Take The 30×35 Holiday Challenge!

School is in wind down mode, on a crash course straight into finals. I think I may have already mentioned the month of October and half of November was a small hell, to say the least. The amount of exams … Continue reading

Relieve the Traveling Blues by Getting Active with Yoga – A Guest Post

It’s always nice to hear from readers, it’s even better when readers contact me with guest posts!  Recently, Wes Vonn, a fitness and healthy living enthusiast, also writer and creator of “Wes’ Musingsthoughts on health, fitness and a fresh perspective on life”  contacted me with a great guest post that I could not resist.

Yoga as an everyday practice, while at home and especially when traveling is fantastic for the body.  Traveling can cause anxiety and also physically damage the body.  It is good to practice yoga for whatever time available, wherever you may be to quell the rigors caused by travel.  Though, regular and sporadic voyagers shouldn’t let this be an excuse to stop a regular yoga practice.  It’s actually quite easy to keep up the good work and Wes has some good insight on keeping up the good work while traveling and practicing yoga.  Here it is:

If you travel on a regular basis, you may have experienced the aches and pains that are commonly experienced by busy travelers.  Some people travel endlessly for executive meetings, sales conferences, school events, sporting events, and a myriad of other reasons.  No matter what the reason is you are traveling, consider taking up yoga as a way to relieve your body and your mind from stress and burdens.  Yoga offers numerous benefits that can provide you with a relaxed and rejuvenated feeling to help you tackle any task or challenge you may be facing when you travel.

Yoga Relieves Pressure and Stress for Travelers

Yoga is an ideal exercise activity for harried travelers to get involved with due to the flexibility of the workout – no pun intended.  Yoga requires only a simple mat that is portable and can be used practically anywhere.  Not only can you do yoga at the airport while you are waiting on your flight, you can also do yoga in the mornings at your hotel or even before you leave your home for your next trip.

Not only can yoga help you to relieve pressure and physical stress that is often associated with weary travelers, yoga can be a great health promoter.  Using yoga for exercise increases physical strength, improves sleep habits, and it also promotes a healthier circulatory system.  The Mayo Clinic has released an article that provides information on popular forms of yoga and how easy it is to begin doing yoga on a regular basis.  Following a few simple guidelines is all that is necessary to begin getting active with this relevant form of exercise and to begin nearly immediately enjoying the results of it.

You Can Do Yoga Anywhere

Many hotels offer complimentary yoga and aerobics classes for their guests. It is important to perform some due diligence to find these types of hotels if it is desired to attend yoga classes. On a recent trip to Las Vegas I researched what hotels have the best complimentary yoga classes by looking at reviews and commentary based around all the Las Vegas Hotels. Hotels that do not offer these free classes can typically instruct a person to a local yoga clinic or wellness center so travelers can enjoy group yoga if they are staying in a city for an extended amount of time.  Group yoga is ideal for people who want to turn exercise and a commitment to fitness into a social interaction that can be encouraging and motivating.

I don’t travel very often (though I have an insane wanderlust) but when I do, yoga is one of my favorite things to do while away from home.  It eases the stress of getting from here to there, stretches out the muscle kinks from sitting for extended periods of time, and subsides the guilt of eating out almost every day while away.  (My personal favorite, yoga on a beach :)).

SDo you keep up with your yoga or fitness regimen while away from home?  Let us know what you do to maintain your normal routine.   If not, try some yoga the next time you go away.  It will be a guaranteed perk to any traveling you may be doing.

Park Slope Stoop Interview!

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this but I love my neighborhood in Brooklyn.  Park Slope is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of New York City and I am totally privileged to live here.  There’s a unique sense of community in Park Slope that you don’t get in other areas of NYC.  The beauty of Prospect Park (which is just like the famed Central Park in Manhattan but larger and fewer tourists) just up the street, all of the small privately owned restaurants and boutiques as well as the beautiful brownstone architecture makes Park Slope a wonderful place to live.  I have been living here for four years and I still think “I can’t believe I live here!” when I walk down the charming tree-lined streets.  Yes, trees do grow in Brooklyn.  Many, as a matter of fact.

