Pilates Exercise Lifestyle

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle
Pilates Exercise Lifestyle

Welcome to the world of Pilates Lifestyle.Your one stop resource for Free tips, exercises, news about Pilates and Lifestyle. Pilates Lifestyle News is about whats happening within the field of Mind Body practices. We will explore most of the popular practices in this field, for example Yoga,spirituality,Tantra,Health and much more. There will be features on exercise, healthy eating, super foods,sexual health..."how to give your partner ultimate pleasure" ,energy and Vitality.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

When The Right Decision Turns Out To Be Wrong

decision makingI recently bought a new sofa and I had put off buying throw pillows until I enough coins in my saving jar! I was happy (and proud!) that after a few months of saving I could finally afford the throw pillows. So yesterday I went to the store and was looking over the various pillows. My sofa's fabric is a sage paisley pattern with brown and burgundy accents. After much deliberation (and annoyance to the sales lady!) I decided to go with plush brown pillows.

After returning home I soon realized that the brown didn't coordinate nicely with the couch. I had to make another trip to the store, pleaded with my most charming smile and managed to exchange the brown with some burgundy pillows. Yap that looked quite lovely with the sofa!
This is an example of a decision that was easily reversed.

We often have to make decisions upon something in life. Those things could be important matters or trivial ones and sadly life doesn't always seem to allow a retreat option in decision making.

I may not be the best person to offer anyone sage advice regarding decision making. But I do think it is an issue that each of us are faced with on a daily basis throughout our lifetimes and thus worth discussion. I often tell people that caution is my middle name since I can sit on making a decision for a very long time before acting upon it.

We often make the decision thinking it’s the “right”/best/ suitable decision. Sometimes, it is. Other times, it turns out the be the wrong one. Yes, the right decision, turned out to be wrong.

What was the last decision that you made that turned out to be wrong? Looking back at it now, why did the decision turn out to be wrong?
1. Did you rush into the decision?
2. Did you let emotions sway the decision?
3. Didn’t you consider all possibilities?
4. Did you have sufficient information to make the decision?
5. Did other people influence the decision?
6. Did you take the “comfortable” decision because you were afraid of other options?

There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never
has been an answer. That's the answer. ~Gertrude Stein

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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Network Your Way To Success: 7 Practical Tips

Any successful person will no doubt testify that in addition to their technical and professional capability, their ability to establish and develop effective/lasting relationships is critical, to success.

1. Whether it's “getting that first big break”, landing the job, winning the promotion, gaining the sale, [your list here] …. you NEED to get cooperation and help from other people.

2. People are more likely to help their friends than strangers.

3. When it comes to choosing a supplier or business partner etc., Most people prefer someone they know and trust.

Your ability to be charming, to be a genuinely likable and pleasant person, will open more doors for you, than any other quality.

In theory, building good relationships and connecting with people is easy. In reality, we all know relationships can often seem like fragile things. It’s often built and destroyed by the actions we take.
Here are several practical tips to help network your way to success.

Too many people wait for others to go first. They adopt the attitude, “When and if you do for me, I’ll do for you.”

Take the initiative. It doesn’t have to be too time consuming on your part. Give them leads that may help them. For example, connect people to other people who may be a resource to them.
Why? What better way to build strong relationships than by giving something of value to other people.

Many of us have people in our lives that we can't stand. Some would swear that they are just about everywhere! If so, it’s likely that you would try to avoid situations where you would be forced to deal with people such as these. Don’t let that person be you! This seems simple enough. However, how often have you experienced people doing the exact opposite? I have experienced this times. As a customer, I get told the work will be done tomorrow, and then it is not!
Set the right expectations with others and then live up to those expectations. If for some reason you are unable to meet these expectations, keep others informed in advance so that they won’t feel let down at the last minute. The relationship you have with your boss can be a major factor in determining your destination on the career ladder. It can be a wellspring of growth possibilities if nurtured properly or a career minefield if left to go sour. Thus, developing a good relationship with your boss is your best job skill and highly useful one, no matter where you work. Never participate in gossip or in discussing the business of coworkers behind their backs. People will trust you and know that what they tell you is safe in your hands. Alliances only work when trust is present. The ability to communicate in an informal and friendly manner is essential for every aspect of a person's business, social, and personal life.
So, make an effort to improve your diplomacy, style, pitch, vocabulary & tone. You are what you are today because of your family, friends, schools, previous jobs, and places you’ve lived.
Let the people that matter to you most know that you need them. Let them know they’ve helped or inspired you. Offer your gratitude and attention for their contributions.

If you leave it all behind, you lose touch with an integral part of you.

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Friday, 29 October 2010

Build a better body - Pilates workouts

The similarities between yoga and Pilates workouts are each strives to achieve coordination balanced between mind, body and spirit. Each includes breathing, flowing movements, and good posture in the development of a lean and graceful body exercises. And however, the patterns are different.

While yoga which focuses on poses (asanas) that tone the body and form the mind, Pilates is more about fitness, which is the reason for it is used by many professional ballet dancers and athletes as part of their fitness programs.

The first student Pilates: Bed-Ridden patients

Founding method, Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), worked as a nurse after WWII when he devised a system to help retrieve invalid patients. His method intended to strengthen their core stabilizer muscles to support the spine by repetitive exercises, while having them do deep breathing. As a child with asthma, Pilates had exceeded their own grief through the adoption of a learned Yoga breathing pattern.This breathing technique is used in all Pilates, exercises in each repetition.

