It Came from the Attic

I’ve always been afraid to go in the attic in my home. It’s dark up there, and just about anything could be up there. One day I heard some thumping coming from the attic. I ignored it, but the thumping became louder, and moved across the attic. I knew something had gotten inside the attic. I turned on my Blazeray flashlight, pulled out the ladder and started to climb. As I placed my foot on each rung, goosebumps popped up all over my body. I opened the attic door and climbed inside. At this point, there was no turning back.

I walked slowly in the attic, hoping that nothing would be there but some old junk. (more…)

Yoga Teacher Training The Best Way To Transform Yourself

Yoga Teacher Training The Best Way To Transform YourselfEveryone is aware of the advantages of performing yoga on a regular basis. This is an ancient science that contains various asana & pranayama. These are basically different forms of exercises that help in boosting the immunity level of an individual. The lifestyle of an individual has seen a drastic metamorphosis. This has given the chance to different lifestyle diseases to crop up which are eventually deteriorating the health standards of an individual. Yoga is considered as a wonderful healing practice that can easily help in overcoming the health related issues. The most common disease of the present time is stress. It is considered as the deadliest disease as it gives rise to various other diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, mental trauma, etc.

Practicing yoga asana & pranayama on a regular basis can easily combat these diseases. These are basically the healing exercises that help in the purification of the body. The asana are the physical exercises. They help in providing stretch and flexibility to the body. These exercises eventually result in

Benefits of Joining the Zumba Craze

ZUMBAAerobic dance originated in the late 1960s as people discovered the energizing fun they could have while moving vigorously to music. About 30 years later, a fitness instructor accidentally set the stage for Zumba when he forgot to bring a music tape to an exercise class. Forced to improvise, he played Latin dance music and led students through Salsa steps at a brisk pace.

Aerobic Exercise

Moving to the upbeat music in a Zumba class is exceptionally easy, thanks to the fun tempos and the invigorating music. While participating in these types of movements, people receive beneficial cardiovascular exercise. It’s common for participants to burn between 600 and 1,000 calories in a single session. Once you begin burning these calories, your body could shift into high gear with a faster metabolism. This could enable you to burn calories at a higher rate even when you aren’t exercising.


Beginners can adapt this type of dance class to be easier. People with experience can easily increase the intensity to create a challenging workout that builds muscle and burns calories. Students can expend

Did You Know You Already Have A Six Pack

Did you know you already have a six pack?

Did You Know You Already Have A Six PackYou already have a six pack.. You just can’t see it!

Your abs are a group of muscles called the rectus abdominus, which are the six muscles that cover the stomach.

Apparently, we’re all born with a six pack and it already exists. Believe it or not, you have a flat stomach right now. It’s just that you can’t see it because it’s covered and concealed under the few or many layers of fat on your body. If you really want to see the lean stomach and expose those deep cuts, you’ve got to burn off the fat sitting on top of it.

Now you might think that 1,000 crunches a day is the key to burning that fat off. Well, it’s NOT! There’s NO such thing as spot reduction! You can’t crunch off the fat covering your abs. So while crunches will certainly train your abs muscles, they will do nothing to the fat sitting on top of those muscles.

The question now is… just how you

Who Are the Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedurethat eliminates surplus skin and some fat, as well as helping repair injured or weakened abdominal muscles, which together create a smooth and stronger lower torso profile.

In western culture (and increasingly eastern as they grow more westernized), there is a growing epidemic of obesity-related health issues. Many people are working very hard to lose the pounds they need to in order to be healthier and look better. When they do reach their goals, or when age or injury causes infirm and unsightly flesh on and around the stomach area, many turn to their plastic surgeon seeking information on getting a Tummy Tuck. Most experts agree that an abdominoplasty should be the last resort in trying to cope with lower body issues.

Even the most common and simple surgery carries with it some level of risk, both physical and emotional. For that reason, doctors who perform the procedure insist on pre-surgery consultations for the patient with themselves and other members of the team, who examine the patient’s readiness to receive an abdominoplasty. For the doctor, there are a few issues that are the main focus of whether a patient

Yoga Shows Promising Results For Prostate Cancer

It is true that prostate cancer is treatable but men understand that going through treatment have a long road of chemotherapy, radiation as well as the possibility of going through surgery. In addition, side effects can still occur, which can be very discouraging. Some of the common side effects are fatigue, urinary incontinence, as well as sexual dysfunction. All this greatly affects the quality of life of the person who is bearing the sickness, and that is the reason why healthcare providers are always seeking ways to make the side effects to cancer treatment to be more tolerable. There is a solution to this and that is yoga. Yoga in many cases has be proven to more effective in almost all aspect of cancer treatments.

