Health and Fitness

A DIY GUIDE TO OPENING AND ACTIVATING THE 7 CHAKRAS

A chakra (pronounced ‘cha-kra’) is an energy centre within the auric and physical body. The term chakra, derived from Sanskrit, means spinning wheel. A wheel spins like a vortex, or a whirl wind, as each chakra is a disc or node that serves as the nonphysical highway through which energy travels. These energy centers, when even, restore harmony, which translate into a sense of well-being, health and oneness. Though we commonly talk about the seven main chakras, there are 114 chakras in the body and many more on the outside of the body. However, let us focus on just the seven to get us started. Chakras restoration is not some hippy dippy trend or movement; its roots lie deep within pre-historic Indian society. Though empirically we cannot prove that chakras reside within us, we certainly ca...

A SMOOTHIE OF SELF-LOVE

In today’s world we find ourselves bombarded with information about how we should take care of our body; exercises, diets, types of foods, work out routines, etc. The number of people getting involved in a healthier lifestyle has definitely increased, some may do it just to get the “summer bod,” others may do it because they want a healthier lifestyle and some may just get dragged along into the fitness world; everybody has their reasons and that’s okay. Social media is constantly showing us the latest workouts, meal plans, workout guides, training tips, etc., which can be very overwhelming for any person who is just starting to get on board with a healthy lifestyle.   For this reason, I think it is important to share about the most effective diet, which I have started implemen...

#SUPERWOMAN JOSIE SCHWEITZER | FOUNDER OF THANK YOGA TALKS TO HARNESS

Josie Schweitzer talks to us about finding her calling, letting go of her business and the transformative power of yoga In the early 2000s, Josie Schweitzer took her first yoga class in a basement in the beautiful city of Columbus, Ohio. She was intrigued, but scared because the practice was not approachable. A few years later, in her 20s, she was introduced to a more challenging practice – and that’s when the art of yoga stuck. “The fact that I could go and sweat and feel like I’ve been worked in a lot of ways, kept me coming back to it,” Schweitzer said, who is also a runner and an adrenaline junkie. Yet, she knew there was more to yoga than just the physical benefits. “Once I started practicing, it only took a few months for me to get really, really curious as to why I was feeling...

POISONOUS PLASTIC

We’ve all heard “microbeads are bad,” “don’t use plastic,” or “plastic is bad for the environment” but very few people really know why plastic is bad for their health. I’ve been working as a 5 Gyres Ambassador for nearly a year now and I’m still surprised by all the side effects that plastic products have on human health. Let’s start with microbeads. They’re tiny, plastic particles that feel great when used as a facial scrub and they’re so small they eventually end up just going down the drain. Once the beads are in the water they attract pollutants like flame retardants and other industrial chemicals that are directly connected to health problems such as, the terrifying “C” word – cancer. So, these – now toxic – beads are floating around our rivers, oceans and streams polluting the water ...

IT’S A FITBIT, NOT A MORAL COMPASS

I started planning this post while on a run, which is ironic in an Alanis-Morissette-doesn’t-understand-irony kind of way, because we’re going to talk about fitness. If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you probably know that I like to exercise. I’m an avid biker, runner and yogi. I adore boxing classes. I teach indoor cycling. In addition, I’m known for sharing the things that make me happy, a.k.a. those activities, with the world, particularly those who are close to me. However, I (try my best to) do so with extreme caution and intention… because while exercise and fitness have the power to bring joy and growth to my life, it can also create sadness or inflict pain on others. The way we talk about and use exercise can be extremely harmful, whether we’r...