As strengthening exercises, Pilates added straps and springs to a hospital with an overload frame bed so that patients could work on the postural muscles core that helped them with other health problems.He called his apparatus bed reformer and its Contrology method. He wrote several books about Contrology, which later came to be known simply as “Pilates.” (Pronounced pih-LAH-tees).

How does one start in Pilates?

The original form of the modality, known as True Pilates, still teaches the world exclusive lounges privados.Lamentablemente, after a lawsuit of intellectual property in a u.s. federal court, the term Pilates was considered generic and is available for use by any persona.Hay a large number of systems that use the term including Power Pilates, Windsor Pilates, Stott Pilates, balanced body Pilates and physics of Pilates mind.

To do Pilates correctly, you must have a class a certified instructor, who has a minimum of 300 hours of training. (As you can see, is not a discipline such as self-taught from DVD.) Beginners start with six basic principles focus, concentration, control, precision, breathing and flow of aprendizaje.después six weeks of instruction, the beginner will have developed appropriate muscle memory movements feel second nature.Advanced participants increase the intensity of your workouts by adding resistance and making difficult variations on the basics.

“You’ll feel better in 10 sessions, are best viewed in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.” - Pilates in 1926

The Pilates equipment and MAT work

Pilates and his wife, Clara, designed over 500 specific exercises related to teamwork and classical reformer mat.El seems a great rowing machine with a slide that uses Springs, straps and poleas.El platform machine aims to lengthen spine and increase flexibility in the joints and muscles.While doing a job on a center of Pilates reformer is ideal, you can buy your own Pilates Reformer once they have received training.

Another popular apparatus is the table of Trapeze or Cadillac.Es platform padded and with a structure of cage belts and bars are connected.In a Pilates class, you will also find the barrel or spine that works to improve posture and keep it spine corrector flexible.It also strengthens the abdominal muscles and other muscles and opens the chest breathing deep.

Pilates can also be done without equipo.Un Pilates Mat is the same size that a mat of yoga, but it must be much more thick, since there are many successive periods in Pilates.Yoga has many of standing poses reason why these rugs are usually only about 1/4 “gruesa.En a jot, you can use 2 yoga mats or 3 do Pilates training.”

Conformation of the mind and body

At any level, Pilates is not about of sweating; at the end of one hour session you should feel stronger and more relajado.No there is rest periods, flow just; exercises are performed in sequence as a movement prepares you for the next.(Just as with yoga asanas.)

“Some well-designed movements performed successfully in a balanced sequence, worth hours make sloppy calisthenics or forced contractions.”-Pilates

With the correct posture and repetition exercises as well as deep breathing, you get strength, flexibility, coordination and gracia.Además, mental aspects of Pilates helps you focus and develop control to overcome stress and tackle daily tasks with renewed vigor.Dado to Pilates workouts are not aerobics, it is recommended that participants also follow a training cardio weekly full body fitness program.

“Wherer goes the mind, the body will follow.”-Pilates

Guru Omar

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Points To Ponder by Pope John Paul II

Side note: I rarely write about religion and spirituality; This is one of those rare moments :-)

This post was inspired by this Sunday’s sermon by our local priest (yes, I do go to church and actually listen to the sermon! ). The entire sermon revolved around one sentence. It was so intriguing that long after the sermon was over, I was still thinking about it. Naturally, it made in to a blog post!

"We have lost the sense of sin" ~ Pope John Paul II

It seems this statement is fairly old; nevertheless new to me (have you heard this before?).

The "sense of sin" refers to having an accurate conception of sin and an awareness of sin in one's life. It is part of what is normally understood as "conscience."
After some digging around in Google, I came across this,

John Paul II in "Reconciliatio et Paenitentia" wrote of a "sensitivity and an acute perception of the seeds of death contained in sin, as well as a sensitivity and an acuteness of perception for identifying them in the thousand guises under which sin shows itself. This is what is commonly called the sense of sin. This sense is rooted in man's moral conscience and is as it were its thermometer."

Think about it.. Is our society losing the "sense of sin" ?

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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Find the Tone of Your Yoga Breath

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Find the Tone of Your Yoga Breath

Breath is the foundation in yoga that fuels the physical practice with vitality while saturating ourselves with awareness to Self.  Through conscious breathing, we empower our yoga practice to be the bridge between body and spirit.  Yoga teachers continuously emphasis the importance of breath as we enter, exist, and exit our yoga poses.  But what is it that makes the breath empowering?  I feel that it is not just processing of breathing, but the actual tone of our unique breathwork that enhances the benefits of our yoga practice.

What is tone?

Tone can be viewed as the quality of our breathing.  Note the word 'quality' versus quantity.  Often, we can see in yoga classes, students striving to develop a powerful, pronounced breath.  We can hear the rumbling of Ujjaiya (victorious breath) throughout the room.  But if we listen attentively and carefully, this eager use of breath can be misconstrued into a pattern of struggle.  The breath is pushed aggressively into the corners of the lungs.  This agressive nature vibrates harshly through the vocal chambers-excessive narrowing of this vocal passage slows down the breath, but places unnecessary pressure on breathing mechanics.  This emphasis of quantity over quality acts negatively on blood pressure and distorts the intention of calming the nervous system.