A lot of studies have been conducted which shows that a regular yoga practice could ease the common side effects of radiation and improve the everyday aspects of living with cancer. Yoga offers a lot of benefits to our health and general wellbeing. This is why people are encouraged to key into the practice and do it as often as possible. Research that was conducted for some men with cancer shows

The Importance Of Practicing Yoga Daily

I have come across little children say words like “if you want to be a runner, all it takes is for you to run; and if you want to be a weightlifter, all that is required of you is to lift weights. If you relate this to yoga, if you want to be a yogi, all that is required of you is to practice regularly.

Many students often go to their yoga classes with enthusiasm. They have already invested a lot of money to acquire a yoga mat as well as other yoga attire. After signing up and declaring themselves that they now do yoga, there is this excitement that pushes you to ride on immediately. Immediately students start practicing, they begin to come face to face with their ego, fears, frustrations, as well as anger, as they cannot touch their nose to knees. Since the body as been conditioned to a state of numbness for long, it will surely respond with some unusual pains as some of the underused muscles are called upon to do the job they have long leveled on the joints.

At this point, many students stop coming to class and

Best Tips For You To Get Prepared For The Teaching Of Your Life

Once you’ve made the decision to become a yoga instructor, you may wonder: How do you become a yoga instructor with the skills you have now? You may feel that you are prepared, but there are several steps to take before you involve yourself in the process.

You’ll be competing with potential instructors as the yoga movement continues to grow, so take a step back for a moment and go through these five tips before starting your journey.

1. Approach Knowledgeable Teachers

Seek assistance from those who have gone before you. Ask the question: “How do you become a yoga instructor?” Your instructor or other instructors at your studio and seniors with blog posts and help columns, can provide you with a prosperity of information. After all, they’ve been where you are and can share their encounter about qualified programs. Your personal instructor can provide you reviews about your preparedness and help you know how you become a yoga instructor with the skills you have.

2. Boost Your Practice

Yoga instructor certification programs need learners to have their yoga training skills and approaches. When asked how you become a yoga teacher, many

Amazing Ways To Rekindle Your Yoga Practice

Are you experiencing a rut in your yoga practice? Are you having the feeling that you are practicing without the right motivation, excitement, or joy? In most cases, when we practice yoga, we tend to put in more effort and remain dedicated at the start. You see yourself going smoothly with the flow and in some occasion, the flow can be monotonous, as well as boring. If you feel your yoga practice truly needs a serious overhauling and buying a new mat or new leggings is not going to change things, then try out these tips.

1. Go ahead and explore stillness

Yoga offers a lot of benefits, we all are quite aware of that. While yoga can be regarded as a great workout, one would gain more benefits to finding stillness. Just hold your poses for a moment longer that the usual to relish the feeling of wanting to move. You can also double your breath count while practicing the sun salutation. Sit in a still position for just a few minutes to concentrate on pranayama as well as meditation.

You can make some remarkable changes to your yoga practice by adding up

Tips for Lazy Yogis

When we hear people say “yogi” what comes to our minds are women with perfect postures doing back bends as the sun rises. However, many people even find it difficult to touch their toes or do some technical yoga moves. Well, the truth is that no mind is best as far as beginners are concerned. All it takes is just some dedicated practice and you will be good at what you do. You do not have to hop into the handstand every morning before you are considered as a yogi. All you need is to be focused on what you do, and make the best out of every moment you practice yoga.

Here are some tips for yogis who need help to begin or maintain their yoga practice.

1. Do your yoga practice anywhere

You can practice yoga anywhere. It is only lazy yogis, who will say; “I want to do yoga but I just do not want to stand up. Take advantage of any downtime moments in your place of work, in your car, on your bed, or on the couch to strike some yoga pose. You do not have to worry yourself

Ways To Find A Balanced Yoga Practice

As a result of the widespread health as well as fitness trend that we currently experience in our society today, stronger as well as fast-paced vinyasa-style yoga classes are being taught. The question now is, do you balance your yoga practice? Yoga teachers most times, may think that by teaching as well as practicing restorative yoga, gentle, mindful, and breath-centered yoga as regular as the strong vinyasa style, that including their teaching as well as practice are balanced. However, if you take a close look at it from an Ayurvedic perspective, you will see that you are very much out of balance.

