Yoga is something different to most people. It’s quite diverse, and practitioners have different expectations when they start.
That’s perfectly okay. Whether your goal is greater enlightenment, a more toned and muscular body, or relief from disease, there’s a yoga for you.
The philosophy of yoga has been around for 5,000 years. That’s an undeniable staying power. Yoga is not just an ‘exercise’, it is a philosophy, a way of thinking rather than a religion. In ancient India, the word yoga meant union. It refers to a union of the entire self – mind, body, and spirit.
This union is achieved through physical poses, frequently called asanas, although asana is just one of the many types of yoga. These poses are meant to heighten awareness of mind and body, which makes yoga a natural corollary to meditation.
Today’s researchers are discovering the many benefits of yoga. While it can increase spirituality, it also has the ability to heal many ailments and diseases, especially stress, immune system disorders, and heart problems. It also provides increased flexibility, which can reverse the aging process.
The more vigorous yoga practices are considered cardiovascular exercises. Along with a proper diet, you will be able to lose weight. The gentler types of yoga do not have cardiovascular benefits, so remember to do additional exercises.
Why are people becoming interested in yoga? The most common reason is to improve flexibility and physical health. Besides the physical benefits, yoga also boosts the mental power and paves way to spiritual enlightenment. For most, it’s the spiritual awakening that turns yoga into an important part of their lives.
This is a gradual but wonderful development and opportunity for personal growth. The essence of yoga is always to become a better version of oneself.
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Create a Better You Though Yoga
Yoga is something different to most people. It’s quite diverse, and practitioners have different expectations when they start. That’s perfectly okay. Whether your goal is greater enlightenment, a more toned and muscular body, or relief from disease, there’s a yoga for you.
If you are at a campsite and if you want your barbecue pit to heat up very quickly, the last thing you'd probably think of doing is to pump a huge amount of flammable liquid on it. If you're a responsible camper and know your way around your barbecue pit, you would use a mindset of layering on small twigs, other larger twigs and finally branches and logs on top. That's how you manage the fire.
Unfortunately, such long-term thinking is not rewarded by the modern world. We want the best the world has to offer right here, right now. That's how much of a rush we're in, not surprisingly, we believe in a mindset that the more we have, the more valuable our lives become.
We have completely erased the wall between value and price. We size each other up based on how much stuff or rights to stuff we have. We create this mental hierarchy and people with the most things are at the top. In the Western Hemisphere, a significant amount of people kill themselves every single year because of this mindset.
This is quite shocking because they are all provided for, they are not starving in the streets, and they have more than enough to eat. People are eating and living better now than ever in history, yet people are still killing themselves. This is not only about official suicides. There are other ways to measure suicide.
Other ways people kill themselves are through drunk driving, drug abuse, and accidental overdose. The mindset of the more stuff you have, doesn't necessarily mean the more you've become. These are two totally different things and two totally different tracts of thought. Sadly, modern society teaches us that they are one in the same.
You are worth more than the sum of the stuff that you consume. You are worth more than the status people accord you. It is also a surprise that people live broken and empty lives because they are trapped in this endless mindset spiral of more, more and more.
The more they eat, the hungrier they become. The more they drink, the thirstier they become. The more money they have, the poorer they feel. This applies across the board. Thankfully, there is a way out.
The possible solution
What is the way out? Well, instead of more, more, more; why not focus on a mindset of less, less, less. Learn to let go. Focus on what you already have and learn to love what you already possess instead of beating yourself up desiring stuff you don't currently have. The old Zen Buddhist Maxim quote "less is more", is more relevant now than ever, at least to those of us living in the Western world.
If you believe that your life is missing something or you're living an empty life, you might want to rediscover the concept of wholeness. You are more than just a consumption machine. You are more than just a demographic statistic that is supposed to be marketed to. You are more than your ability to make money. You are more than the status people accord you.
By looking at yourself as a self-enclosed whole organism with its own sense, own desire for purpose and meaning, your life and your perception of life starts to change. To get the inside scoop on an alternative path to personal meaning and reality, click here.
Have you ever sat down and just chilled out for a whole day? I'm not talking about playing a video game or watching stuff on Youtube, but just completely chilling out: possibly outdoors checking out some natural landscape or natural features, sitting down on a bench, watching the sunset. Have you ever done that? If not you are missing out on one aspect of being complete - emotional wholeness.
If you had, and you're completely honest with yourself, don't be surprised if you come to the conclusion that there's something off your life, something doesn't feel right. You can't quite point what it is but you think that there's something missing.
You may be doing well enough at work, bills are getting paid, your mortgage is covered month after month, the kids are doing well enough from school, you can buy whatever you want, your debts are manageable, you rarely freak out when you get your credit card balance at the end of the month, but regardless of these, something seems missing.
You might want to consider emotional wholeness. You have to understand that the sense of contentment is an art. A lot of people think that contentment is some sort of product that can be bought. When we buy stuff that's worth a lot of money, that item is more valuable. If you are able to afford something that other people desire, you must be important enough.
