Compressing, releasing in twists

This week the theme in my yoga classes is twists.

My mama is visiting this week and I asked her what she wanted the theme to be. (I already knew what she wanted. But I asked anyway.)

I have gotten a lot of great feedback from my students on this week’s sequence. They tell me they feel great, relaxed, stretched out, etc.

Twists are awesome for the body and do so many good things for us.

As I have been telling my students this week, twists help us with digestion, to detox, to de-stress, release tension and anxiety and help us keep our spine muscles mobile.

Twists compress and release your abdominal region, which can increase circulation to your organs and stimulate your digestive system, according to an article on Yoga Journal about healthy digestion.

When you twist you compress (squeeze) and when you release (soak) there will be a rush of fresh blood that will flood your digestive organs, according to DoYouYoga’s article 5 health benefits of yoga twists.

When you release, you re-introduce fresh blood, which can help cleanse the cells of any built up waste because with increased circulation comes increased cellular detoxification, also according to the … Continue reading

Cooking and blending my way to healthy eating

During this time I am taking off from working full time I want to get back to healthy: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and in any other way I can.

I have started eating better, drinking even more water than I was before and I am even cooking a bit. (I’ve also started back with my regular home yoga practice, regularly attending public yoga classes and getting some cardio in at my gym.)

Let’s get back to that cooking thing I mentioned above …

Even though I have two parents who are amazing cooks, I don’t like cooking. When I was a kid and my brother and I were old enough we were given the task to cook one night a week to help our mom, who was a single parent.

I absolutely hated it. I begged my mom for any other chore. So I had to vacuum the house. And to the day I still don’t mind vacuuming.

I have many goals in mind during my break. One of them is not to become a housewife–this is no offense to housewives, it is just not me.

One of my goals (besides tackling that atrocious unorganized pantry, cleaning up my e-mail inbox, … Continue reading

Summer Cleanse

Green Surge  makes organic, green smoothies. They come into work twice a week and sell smoothies. They also have a 1-day, 3-day and 5-day Summer Cleanse.

I did the 3-day with some other co-workers so we could “suffer” together.

The Surge Express Cleanse provides about 1,ooo calories of dense nutrition a day. Every morning six smoothies are delivered and are numbered in the order they should be consumed.

I decided to do the cleanse for a few reasons. I think a detox occasionally is good for most people. I also really need to get back on track with my nutrition and felt that was a great way to launch back into it.

The fact that my friends are doing it along with me makes a difference as well.

I have my six smoothies a day along with raw veggies at lunch, a banana in the morning and I had a few homegrown (small) tomatoes last night and tonight.

A cleanse is not healthy for everyone. Make sure to check with your doctor if you have any questions or doubts or thyroid disease, digestive disease or are recovering from an eating disorder. Liquid cleansing is not recommended for people with diabetes.

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Cleansing with twists, water intake

Tonight in Vickie’s yoga class we focused on a lot of twisting. There are many benefits to the twisting yoga poses (as are with all yoga poses).

According to an article on the Yoga Journal website: When twisting, the organs are compressed during a twist, pushing out blood filled with metabolic by-products and toxins. When we release the twist, fresh blood flows in, carrying oxygen and the building blocks for tissue healing.

Peter Blumenauer, a yoga teacher, holistic chiropractor, and co-founder of Clear the Toxins, says in the article: Twists enhance digestion and boost the flushing ability of the liver and kidneys.

Vickie reminded us at the end of class tonight to make sure to drink plenty of water. I normally drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. (I am at 80 ounces right now.)

Water helps cleanse and detox. Water tastes good when I am thirty or when I am working out or when hot. It’s one of the best things one can ingest.

And yes, when you drink a lot of water you have to pee a lot. Eventually the body adjusts a little. But what has to be remembered is the water is cleansing the … Continue reading

Munching on “spaghetti”

I survived Day 3 of my cleanse. I replaced my three meals with three green smoothies. I was a little hungry in the afternoon so I had an apple. Trying to keep it raw. It went much more smoothly than I thought it would.

Last night I attended my regular Friday evening Vinyasa flow class with Lily. We did moon salutations instead of sun salutations. It was a nice way to end the week and for an evening class.

One pose we did was called dragon pose. It was a nice stretch. And Lily mentioned it is a great pose for those of us who wear high heels.

