14 Benefits of Doing Yoga

Yoga can help clear your mind to open your creativity and ease stress.

Yoga on the Wellness Train

Yoga is the bees knees. The benefits of Yoga for your body and well-being is off the charts remarkable. Since I have recently jumped on the wellness train I have seen some positive outcomes. 

Yoga is Lame Sauce

Why? Did it take me so long to come to terms with the awesomeness of Yoga. Probs, due to not being satisfied by any teacher or DVD that I practiced with. Either the class was too advanced, too long, too whatever else excuse I could come up with resulting me in not returning. Now, about those Yoga DVD's that I tried.....I absolutely hated them. The music was dumb, the setting was also dumb, and the teachers did nothing what so ever to inspire me to put that DVD back in my player and join them again.

No Wait....Yoga Rocks

Then one beautiful day a friend of mine invited me to join her in a 30 day Yoga practice. I thought.....ok, here we go again. But, I kept thinking about all the chicks at work that were practicing Yoga and loving it. So, I checked out the 30 day Yoga practice. Not only did I check it out. I completed it. Yep, 30 whole days of Yoga for this girl. I set me some records here. I was pretty impressed with myself for staying with it. Also, was impressed with the Yoga teacher. She is amazing. Totally love this girl. She rocks....big time.

This totally amazing Yoga chick is Adriene. You can find her at:

Yoga with Adrienne

photo credit to The Independent Student Magazine - Madhu Bansal

photo credit to The Independent Student Magazine - Madhu Bansal

Whole Body Benefits

Now, for those benefits I was mentioning earlier:

  • Improves your flexibility
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Improves your posture
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Protects your spine
  • Betters your bone health
  • Increases your blood flow
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves circulation
  • Good for your heart
  • Regulates your adrenal glands
  • Makes you happier
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Helps you focus
  • Stress relief
  • Improves your balance
  • Helps you sleep deeper
  • Gives your lungs room to breathe
  • Prevents IBS and other digestive problems
  • Gives you a peace of mind
  • Increases your self-esteem
  • Eases your pain
  • Gives you inner peace
  • Weight management
  • Give Yoga a Try

Here are a few of my favorite Yoga practices:

30 days of Yoga

Yoga for weightloss

Yoga to get the juices flowing

Detox Yoga

xoxo  Tisa

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21-Day Challenge.....Who's in?

I Am A Sucker

I saw this the other night as I was perusing Pinterest. I am such a sucker for challenges. Such a sucker that last year I agreed to do a 30-day squat challenge to help a friend stay accountable. If any of you have done this challenge you know that it's pretty crazy. Something like over or close to 3000 squats in one month. Ridiculous. Right? 

Don't Ever Give UP

Anyhow, I kept at it and finished the month feeling pretty good. It wasn't too bad at all actually. BUT. The friend that challenged me wasn't quit the diehard as I was....nope, she did not finish. So, I challenge her this time. I'll let you know if she can handle the pressure.   

For reals, peeps! Let's do this. A strong core will rock your world. 

21 Days to a sexier stronger you! Take the challenge.

Each day of the challenge you add all previous days so that on the 21st day you will be doing all 21 exercises.  : ) Sounds like fun. Right? Well it is. I love this challenge and I think you will too. Time to get off your butt and stop making excuses. No better time than right now to improve your health.

Smile. Enjoy. Love Yourself.    

xoxo Tisa                      

Yes, it's true...I Love Yoga!

Yoga poses that help smooth your legs and say goodbye to cellulite.

The Curse Of Cellulite

Cellulite is probably the craziest and most frustrating topic that most if not nearly ALL of us bitches deal with. I found an article that really helps to simplify what cellulite is and a few simple techniques (which happen to be yoga poses) to perform to help with this thing called CELLULITE.

Just A Few Tweaks Here And There

Of course we all know that we must increase our H2O if we are going to get any toxins flushed from our hot bods. So drink up ladies (water that is.....eh, a little wine maybe later) and get your body flushed. Your skin will glow and you'll feel pretty damn good. 

Also by adding a little cardio in your daily routine you'll help to remove toxins, increase stamina, increase metabolism, and decrease stress. I enjoy walking so I hike every chance that I get free time and weather permitting.  I also enjoy biking outdoors, I totally despise riding a stationary bike....... sooooo boring. I park as far away as I can. I take stairs instead of the elevator. I get over 10,000 steps per day. Phew! I know. I'm crazy that way.

Yoga is such an amazing form of exercise. I honestly can say that now because last year I hated Yoga. I knew it was great for my body, but I still hated it. Now. I LOVE Yoga. I feel so damn good after I spend some time on the mat. My flexibility improves. My digestion improves. My mood improves. Bonus!!!!

The poses below you may need to modify, just go into the pose best that your body will let you (remember to relax and breathe) and you will find that over time you will be increasing your flexibility and will go further.

Article found in Prevention magazine

No More Cellulite                             

Love your legs with yoga poses that will leave them smooth and strong

November 3, 2011

Besides whipping your leg muscles into sexy shape, yoga can also help smooth out spongy thighs. "Cellulite is a symptom of reduced lymph circulation," says Atma JoAnn Levitt, RN, head of the integrative weight loss program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. 

If you struggle to remember biology class, lymph is the bodily fluid that carries white blood cells to the lymph nodes to fight germs.

"Yoga [helps] lymph to flow more freely through fatty areas, flushing toxins and reducing cellulite," Levitt says. Inversions—or upside-down positions—like these two are especially good for moving lymph along. Learn these poses from a teacher before attempting them on your own, then practice them once every other day for best results.

Half Shoulder Stand

1. Lie on your back with your arms resting alongside your torso.

2. Bend your knees and curl them up toward your forehead.

3. Place your hands under your hips for support, keeping your elbows on the floor. Hold for 8 to 10 deep breaths.

4. Slowly release your knees and roll your back gently down to the floor.

Plow Pose

1. Begin in half shoulder stand (above).

2. Straighten your legs, extending them back overhead and resting your toes on the floor.

3. Straighten your arms, reaching them out on the floor, palms facing down. Hold for 8 to 10 breaths.

4. Bend your knees back to your forehead and roll your back gently down to the floor.

 

 

xoxo Tisa