Attitude of Gratitude

I had been thinking for some time about keeping a Gratitude Journal. Having a better personal attitude sounded like it could be a good thing.
My intentions are to recognize my Blessings, have a Grateful heart and remind myself daily to be very Thankful.

I have a notebook by my nightstand it has now become my Gratitude Journal. I can not wait to keep at it, this is my gift and promise to myself, I will try and
write nightly. I have not had it long, it is separate from my Daily Journal, this writing hopefully will cultivate a better, more rich internal life, and an attitude of gratefulness.

Before bed I think of at least one thing that I was grateful for that day, I’m hoping for more, but am thinking I’ll take one, that’s good for starters. In the beginning, I had a few times I could think of nothing, I asked myself “What was I grateful for today?” “Think,” I came up blank. It wasn’t going so well for a few days and then one night I wrote “I am grateful for being Alive!” That was huge, I was tired and grateful I had written something and …

Simple, Relaxing Yoga Poses for Pregnant Women

Exercise during pregnancy is very important for your overall health and well begin during and after pregnancy. Yoga is a great way to keep some of your muscles strong, flexible, and relaxed. This will help reduce the amount of pain and tightness you will experience during pregnancy, and will help ease the labor process.

If you are not experienced in yoga, it would be a good idea to take a class or two before trying it on your own at home. Prenatal yoga DVDs are also available on the market that you can follow at home. Be sure to only do the poses that are comfortable for you to do and start slow. The following are some yoga poses that are safe and that I have found to be most effective during pregnancy.

  1. Child Pose
    *Note: If you are in your second or third trimester, use a pillow under your belly for support in this pose.

Start by supporting yourself on your hands and knees with your toes pointing backward. Your arms should be shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly more than hip-width apart. If you are using a pillow, or your belly is large, place your knees as …

Advanced Yoga Poses Part 1: Arm Balances

Advanced Yoga Poses Part 1: Arm Balances

Arm balances in yoga are considered more yang (pronounced: yon) in nature, they are active poses that require your attention, focus and muscular energy. Yin poses, on the contrary, are more inward and stretch tissues and muscles. In Yin poses we focus on receiving, stretching and breathing. A mix of Yin and Yang are necessary for a body to be in balance. Both types of poses should encompass a complete practice.

Yoga for Strength

Arm balances both build and require core strength, which creates a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. Which comes first? The pose or the building of the strength required for the pose? Consider this: muscles have memory. Each time a new pose is practised, the body remembers and adapts to be able to do the pose. Which means, each time it is practised, a bit of improvement is realized. Once enough strength is built up, the pose is achieved.

 

Tips for arm balance success:

  • Have patience with yourself
  • Set a goal to achieve one new pose at a time
  • Practice the desired pose often
  • Find different ways to get into the pose (one may be easier than another)
  • Study someone demonstrating the pose

Yoga and Your Child

Children’s yoga classes in the United States have grown immensely. With 18 million yoga enthusiast, there are new yoga lovers born daily. Many parents turn their children to yoga as a way to help them relax, and counter stress from piles of homework, competition activities, and packed schedules. Yoga postures along with specific breathing techniques are designed to stimulate specific areas of the body and the brain resulting in a release of tension.

The results for many is a powerful feeling of relaxation, inner strength and the ability to quiet one’s mind in order to be fully present in the movement. Children practice sitting still and engaging in the quiet art of controlling their bodies. This results in most children emerging calmly from their classes. Yoga is especially helpful for calming over stimulated kids.

Aside from decreasing stress, yoga is also helpful in building strong muscles and increasing flexibility. There are several styles of yoga including: hatha yoga which focuses on merging energy from the left (ha) side of the body with the right (tha) side of the body in the center of the spine. Iyangar yoga focuses on moving one’s body into alignment. Much attention is given to aligning …

Assertiveness with Mindful Speech: Is it True? Kind? Necessary? Then it’s OK to Assert Yourself!

Lets take the yoga practice off the mat for a moment and consider how Personal Ethics and the concepts of Mindful Speech tie to the Yamas and Niyamas of yogic philosophy.

For someone talkative and word-prone, the idea of speaking mindfully is a question of stopping the constant flow of chatter. It is a filter to slow down and choose whether or not to say the things.

However, there are others who might use the tests of Mindful Speech as a tool for liberation, rather than restraint.

Many people think that it is necessary to withhold their opinions or desires for the sake of being ‘nice’. That to utter something on his or her own behalf would be selfish or unseemly.

A practical example

Take for example, “Bob”, one of many people who have inspired the off-the-mat series having benefited from a random tidbit of practical yogic wisdom.

Bob was unable to assert himself out of fear of what others would think of him. He would not stand up to his wife, his boss, or another coworker who was taking credit for his work.

