So i have started reading this new book that was recommended to me called Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy. Now i had never heard of Brian Tracy so did not know of his work or his fame in this area. So i took the recommendation and ordered it on Chapters, collected my book last night and today on my lunch began the journey into some more knowledge on self discovery and reaching my ‘Maximum Achievment’ .
As i am moving to Edmonton soon with my other half and i am happily finishing up the job i have worked the last two years in (like a DRONE) i might add i have been really gaining my inner power to really try and reach my maximum and not let myself be limited by my own doing or others doing for that matter, which i feel i have let myself do for the last 2 years in this job, i have squashed my intelligence, creativity and power…but NO MORE!
So i wanted to share with you some of the already inspiring words that i have gotten from this book and i am not even 20 pages in……Needless to say i am more than excited to keep reading…
Peace of mind is central to your very existence. It is the basic precondition for enjoying everything else.
I learned that if i didn’t commit to achieving my own happiness, no one else would. If my aim in life was only to make others happy, i would always be at the mercy of the feelings of others, whoever they might be.
If you achieve all kinds of things in the material world but lose your health and piece of mind, you get little or no pleasure from your other accomplishments.
How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh alot when they’re together.
This is an interesting Article above on How meditation can help you lose weight.
I have since 2013 started really given my focus to meditating when i can or asking myself to do it for its wonderful benefits, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.
In this article Deanna explains how quieting the mind and focusing on the now can bring about a new awareness to your body and how you see it and also to the way in which you eat as you make different food choices when you are less stressed or anxious. We also eat our food differently when we are relaxed which helps with bloating and nutrient absorption. I have seen the positive effects meditation can have on my food choices, i find i choose the healthier option and as i am more aware and present i notice when i am full and tend not to over-eat, also the actual food taste’s better.
Sometimes meditation comes easily and sometimes it takes a little longer to get your mind to focus and be still, either way make no judgment, it is for yourself only and neither meditation is wrong. And you find your own way of meditating, its doesn’t have to be the conventional way…
This is funny and interesting….What yoga teachers find most irritating in class…The underwear, breathing and people making loud bangs, i find personally irritating… i know we should all practice non-judgment and mindfulness but we are human and there will be things naturally in life that irritate us momentarily…..just remember to let them go eventually.. 😀
Namaste…..as i bend forward to show my cookie monster granny pants…(this has actually happened to me..). 😛
This is my new blog with a few of my favourite things….I did originally have a blog with just my Health and Fitness advice/interests/articles but i thought seeing as i have a compulsion to constantly look up yummy receipe’s (good and bad) and constantly on the look out for awesome crafty idea’s for home/gifts/storage/food etc i thought why not just put it all in ONE place….and even if no-one reads it, at least i will ;D ..
I hope you find some of my idea’s/advice interesting and useful…
I wanted to address this for awhile, what the difference is between Yoga and Pilates first of all and secondly what one suits you.
Yoga: Yoga is the general name for a number of different yoga disciplines and practices which derived from the religions and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. The most common and practiced form of yoga ‘Hatha Yoga’ is a discipline and concentration of the mind focusing on health and purity of the body and mind as one through meditation and various yoga positions.
Now there are as I said various different types of yoga:
Hatha– A lot of breath work, good for beginners of yoga or those that are experiencing and want to alleviate anxiety, stress, depression, muscle tightness/soreness, poor circulation, poor sleeping or just want to feel great in general.
Vinyasa– More movement than Hatha and you will work the body a little more intensely but still in keeping with the same root principles of hatha yoga.
Kundalini– Focused more on the lower regions of the body, getting into your root energy, more core and upper thigh work.
Ashtangaor Power Yoga – requires constant movement and is a little more demanding physically so more geared to those that have been practicing yoga awhile and are physically fit to hold muscle demanding poses.
Iyengar – Using more props, blocks..straps…cushions etc this is geared more towards healing ailments of the body through yoga poses.
Anusara – Focused more on Heart poses, so focusing students on using the poses to see healing light inside themselves and bring out your potential. Good for those new to yoga.
