Sitting Can Kill You: Tips on Reducing Sitting

Modern living has indeed reduced us to sitting most of our lives.  Further, poor sitting habits accumulate tension in the body, leading to tight hips, bad posture, and weak spine. I have been reading a lot of articles talking about research showing how sitting is killing us.  And how even an hour a day at the…

Day 7: Challenge Completed

Finally!  Day 7 has arrived.  By next week, I can go back to my 2-3 times a week circuit routine and concentrate on Ashtanga and Yin Yoga!  Yay. For today’s workout, Coach Lester prepared a full body routine that works on cardio, triceps, shoulders, thighs, butt, and legs.  I had a very long day, so…

Day 5: Abs Attack. I Surrender.

In today’s circuit class, Coach Lester prepared another core challenge, similar to Day 3’s routine.  I was all energized and ready to really work it out and I had my old pink shoes on. There was a total of 8 stations.  3 circuits, 30 seconds each station.  We had limited props.  We mainly used the mats.…

Day 4: I Wanna Die Challenge

  Today was particularly challenging.  I was recovering from stiff neck and shoulder.  The pain wasn’t so bad after my massage last night and after applying topical pain killer on the affected areas this morning. I missed my asana practice so much after the 3-day intensive kids yoga training (more of that later) that I…

Day 3: Hardcore Challenge

Today’s session focused on the core again.  It was particularly challenging since I did a powerful yang practice during the lunch break…Good thing Coach Lester decided to have pity on us and just provided 30 seconds each station for the three sets (with a minute or two break in between each set).  After warming up,…

Marichyasana I

I’ve recently tried to add Ashtanga into my practice for at least 2 times a week.  I love this yoga style because it instills discipline into my practice.  It likewise challenges me out of my comfort zone.  My favorite pose in the primary series is Marichyasana I, a pose dedicated to the sage Marichi. I…

Day 2: Core Galore

In today’s lunch session, the circuit challenge focused on abs.  I decided to ask Coach Meynard to document the stations that Coach Pau prepared since I was practicing yoga, focusing on back bends. Of course, I didn’t skip the circuit challenge.  I attended the afternoon session instead. Coach Pau prepared a grueling core sequence:  Total of…

Kale Juice

They say the darker the leaves, the healthier it is.  I have recently found a supplier of organic kale and I have been enjoying kale in my salads and juice.  Kale is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and even calcium.Here’s another juice recipe starring this extremely powerful vegetable with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. a…

Three Ways to Use Lemon

Lemonade.  Who doesn’t love the zesty, tangy taste of lemonade sweetened by honey or sugar?  Here’s a quick recipe:  6 lemons, 6 cups of cold water, 1 cup of sugar.  When juicing the lemons, firmly roll lemons between your hand and table/countertop before cutting in half.  Combine lemon juice, sugar, and water.  Stir, adjust to taste…

Hardcore Green Juice

I’ve been juicing for some time now but I have yet to train my taste buds to like pure green juice.  I still prefer mixing a lot of fruits, especially orange, in my daily concoction. Here’s a recipe that I’d try out in the next few days, just to mix things up a little: 2 handfuls…

Carrot Orange Juice

Here is another great recipe  for those beginning their vegetable juicing journey: 3 medium oranges 3 medium carrots Juice the ingredients, using your favorite juicer.  Dump in a couple of ice cubes for that chilling effect. A simple but refreshing drink.  Sweet, light and delightful!  You can add in a handful of lettuce or kale…

Beginner’s Green Juice

In celebration of Women’s month, here is a refreshing juice recipe that helps in preventing breast cancer: 3 medium apples 1 lemon 1 large orange 5 handful of spinach 1 cucumber 1 medium-sized broccoli head Apples, lemon and cruciferous vegetables are known to lower risks of breast cancer.  If lemon is not available, I use calamansi. …

Top 3 Reasons to Introduce Yoga to Your Kids

There are many yoga studios that offer yoga classes for kids.  Teaching can begin even as early at the age of 2 weeks old, being part of mommy’s yoga routine.  This may also include baby massage and other more traditional exercises.  For older kids, asanas are slowly introduced.  However, since it is very difficult to…