We got so caught up in the outer indicators of value that we have lost sight of value itself. We are so caught up in buying contentment through getting more and more stuff that we confused value with price; possessions with being. Not surprisingly, many of us find ourselves in a situation where the more we buy, the less complete we feel.
It's not suppose to work this way. Wholeness enables you to occupy the moment. There's no need to explain; there's no need to be somebody that you're not; there's no need to make excuses; there's nothing to worry about. The past is the past, the future is yet to happen and here you are, in the moment, enjoying it and being in it.
The problem is we have lost sight of the concept of wholeness, we are so bombarded with so many different signals that throw us off the whole concept of wholeness. We've reached the point where most of us have forgotten the whole idea of wholeness.
Maybe, if we buy enough stuff, contentment and wholeness will come in. Maybe if we live in a big enough place, this will kick in. Again, this is just in the back section of your mind. this is real. This is the kind of emotional treadmill we find ourselves in. The more we buy, the more we consume, the more we burn out.
Invest in the way out
Instead of running yourself ragged on a treadmill, has it occurred to you that maybe, you can make things easier on yourself by just getting off the treadmill? Yes, you're supposed to level up until you breakthrough and get the prize. That's how it's marketed, at least.
You might want to reconsider the power of stopping and the power of the infinite now. Click the image below to learn more about emotional wholeness and how you can achieve it using practical steps.
A good secret, especially when it comes to weight loss, can be exhilarating and juicy ... often times entertaining. However, when secrets are used as a means to take advantage of others, those feelings of excitement soon turn to feelings of rage.
Weight loss companies around the globe have been feeding vulnerable individuals their "keys to weight loss" to fuel their own agenda - SALES!
Weight loss companies in the United States alone gross nearly $20 billion dollars annually! With over half of the nation on a diet, it appears their marketing concepts are working ... but their diets are not.
How many of you have tried a diet, lost a few pounds, but because it was so restrictive that your cravings for the banned foods won out. The end result was you put back on what you had lost ... and in most cases more. Now you are further away from your weight loss goal than when you started! So what do most people do? Try another new fad diet that promises losing weight in a short amount of time. If reality, this gain and lose - yo-yo dieting is harder on the body than carrying around an extra 20 pounds.
Although some companies have their clients’ interests at heart, many are only focused on the mighty dollar. In fact, few hold any weight loss secrets about weight loss and dieting at all. Regardless of how you spin it through marketing, losing weight still comes down to burning more calories than you take in; it always has been that way and it always will be that way.
Instead of going on a "diet", switch to a healthy eating plan that doesn't ban any foods and one you can live on for the rest of your life. All it really comes down to is exercising, making smart food choices and controlling portions.
All That Glitters is Not Gold
Weight loss companies love to portray their product as better than the rest or the key you've been missing. Although their statements may sound compelling, the truth behind it all is fictitious.
No doubt you have been exposed to the "lose 10 pounds just by sitting" fantasy or some other weight loss strategy as shown on television and online. Weight loss companies want you to buy their product. Therefore, they will exaggerate the capabilities of their new invention in order to push sales. In 2002, a popular company endorsed a similar pipe dream by selling over $155 million dollars’ worth of their product.
Eventually, their promises of "shedding pounds while you sleep" gimmick were exposed. Attorney Tom Carter who worked to justify the hundreds of lawsuits filed towards the company revealed the reality behind the company’s marketing strategy. "They picked DJs to endorse the product who commanded and controlled their audience. It wasn’t just misleading advertising, it was false."
Carter, along with the hundreds of individuals who filed lawsuits against this company, found their day of reckoning when the company lost its reputation and was taken out of business. Sadly, there are many more such companies that should go the same route!
Weight loss companies are businesses at the end of the day. They feed consumers these fantasies of being able to lose weight with minimal effort.
People, naturally, feed into the glamour. Essentially, their product can be likened to a raw apple coated in gold. It may appear fantastic on the outside, but inside, it's useless and harmful.
On the subject of false advertising, many weight loss companies say that their products are 100% natural, and holistic.
They also claim to be effective simply because they are government approved. What you might find surprising is that, although they may package their products as being government approved, that doesn't guarantee their safety.
The Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act does not expect companies to prove their effectiveness through tests, surveys or research. This means that companies can endorse a product that may not really work.
This solidifies the importance of consulting with your doctor prior to taking dietary supplements or signing up for a new program. Extensive research on your part is also vital in order to determine what works best for you.
Coinciding with false advertising, many weight loss companies preach the notion that you can obtain a specified amount of results in a short span of time. This marketing scheme provides people with the idea that they can be fit and healthy without putting in the necessary work. After all, you didn't put on those extra pounds on overnight, why should you expect to take them off any quicker than when you put them on?A safe weight loss progress is one to one-and-a-half pounds per week on average. You may see more of a weight loss when starting, and less than that amount some weeks after you have been into it for awhile.