Restorative– This is great for those that need to wind down after a hard day. It is focused on using the breath and meditation to relax the body and mind and bring them back to balance, very relaxed class, excellent for cleansing the mind of stress or anxiety.
Bikram or Hot Yoga – This is 26 yoga poses only that is practiced in a room at 40 degrees heat and 40% humidity. It is quite a disciplined class that requires a lot of concentration. It is a hard class at the start and physically demanding as you sweat A LOT. It is good for perfecting poses and burning calories (added benefit) but don’t over stretch in the false heat, you may do more damage. If you do try this class, NOTE: the feeling of nausea and fainting is normal because of the intensity with heat, so come out of the pose and lay on the floor until the feeling has passed and come up gently.
So whether you are at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, there are many different styles of yoga out there for everyone. Have fun with yoga, try some out and see what you like, just because everyone else in the class may look like pro’s or look like they adore the class doesn’t mean you have to be a natural or pro or feel the same way. Yoga is all about you in your mind and body and the connection between the two. I myself right now am practicing Hatha, Yin and Restorative and find them SOO beneficial for my mind and body. I have taken Bikram classes and found them beneficial but did not draw me back so I left it be.
Pilates: Pilates was developed by a gymnast named Joseph Pilates and is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center (tones abdominals while strengthening the back), and improving coordination and balance.
Unlike yoga there is not much types of Pilates but there are different levels, beginners, intermediate and advanced where the movements and exercises get more difficult and the adaptations become more intense and your practice becomes more skilled. Similar to yoga though Pilates concentrates on a particular breathing technique used to cleanse the body and use’s breathing to enhance the ability in a movement/exercise.
I hope the definition I have described of the two has dispelled some idea’s that these two are the ‘same’ or misconceived idea’s you may have had of them.
Yogalates or Yogilates: This is a combination of the two. It incorporates the mat work of Pilates but with the soothing breathing and relaxation poses of Hatha Yoga. It is a calming yet still challenging class that you if you enjoy both yoga and pilates want to incorporate it all in one class. Some hard core yogi’s may say that this is not a correct practice as you are breaking the chain of proper yoga concentration with pilates but I say to those people relax guys……people will find what they enjoy and works for them and should be allowed express it freely J.
Either way I think both of these practices are great for our bodies and minds and yoga exceptionally good for those that have hectic or stressful lives or those that suffer from any form of anxiety. So it is up to you which one you choose and suits you and your lifestyle.
NOTE: If anyone of you peeps in Dublin 15 are looking for a pilates instructor, my sister is a pilates teacher and has 2 classes a week. Message me for deets 🙂
So with the inspiration from a lovely friend of mine I am writing this piece too, as she said to me ‘write me something to inspire me Emma’… and she had also mentioned of an article she had read which I have also included should you fancy a gander.
So for inspiration and motivation I am going to centre on what Michelle Obama speaks about in this Women Health article (which is doing it for yourself, your time/me time) as my friend had said that with everything she reads or see’s this was one article in particular was one that stood out to her and made her really think about exercise in a different and positive way. So if you find that other methods of motivation to get your going havn’t worked for you then maybe this will.
So ladies (or gents), clear your mind…. And think about how you have come to this decision that you need to A) Improve your Health, B) Improve your physique C) Improve your eating or D) all of the previous. Now think about how you would look with that healthy glowing skin and body that you are envisioning for yourself. Now let me guess…a dark cloud is looming and all you are thinking is “NOO DIET..” “PAIN” … “EFFORT…” well snap out of it quickly!
Now, go back to that clear mind and that lovely image and start to think of this new task as a journey and time for YOU, so ME time, your time to improve YOURself, time to relax and get happy with the thought of taking an hour each day to work on your body and think about your health when eating.
We spend so much time thinking about others; work – 40+ hrs a week in most cases, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, kids, parents, friends, pets, bills…..basically a whole lot of other people beside’s ourselves. So why not instead try and see it this way:
We have few hours in the evening or week to ourselves, if you are dedicating some of that time to exercising or preparing healthy meals for yourself then enjoy them, try enjoying the exercise, instead of automatically hating it when you go to do it, thinking it’s a chore…we have enough of them to do so don’t let your “ME time” be a chore. Try new healthy receipe’s so it keeps it interesting and enjoyable, try exercise with a friend and enjoy the ME/WE time together. This is time when it’s all about you and your body, nobody else! There is almost of freedom and release in it. You don’t have to think about anyone else….but YOU!. Embrace it. You give so much to work and others and we give such little time to ourselves; well time for change.
