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16
OCT

Helping Runners Ease Their Everyday Pain & Stay in the Race

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Homeopathy at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

As the fall running season jogs towards us, more than 36 million runners in the U.S. are trading the heat and humidity for cooler, dryer temperatures, enjoying the beautiful foliage, and signing up for a few holiday-themed races. But before you hit the pavement, here are four tips to help keep you pain-free all season long:

  • When selecting a running shoe, look for a style that fits comfortably and accommodates your foot anatomy. Once your mileage exceeds 500-600 miles, it’s time for a new pair of shoes.
  • Wear proper running clothes. Loose clothing is more likely to rub against your skin, so choose a fabric that is sweat-wicking. Stay away from cotton—once it’s wet, it stays wet, and it can rub your skin raw.
  • If you do suffer a minor injury, relieve your leg, foot or knee pain naturally with Boiron Arnicare. Arnicare topicals, pellets and tablets temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect for fast pain relief. This non-greasy, unscented gel is quickly absorbed by the skin. Arnicare Tablets and Arnica pellets are both easy-to-take oral medicines. They provide widespread pain relief for the whole body and may be combined with Arnicare Gel.
  • A gradual return to running post-injury (i.e., a 10 percent increase in mileage per week) is advised, once your flexibility and strength have returned.

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4
OCT

What’s New? Kulae

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a top-quality brand of exercise and fitness accessories to our customers: Kulae.

Kulae manufactures eco-friendly, high-quality yoga mats, hot yoga mats and other yoga accessories. The company works around the clock to ensure that the yoga and fitness experience of all customers is in concert with the world in which we live. The durability, comfort and traction of these mats are second to none.

Kulae offers the best-on-the-market, most stylish and eco-friendly yoga mat, hot yoga mat, and yoga gear on the planet. All lines of Kulae tpECOmat are 100% biodegradable, 100% recyclable, and contain no PVC, latex, cadmium, lead or rubber, which means no allergies. The majority of these eco-friendly yoga mats are dual layer constructed, providing two color options and two distinct, grippy surfaces for you to choose from. Kulae’s eco mats are made of eco-conscious TPE using closed cell technology, which means that bacteria and germs cannot get “trapped” in the mat, as is the case with most natural rubber mats. You will get the grip of a traditional “sticky” mat without the smell, the heavy carrying weight and lingering odors found in traditional rubber/PVC mats.

Additionally, Kulae’s Elite Hot Hybrid hot yoga mat combines the function and support of a traditional yoga mat with the absorbability of a thirstiest towel. Made of environmentally friendly, ECO PER and bamboo microfiber, this mat is free of the six most harmful phthalates and is sure to be the standard by which all hot yoga mats are measured. 100% Recyclable and 100% Biodegradable, the Elite Hot Hybrid is the perfect hybrid combo of a mat and a towel to keep it dry.

You can save even more on these fantastic new items from Kulae when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code OCT14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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9
SEP

5 Basics Any Yogi Should Know

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

5 Basics Any Yogi Should Know

Yoga is the union of body and mind. Whether you do it for improved flexibility or spirituality, here’s a few essentials you need to know before you step foot on the mat

1. Why we “Om” – “Om”, pronounced “A-U-M,” is the alpha and the omega. Everything and nothing. It’s the sound of the universe. When we “om” together, we become one with the universe.

2. Show respect with “Namaste” – Namaste (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”,) can have many variations in translation.  “The soul in me honors the soul in you.” Traditionally, Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting used in India but is also invoked at the end of a class to show gratitude.

3. Downward dog has nothing to do with your pet – Adho Mukha Svanasana is sometimes referred to as the mother of all poses in yoga. During this asana remember to spread the fingers wide and roll the shoulder blades back but don’t hyperextend the spine. Find your place in the pose and enjoy the benefits, which include decreased back pain, less tension, fewer headaches, lessened anxiety and improved circulation. Now, athletes and novices alike can get down with that!

4. Is it time for Savasana yet? – Also known as everybody’s favorite pose, it’s that time at the end of a class when you lie on your back and just let go. It serves multiple purposes for the physical, spiritual and philosophical self. Comfort is key during this pose. Feel free to ask your teacher for accessories like a blanket or bolster before you dive deep into relaxation.

5. Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing – Do not look over to your neighbor’s mat in envy of their eight-angle pose. Yoga is not about being bendy. It’s a reminder that all things take time and easing into. It forces us to be okay with the unknown and allows us to quiet the mind and just be.

