Friday, October 10, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
While practicing yoga, there is always somewhere to grow: to make a pose more challenging, breathe deeper, to stretch a bit further out of your comfort zone, and into a place of sweet discomfort. Yoga cultivates gentle growing pains as it exerts the muscles rarely utilized in other activities. The growth in your yoga practice can come in various ways. You might be able to hold a balancing pose much longer than the week before. You might try “Crow pose”—using your core and triceps to create a new stepping stone for your body. What is the worst that will happen? That you might fall down? Fall down seven times—back up eight!
Good Old Fashioned Breathing
In my experience, those rounds of deep breathing help me to let go of the outside world and to focus inward on my practice. Yoga is internal, mindful, and it all starts with one breath. Also, I find if I focus on breathing and letting that breath go, I can get further into a stretch on the exhale. Deep “ujjayi” breathing helps me release muscle tension and hopefully gain more suppleness, grace, and serenity. I am not very “Zen,” so I need to deliberately focus in order to “chill out” as my husband regularly recommends that I ought to do;).
Often we descend into the Chaturanga, the “yoga push up” pose with elbows pointed outward in a traditional chest-driven push up, which relies on our biceps. It’s fairly easy to gain bicep strength, right? If you keep your elbows in tight to the body, as though they are glued to your sides, you’ll quickly realize how the focus shifts to the triceps. More of a challenge? Yes. Easier? No. Worth it? Let your tank tops be the judge. While coming down from a yogic push up, stop prior to reaching the floor, (no belly flop), and then pull up into cobra. So, instead of flopping to the floor, then peeling ourselves up, we begin that pull up out of the pose before the pelvis descends to the mat.
Faith and fear can’t co-exist.
With yoga, the goals are to improve, stretch, grow, enhance balance and look within. Don’t we all need more of those goals in our lives? Grab a little piece of Zen, however possible. You deserve it.
Could you use a few ideas for healthy work lunches? Here are some to try! Check out purse-friendly snacks as well: I always throw a box of raisins, an energy bar or bites, or a piece of fresh fruit in my purse for a quick snack.
Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work That Are Anything But Boring
| Fit Bottomed Girls
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Did Someone Say Chocolate?
Want a quick, chocolatey bite that will give you some much needed protein and energy? Enjoy these before a workout, after a workout, and maybe just as an after-breakfast snack with your coffee. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone;).
Try these tasty morsels. Word to the wise: always soak the dates to make them soft. If there are pits, get them out of there! Don't make the mistake I did, forgetting to de-pit a date or two and hearing a sound like I tossed a shot glass into my food processor. Cringe. Soak the dates in warm water for about ten minutes, while you get your other ingredients ready.
Medjool dates can be pricey so don't be shy about choosing another dried date, chopped or whole, as a substitute.
Add-ins: I have tried chocolate protein powder in this recipe and I wouldn't recommend it. The protein powder affected the consistency. I would like to try shredded unsweetened coconut, maybe rolling these bite-size balls in the coconut. Semi-sweet chocolate morsels may work as an add-in as well but I have not tried that either. If you try variations on this treat, please share the outcome!
Prefer bars? You can press the mixture out into a pan and refrigerate, then cut into small bars. See how it goes. I have a link to The Lemon Bowl, where I found this great recipe:
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Five minute yoga--when you only have a few minutes!
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Clean Eating's Best Barbeque Sauce
Changes: I omitted onion powder and swapped in minced dried onion. I omitted Worcestershire sauce and red pepper flakes. Using red pepper would have caused :( faces at my table; we don't do spicy food too often.