Look at this excellent quote from the Dalai Lama…..its true aswell:
So come on , lets invest in our ME time and use it to make exercise and a healthy life enjoyable and a form of winding down and enjoying your body, then let the results will follow. Take deep breaths and enjoy the air filling your lungs…releasing stress, lift those weights and enjoy the feeling of strength and power in your muscles, work them and enjoy the feeling of being alive and being able to push your body, enjoy stretching and breath deep when you do. It’s very relaxing and the endorphins are addictive.
Our bodies naturally detoxify everyday as part of a normal body process. Detoxification is one of the body’s most basic automatic functions of eliminating and neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphand skin. Unfortunately in this day and age, with the pollution found in the air, water and food we eat, our bodies have a hard time keeping up. Our chemicalized diet with too much processed foods, vegetable oils and trans fats, non-organic foods, caffeine and alcohol radically changes our internal ecosystem.
Body systems and organs that were once capable of cleaning out unwanted substances are now completely over-loaded to the point where toxic material remains inside our tissues. Our bodies try to protect us from dangerous substances by setting it aside, surrounding it with mucous and fat so that it will not cause an imbalance or trigger an immune response (some people carry up to 15 extra pounds of mucous that harbors this waste).
Detoxification through special cleansing processes is the best way to assist your body’s natural self-cleaning system. It is especially important for immune-compromised diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and chronic fatigue. However, even if your diet is good, a spring cleanse can revitalize your system and rid your body of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites. Here are some simple detox tips to get you started…
4 Simple Detox Tips
1. Drink More Water
Too often we misinterpret thirst for hunger. Our signal for thirst may cause us to eat as we mistake it for hunger pains. Reach for water first and make sure you are well hydrated before eating any meal throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Where possible make sure to drink your water at least 30 minutes before eating as this will allow time for the water to properly penetrate the cells of your body and hydrate your stomach lining in preparation for proper digestion. I like to add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to my water or green it up with barley grass powder, wheatgrass powder, spirulina or chlorella.
2. Add A Green Juice To Your Day
Green juices are an amazing way to add life giving and detoxifying plant chlorophyll to your bloodstream. As Jason Vale says in ‘Hungry For Change’, “juicing is the ultimate fast food, it is a 15 minute nutrient express to health”. Some of my favorite and simple green juice recipes include:
Green Juice Recipe Ideas:
– Celery, lemon and pear (or apple)
– Celery, cucumber, lemon (leave the skin on) and pear (or apple)
– Celery, cucumber, kale, lemon and pear (or apple)
– Celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley and pear (or apple)
I also like to stir whatever green powders I have laying around the house into my juices to green them up even more! Again try barley grass, wheatgrass, spirulina or chlorella powders.
3. Add More Parsley and Cilantro (Coriander) To Your Diet
Parsley and cilantro (coriander) are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body. Add these amazing herbs to juices, salads, soups and meals.
Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe:
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium source) or macadamia nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine source)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium sources)
1 cup fresh cilantro (corriander)
1 cup parsley
2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C source)
Big pinch of sea salt and or dulse flakes to flavor
Soak the seeds and nuts over night to release the enzyme exhibitors. Process the parsley, cilantro (corriander) and olive oil in a blender until chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, salt / dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well also if needs be. Enjoy!
4. Breathe Deep Into Your Abdomen
Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Think of your lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system (which most of us will need in full steam after the holiday season). Practise 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. You can do this exercize watching the TV, walking the dog, during meditation or whilst practising yoga.
According to the ‘Tao of Breathing’ up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing less oxygen is available to our cells, it slows down the flow of blood which carries wastes from the kidneys and lungs. Our lymphatic system which fights off viral and bacterial invaders is weakened along with a slower digestive process.
Breathe long slow and deep in a mindful state as often as possible.