Month: November 2016

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 his or her yoga classes?

Keep it fun

Make sure you enjoy yourself in the best possible way you can whenever you step out to practice yoga. Make sure the particular yoga pose that you step out to perform is something you enjoy doing. If the word “arm balance” makes you groan, then it is better for you to shift your perspective. The most interesting thing about yoga and life is that you they both have an asana the so much dread practicing. In some cases, these asanas that we practice are the types that we need to work on the most. In order for us to completely persuade ourselves to continue practicing these yoga asanas, we have to see and practice it as fun. You do not have to take things too serious, or push yourself too hard. Just get playful and you will surely see the results. Laugh when you fall or fail in a particular pose, and enjoy the practice.

Give the buddy system a try

Most times, we find it very difficult to stay self-motivated. It is very easy to overcome this dilemma, only when we are ready to. One way we can achieve such is to go ahead and practice the buddy system. When we find ourselves in situations where we become accountable to other people, we are very much likely to follow through. It might be quite easy to make the decision not to go to that afternoon, vinyasa flow class but it could be a lot more difficult to skip it when you know someone is expecting you to come there.

Remember you are not competing with anyone in your entire yoga class when you practice yoga. you are just there to make yourself look good to the best of your ability.

20 Meditation Tips For Beginners

Although a good number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, only a small percentage actually persist with it. This is unfortunate, as the benefits are enormous. One possible reason is that many beginners do not start with an appropriate mindset to make the practice sustainable.

The purpose of this article is to provide 20 practical recommendations to help beginners get past the initial hurdles and integrate meditation as an ongoing practice in their lives.

1: Make it a formal practice. Set aside a time in the day that is your meditation practice time.

2: Only meditate for as long as you are enjoying it. It is especially important in the beginning that meditation is not a chore.

3: Do yoga or stretch first. Firstly physical activity will draw your own awareness into the body and away from your mind. A practice like yoga loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit more comfortably. Additionally, yoga opens the body not only at the physical level but also at subtle level, which facilitates movement of energy in the body.

4: Pick a specific location in your home to meditate. Ideally the place you choose will be somewhere that does not have much activity at other times. Two reasons for doing this are, the subconscious is conditioned by repetition, so by going to the same place at the same time each day to meditate you can get in yourself to expect to meditate when you are there. The second reason is that when you meditate you begin to create a particular vibration in that spot. With time and meditation and place will become increasingly attuned to this energy of meditation, again making it easier for you to meditate when you are there.

5: Make sure your will meditation time is respected. if you live with others make sure that they understand that you are not to be disturbed while you are meditating. Equally for yourself make the same commitment, for example if your phone should ring, be aware of it and continue your meditation.

6: Create some representation of sacred space in your meditations spot. This should obviously be what is meaningful for you, maybe an actual altar with pictures and objects, or maybe just a special rug and your meditation cushion.

7: Use ritual if it helps you. This doesn’t have to be elaborate it could be as simple as lighting a candle, or a lighting incense. The repetition of a ritual before you meditate, is again conditioning preparation for your body and mind.

8: Commit for the long haul. When you begin with the clear idea in your mind that the greatest benefits from meditation will accumulate with time, and see it as an ongoing process, you are less likely to give up in frustration.

9: Meditate with understanding. Get clear in your mind exactly what you think meditation is and what it will be like before you start. Invariably everybody does have ideas and expectations like this, it is very helpful to make them conscious before you start.

10: Be clear of your motivation to begin meditation. When you understand your reasons and objectives in beginning meditation you are more likely to find a practice or technique that will work for you at that time.

11: Begin with a particular practice that you have actively chosen and commit to doing it for a given time period. Many beginners are constantly jumping from one to type or technique of meditation to another. Your meditation practice is a relationship with yourself, it will not deepen if it consists of one night stands. This is not to say that the practice or technique you begin with is the one you stay with for the rest of your life, but a relationship is best left when you know exactly why it is that you are leaving, and not done simply on an impulse.