 

 

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8
SEP

What’s New? Cutler Nutrition

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is introducing a premium brand of sport nutrition supplements to our customers: Cutler Nutrition.

Cutler Nutrition offers superior products to help you achieve your fitness goals. The company is dedicated to researching, building, and designing only the absolute ‘best of the best’ formulas for hardcore athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts.

Four-time Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler is not just an ambassador of this brand, he is an owner. Cutler has over 20 years of experience in training and supplementation at the highest competitive level. Cutler Nutrition combines Jay Cutler’s needs with formulators and product specialists, who have been trained in developing edgy sports supplements that are capable of meeting top-notch requirements.

One of the company’s best-selling products is Legend. This old school bottle of “full speed ahead” is a top quality workout powder which provides a total energy blast that cannot be altered. It’s primary trait of pre-performance activity acts on two completely separate platforms. The first of which is an extremely intense energy pathway that allows Legend to ignite and energize its user within minutes, through a precise combination of highly active compounds. The second is through a balanced ratio of key amino acids and derivatives. Cutler Nutrition Legend is a pre-workout, high intensity, over-the-top phenomenon supplement.

Cutler Nutrition Pro Stim JC is another top-selling item from this brand. This super concentrated cutting formula is perfect to be used in conjunction with weight loss programs and pre-contest cutting programs. Pro Stim is a highly specific, very precise selection of ingredients designed to help burn excess fat and can be especially useful for professional athletes that want to get lean prior to competition. Jay Cutler himself uses Pro Stim 4-8 weeks before getting on stage.

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6
AUG

Run Five Minutes, Prevent Heart Disease

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Concerns & Ailments at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A new study suggests that even a five-minute run may help prevent heart disease. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the research concluded that running can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease regardless of your running speed.

The results of this study may motivate more people to start running or increase the frequency of their runs. Previous research has indicated many health benefits from running but this study is one of the largest to pinpoint the positive effects of running, especially for non-marathoners or non-triathletes.

Researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived. Compared to non-runners, those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, runners on average lived three years longer than individual who did not run. When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, and smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. Researchers found runners who ran less than an hour per week have the “same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week.”

However, researchers concluded that consistency was the main element. Participants who ran consistently over a period of six years or more gained the most benefits, with a 29% lower risk of death for any reason and 50% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

Activities like running can lower your blood pressure and decrease the production of glucose, which cuts your risk of developing diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.

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24
JUL

Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga & Wellness

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Exercise and Fitness,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Pregnancy is a progressive adventure — a time of profound inner and outer growth. It is also a time to examine who you are and how you relate to all living things. Birthing Mama is designed to be your companion during this transformational time, offering six weekly areas of interest to nourish yourself and your growing baby.

Through online, holistic forums for weeks 14-42, along with a series of DVDs, Birthing Mama gives you valuable tools and support to connect deeply to the spiritual process of childbirth.

Birthing Mama is an offering from the heart, to support your pregnancy in being as transformational for your inner-self as it will be for your physical body.  Let yourself be guided through each offering, from a state of openness, curiosity, and awareness. Tune in to your inner voice and follow it within yourself, wherever it leads.

The inspiration for this childbirth companion came from Corinne Andrews, who, when pregnant with her second child, was inspired to launch Birthing Mama to give other expectant mothers a framework for experiencing their pregnancy as a sacred and transformative life event.

A weekly companion offering holistic support for each week of your pregnancy from weeks 14-42

  • 30 Prenatal Yoga Videos – over 6 hours of videos!
  • Recipes & Nutritional Guidance
  • Developmental Benchmarks
  • Inspiration & Education
  • Creative Activities
  • Self-Care Recommendations

 

Also included are product recommendations from other online retailers, access to a media library bursting with articles, guided meditations, yoga nidra and live prenatal classes.  Members also receive exclusive discounts with the Birthing Mama team, (for long-distance subscribers, phone or Skype appointments are available) including: Yoga & Mindfulness, Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine and Family Photography.

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11
JUL

What’s New? MTS Nutrition

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 1:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin continues to add top quality supplements to our customers. The latest addition is a revolutionary brand of sports nutrition products: MTS Nutrition.