MY FIRST TIME | EMBRACING THE AWKWARDNESS

“Please remove all your clothes and put this robe on. You can just set the sheet on your lap. Dr. Lee will be right with you.” I nod my head and wait for the door to close before I begin to slide my dress off. I hope everything is normal; good thing I’m not on my period; is it weird that I shaved or does that make it seem like I care too much. I try to shake away all the thoughts racing through my mind and my eyes skim across a poster about getting tested for STDs. Below the poster are brochures and pamphlets about everything I didn’t know about my own body. *knock, knock* The door cracks open and then HE walks in. Many women despise going to the OB/GYN – the anxiety, the awkwardness, the vulnerability…the cold hands. I was nervous already, but upon learning that my doctor was ...

THE INTERNAL BAPTISM

Water is essential to life but is often taken  for granted. Some parts of the world struggle with drought, water contamination and shortage. We, on the other hand, have it at our disposal at the turn of a tap. It’s a blessing that we don’t always count. We use profuse amounts of water in dish washers, washing machines, in cooking, washing the car and the list goes on. But do we drink enough to cleanse our inner selves?  A survey by the Royal National Institution shows that 89% of Britons are not drinking enough water. This figure speaks for most of the western world. So what is enough water? National guidelines state that eight small cups is what we need to sustain optimum health but ideally, we should be drinking up to two to three litres a day for better health. We are simply not drinkin...

10 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED A YEAR AFTER MY SURGERY

I can’t believe it’s has been a year since I had my surgery. Last Spring and Summer was one of the toughest times I have ever had to face! During that time, I really didn’t think I would make it through. I had surgery last year to remove a tumour from my uterus. If you want to read about my experience, go here! But, it has now been a year and here are the ten things that I have learned. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger: This is something that is said and it is so true. There were moments after my surgery where I felt like I wouldn’t and couldn’t make it through. After the surgery, walking, peeing, standing, coughing and sneezing would hurt so much. These were simple things that never used to hurt. But after the surgery, I feel much stronger. I ca...

THE BENEFITS OF REIKI

What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on of hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through all of us and is what causes us to be alive. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement that anyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. What are the Benefits of Reiki? Dissolves energy blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit Increases energy levels Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension Clears the mi...

SUCCESSFUL HEALTHY HABITS

  Healthy habits are hard to come by let alone know exactly what habits will help us with long term success.  We’ve heard before that good genetics, working out, eat healthy, reduce stress, get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  Well maybe you have most those things and your still not where you think your body should be.  Below are some of those healthy tips explained in more detail as well as new tips that you might want to try to help you with a new health routine. Healthy Habits Take care of yourself in your 20’s- the habits you form over the course of your 20’s will help formulate your healthy habits for years to come.  Out of your 20’s? No worries the sooner you start taking time for you the better. For example, if your in the sun without sunscreen you will develop sun spot...

REPAIRING MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

  Like most women, I have dealt with a wide spectrum of experiences in the realm of food and body image.  Since I was a teenager, I’ve struggled with emotional eating – food was one of the best ways I could “deal” with my issues, and finding (temporary) comfort in a pint of ice cream, a bag of candy, or a McDonald’s meal is something that I’ve done more times than I can count. When I was in my early twenties (I’m now 27), I started to educate myself about nutrition and exercise, and realized I was very sensitive to gluten, refined sugar, and dairy.  Removing these foods from my diet, paired with an active gym routine which consisted of resistance and high intensity interval training, helped me feel healthier, stronger, and more balanced and happy than I had ever felt in my life.  Duri...

10 TIPS TO RUNNING FIT

  You feel as though you have been running for at least 15 minutes. You go to look at your watch to see just how long it’s been and…. it’s not even been 10. You have walked five of those minutes and realize it’s not even nearly over. Running is a great way to keep fit, gain cardio ability and lose weight but it can also be a long hard road. So here are my 10 tips to try and get to the runner you want to be: 1. Start small – Don’t go out and expect to be able to run miles in one go. It’s not realistic and you will find it completely puts you off if you try and fail at the first hurdle. 2. Break it up – Also known as interval training – Pick a lamppost or bin, even a person walking away from you. Run from one to the next and the next, and soon you will find you can run more ...

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