How to balance your yoga practice

1. Consider your lifestyle as a whole first

Yoga can be anything to you. It might be just a class that you attend maybe once or three twice in a week. It can also be a way you live your life. Perhaps you might sit at a desk most of your day and might have already done some regular meditation or reflective practice; then you can go for 2-3 vinyasa classes a week. This could be the perfect balance for you. On another important note, if

Doing Yoga At Work

The trend in which yoga teachers integrates yoga, meditation as well as other health promoting behaviors into the place of work has risen exponentially over the last few years. Although it has its roots in the Eastern traditions, these practices have now being utilized by many employers from the Western world, who are have started recognizing the value of integrating mindfulness based habits at work.

Many people in the world today, struggle with balancing work with everything else in their lives. They also consider their jobs as something that is separate from their real life. The perception people have that health as well as wellness do exist outside of work hours, rather than as things that we can comfortably integrate into our days, contributes to the disconnect that exist between lifestyle and our place of work. Our health and wellness is very important. In fact, studies have even shown that sitting for more than six hours in a day, poses some serious health risks. The studies, also reveals that taking observing some physical as well as mental breaks can help to enhance productivity, creativity as well as efficiency. It will more beneficial and advantageous to employers

Ways To Remain Dedicated To Your Yoga Practice

When we make resolutions or set our goals, we do so with the best intentions. After setting our goals, the next task for us is to keep them. Most times, we find it very difficult to stand up from our bed and start practicing. When you consider waking up to the cold outside and the comfort your bed, you might get tempted to skip practice sometimes. However, when you discover that the newness of your resolve has worn off and you started skipping practice often, how do you remain motivated and dedicated to your course?

The good thing everyone should understand is that it takes a very long time to form a new habit and skipping practice for a day does not mean that you have failed. What it means is that it is time for you to renew your commitment and get back on your mat quickly.

Let us take a look at some tips that will help you stay dedicated to your yoga practice.

1. Self-reflection

The first thing you need to do is to ask yourself what really keeps you coming back to your yoga mat. You can also write

Tips On How Newbies Can Enjoy Their Yoga Classes

Should yoga be practiced on a competitive atmosphere? In my opinion, I do not think it should. Yoga is not a practice one can engage in without a course. It is a journey, which is infinite. Just the way we eat food to survive, we also need good physical workout to stay strong. The only difference between food and yoga is that the effort of not eating at all or not meeting the body’s nutritional requirement, occurs in a short term while the effect from not exercising, occur in the future.

You must do everything within your power to keep fit. There are different yoga poses you can try. You can perform them at any location that suits you. It does not matter the yoga pose you are performing or the location, the most important thing is venturing into it in the first place. Regular practice provides enormous benefits to people. This is why yoga instructors would always encourage their students to practice regularly. The benefits are already there, all that is required of you is to key into it by doing your yoga pose right away.

The question now is how can someone enjoy

How Is the Word Yoga Embedded in Your DNA Yogah Cittavrttinirodhah

This famous Patanjali’s sutra tells us a bit more about what yoga is. It is certain, that there’s a big difference being in yoga or doing yoga. In the West people mostly do yoga. Meaning, at an average yoga class mainly yoga postures are being performed. How come that so many yoga teachers out there are unable to teach people how to be in yoga, as this is where all the powers of yoga reside?

Patanjali only refers to yoga asana/posture in 3 sutras of his entire elaborate work.. How come a majority of yoga done in West is stuck on doing asanas? The more advanced postures the better, especially for taking photos.

A sanskrit synonym for asana is also the word NISADANA, which means to stay, to come to a halt. You see in olden days yoga postures were done only statically, yogis would assume a posture and stay there for a loooong time. Is it possible that the power which resides in the word asana/nisadana is the same power that keeps most people ‘stuck’ on doing yoga postures?

To me this is a clear example how words, language can literally affect our

30 Minutes Of Physical Activity 6 Days A Week Is Linked To A 40% Lower Risk Of Death

Increasing the physical activity levels in the elderly appears to be as good for health as quitting smoking, the Oslo II study demonstrated.

Analysis of the study participant data showed that under an hour each week of light physical activity was not associated with any meaningful reduction in risk of death from any cause.