With all this, Ujjaiya is an incredible breathwork to add to the practice.  But Ujjaiya or basic breathing should facilitate connection and not become an extension of the Ego-a manifestation of physical drive.  Just like we are best suited to start every practice by slowly introducing warmth and awareness into the body, so too should we ease into our breathing patterns.

Take the time to center and observe.  Is there resistance in breathing?  Where does the breath naturally flow at first?  Take the breath initially into those places of ease and become awake to the quality.  Enjoy with no force, and at the most, only subtle effort drawing in the breath and the accompanying prana (life energy).   If adding Ujjaiya, softly bring narrowing to the throat and observe the body's reaction.  The vocal passage does not become rigid.  The breath continues to flow in a fluid, calming manner.  We remain sensitive to the sound as well as to the texture.  Feel the coolness of breath as it enters, the warmth of the breath as it exits.  Breathing in harmonious space, breathing out leaving release and acceptance.

Our breath is our guide to shedding the Ego.  Each whisper in the throat acts as reminder to listen to the physical body and dissipate the desires of the mind.  Each rise of the inhale remains complete bringing control, patience and grace to our movements.  Each fall of the exhale brings light and relevance to the changes that build in our practice.  Breath is our Yoga.  The quality and tone of the breath are a reflection of the integrity and state of our poses.  From this quality in the physical practice and breathwork, we envelop our energy and spiritual practice with purpose and relevance.

Article by Kreg Weiss 

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Friday, 22 October 2010

The science of recurring back pain

Even with the successful treatment of Lower Back Pain, the research shows it tends to recur. While undergoing treatment the patient is full of enthusiasm and adheres well to advice and programs. They see the benefits at the end of the treatment, feel empowered and notice the improvement and are very knowledgeable about their problem. However after treatment has finished, when asked if they would continue to carry out the prescribed exercises at home, many were so much better they didn’t feel the need and because of a lack of time couldn’t see themselves carrying on with their exercises. So what does this tell us?

lower Back Pain lower Back Pain

Should our therapists relinquish any responsibility for patient outcomes after they have been discharged and expect re-occurrences? Clearly this a choice for each and every patient and what we do at Lifestyle Therapies is offer a range of take home therapies, self management programs and ongoing exercise programs such as Pilates. This provides the patient with a range of post treatment support that will reduce the chances of the injury recurring. Post treatment support includes:
- Pilates classes – both larger mat classes and small group equipment classes
- Home programs – printed with diagrams
- Advice and education – with regard to prevention
- A range of educational materials including Pilates and stretching DVD’s and a range of books.
- Self massage tools including Muscle Mate
- Ergonomic changes and advice
- Ongoing preventative physiotherapy treatment
- Self-management tools including Q magnets and ice packs.


Capitalising on effective treatment strategies for low back pain – How do we bridge the self-management gap? Manual Therapy 15 (2010) 133-134 An Moore, Gwen Jull

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Finally, relief after 13 year chronic pain history

Adrian presented for physiotherapy on the 8th June, 2010 and was interested in the Chronic, Complex and Repetitive Pain Therapy services on offer at Lifestyle Therapies.

Adrian had complaints of upper back pain that he had suffered for more than 14 years. His symptoms had progressively worsened in the previous four years and recently became unbearable. He also had a history of a frozen shoulder that occurred 12 months ago. Adrian was emotionally frustrated having to deal with the pain for so long with minimal relief after seeing several different therapists, including an acupuncturist, physiotherapist, multiple chiropractors, rheumatologist and musculoskeletal doctor.

On Assessment
On assessment, the findings included:
• Muscle tightness especially in the Upper Trapezius, Rhomboids, Posterior Scalene muscles.
• Tender on palpation in the upper thoracic region with hyperactive trigger points.
• Poor posture
• and weak shoulder stabilisers.

It was determined that Adrian’s chronic pain had caused inhibition to muscle activation and increased muscle tightness which resulted in weakness and poor posture. Adrian’s goal for treatment were to decrease the symptoms frequency and to return to doing specific exercises and stretches that he has not be able to do in a long time.

In order to achieve these goals, treatment commenced with a combination of different modalities with the aim of eliminating the pain and end the cycle of muscle inhibition and tightness. Firstly, Low Level Laser Therapy was used to reduce musculoskeletal pain, promote tissue repair and target stubborn trigger points. Secondly, Neuromagnetic Therapy (Q magnets) to interrupt the nerve pain pathway. These were placed on the spine at T1, T2 and C7 centrally to affect the dorsal column and branches to the sympathetic system and one over the trigger point of the trapezius.

After a couple of sessions, there was a significant decrease in muscle tightness and pain which then allowed us to work on posture and reconditioning Adrian’s muscles. We gave Adrian a prescribed home exercise program that was specific to strengthening shoulder stability and re-training posture. Other treatments included, mobilisation, soft tissue releasing techniques and using TENS.

It has now been two months since Adrian first presented to Lifestyle Therapies. He has reached his goals being close to pain-free, the frequency of symptoms has dropped significantly and he is getting back into doing the things he loves. Adrian only needed to hire Q magnets for a period of two weeks after which his pain did not return.