Today is Day 4 of my cleanse. I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat. I am thinking it is because of the raw fruits and vegetables. I tried to do some research online. I couldn’t find anything that is certain. But I think the scratchy throat is because my body is detoxing.

I had a green smoothie for breakfast and lunch. I had some carrots for a snack this afternoon. For dinner I made raw “spaghetti.” I am eating half of it now. And will eat half later. … Continue reading

Slurping green

I survived Day 2 of my cleanse. But I was only substituting one meal with a one green smoothie today and yesterday.

Tomorrow will be the real test: three green smoothies=three meals. If all goes as planned I will do that for the next five days. We’ll see how it goes.

My friend Karen asked if the green smoothie I had today was actually green. I think the picture reveals the answer to Karen’s question.

The smoothies are so thick that I can’t actually drink it out of the water bottles I have been filing. Heck, I can’t even drink it. So I have been eating it with a spoon. That seems to work pretty well.

And the smoothies are so thick and filling that they take a long time to eat. It gives me a chance to eat my meal slowly and digest it slowly.

You may be wondering why I am doing this cleanse. I am doing it for a variety of reasons.

Lately I have been really paying attention to what I am eating and drinking. I decided that the cleanse would be a good addition to this. I do already eat a lot of fruits and … Continue reading

Happy New Year … from the couch … still with a cold

My staycation has consisted of me nursing a cold all week. Last night the cold started to move into my chest and develop into a cough. The cough seems the worst in the morning and at night.

So I missed spin and abs and body conditioning today.

And I fear I am going to miss the New Year’s Day detox workshop at the yoga studio tomorrow.

I was bummed about missing out on exercise this whole week. But the likelyhood of me missing out tomorrow really bums me out.

Maybe I will make a miraculous recovery in the next 18 hours or so?

Curt and I are heading to Sushiya for dinner tonight and then home for movies and relaxing.

Happy New Year to you all. If you are going out tonight be careful and be safe. And if you do drink and drink too much, please be safe and don’t drive.

Binds, twists and relaxation

Today in my Vinyasa flow glass we focused on binding and twisting.

This Yoga Journal article gives a great and lengthy description of a Hatha practice while binding.

The noose pose is a bind and a twist. We didn’t quite do this pose today. We did a bind while in a lunge. (Among many other binds and twists.)

Yoga Journal states the following list of benefits one gets from practicing the noose pose:

  • Stretches and strengthens the ankles
  • Stretches the thighs, groins, and spine
  • Opens the chest and shoulders
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Improves posture
  • Binding and twisting massages the internal organs and is detoxifying. This article discusses the many benefits of binding.

    I am starting to wonder if my yoga instructors are preparing us for the holiday gorge fest that we are about to embark on. I talked about the twisting we did in Baxter’s Hatha class on Wednesday night.

    Another preparation for the season that begins … really now, you know, the crazy holiday season, end of the year at work … I made sure to attend the restorative class tonight. I really enjoy that class. Today I physically relaxed … Continue reading

    Facing food challenges

    In the food department I was eating rather healthy until … yesterday.

    I had a training in the city. They provided us breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. For some reason I just couldn’t not eat the cookies. Of course, I ate more than I should. At lunch there were these amazing potatoes. Most people were raving about them, me included.

    We had a cocktail hour and the drinks were flowing. Dinner was delicious and fairly healthy. I wasn’t planning on having dessert and all of sudden there was dessert sitting in front of me.

    Today more yummy breakfast and cookies at break time. Lunch we were on our own. I had a side salad and a slice of cheese pizza.

    Then tonight after yoga I am meeting some girlfriends for dinner at a Thai restaurant.

    Then Sunday is the Super Bowl and we are hanging out at our friends’ place. I am assuming there will be few healthy items available.

    Then … yup, there’s more …

    Our friend Karen comes into town and we will hang out one night next week. My cousin and his wife come to visit next week for a long weekend … and I know there … Continue reading

    Another self-designed spin class

    I went back to the gym today. No classes today or tomorrow.

    So I got on the spin bike and designed my own class again. I think I had a pretty good workout. I was tired and pretty sweaty once I was complete. I rode about 40 minutes on the bike. Then did about 10-15 minutes of abs and a little weights (biceps and triceps).

    After the gym I met my friends for lunch. Mmmmm, pizza. I am planning in detoxing myself soon from all this crap I have been eating. I love food and especially food that is unhealthy. But I don’t love feeling like crap, tired and sluggish. A bag of chips vs. and apple.