Getting than an hour of physical activity regardless of intensity was linked to a 32% to 56% lower risk of cardiovascular death or death from any other causes.

Less than an hour of vigorous physical activity, on the other hand, was linked to a reduction in risk of between 23% and 37% for cardiovascular disease and death from any cause.

The more time spent doing vigorous exercise the lower the risk seemed to be, falling by 36% to 49%.

Factoring in that the risk of death from heart disease/stroke rises with age, made only a slight difference to the results.

Men who regularly engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity during their leisure time lived five years longer, on average, than those who were classified as sedentary.

The researchers base their findings on people taking part in the Oslo Study, which invited almost 26,000 men born between 1923 and 1932 for a

Natural Techniques For Improving Cardiovascular Health

Understanding the cardiovascular system is relatively simple, thanks to it being a self-explanatory term! It can be easily dissected into its conjugating terms – cardio and vascular.

“Cardio” is the root word of cardiac and “vascular” is the adjective form of vessels. They refer to heart and blood vessels respectively, which are the primary constituents of the cardiovascular system. This system functions by transporting blood to the multitudinous cells of the body. Thus naturally, cardiovascular health refers to the healthy coordination of heart, blood vessels and blood.

It is the heart that initiates the cardiovascular performance by pumping blood. This pumped blood contains all the required oxygen, nutrients, hormones and WBCs that are to be conveyed to their respective destinations. This blood circulates through blood vessels, which serve as a medium for blood flow.

Thus, it is evident that cardiovascular health signifies an effortless blood flow. The route of blood is directed from heart toward organs, and reverse. Naturally, cardiovascular dysfunction causes cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Any disease related to heart or blood vessels is referred to as a CVD.

However, following a healthy lifestyle can prevent them. Proper measures, if taken, preserves cardiovascular

Why Crush Cardio Activity Is the Worthy One

Looking to cut fat, lose some weight and tone your body? Is a trip to the gym nothing but a monotonous, dull hour spent in the cardio section?

Then, I have the perfect workout for you.

It is a workout which will help you break the monotony of sweating it out on the treadmill. This high intensity workout will have you sweating in no time. It will pump you up so much that you won’t stop even when your legs are aching. You just can’t have enough of this workout.

This super charged workout is Crush Cardio, introduced to the people of Delhi by Crush Fitness India. In their own words, “Fitness is a Dance Party”. And trust me, it’s a party you really want to attend!

The company came into being with the idea of making fitness fun and it has managed to do just that. The trainers are fitness enthusiasts, trained dancers and dream chasers. They have come to the Capital City with the hope of making it a fitter place. Dance is their major weapon, and they teach you how to use it to defeat your enemy and reach your goal.

Crush Cardio is a high powered workout. Think about the intensity

Steady State HIIT Or LISS Cardio What Are They And What Do They Mean

What is HIIT? What is LISS? What is steady state? Trying to keep up with the newest fitness trends is a challenge these days. Today I would like to clear up a few of the most common types of cardio. Ever been exhausted from walking up stairs or doing yard work? Starting some form of cardio is bound to improve your everyday life. Doing cardio has been known to help depression, anxiety, and many other health factors that many of us suffer from daily. Being an online personal trainer I custom tailor exercise programs for my clients based off their fitness goals.

The programs that I design for my clients will always have some form of cardio in it at some point. Cardio should always be apart of any fitness program. The most common question I get when my clients get their program is, what does HIIT mean? What is LISS? What is steady state? These are fitness terms us fit freaks always use. If your new to the fitness world all these terms will be quite confusing. Which is why I decided to write this article to help clear things up a bit. I’m not

How a Trampoline Can Help Improve Your Fitness

There are two main times of year when people contemplate their physical fitness: in the new year after the standard Christmas over eating and at the start of summer when people want to look their best on their beach holiday.

Starting out on the path to improving your physical fitness is a fantastic thing. You will look better, feel better and have better health. However you need to find a way to make a lifestyle of including exercise in your day-to-day routine.

The first port of call is usually to look into a gym membership. You will then most likely have to pay for direct debit for a yearlong membership. Gyms don’t like you paying according to how much you use the facilities because the best way to retain people is to tie them into a long-term membership.

If you find that the gym isn’t for you then you will end up paying for a year of membership you hardly use and not getting any further forward with your goals.

Some people prefer to do exercise at home and it may surprise you to know that trampoline exercise or rebounding provides a very effective