12: Educate yourself. Confusion and misunderstanding is primarily caused by ignorance. Find a good teacher, or online community where you can get answers. Read some books on meditation and spiritual practice.

13: Notice if frustration starts to creep into your practice. If you notice this happening take some time to explore what is going on for you, what expectation is not being fulfilled. Then examine the expectation itself, what is it based on.

14: Be honest with yourself. As I said meditation is a relationship with yourself, you are the most important person you need to be straightforward with, and meditation is a key place to practice this.

15: Be prepared for some discomfort. It is normal in the beginning to experience some physical discomfort when sitting to meditate. Most people are not accustomed to sitting still, other than maybe slouched on a couch. Your body needs time to develop strength and openness in the right places to allow you to sit comfortably and alert. Sooner or later discomfort will also be experienced at the emotional and mental levels. If you are not consciously prepared for this it is likely to deter you from continuing.

16: Until you are well versed in your meditation practice it can be very beneficial to use a recording to guide you. This will help your mind to let go of concern about what you are doing, and the recording can act as a guide until you no longer need it.

17: Start to look for moments of awareness during the day. Finding space to be consciously present during everyday activities is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation practice. Take advantage, of the time spent waiting in traffic, waiting in line, waiting for anything, to become present to yourself and what you are experiencing within yourself. Look for such opportunities in your day, however brief, simple as they are taken radically change or experience of life.

18: Do it together. Meditating with a partner or group can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. When meditating with others many people say that it improves the quality of their meditation. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin.

19: Don’t stress about it. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. Many people in beginning meditation become anxious about whether they are doing it right or not, or whether something they experience should be happening or not. The article, meditation is practice, goes into more detail regarding this.

20: Invest in a good, comfortable meditation cushion. If you need other things to allow your body to sit comfortably in without strain, get them. If you set yourself up with the things that you need, you are removing a future potential pitfall to your practice.

Meditation is one of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself, like any lasting and meaningful relationship it takes energy and commitment, it takes understanding and tolerance. If you put these things in to your practice meditation will become your best friend, and powerful resource.

Maintaining Life Long Fitness After Physical Therapy

After having gone through a dedicated physical therapy program for either a medical event such as low back surgery or, stroke or, an elective surgery like knee or hip replacement, now is the time when you are released from physical therapy to springboard into a dedicated fitness program to not only help get you back to where you were physically but, to improve your overall fitness levels.

Transitioning from physical rehabilitation to a fitness program can be done through several methods however, getting professional advice to help smooth out the process is recommended.

Your prior level of health and fitness will determine your starting point. It is advisable that if you have any questions on how to start an effective and efficient exercise program that you seek further instructions from either you’re attending Physical Therapist or a Certified Personal Trainer that has credentials in working with older adults.

Many Physical Therapy clinics today for instance, have a continual health and fitness program that is guided by their staff that you can transfer over to after physical therapy discharge. In this way, you can be assured that you will receive clear and concise and most of all, safe exercise programs that will benefit you with regard to your overall health status.

By seeking to continue upgrade your physical progress in regards to health and fitness, you will be helping to decide your own destiny when it comes to your health. Be aware that healthcare costs today is the number one reason why individuals in this country have to file bankruptcy.

Your goal is to be sure you do not allow yourself to fall into that category by doing your part to not only improve your health and fitness as you age but, to also to be able to enjoy a better quality of life.

Too many patients that I have personally worked with feel that once their physical rehabilitation is over with that they no longer are obligated to continue with the exercise program and instructions laid out.

It is imperative that you as a patient look for ways to increase your fitness to help cut down the chances of a medical recurrence. A stronger and leaner body will assure you that not only do you feel and look better but, that you also have more energy and sleep better.

Setting a personal goal today to continue to improve your health and fitness after rehabilitation should be a goal that will not only help your personally but help financially as well.