MTS Nutrition offers a variety of sports supplements created by one of the fastest growing companies in the world. The company’s owner and CEO Marc Lobliner is a publisher on the site MachineMuscle.com, an online health and fitness publication as well as an owner of a premium clothing line called Machine Training Gear. Alongside this, Marc is a professional bodybuilder and a former Chief Marketing Officer of TigerFitness.com, a 2012 INC. 500 company as well. Marc has also launched and developed Team Scivation, an online personal training and diet program, into the largest of its kind in Sport Nutrition history with over 70,000 concurrent members. Prior to starting Scivation, Marc was a co-founder of, and served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Sylvester Stallone sports nutrition company, INSTONE, LLC. Marc also spent over four years working for Weider Publications’ Muscle & Fitness, FLEX, Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness Hers magazines.

Drop Factor Thermogenic Powerhouse is one of the company’s best-selling items. This revolutionary product combines scientifically validated doses of key ingredients proven to support incereased energy, support thyroid activity, and burn fat in trouble areas like hips and thighs for women and abs and love handles for men.

You can earn ten times LuckyRewards points on all MTS Nutrition items of Lucky Vitamin.com. Ten times points are based on normal point ratio of one point earned per $1 spent. Actual points offered displayed on item detail page for each item. Click here for more information on LuckyRewards program.

Additionally, you can save even more on all these fantastic new products from MTS Nutrition. Just enter promo code JULY14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.

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9
JUL

Pre-Workout Beverage? Coffee

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Foods at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

If you are searching for a pre-workout beverage, you may have been drinking it without knowing it: coffee. A recent study shows that drinking coffee before a workout can help burn more calories. Published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, the study discovered that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise compared to those who ingested a placebo. The dose that triggered the effect was 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. For a 150-pound person that’s roughly 300 mg of caffeine the amount in about 12 ounces of brewed coffee, the average quantity of a regular cup of coffee.

Coffee may offer a weight-loss advantage as caffeine has been known to increase workout benefits but that might be more than just a spark of energy. Scientists at the University of Illinois found that consuming the caffeine equivalent of around two cups of coffee one hour before a 30-minute, high-intensity exercise reduced muscle pain. Consequently, caffeine may help you push just a little bit harder during strength-training workouts, resulting in better improvements in muscle strength and endurance. Additionally, research suggests that caffeine may help preserve overall fitness and reduce the risk of age-related injuries.

Lastly, a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that a little caffeine post-exercise may also be beneficial, particularly for endurance athletes who perform day after day. The research found that compared to consuming carbohydrates alone, a caffeine/carb combo resulted in a 66% increase in muscle glycogen four hours after intense, glycogen-depleting exercise. Glycogen, the form of carbohydrate that gets stockpiled in muscle, serves as a vital energy reserve during exercise, to power strength moves, and fuel endurance.

Remember: do not to rely on caffeine as an energy booster if you’re often tired. Get more rest and find the real reason you feel fatigue. Be consistent with your coffee intake and drink plenty of water regularly.

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16
JUN

The Power of BCAA

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Known as the building blocks of muscle mass, Branched-Chain Amino Acids have been helping people for years. Popular known as BCAA, this top-selling sports nutrition product is commonly used to build muscle, burn fat, and enhance athletic performance.

If you are not familiar with BCAA, these supplements can improve endurance and strength training results and it has the ability to prevent muscle loss at high altitudes and prolong endurance performance in the heat, a perfect product for marathon or triathlon runners. Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine are three essential amino acids which play an important role in protein synthesis. These three amino acids are considered essential because the human body does not produce any of them and human beings cannot survive unless these amino acids are present in the diet.

Recent studies have shown that dieting groups supplementing with BCAAs, such as leucine, can increase muscle retention and maximize fat loss much more effectively than non-supplemented groups. Very popular in the bodybuilding and fitness community, BCAA supplementation may be useful for gaining mass and maintaining muscle mass even while on a calorie-deficit diet. BCAAs not only increase the rate of protein synthesis, but they also increase the cell’s capacity for protein synthesis.

Additionally, BCAAs might also help improve workout intensity as it competes with the amino acid tryptophan for entry into the brain, where Tryptophan can be converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin. During exercise, serotonin levels rise and can increase fatigue. BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced.

Lucky Vitamin is now offering a special sale on BCAA supplements for a limited time. Click here to check out our BCAA sale page.

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28
MAR

Rotating Running Shoes May Prevent Injuries

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Concerns & Ailments at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The results of an interesting study show that switching between different pairs of shoes may help prevent running-related injuries. Published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, the study of 264 recreational runners found that those who used multiple pairs of running shoes over a 22-week observation period had a significantly lower risk of running-related injury than those who used only one pair.

