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Feeling a Little Unfit? 13 Reasons NOT to Get in Shape

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Lately, I’ve been super focused on getting fit.

After my father’s death (and all the subsequent life-altering experiences that came with that while trying to juggle “regular” everyday life such as work), I put on a few pounds, made excuses not to run or attend yoga classes, and — well — just basically put my physical health on the backburner.

Now that I’ve had some time to adjust, it’s time to get back on track. I joined a gym in January (and am proud to say I’ve made it out of the “January Club”!), started cleaning up my diet again, and have been browsing various yoga classes to find something that’ll get me out of my living room and back into the studio.

(Now, if only this pesky bitter cold winter would pass, I could get off the treadmill and back to the park!)

Anyway, during this journey back to getting fit, I’ve done some thinking about why I want to get fit. Simply put, it’s for me. I want to feel better physically (which always makes me feel better mentally) as well as feel comfortable in my own skin again (another mental perk!).

During these musings, I started wondering about the reasons not to get fit. That’s right; while I firmly believe in physical wellness and how it impacts our mental health and wellness, I also believe there are reasons you should avoid when getting in shape…and I think many of you will be able to relate.


National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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Happy Friday, ladies!

If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red — and it’s not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!

Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the AMA:

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease — starting TODAY — even if you’re new to the game!


Life Hack: 15 Ways to Repurpose an Old Yoga Mat

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

My old yoga mat has downed its last dog, I’m afraid, and I’m in the market for a new one.

However, my yoga mat and I have been through so many good (and bad, and grueling, and kiss-my-ass!) times together that I’m not ready to let her go just yet — completely, that is.

I’m Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions)

Thus, I’ve done some research on how to repurpose yoga mats. Reusing old yoga mats both helps you cut back on your environmental impact and get a few helpful tools around the home.

I mean, win/win, right? :)


How to Overcome the Panic and Anxiety of Joining a Gym

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Although I’m a strong advocate of running outdoors, I’m not at all opposed to joining a gym (especially when exercising outside or even in your home just isn’t an option). They’re full of all the equipment you want and need, they’re great places to meet new people, and — let’s face it — Netflix marathons aside, going to the gym gives you a much better reason to wear those sweats.

However, joining a gym can be intimidating — for some (like me), it can even cause panic and anxiety.

Even so, I decided to join a gym this year as part of my physical wellness plan, and my experiences shopping around helped me figure out a few tips for joining a gym that might help you, too.


Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

2014

Yes, I know they’re all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year!

Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol’ fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014.

Enjoy!


I’m Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

As a practicing yogi, you’d think I’d at least try to embrace all challenges that come my way. After all, among many other things, yoga is all about centering oneself—finding peace and balance both on and off the mat.

Yet, when my yoga instructors suggest headstands, handstands, and other yoga inversion poses, I’m ready to run screaming for the door.

I start feeling panic and anxiety, and later I’m a little depressed that I didn’t give it a try—three emotions yoga intends to reduce, not encourage.


Open Forum for Yoga Teachers: What Made YOU Decide to Teach Yoga?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Several times over the past couple of years, I’ve considered getting my RYT 200, i.e. 200 hours of yoga teacher training so I can become a Registered Yoga Teacher. During 2013, I seriously considered it, going so far as to complete the application and start browsing the books I needed to purchase.

Alas, my father began and lost his battle with cancer right before classes started and I wasn’t able to devote the time or money.

Yesterday, I received an email from my favorite yoga studio letting me know they were hosting a 200-hour yoga teacher training starting January 2015.

Naturally, my interest was piqued all over again.

Also naturally, I have my doubts.


Why Couldn’t I Have Fun by Myself?

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Copyright: Alicia Sparks

I have a confession to make: I might have seriously flaked out last weekend.

Actually, I DID seriously flake out last weekend.

You see, last summer I participated in The Color Run (pictured above). It was A BLAST. I got together a big group of friends and formed a team and we had so. much. fun.


POLL: Are Yoga Apps Replacing Mats in Classes?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Years ago, I used to call myself “doing yoga” when I’d pop in a DVD and breathe and bend when the instructor told me.

These days, I prefer practicing yoga in a class. Sure, I have enough knowledge of certain yoga poses and yoga sequences that I can (and do) practice at home, but overall I make sure to get to a class or two each week.


Robin Williams and Death: Dealing With the Physical and Mental Pain

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.

Say that again, out loud.

Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide.


 

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