Tuesday, May 20, 2014

8 Angle Pose


What is 8 Angle Pose?  


8 Angle Pose is an arm balance in yoga. It is also known in sanskrit as Astavakrasana (ahsh-tah-vah-krahs-anna). 'Ashta' meaning 'eight', 'vakra' which means 'bent' or 'curved', and of course 'asana' means 'pose'. So now that we have our sanskrit lesson for the day. . . lets discuss the benefits of this pose.  

BENEFITS:  

Astavakrasana has numerous benefits just like any other yoga pose. It strengthens your body muscles as well as gives a good massage to your arms, hands, thighs, shoulders, legs, wrists, and spine. It also helps tone your abdomen. This pose helps in the aid of digestion and elimination of toxins from the body. It helps with a peaceful mind and a healthy body. Even helps in building stamina. It helps to improve blood circulation in your body. And it helps to give a good stretch in your spine, keeping you away from chronic-related problems. So how do we get into this pose. . . find a youtube video. It is incredibly complicated and if you go into it the wrong way you can really hurt yourself.  

TIPS:

 
  • Pigeon, Happy Baby, and Forward Folds are a great way to open yourself up for this intense pose.
  • Find one point to focus on. This can help your stability and mental focus.
  • Core strength is a key factor in this pose. Prepare with dolphin pose, plank, and boat.


  • So why did I just provide you with all of this information about a pose I cannot even conquer myself. . . Simple. .I have a passion for yoga and I want my readers to understand why I have that passion. Yoga opens and balances the mind, body, and soul. I have found a lot of my guidance through yoga and meditation. I do not like what mainstream society has done to yoga, made it the 'trendy' thing to do. Yoga is all about inner peace and spiritual growth. I may not be able to do the intense advanced poses, or conquer handstands when commanded, but I do have inner peace, and it is fun to work towards the more challenging things in life. You never know what your body is capable of. Our bodies were not made to sit all day behind a desk looking at a computer. They were made to be out in nature and move in certain ways. Doing yoga to me is just moving your body to what feels good. I hope these yoga posts are handy and some of you are living a balanced life. Namaste and good luck with your practice.  

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Benefits of Lemon

    With a new diet change in our household, lemonade has been the drink of choice. Not just lemonade, but homemade fresh squeezed lemonade. Pretty much just lemon water with a sprinkle of sugar. We use the entire lemon, minus the rind, along with reverse osmosis water and have a very healthy, very natural sweet, thirst quenching drink! So why is lemon considered a super fruit?  
    • 1. DITCH THE CAFFINE, START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT: Lemon water is the best thing to start your day with instead of those caffeinated drinks. You could also sip on some warm lemon water as both variations will give you Vitamin C as well as Stimulate your digestive track.
    • 2. WEIGHT LOSS: Forget all of the cleansing diets, lemons contain pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight loss struggles.
    • 3. PREVENT KIDNEY STONES: Drinking just one half cup of lemon juice a day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies show that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidneys.
    • 4. SOOTHE A SORE THROAT: Many wives tales have mentioned honey being a sore throat reliever, but adding some lemon to the honey will help alleviate the discomfort of a sore throat.
    • 5. STOP AN ITCH: Something as simple as lemon juice and cornstarch can help alleviate the constant itch of poison ivy or an insect bite.
    • 6. BRING DOWN THE FEVER: Instead of pumping yourself full of medicine, try drinking some lemon juice to bring down your fever.
    • 7. HELPS WITH DIGESTION: Drinking lemon on a regular basis will clean out your digestive track. Pace yourself if you feel any uncomfortableness.
    • 8. CLEAR UP ACNE: The Vitamin C in citrus fruits is essential for healthy glowing skin. The alkaline in the lemons helps kill bacteria known as acne.
    • 9. DITCH THE ANXIETY: Lemon has a calming effect relieving fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and tension.
    • 10. BYE BYE CANKER SORES: Lemons have natural properties of antibacterial and antiviral, therefore jump starting the healing process of those dreaded canker sores.

    And I can't forget my favorite theory on lemons, HELP A SUNBURN. This one isn't proven, but since we have been drinking tons of lemon water, our sunburns don't burn and hurt like usual. Is it a coincidence that lemons grow in hot tropical weather and could possibly heal sunburns? And what if lemon(ade) is really an aid. Something to think about.  
    Enjoy your lemons more frequently and start seeing some changes in your body.  
    Remember, these are just my favorite top 10 uses for Lemons so as usual, please leave comments!  
    Namaste!  


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