He decided to try mindful speech. If he were able to determine that his opinion was …

Music Yoga

Let’s think about it. You carry the memories of your life and you have the ability to think about what may come in the future. You can plan. You can reminisce. You can replay events and ponder what you should have said. You can imagine new and innovative ideas. All these are thoughts, electro-chemical lightning in the brain. The ability to think is an important part of being human.

When one plays music, it involves an action which is happening right now, in the present. When one practices yoga, the same is true. In fact, life itself is only happening right now. You may memorize a piece of music. You may memorize a set of yoga poses to follow in your practice. When you play or practice, these memories guide you, but the playing is not a memory, the pose is not a memory. These things are actions that exist in the real time of now. Your breath flows in and out of your lungs right now. The music is heard right now. The body stretches right now. The experience of hearing and feeling is right now and you are immersed in it.

As discussed in Music Yoga #1, your …

Why Gratitude is Essential to Your Growing Success

Whatever you think about the most manifests in your life.

And, when you think about what you don’t have, ironically, you actually attract and cause it to linger in your life. For example, I have a girl friend who once told me all the things she didn’t want in a relationship, and lo and behold several months later she ended up with a boyfriend who was everything she didn’t want. She couldn’t understand how that happened. I could.

Now, sometimes thinking about what you truly want and being grateful becomes a test of your heart, your confidence level and who you genuinely are. Approach this challenge as a positive growing experience. See it as an opportunity for you to do some important soul searching and exercising of your willpower and determination.

 

The thoughts you think are often a by-product of how you were raised, your circle of friends, your interests, and who you are today.

While it might be tough to remember to consciously change your thoughts, any new habit can be learned and easily assimilated into your life with consistent practice. You must strengthen your positive, grateful muscles and utilize them on a daily basis.

 

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Why Frolov Breathing Devices Have Become Popular in Russia

About 2 million breathing devices have been sold in Russia over the past decade. The best known is the Frolov breathing device. It has been employed to conquer a large number of chronic health disorders.

Some other facts about successes of the Frolov respiration device:

  • They are supported or approved by over 100 GPs, MDs and other health care professionals
  • More than 200 breathing clubs have been formed in the largest cities of Russia – evaluated in over 25 successful published clinical pilot trails and approbations
  • They have been tried on myocardial infarction, bronchial asthma with weakness of respiratory muscles, acute bronchitis, emphysema, angina pectoris, digestive problems, chronic bronchitis, hypertension, obesity, asthma exacerbations, arthritis, stroke, children asthma, diabetes, psychological disorders, cystic fibrosis and many other chronic disorders
  • Published clinical pilot trials and approbations discovered its efficiency for less wheezing, reduced coughing, reduced inflammation in airways, diminished shortness of breath, improved digestion and partial or complete normalization of the FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in 1 s electrocardiogram, renovasography measurements, body antioxidant defense, heart rate, blood pressure, cardiointervalography results, and other important biochemical parameters.
  • They are approved by the FDA and patented in the USA (USA Patent No. 5,755,640 from May 26,

The Yoga Face by Annelise Hagen: New Anti-Aging Secret to Aging Gracefully

Coming to a class near you very soon, could be the face exercises developed by yoga teacher Annelise Hagen. A seasoned yoga teacher based in New York, she wrote the book The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift published by Avery/Penguin. She shows the reader how to perform a series of facial exercises to improve appearance and the philosophy behind this new anti-aging secret.

Hagen says that by working out the muscles on the face as we do our bodies, it will prevent them from sagging and getting flabby. With the idea in mind that yoga practice rejuvenates the body, Hagen began incorporating relaxation of the face while doing poses during her classes. That‘s when she began seeing a change in the tone of her and her student’s faces. As a result, she started developing a program specifically for anti-aging purposes that involved yoga, and face work. Her program teaches that by training the muscles on the face, a person can regain lift and suppleness that was once lost.

These exercises are a great alternative for people having or considering invasive procedures. Also, it’s worth a try for consumers who spend so much money on anti-aging products. …

Does Meditative Breathing Work???

Does Meditative Breathing Work???

Several weeks ago, I saw a television program that dealt with meditative breathing. As I watched the program I became more and more intrigued. The concept was to use meditative breathing to control the core body temperature while the participant was immersed in a bathtub full of ice. The result was amazing.

 

The participant was able to keep his core body temperature at a normal level while immersed in the ice. I figured that this was because he was accomplished at meditative breathing; however, the host of the program after a bit of training was able to accomplish the same feat.

 

This program started my thought process moving. If they can do it why shouldn’t I be able to? I began researching what meditative breathing involves and was surprised that it was so grossly simple. The basics are breathing and concentration. You merely concentrate on your breathing as you breathe.

 

Imagine your breath as it fills you lungs and as you exhale it. It sounds so simple, but in reality, is not so easy. My mind wanders often and must be brought back to the task at hand. After some practice I was able to keep my …