Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bikram Yoga Anyone?

Never have I been so focused. My left leg is straight and steady as a lamppost, my hands are tightly rapped around my right foot and I am struggling for my life to straighten my right leg out in the air to form my body in an upside down l-shape. Through the puddles of sweat it hits me like a rock. I have the worst headache of my life, and along with feeling a bit nauseous, it might just have been an excruciating hangover. I am at my first proper Bikram Yoga Class here in London and the only thing that keeps me in that room right now is the firm believe that sweating and stretching this much simply must be good for you. 90min later the class is finally over and with me complaining about my headache the teacher explains that its toxins leaving my body and counts as a normal step in the whole "Bikram Yoga Process". Toxins leaving my body! Was that too good to be true?! I was hooked to the idea of a cleaner me and went back again, again, and again. 

Some of the plentiful benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga:
x detoxifying 
x increases blood flow/blood circulation 
x increase your metabolism
x burns fat more easily due to the heat
x decrease the appearance of scar tissue 
x increase your discipline, self-control, determination
x lower stress levels
x smoother skin and a radiant skin tone

You should definitely try it out but please remember that Bikram Yoga is not for everybody. If you have high blood pressure, is sensitive to heat, have an injury, or sensitive joints this might not be the thing for you. Give it a try if you feel like it and see if it suits. 

Are you a Bikram Yoga practitioner? Please tell us your experience from it.

All the best,

Emilia 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Hello, for you whom did not read my last weeks post missed that I am taking this site in to a new direction by focusing more on health advice, book reviews, healthy living, and the occasional super healthy recipe.

Did you know that sleep, the quality of sleep, is as important for your health as exercise? In order to get and/or stay in shape you need to make sleep a priority. Sleep along with whole foods and physical exercise is the top three for a healthy and skinny you. Sleep deprivation can lead you into depression, migraine, and obesity amongst others. Yes, you heard me right. Not getting enough sleep can make you fat.  

Below are a few tips on how to get those important hours of sleep each night:

x Don't nap. Any sleep within eight hours of your bedtime can make it more difficult to fall asleep. 

x Stop looking at the watch during the night. This will only make you stressed about how few hours are left until you have to get up and start your day.  

x Go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. 

x If coffee can make you jittery then cut the caffeine after lunch. Remember that coke, black tea and dark chocolate also contains caffeine. 

x Avoid vigorous exercise 3-4 hours before bedtime. 

x Although alcohol can make you feel calmer and more relaxed, the quality of sleep gets worse. 

x Just like babies, adults can also benefit from an hour of winding down in the evening before bed. Try and take a relaxing shower or bath, read a book, meditate, or watch a dvd if that helps you relax.  

All the best of luck to you. 

Emilia 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Beginning of Something New

Sometimes you find yourself questioning the value of what you are doing and what can be done to increase that value. I have for the past weeks focused a lot of thinking, scribbling on small pieces of paper, and rethinking ideas on how to make this site more interesting for you. It has been decided that I am steering this site into a different direction by focus more on health advice, the occasional book promotion, and teaching you how to lead a healthy mind, body, and life the natural way, and so has The Beginning of Something New begun. 

Before anything new comes up, please look under the FACTS and DETOX labels to the right to get a reminder of what has previously been posted in these subjects.