During the study, researchers from the Public Research Centre for Health in Luxembourg recorded information about the runners such as running shoe use and running-related injuries on an internet-based electronic database. Multiple shoe users were defined as those who reported at least two different pairs of running shoes, different brand, model, or version, in the system and who alternated between them at least two times during the observation period. Multiple shoe users wore their predominant pair of shoes for an average of only 58% of their running sessions.

Runners in the multiple-shoe group had a 39% lower rate of running-related injury than runners who predominantly used only one pair of shoes, and had a hazard ratio of .614. Increased mean session distance (hazard ratio .795) and increased weekly participation in sports other than running (hazard ratio .848) were also found to be protective against running-related injury, while history of previous injury was a risk factor (hazard ratio 1.722).

The study authors believe that alternating running shoes may reduce injury risk by providing variation in the type of physical load applied to the body but alert that other factors may have to be considered.

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17
JAN

What’s New? EVL Nutrition

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 9:30 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Gyms and fitness centers are always pretty crowded in the month of January. The New Year has this amazing force to make people find that extra motivation to start exercising, eating better, and living healthier. Checking the number of people that flock the gyms these days, one may wonder: how many of these “newcomers” would still be exercising by, let’s say, March or April?

Starting a new exercising routine can certainly change your life to a better, healthier life but that’s only the beginning. Keeping up with your workout can be equally as difficult but you can find ways to successfully stay on track. Sport nutrition supplements may be just what you need, that little extra boost, to keep your body in top conditions to endure a regular or daily workout. So, there’s no better time to present you with our latest sport nutrition brand: EVL Nutrition.

EVL Nutrition offers a top quality line of sport supplements created to enhance the lives of every single customer. EVL seeks to empower its followers to live healthy, fuel training programs, and bring out their inner athlete. The goal of EVL Nutrition is simple: provide results.

EVL Nutrition was founded on the guiding principles to provide fueling and recovery formulas to aid an athlete’s training program. By taking the time out of your day to research products, you have already made the step in the right direction. EVL Nutrition provides you the tools to maximize your body’s potential instead of settling with sub-par products. EVL Nutrition unique formulas can grant you access to the newest and best products in the evolution of sports nutrition.

In addition, you can save extra on all EVL Nutrition supplements. Just enter the code JAN14NEW10 at checkout for an additional 10% on all items of this new brand, only at LuckyVitamin.com.

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9
JAN

No Pain, No Problems

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Aids at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A New Year has just begun and you have started a new workout. That’s great news and so far, so good. You have been exercising according to schedule and have not missed a single day, perfect! But many people face that “day” when you feel really tired, you have muscle pain, your whole body is sore, and the last thing your want to do is exercising. This is often a problem for many people trying to change into an active lifestyle, but you don’t have to skip or quit your fitness program just because of that.

Pain and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) are quite common issues for people who exercise, particularly to the ones just starting or getting back to physical activities. Exercising is excellent for your health but many activities can be very harsh on your muscles and joints. Running is one of the best ways to get or stay in shape but it can really cause some soreness on legs, knees, and ankles. Luckily, you can find a variety of efficient, low cost pain relief products that can provide quick relief and get you back to your workout in short time. If you feel pain or soreness, start treatment as soon as possible. Hot and cold packs are also a great way to treat these minor injuries. Some products can provide hours of relief from pain and inflammation without any discomfort or skin irritation. You may be surprised how efficient this simple treatment can be.

Prevention is also really important. Wearing protective braces can be helpful as it may help an individual to stay active by enhancing the position and movement of the joints and reducing overall pain. For example, knee braces can support or align the knee and can prevent issues from simple soreness to more serious joint problems. Ankle braces can do just the same and are an excellent way to prevent sprains.

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3
JAN

Resolution Time!

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Health Foods at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Happy New Year! Many people are starting 2014 with a New Year’s resolution and Lucky Vitamin is helping you celebrate 2014. You can save an extra 10% off our most popular resolution categories.

The most common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating healthy, getting in shape, reducing stress, starting a cleanse, getting healthier skin, quitting smoking, getting more sleep, and many others. Some people prefer to choose a more generic resolution such as “being healthy” rather than a specific one. But shouldn’t “being healthy” be a must for anyone starting a New Year’s resolution? Some people may have a point on this discussion as you do have to be healthy to start and, most importantly, succeed in any resolution you make it for the New Year.

