March 6, 2015
January 20, 2015
It doesn’t matter what fitness regimen or sports one is into. Yoga can complement and help build on, protect, enhance, minimize injury and do so much more.
Recently, I actually got a pleasant surprise when Amy Hall, Managing Director and Assistant Coach of The Race Club emailed me. I checked out their website and found out that they began as far back as 2000 when 13 swimmers came together to train for the Sydney Olympic Games. Today, “the Race Club is focused on developing the most advanced swim camps in the world in one of the most beautiful places in the world; the Florida Keys“, it says in their History page. The Race Club’s mission is to train Olympic swimmers.
To my pleasant surprise, Amy sent me a link showing them doing yoga. The Race Club website further explains why they use yoga in their training program:
“The Race Club has been practicing yoga for swimmers during dryland training for years. Yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility while lengthening muscles, creating a more streamlined physique in swimming.”
January 4, 2015
“Health is Wealth”...
As a kid, I always thought that this clicked simply because the words rhymed. Health. Wealth!
But after a chronic illness hit a family member, these 3 words now mean a lot to me personally.
December 7, 2014
I have several yoga mats at home. To be honest, I began with a generic, cheap mat since I did not know then, back in 2006, if I’d love it. When I began practicing on a regular basis, I transitioned to branded yoga mats. But each mat had its pros and cons.
One mat I own is a very popular brand. It’s one that will last me for many, many years. But it’s not a mat I can carry anywhere with me. In fact, when rolled up, it’s as heavy as a suitcase. It’s just good for home practice. I also have branded mats that are of normal mat thickness (4mm) and they just don’t work for kneeling asanas. I end up using 2 mats stacked one on top of the other. Then, there is the stickiness factor. I’ve tried mats that are so aesthetically appealing but when doing downward dogs my hands start slipping. Not. Safe. Such mats can be dangerous for those who need enough stickiness especially when doing inversions. And, here’s one more — length. Most mats have a standard length of 68 inches. Well, guess what happens when a tall person uses normal-sized mats! Not a problem though, haha.
Really, just think about the mats you own. What do you like and don’t like about them? I’m sure there are a few things you wish your mat had.
Well, I recently met Priscilla Aliwarga, “CEO on fire” of CUCA, who says she set out to create what is the closest to the perfect yoga mat.
As a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, Priscilla Aliwarga has also tried different kinds and brands of yoga mats. She said that the market had only two kinds of mats: the generic, cheap kind or, on the other end of the spectrum, the very expensive branded ones. She also felt that some of the mats she had been using did not have all the features she would have wanted. She wanted to create the ideal yoga mat — slip-proof, made from aseptic materials that were still completely biodegradable, beautiful, and affordable. So she set out to do just that and came up with the CUCA Eco-care yoga mat.
It’s interesting where the name CUCA comes from. Kuka is the Incan Goddess of Happiness and Well-Being. Priscilla told us this embodied what she wanted her company to be — a company “infused with the passion of people who strive for high performance, affordable, eco-friendly products, to empower you to get in touch with your inner self”.
November 12, 2014
Not yet convinced yoga is for you?
Here’s a simple infographic I found on the Huffington Post that summarizes all the benefits you get from yoga — starting with Day 1 up to many years down the road.
To read the full article, click HERE
October 26, 2014
I’ve been bothered by pain in my right shoulder for some time now. Being a blogger and social media person sure has its disadvantages. Typing on a keyboard for hours is not always ergonomic. I’ve tried yin yoga poses and they help. I do counterposes to stretch out the inner arms and move wrists in the opposite direction. I try to remember to angle my laptop with screen lower than my waist to lessen wrist pressure. But the pain comes and goes. Then a great item came for me recently – a whole set of Kimochi Aroma Pillows! Even with the courier package still well-sealed, I could already smell the strong lavender scent coming out of the pillows. Wow, they sure placed a lot of aromatherapy into these things!
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October 7, 2014
I will preface this book review by saying that I am nowhere near an expert on Ayurveda, an ancient Indian holistic healing modality that considers a person’s basic (dosha) constitution based on vatha (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (water). In fact, I consider myself a newbie in this healing realm.
So when I was asked if I wanted to do a book review on an upcoming Ayurveda book by Kim Inglis, I took it as an opportunity to learn more about this holistic therapeutic approach as added knowledge beside my learnings about Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The book is beautifully laid out in easy-to-read style with generous illustrated photos of each Ayurvedic treatment in every chapter. The book is divided into 3 major categories after an introductory chapter: Wellness, Beauty and Balance.
October 4, 2014
If you believe in Mercury retrograde, then be more mindful and patient these next three weeks (Oct. 4-25, 2014) as Earth goes into Mercury Retrograde again. This is actually the third (and last) one this year. Mercury retrograde happened last Feb. 26-28 and June 7-July 1 of this year. This time we have 3 full weeks of it.
September 22, 2014
Sugarleaf events are always great opportunities for people looking to having a healthier lifestyle despite the stress of urban living. It’s been about 2 years now that I’ve been attending events at Sugarleaf whenever I can and there is always something new to learn and apply. I’m giving you a heads-up because here is another one you’d want to calendar.
I recently met sisters Jertie and Jaclyn Abergas, who happen to be vegan and gluten-sensitive resource speakers. I was attending a media preview at Sugarleaf to gain a sneak peek into their upcoming series of workshops over the next several months dubbed The Green Guide to Eating Right.
July 3, 2014
There. I finally said it. Today, I am taking the first step to be certified as a yin yoga teacher.
From my first yoga class in 2006, this is where the universe is bringing me.