Vanessa Chung Martinez; Lifestyle Physiotherapist™

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Waiting Time Doesn't Have To Be Wasted Time!

waiting timeI left work early today so that I could get to my dentist’s appointment on time. I arrived 10 minutes ahead of time, only to find out that the doctor was running an hour and a half behind. Obviously, the staff never bothered to call and tell me the doctor was running so far behind! < Imagine my annoyance, when a load of things I could have done at work flashed through my mind!>

I didn’t have time to go back to office and come back, since the journey itself would have taken another hour. So, my only option was join the others in the waiting room. Most of them were sitting impatiently counting ceiling tiles, except for one lady. She had several small sheets of paper (looked like bills) around her, and she was writing on a checkbook. She seemed wrapped up in what she was doing and didn’t look as if she was bothered by the delay.

I was impressed by HOW she decided to spend her “waiting time”. Even more, I was inspired by her preparation. It was as if, she expected to wait a long time!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my checkbook with me, to do something similar. However, I dug out my notebook and pen from my handbag, and started drafting this post…

Most of us don't see that waiting time as a cost to us; but it is. Minutes add up to hours and hours to days. As we spend time waiting, we end up wasting days of doing nothing but just waiting.
That’s not the only thing, how your waiting time goes affects your mood and productivity, long after the waiting time is over!

So, my message for you today is..

Realize in advance when you may be forced to wait.

Some of us are better at dealing with that than others. What about you?
Are you the sort of person who is generally prepared for delays/waiting time?

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors (Book Review)

Cruising through life.. everything is going well; graduation, career, wedding, children … You have a lifetime planned ahead.
Then suddenly, life takes a twist of its own.
It may be
a lump that can't be ignored,
irritating pain that keeps re-occurring
"You have Cancer" are words that no one wants to hear, yet every day families around the world hear these words, and fear the worst. From there onwards, life is not the same anymore.

In Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors (by Carolyn Rubenstein) you will find 20 such young adults who share in their own words, their experience with cancer. They describe how they discovered they had cancer, how they felt once they were diagnosed, how they treated it and continue to treat it, how life changed because of it, and what the future holds for them.

I found the book to be emotionally gripping. Each story is truly unique, with its own message and theme that contributes to many life lessons. It teaches us to appreciate life, be courageous and persevere in whatever circumstance. The experiences of these survivors, how they went through difficult times, overcame them and made something of themselves is truly inspiring and strengthening.

Perseverance not just for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Reading this made me realize how wonderful life is and to not take each day for granted. This book and those who shared their stories within it reminds us that no matter what obstacles we encounter in life, big or small, we should never stop living your life to its fullest.

I invite you to watch the video, where Carolyn Rubenstein discusses her book Perseverance on NBC's Today Show.

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You Can Keep Halloween

Happy Halloween

Gueu Omar

Monday, 18 October 2010

Pilates - what is the best way to lose weight?

You ever in your life desired very own fitness instructor? It is not always possible to obtain access to the gym, or pay for a personal trainer for that matter. For those of us without limitations of time and money, the secret of an excellent body beautifully tones can be found in Pilates. Pilates is used by many athletes and celebrities to shape body with little physical effort as possible.

The most affordable way to learning the correct Pilates exercises is Stott Pilates DVD.Pilates is often applied as a kind of physical therapy, and can therefore be modified to meet the needs of different individuals.There are several variations of Pilates and easier exercises for beginners iare made an estera.Aquí using some of the most effective Stott Pilates DVDs and are essential for any collection:

Stott Pilates: intense challenge sculpture-I have discovered that it is one of the most advanced routines.An excellent way to challenge yourself to learn Pilates exercises and the tone of the supposed cuerpo.Por provides qualified advice with Moira provide complete instructions every step of the way. You will need a Pilates mat and flex of Pilates for this DVD band.

Stott Pilates: Amazing Tone-use resistance of toning balls to improve the appearance and sculpting body entero.Mezclar his program with these physical exercises that will challenge to synchronize your upper and lower body with each other a little. Instructions throughout the work that will ensure that are making exercises while using the correct posture that is extremely important. Excellent for beginners to intermediates.

Stott Pilates: basic Pilates- as the name suggests it is a perfect work out for the inexperienced. You only need a Pilates mat or a bright area in the floor to begin.It is more than an hour from runlevel that is designed to tone your kernel routines which provides a flat stomach and back firming her arms and thighs.You’ll feel really healthier while you follow along with Moira in this routine that flows.

Stott Pilates: The Secret To toned Arms, Buns and chicken-one of several top rated DVD Pilates.Includes a superb system that is ideal for the more avanzados.Aislar boot different body areas and develop them to get toned and fortalecido.Disfruté specifically a number of variations that she does use de.No is lost interest with this Pilates DVD because there are many exercises and modifications.

Purchase the Stott Pilates DVD and learn techniques in your own home security or maybe join a group and have a Pilates training with some amigos.Cuando session see how pleasant and easy is to get healthy and fit using Stott Pilates DVD never may look back.

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Sunday, 17 October 2010

What kind of fitness advise trying for a beginner? + What can say about callanetics and pilates?


1) Callanetics and pilates are very diferentes.callanetics involves a lot of torque and a lot of stretching along with tiny, delicate proposals that provide kick a * tones.Pilates is almost all about the front of the abs even when you are working your arms and feet working the abs, would avoid pilates unless you can afford private or semi private lessons.Calanetics is ideal for a principiante.Pilates is no, unless you have a good fake entrenador.Pilates teaches almost everywhere and you can really get herido.CAN tries the late90 DVDs method early in 2000, well have Pilates dvds at home

2. Weights and cardio combined are as great. When combining cardio and make sure that you eat plenty fresh fruits and vegetables in a balanced diet.