While the term may have many different interpretations, most people just want to improve their lifestyle. Perhaps eating more fruits and vegetables and eating less fast food, drinking more water and less soda. Others may take the opportunity for a fresh new start changing from completely unhealthier habits to healthier ones such as quit smoking and start a new workout. Every beginning of the year is a great chance to make wellness resolutions that will keep you energized, fit, and beautiful, inside and out.

Take advantage of Lucky Vitamin’s New You Resolution Sale. Save an extra 10% on all items in the selected categories. Just enter the code NEWYOU10 at checkout! 10% discount applies to all select categories only. Sale ends January 12, 2014.

 

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26
NOV

Cold Weather Exercise Tips

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean you have to exercise indoors. Many people actually enjoy the cool temperatures for outdoor workouts. Other people prefer dealing with the cold weather than running on the treadmill. It’s important that the cold months don’t discourage you to continue your exercise routine and with a few tips for exercising during cold weather, you can keep up your workout throughout the winter.

First of all, choose appropriate gear. Dressing in layers is the way to go but don’t wear too much or too heavy clothes. Running, jogging or biking makes your body generate a good amount of heat, so keep that in mind before heading outdoors. Don’t’ forget your hands, feet and head gear. If you normally feel cold on your feet, double socks can be helpful. Considering buying exercise shoes a half-size or one size larger than usual to allow for thick thermal socks or an extra pair of regular socks.

Additionally, it’s important that you first put on a thin layer of synthetic material, such as polypropylene, which draws sweat away from your body. Avoid cotton, which stays wet next to your skin. Next, add a layer of fleece or wool for insulation. If necessary, top this with a waterproof, breathable outer layer.

If it’s very cold, consider wearing a face mask or scarf to warm the air before it enters your lungs. When it’s really cold, blood flow is concentrated on your body’s core, leaving your hands and feet vulnerable to frostbite. Try wearing a thin pair of gloves under a pair of heavier gloves or mittens lined with wool or fleece. If it’s dark when you exercise outside, wear reflective clothing. To stay steady on your feet, choose footwear with enough traction to prevent falls, especially if it’s icy or snowy.

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18
SEP

The Benefits of Yoga & Tips for the Beginner

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing,Sexual Health at 11:23 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

September is National Yoga Month and if you’ve never tried yoga before then now’s the time to try. Research has shown numerous benefits that yoga can have on the body and mind:

Better Sleep – Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that insomniacs had an easier time winding down at night, falling asleep faster and sleeping longer after practicing yoga for one hour three times per week. Also, a slower extended breathing practice before bed can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and promote relaxation.

Improved Mood – Yoga lowers cortisol levels. A study from Boston University School of Medicine reports one hour of yoga practice raised levels of the brain chemical GABA (low levels are linked with depression) by 27 percent compared with a group who read quietly.

Joint Health – Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is the space-filler in our cells and the natural lubricant in our joints.  As we age, the body slows the production of HA, resulting in achy and stiff joints.  Meridian theories in Traditional Chinese Medicine suggest that practicing Yin Yoga on a daily basis can help stimulate the production of HA.

Improved Sex Life – The Journal of Sexual Medicine has found that yoga promotes the release of hormones that speed up sexual arousal.

Now that you’re ready for your first class, here are few tips to keep in mind…

1.       Wear Comfortable Clothes. Yoga classes consist of a lot of forward bending. You should wear non-constricting clothes that your body can move freely in.

2.       Inform the Teacher of any Pre-existing Conditions. There are many variations of yoga poses. If there is a pose you physically are incapable of doing, the teacher will be able to show you an adaptation that’s right for you.

3.       Yoga is NOT a Competition. For most sports and athletics, it’s intuitive to be competitive. However, when in the studio, try not to judge yourself too harshly against the class’s star pupil(s). Even if everyone in the class can pull a headstand do not succumb to negative thinking. The moment you let those unhealthy thoughts into your mind just smile and think, “If I continue my practice then someday, I too, will get there.”

4.       Keep Breathing. Yoga is the union of body and mind. The ability to control one’s breath, known as pranayama, is crucial to building and maintaining that relationship.

5.       Return to Child’s Pose. If at any time you feel you cannot proceed with the class flow, simply return to child’s pose or lay on your yoga mat in corpse pose. It is very important to listen to your body.

Namaste!

(The acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.)

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