It sounds crazy, but stop buying foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free. Typically, they save you only a few calories and, in doing so, they replace harmless fats with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly—causing a sugar rush and, immediately afterward, rebound hunger. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that meals that limited carbohydrates to 43 percent were more filling and had a milder effect on blood sugar than meals with 55 percent carbohydrates. That means you’ll store less body fat and be less likely to eat more later.
Instead of counting sheep when you can’t sleep, roll out your mat and try this yoga routine for deep sleep from Tara Stiles. This 10-minute routine quiets the mind and opens up tight areas of the body to help you mentally and physically unwind. “When you’re looking to sleep really soundly and deeply, you want to start to calm the mind and a good way to calm the mind is to rest your attention on your breath.”
No, not Ogden (although that would be pretty awesome)! On the heels of the top 10 yoga class pet peeves, versions one and two, comes a list of 10 characters you may encounter in yoga class:
1. “The warrior” – The fellow to the left of you begins to take ujjayi breathing to the next level. You know how teachers will say, “Make your breath sound like the ocean at the back of your throat”? Well, now you feel like you’re at the beach…in the middle of a typhoon.
Many of us who love both running and yoga know how important it is to balance both activities in our lives. Not a simple thing to do since running and yoga require time and dedication to become proficient at either. Even those who practice a fairly vigorous form of yoga have likely learned from experience that it’s a long climb back aerobically after those periods of time when they take a break from running.
I recently broke all Twitter rules that I know of, and posted 11 Tweets in rapid-fire, all about yoga. Of course as my wife Tara likes to say, “Who made those rules?” So I went ahead with it, because I think it’s useful. And I hoped to get away with it because it’s my birthday.
If you’re a yoga guide, that’s great, you’re here to help! Specifically, help people find their own way to their own guidelines. We all have our own bodies and minds to discover, and we’re all different from day to day and year to year. The only rules that will work for us are the ones we discover for our selves, in our selves. Other people’s rules are other people’s rules, and are mainly useful as an example that other people can have rules. Continue reading →