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Pilates exercises for beginners - getting started

So now that you’ve decided to Pilates is good for you about how to start? Passes event too much time sitting in front of a screen TV or computer, then your body will need be revitalized by some sort of physical activity. The large number of any training routines you can go a little dizzy by what I’ve compiled some of the best tips to help you get focused on what is really important.

You will need to learn how to perform the poses, stretching and exercises. I recommend finding a DVD like Windsor or Stott Pilates to learn.So you know that it taught from one practice Professional with years of experiencia.Si you are enthusiastic, you can use a mirror to see if its position is the same as Pilates teachers in the video.

Once you training what Pilates routine going to practice, is simply a matter of finding the time and place.What many people love Pilates is all you need is a little ground on the piso.Suficiente for your mat Pilates and about half an hour for a good workout. Put on some music, or listen DVD, place your carpet on the floor and to claim that it is in the gym and have a trainer with you.

Practice, practice, practice. You will begin to feel more energized and vibrant weeks if you constantly training.The first time that makes your Pilates routine will be the more difícil.Obtiene easier with practice.So not to worry if you’re a little sore afterwards.Your body will soon grow accustomed to the new exercises and will have a blast.

Find many as starting a program but few persist with it. imagine, how many years you’ve lived with bad habits? so that your body at least a couple of months to find health and healing with good hábitos.Con a little practice and patience is definitely worthwhile.

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Friday, 15 October 2010

Knee pain for runners anyone? You must see this…

After ramping up my running to train for the Gold Coast half marathon in July, I suddenly started to get knee pain. This is a great concern for any keen runner because you start to worry about long term injuries that keep you off the pavement. It turns out it was as simple as a tight ITB that was pulling my knee cap to the side and causing knee pain when I ran. I saw our physiotherapist Vanessa and she taped my knee cap and I ran 13km with no knee pain the next day.

This goes to show you the benefit of a good physiotherapist and why nearly every professional sports team has a physiotherapist in charge of their rehabilitation medical teams. If you have ITB tightness I have located a video below that demonstrates a simple stretching technique. Foam Rollers are available from Lifestyle Therapies.

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Yoga "scholar" dislikes nude yoga

Yoga "scholar" dislikes nude yoga

Hi Guys here is a interestinmg article I read....

Naked yoga is one of the most relaxing ways to practice this ancient art of relaxtion. Being nude while doing yoga, you are one in complete tune with your body.

Recently, a yoga "scholar" has written a book saying in his opinion yoga is more "stylish than spiritual."

He says:

"Decrying the fashion parade and sexy outfits in yoga classes, he laments how "modesty, once a highly valued yogic virtue, is considered old-fashioned." He is especially appalled at the concept of nude yoga classes. And he says ancient tantric yoga, which often deals with sexual energy, has been abused by exploitative teachers. It's a criticism he shares with Buddhism's Dalai Lama."

Well Mr. "scholar" the times have changed, so get with the program.

The Olympics in ancient Greece were held in the nude. Over time, they were "bastardized" and athletes started to wear clothes to compete in the Olympics. You don't hear sports announcers decrying that the Olympics have lost their moral compass because athletes now wear clothing. Times have changed and athletes dress has too.

The whole idea is to practice yoga to meditate and relax, or use it for stretching purposes. It is good for people to get in touch with their bodies. If you ned it for spiritual reasons, great, but most people don't need it for "religious" purposes.

Mary Clare practices yoga and pilates for stretching and relaxing purposes. It has been the best thing for her.

Sorry, we are not ancient Buddists and don't wear heavy robes when we do yoga like they did. But then, this is the year 2007 and not in the year 700 AD.

Yoga is not for the elitist few that the "scholar" deems pure enough to "properly" practice it, but is for the masses. It brings so much physical relief to so many people. I for one am happy that it has gone mainstream.

I guess the Dalia Lama is not going to be leading nude yoga classes at our resort anytime soon. Boohoo!

Guru Omar
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The Other Side of Nude Yoga

The Other Side of Nude Yoga

Nude Yoga, also referred to as Nude Aerobics Yoga is not for the faint-hearted. This new form of yoga follows the main principles of all yoga: a peaceful meditation period, the allotted time spent in yoga postures, and a comfortable, natural environment in which yoga is practiced, which many feel is too literally applied to the idea of this bare-skinned experience.

The yogi who practice Nude Yoga feel that clothes hinder their ability to perform natural movements All living things are born naked, and our nude body is our most natural form of being. Nude Yogi believe that yoga is a natural enlightening experience for the body and mind, and the outer self must reflect this idea.

Nude Yoga is also thought to be a more sanitary form of exercise because clothing can prevent fresh air from circulating inside and around the body. Fungi and bacteria are more prone to grow in moist, warm clothing attached to a sweating person’s body. When a Nude Yogi sweats, the moisture is naturally evaporated rather than soaked up by a garment. When sweat is confined to clothing and a hot body, a foul smell can be more distracting than an odorless nude person.

Aside from personal preference and comfort level, Nude Yoga is healthier for the body. A man’s testicles are attached farther from his body than other parts because they must remain at a cooler temperature for sperm to survive. When a man wears undergarments and articles of clothing that cover this region, the temperature in the testicles rises, which can result in low sperm counts and the lack of male hormone growth. Similar effects may occur in women as well.

Everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to their body, but yoga teaches people self-acceptance and the approval of others. It is not about judging someone else or their outside being; people go to yoga classes to better themselves. If you have experienced other forms of yoga, and are looking for a completely new way to express yourself and get a great workout, try Nude Yoga.

Guru Omar

What is NUDE YOGA?

What is NUDE YOGA?

Hi guys
NUDE Yoga is a process by which one achieves liberation of the self, actualization of one's goals, and union with the supreme self through intense meditation, concentration, and commitment. The fact that the yoga is performed in the nude is significant because in the nude status, the toxins in the body find an outlet leading to purification of body and soul. Nude Yoga is a state of meditation in which you journey in the nude into the realm of the sub-conscious, and come to terms with the inner passions, carnal and material desires and wants, and your unfulfilled dreams. This state of trance or suspended animation achieved during the Nude yoga or Pundai Yoga has beneficial physiological and psychological effects, not the least of which is the relief from stress and anger, and a stronger commitment to the goals ahead.

Nirvana: Originates from the Sanskrit word "nirvanam", which means 'nakedness' or "nude" . Pundai is the female cavity from which all life-forms emerge. Pundai (vagina) is also the pleasure hole that conjures up carnal desires and thoughts in both men and women. Nirvana is the art of exploring pundai and linga (penis) in tantric imageries. A more glorified interpretation of 'Nirvana' is a state or place of peace, happiness, and enlightenment. 'Nirvana' is about a state of existence bereft of the cover of deceipt, shame, angst, anger, frustration, and revenge. Nirvana is how all life forms begin - naked and aware of its pristine nudity. Yoni Yoga, Yoni puja, and Linga Yoga, which are performed during the Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga, are performed nude - the way nature intended. Nude Yoga - or Pundai Yoga - helps you identify with the nature in all its manifestations, and get over the shame and guilt associated with our Covered-up existential angst. The purpose of Nude Yoga is to produce guilt-free and stress-free state of mind in which you find a new sense of purpose and pursue your goals with a new-found sense of vigor. In short, through Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga, you become a better person, internally and externally.

How is goal of self actualization actualized through Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga?

The goal of Nirvana is actualized in Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga through efforts directed at understanding your inner unfulfilled desires, passions, and aspirations, and through 'creative dreaming' or 'auto suggestion'.. This process of 'creative dreaming' or auto-suggestion, a major component of the Nude yoga and Pundai yoga sessions, becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy, and helps an individual achieve his or her true potential. When you achieve your true ultimate potential through the practice of Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga, you achieve a state of Nirvana - a state in which you can move away from the 'silly' to the 'sublime', and from 'trivial passions' to 'tantric triumph'. Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga truly liberate you from the inner constraints and deliver you on the path to Tantric Nirvana.

What does this process of reaching Nirvana through Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga involve?

The process of achieving a state of Nirvana through Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga involves getting a grip on your unfulfilled passions, desires, anger, lust, and dreams. The process of moving from the 'silly' to the 'sublime' is about reconciling with your current status and about acknowledging all the current inner conflicts - mostly sexual. Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga help you achieve this conflict resolution. You start with the Yoni Yoga or the Linga Yoga. depending on your gender - and meditate on sexual imageries of the sources of life. In Nude Pundai Yoga, Yoni is the metaphor for the female Vagina (pundai), the place where all life begins, and Linga is the metaphor for the male Penis, which sows the seed for life forms. This process of 'creative', auto-suggestive, and 'guilt-free' meditation that underlies all Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga sessions helps you reach your unfulfilled passions, desires, lust (kama in kama sutra), and overcome anger, frustrations, jealousy, and vengeance. In Nude Pundai Yoga, Yoni puja and Linga puja involve worshipping the female cavity (Pundai or Vagina) where all life forms begin, and worshipping the male penis in its erect manifestation (Phallus) in which the seed of life is sown into the female Pundai or Vagina. Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga are truly liberating Yoga sessions performed totally in the nude!

Does NUDE YOGA Society promote free sex through Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga?

No. On the contrary, reaching a state of Nirvana through 'creative yoga-like meditation' in Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga does not involve 'copulation'. Instead, it is about achieving an ultimate state of bliss through imageries, visualizations, and inner fantasies that help you understand your vulnerabilities and help you move toward self-actualization. Nude Yoga and Pundai Yoga liberate you from the sense of shame that incarcerates you in your inner karmic vortex, and help you come to terms with your kama.

Guru Omar


Yoga The Cobra Pose

Posture: Naga-asana - The Cobra Pose

Translation: The Sanskrit word naga means snake or serpent. The naga-asana is also known as the bhujanga-asana. The Sanskrit word bhujanga, which also means snake, is derived from the root bhuj which means to bend or curve.

Pronunciation: na-gah-sa-na

"Let the body, from navel to toes, touch the ground, the palms placed upon the ground, and raise gently the upper part of the body (from navel to head) like a snake. This posture increases the gastric fire; it destroys all diseases and by constant practice leads to the awakening of Kundalini."

The Cobra Pose (Naga-asana) Instruction:

1 .Lie on the stomach with the head turned to one side and the arms alongside the body with palms facing upward.