The truth is, changing your body structure, losing weight and living a healthy life requires work (and time). Weight doesn't magically fall off simply by sleeping, taking a pill, or standing. It requires determination, endurance and of course effort.
Weight loss companies have made a fortune tricking people into believing that major lifestyle changes are effortless.
There are plenty of weight loss companies dying to capitalize off your vulnerability. They use strategic marketing plans to reel you in and take your money. Although there are some viable companies on the market, it's imperative for you as the consumer to do your due diligence and separate the good ones from the bad!
Sure, weight loss companies offer some valid advice, but your journey to wellness isn't a one-stop trick. Consult with your doctor, analyze your body and make the best decision for you. Remember, the best secret to weight loss is putting in an honest effort and taking action.
Pilates is a fantastic exercise. It has been proven repeatedly to have incredible benefits, helping practitioners to develop a stronger and more stable core, improving muscle elasticity, boosting mental health and mood and in general improving overall health and wellness.
Make no bones about it, this type of exercising has many benefits, and it is a workout that many people actually enjoy doing. However, if you are really trying to burn those calories and lose weight then as good as it is, it alone is not enough when you want to lose weight.
Pilates Is Not Supposed To Make You Lose Weight!
First thing first, Pilates is not actually supposed to make you lose weight. There are many benefits to doing it, but losing a significant amount of weight is not one of them. This is not putting it down; it is just not, what it is supposed to do. Studies have shown that a person who does Pilates for six months may feel incredible, but they will not show any signs of significant weight loss.
You Need To Move!
What is meant by this is that if you really want to lose weight then you need to be running, swimming, jumping or doing some other kind of more explosive form of exercise (think cardio or HIIT) that elevates the heart rate.
You need to get that body of yours moving if you want to lose weight and a Pilates workout is not about that. This form of exercising is more about slow and controlled movements, which in no way will help you, lose weight like a boxercise or circuit training class does with their far more intense moves.
Pilates Is More About Sculpting Your Body
We would all like to keep that belly fat at bay, but Pilates while it can help is not going to be able to do that for you all on its own. Pilates is well known for its ability to sculpt and tone your body, especially your midsection. While Pilates may help you have some very nicely toned abs, it is not going to help burn that layer of fat if its covering them.
A huge part of a good Pilates workout is making sure that your breathing is just right. This is part of what makes a Pilates workout such a relaxing and feel good experience. This is kind of the opposite of a really good cardio workout where you need to be intense, on edge and really pumped up to push your body to the max so that you can burn some serious calories and body fat.
You Still Need To Watch What You Put Into Your Body
The person who invents a workout or a pill that allows you to eat whatever you want and not gain weight is certainly going to be a billionaire. However, the fact of the matter is a toned and sculpted body is not just made in the gym; it is also made in the kitchen.
No matter how good your Pilates workouts are, you will still need to keep an eye on the amount of calories you are putting into your body and be sure to eat less calories than you burn daily.
There is no point in doing cardio and then Pilates if you are going to Pizza Hut straight after. If you were to eat badly and just do Pilates and no other form of exercise then it would not take long at all for you to actually gain weight!
Balance is extremely important for all living things, but if your feet become weakened from inactivity or injury that requires long periods to heal, they can become weaker and make you vulnerable to the possibility of losing balance or having a fall. If you believe that you could benefit from learning some specifics of how to make your feet stronger, than you will be happy to know that the next few paragraphs of this article contains some helpful information to get you started.
Shortened Foot Exercise
The first foot exercise to help strengthen your feet is simple and a good one to begin with. For this exercise, you should take off your shoes.
While seated in a chair, allow your legs to touch the floor naturally so they form a classic 90-degree angle while you are sitting. Curve your feet as if you were trying to make a fist without curling your toes. If it’s easier, you can do one at a time instead of both at once. Revisit the exercise multiple times through your day, and you can maximize your results more easily. This is a great exercise that you can do while you’re at work.
To make it more challenging, you can try to do them from a standing position. Stand on your left leg and exercise your right foot, and once completed, you can switch legs.
Calf Lift and Toe Press
For this exercise, it easiest to perform while you are near some type of stairs. For the best results, you should take off your shoes. Face the stairs in the way you would walk up them, but instead let your heels hang off the edge a drop below the rest of your foot level. At this point, you can perform a simple calf lift, but end the lift with by shifting your weight to your big toe. Don’t be discouraged if it’s difficult. Because most people have a difficult time with them until they are used to doing them.
Lastly, you can get regular foot massages. Massages have many benefits, but one of the most interesting is the fact that you can use it to manually. Increase blood flow to your limbs. Place your hands on both sides of your calf. Use long low strokes for the massage. This will help you get better, and more complete coverage to your ankles and feet. Push the blood to your feet. Finish by pulling blood up from your feet. Work your way up to your shins.
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