation of other music-based practices.

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What To Think About When Buying Yoga Clothes

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Yoga is your time to relax and move and your choices in clothing should be practical and reflect your practice. Wearing clothes that are uncomfortable, that don’t give you the support you need, or slide around while you’re doing yoga can be annoying and distracting. To avoid this, there are a few factors that you need to keep in mind when buying your clothes for yoga.


When buying yoga clothes, you must be able to breathe. This means clothes that stretch and are made of fabrics that let out heat. This is particularly important when you are in the middle of an intensive yoga session, such as Bikram or a combination yoga and dance class.

This means finding yoga clothes that are made from a light, durable fabric that feels good for you. Yoga is about being comfortable in your body and your practice, and your clothing choices should respect that.


Fashion Choices

All you really need for yoga is a top and pants. That sounds simple, but it gets complicated fast. You must be comfortable in your yoga clothes, so that means choosing a fit that takes into consideration your size, body shape, and your comfort with exposing skin. If you choose a tiny, tightly fitted outfit and you aren’t perfectly confident in it, there’s no way you will be confident while doing downward dog.

Yoga poses can twist you into a variety of positions. For this reason, clothes should not be baggy, or they could fall off during one of the moves! Choose clothes that are closely fitted, but not so tight that they limit your range of motion.

There is a bewildering range of yoga clothes out there, from little crop tops and short pants to long, flowing outfits that cover you from neck to shin. There is no hard and fast rule for what you should wear during class. It’s completely up to you to decide what you are comfortable wearing and what best fits with the type of yoga you practice.


What Goes Underneath Your Clothes

The final issues when it comes to women’s clothing for yoga is support. Like with any other exercise, you will need to wear a sports bra for comfort and to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. A sports bra will also create separation between the breasts, which increases air flow and reduces the risk of chaffing or rashes.

Most types of yoga are not high impact, so you do not have to wear a heavy-duty bra. As with most clothing choices in yoga, the key factors are your comfort level and ability to move easily, so choose with this criteria in mind.

Yoga is a gentle form of exercise, meant to encourage comfort and relaxation in those who practice it. Clothing choices during yoga must follow the same principles, to be comfortable and supportive while still being appropriate for the types of movement you will perform. Choosing clothes for yoga can seem difficult, but really, it’s based on the preferences of the individual, combined with the demands of the type of yoga they enjoy. So, carefully choose your clothing based on your needs, not anyone else’s.


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Detox with Yoga Twist Poses

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Sometimes, we just need to cleanse, reboot and detoxify both physically and mentally. Yoga twist poses can help. The best times to detox are during the beginning of the year, spring, on the new moon, or the waning moon phase. Yoga twist poses are excellent at aiding a detox. You can even do these at the end of the night to clear away any excess toxin build up from the day.

Twists move the shoulders to face in an opposing direction of the hips. Prepare for these poses by building heat in the body, a concept called tapas in yoga. Tapas relates to self-discipline, which seems to be an appropriate quality to cultivate when limiting and cleansing toxins from your body.

Yoga sequences that enlist core strength are great ways to build tapas to prep for detoxing poses. This might look like rounds of sun salutation A and B, plank sequences, and boat sequences. Warming up the body also protects you from harming the spine, since twists manipulate this area of the body

To build heat, yoga twists work by aiding and stimulating your digestive organs and increasing detoxification systems. In a twist, you compress your digestive organs, which causes a lack of circulation. Upon releasing the twist, fresh blood rushes into your digestive organs. This fresh blood increases your body’s oxygen and nutrients. Twisting will:

1. Increase blood flow to the digestive organs, thus increasing their ability to function.

2. Cleanse the cells of any built up waste because with increased circulation comes increased cellular detoxification.

3. Move stagnated impurities through your digestive tract.

4. Push out gas and help you eliminate waste.

Never force any of these twists. Listen to your body and only go further into the pose on an exhale. You should never feel any sharp pain, if you do, release the twist.

Chair Twist

Start in chair pose. Inhale, and turn on the exhale. Use your core to turn instead of your chest muscles to avoid pulling a chest muscle! Repeat on both sides.

This pose stimulates: liver, spleen, and digestive system

Improves: the elimination process

One of your hips will try to come forward but square it back in line with the front of the room. Your knees should also be in the same line.

Crescent Twist

Start in crescent pose: lunge with arms above you, palms facing each other. Bring hands to prayer position as you twist to rest the forearm against the opposite outer thigh. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute Repeat on both sides.

Benefits: deeper circulation in the legs, flushes out the blood and lymph system

Wide-legged Forward Fold with Twist

Start with hands on hips in mountain pose. Jump or walk legs out to a wide stance. Slowly bend torso forward and place hands on the floor. Press your left hand into the ground while reaching the right hand upwards.

Keep your hips square and let the twist happen in the upper shoulder area.

Breathe deeply and hold for 5 breaths. Go deeper in the twist on the exhale. Look at your right thumb and hold for up to a minute. Repeat on the other side.


I hope these yoga twists help you detox and spring into a health and wellbeing. We all need a reboot sometimes and yoga is often the easiest and safest way to accomplish just that!


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