2.Turn the head and place the chin on the floor. Inhale then exhale slowly through the nostrils and swing the arms around until the hands are placed just below the chin with the palms down and the finger tips of each hand almost touching and the elbows on the floor.

3.Inhale slowly through the nostrils, press down on the hands and lift the torso from the waist up off the floor, arching the spine backwards and straightening the arms. Keep the hips on the floor.

4.Tilt the head as far back as possible and hold the posture for the duration of the inhaled breath.

5.Exhale and reverse the process to return to position #1.

If you find it uncomfortable holding the breath while the posture is held, breath gently through the nostrils. Some may find that they are able to arch the spine back even more than in the initial arch in step 3. In this case try "walking" the hands toward the pelvic region and stretching the head further back.

In addition to the obvious benefits to the spine and lower back, the standard variation of the naga-asana strengthens the wrists and stretches the muscles in the chest. By maintaining a constant exertion to create a greater arch in the spine, the stomach and pelvic muscles are strengthened. Greater strength in these areas can be cultivated by performing the variation where the arms remain on the ground. B.K.S. Iyengar, a renowned expert in yoga-asanas, claims that displaced spinal discs can be placed back in their original position by practicing the naga-asana.

Hold the posture for either the duration of a held inhaled breath or from one-half to three minutes. Repeat the naga-asana two to five times.


The are two variations to the naga-asana. For the first, keep the arms alongside the body with the palms facing down and lift the head and chest off the ground. This variation requires a little more strength in order to get the full arch of the spine. The second variation is for those who have a great deal of flexibility in the lower back. At the peak of the naga-asana bend the knees and attempt to touch the top of the head with the soles of the feet.

Guru Omar

Naked Yoga Women

Naked Yoga Women

Hi Guys

Naked yoga women may seem at first to be a heading on a spam email. In fact, there is a DVD called Totally Nude Yoga which simply exploits the idea of yoga done in the nude to satisfy puerile interests.

Naked Yoga Women Really Do Yoga

However, the naked yoga movement for men and women is concerned with the actual practice of yoga. Naked yoga women just prefer to do it without the constraints of clothing, finding a sense of identity and freedom in bare skin.

In San Francisco, naked yoga was popularized by by Meredith Medland, an instructor at the the One Taste Urban Retreat Center. Now at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, Medland no longer teaches nude yoga, but saw the potential for naked yoga women to get more out of the practice of yoga - helping each to "fall in love with her body through the experience and see a new me." This echoes the benefits of tantric yoga and guided meditation, which relate the sensual, sexual, and mental processes to the purely physical practices of asanas.

On the opposite coast, Wendy Tremayne started a naked yoga class with a group of naturists in 2005. The group has grown and Tremayne has found that her students benefit from a communal experience of "being themselves without being judged." She finds that while students at first have difficulty overcoming the cultural imprints against nudity, once the yoga practice centers them they find it "powerful and liberating."

Nude yoga classes aren't mainstream, but many metropolitan areas have options for them. An Internet search brings up a lot of sites and adult-only yoga groups, so you might have better luck asking someone at a local studio about availability.

Some Yoginis Disagree With Naked Yoga

Not all yoginis agree with the practice of nude yoga for men or women, feeling that the inevitable sexual overtones take away from the sacred Hindu practice. Carlos Pomeda, a respected yoga scholar, has said that the idea of naked yoga women "… runs counter to traditional yogic thinking across traditions." Other practitioners try it and find it does not work for them, feeling that being naked takes away from the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga.

However, there are enough naked yoga women enjoying and benefiting from the experience that the trend is spreading, with many yoginis expanding their training curriculum to include the practice.

Guru Omar

Hot Yoga...Bikram Yoga

Hot Yoga

Hi Guys

In studios around the world, hot yoga is a popular style. Practitioners believe that performing asanas in a well-heated room helps to cleanse both the mind and body.

The Difference Between Bikram and Hot Yoga

Terminology for hot yoga and Bikram yoga is not interchangeable. They really are different practices.

Bikram yoga originated with yogi Bikram Choudhury in 1974. Choudhury developed a series of 26 asanas to be performed in a particular sequence in a heated room of 80-105 degrees Fahrenheit. The classes are usually 90-minutes long and include specialized breathing exercises as well.

Hot yoga is a form of Hatha yoga performed in a heated room. Practitioners of this style still experience many yoga benefits, but may not be aware of Choudhury’s philosophy or exact practice. Instructors of hot yoga are not always trained in the Bikram method, and don’t have to be to teach hot yoga.

The Benefits of Heat

Practitioners of hot yoga believe the heat extends the ability of the ligaments, tendons and muscles. Immersing yourself in hot yoga practice is said to:
Release toxins

Improve flexibility and range of motion

Increase the chances of weight loss

Develop muscle tone

Build the immune system

Proponents of the practice also believe that hot yoga exercise reduces the symptoms of certain chronic illnesses, such as thyroid disorders, arthritis and circulatory problems.

A Few Notes of Caution

Within reason, anyone at any age can perform the poses, but this style of yoga does require the practitioner to be in better physical condition and have a high tolerance for heat. In fact, some instructors advise that those new to hot yoga sit through a few sessions to acclimate to the heat before actually advancing to postures.

In addition, it is critical to keep the body hydrated before, during and after practice with water, not with caffeinated beverages. Along with the recommended eight-to-ten glasses of water daily, yogis practicing this form must consume enough water to replenish the body because of the extensive sweating.