Today, I consider myself even more fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community, being able to voice my passion to the local residents through Park Slope Stoop, a fantastic local website.  Recently I was interviewed by the editor, Arianna, on overall wellness and tips to get through this upcoming flu season (it’s supposed to be a doozy!).  Check out the post here!! 🙂  I’m so excited about this interview, I had to share it with you all right away!  It includes my recipe for homemade chicken soup, which is proven helpful in fighting off colds and flu, and other helpful tips for feeling good and energized.  I hope you enjoy!!

Love to you all and stay healthy!!

Prospect Park Panorama

On a winter’s day, just me and my shadow, alone in Prospect Park

“Turn The Corners Of Your Mouth Up!”

I had a new yoga revelation!  Well, maybe not new, it’s something I’ve always known but, like my past posts about yoga mantras and revelations, this one shot up similarly and made all the difference in my at-home practice.  I wrote about it on the Strala Blog this week.  Check it out here!

This post involves my at-home yoga practice, Nimbus (the spoiled little prince that he is) and one of my favorite teachers, Heidi’s helpful words of wisdom.  Bottom line: smile!  It’s easy! 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!

Backyard Brooklyn Yoga – Because I’m A Yoga Guide!

I’m assuming most of you know what I have been up to but if not, I completed 200+ hour training at Strala Yoga in NYC and I’m officially a yoga guide!  I’m so incredibly excited especially after working my butt … Continue reading

The Food Yogi’s Favorite Food Book

This weekend marked the first weekend of Strala’s Fall 2012 200+ Hour Ready-to-lead Training which is AWESOME and I am so excited to be part of, and working with such a wonderful group of inspiring people.  (This is also my Monday Strala Blog post in case you haven’t guessed already ;))

When I got the suggested book list I was so excited to see that one of my favorite food-related books was there. Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eaters Manual with illustrations by Maira Kalman (you can also buy it through my Books page) is my go-to food guide when it comes to eating right. Not to mention, it’s a picture book for adults! Maira Kalman has created many beautiful illustrations to go along with 83 easy-to-follow food-related rules.

Flipping through the pages and the rules, it’s hard to pick a favorite but here’s a good one (and a reminder for myself as I type this at my dining room table):

(Yes, I am totally guilty of this rule right now… whoops!)

A few other favorites:

1. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
2. Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not.
3. When you eat real food, you don’t need rules.

Have you been looking for a down-to-earth approach to eating? Have you been trying to eat healthier but not sure how to stay away from a “fad diet”? Maybe you fear that diet = torture? Read Food Rules. It’s a quick and easy read with very straight-forward tips on better, healthier eating. It’s eating, how it should be.

Happy Monday everyone!

Fooooood Comaaaaaaa

Happy Monday everyone!  Today’s Strala Yoga Blog post is about – you guessed it – that sleepy feeling you get after eating a heavy and thoroughly satisfying meal.

Like my last post on starting your day with a smile, today’s post comes from another recent question I received from a co-worker. She suggested I look into what puts us into a “food coma” after having a big meal (Thanksgiving, Chipotle burrito…) and why it happens. You know the feeling, eyes start to get droopy, mellowness and the feeling of full (pun intended) satisfaction kicks in and all you want to do is undo the top button of your pants, put your feet up and take a little snoooooozzzzzzzze. I wasn’t entirely sure, so I researched a bit. If, like my co-worker and myself, you are interested in why sleepiness sometimes occurs after a meal, here are some factors that might be contributing to your involuntary nap time.

So I’m going to get a little “scientific” up in here as to why sleepiness after a meal occurs. Some say that Postprandial Somnolence (the technical term for food coma) is caused by blood flow that rushes around the stomach and small intestine after a big meal, leaving less oxygen in the brain therefore making you sleepy. Though, this is really not the case. A food coma is brought on by stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). The parasympathetic nervous system regulates all involuntary organ function, in this case digestion, and occurs when the body is at rest to facilitate proper digestion, which is how all meals should be taken. When you eat a meal that is larger than your body is used to, the PSNS effect increases. This uses up a lot of energy resulting you feeling tired. After all, digestion in itself uses up about 10% of the calories ingested per day. Your body is involuntarily working hard to breakdown and absorb the heavy meal you just ate.

For some tips on avoiding a food coma or how to work through one, check out the rest of the post on the Strala Blog.

I hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend.  Love!!! 🙂