Hot yoga is not advisable for those brand new to yoga or pregnant. Beginners may find concentrating on learning proper form difficult in the excessive heat. Expectant mothers experience a rise in the body’s core temperature to levels that may compromise the well-being of the baby.

Guru Omar                                               

Nude Yoga, Pilates, Excercise, Meditation

Nude Yoga

Simply put, nude yoga is performed by people who aren’t wearing any clothes. The poses aren’t any different than what you’d find in a typical yoga class and the instructors generally have the same type of training. The only things missing are yoga pants and yoga tops!

Nude yoga can be an interesting addition to your practice. With American cultural taboos against nudity, naked yoga has been slow to catch on in the general population. Naked yoga was associated with hippies in the 1960s and gay men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Even now, it’s a fad that’s mostly popular among young people who live in larger metropolitan areas.

Is Nude Yoga Sexy?

Although sex appeal tends to be a matter of individual tastes and preferences, most participants will tell you that nude yoga isn’t sexy in the least. It’s intended to be an experience that breaks perceived boundaries and encourages yogis to develop a new appreciation for the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga.

The goals of naked yoga are as follows:

Encourage proper alignment during various yoga poses

Promote a sense of openness among class participants

Eliminate concerns about physical imperfections

Help participants develop self-esteem

If you are interested in yoga with some sex appeal, you’ll want to search for information related to tantric yoga or classes for couples.

Is it Right for Me?

Before you sign up for a class, you’ll want to make sure nude yoga is right for you. Generally, this form of yoga is best suited for people who agree with the following statements:

I have a serious interest in understanding the benefits of yoga.

I want to become more comfortable with my body.

I enjoy trying new things.

I understand the difference between nudity and sexual behaviour.

Many yoga studios in larger communities offer nude yoga classes that are intended for people with intermediate level yoga skills. However, if your studio doesn’t have a class, you might need to speak with your fellow yogis to determine if there’s enough interest to start a program. Since naked yoga is not quite mainstream, there’s a good chance nobody’s thought of offering this option before.

One word of caution: don’t decide to practice nude yoga wherever you feel like it. In 2004, San Francisco’s George Monty Davis earned the nickname “Naked Yoga Guy” for his instance on striking various nude yoga poses on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Naked Yoga Etiquette Tips

Although nude yoga is a bit out of the ordinary, there are still a few rules you should follow when attending your first class:

When it’s time to remove your clothes, don’t hesitate. Most nude yoga classes expect all participants to remain in the buff.

Don’t stare at your classmates. It’s simply not polite.

Be prepared to work. Nude yoga is just as physically challenging as any other type of yoga class.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the best way to perform a particular pose.

Don’t let your discomfort about being naked keep you from enjoying the class.

Bring your own towel and yoga mat.

Guru Omar

Nude Yoga...Pilates, Exercise, Meditation

Nude Yoga
As mentioned in previous sections, Yoga is the union of body, mind, and spirit. This five-thousand-year old practice is believed to provide inner peace, increased body awareness, strength, flexibility, and other health benefits.

Practitioners should have enough knowledge and understanding of the various Yoga principles. They should keep in mind that Yoga is a serious discipline. Also considered as a philosophy in life, the goal of Yoga is to achieve balance between mind and body.

Yoga involves an overwhelming number of forms, styles, exercises, and poses. Each has its own unique features and benefits. One form of Yoga that has received comments and criticisms and has been involved in controversies is Nude Yoga, also known as Naked Yoga or Nudist Yoga .

In its simplest form, Nude Yoga is the practice of Yoga without wearing any form of clothing. In general, a nudist setting is the main difference of Nude Yoga from other styles. Its objective is to enable you to feel free in your body and to do the poses and exercises without restrictions brought about by Yoga clothes. This poses a new challenge for Yogis, since the concept of practicing Yoga while being naked is hard to grasp for most people, let alone do Yoga in a class with other nude Yogis. It can be really distracting. Worse thing is the fact that the discomfort may hinder you from getting or feeling the essence of Yoga practice.

However, this should not be the case. Yogis should bear in mind that Nude Yoga is meant to unite the body, mind, and soul. This should not be a sexual experience. Moreover, this is not a Yoga practice for voyeurs, or people who enjoy observing or looking at sex organs of others.

The important thing about Nude Yoga is its principle. It is doing Yoga poses and exercises with freedom from restrictions of clothing. Understanding and accepting this concept can greatly help people in joining a Nude Yoga class without the feeling of discomfort or self-consciousness.

Guru Omar

Nude Aerobics Yoga...pilates,exercise..

Nude Aerobics Yoga,Pilates excercise

Hi Guys

"Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And although you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain," says Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet. If Gibran were alive today, he would have made a strong case for Nude Aerobics Yoga, which has been practiced to the chagrin of many critics.

Nude Aerobics Yoga basically entails what the term implies: performing Yoga Postures and exercises with no clothes on. This form of Yoga allows for more flexibility in movement. But more than this, having no clothing to hide in helps to bring the mind more "into the present" when doing Yoga. This state of mind is an important element in Yoga.

Contrasting perspectives

Nude Aerobics Yoga is an appealing and meaningful way to do Yoga but admittedly, this form of Yoga may not be practiced to the same extent across different cultures and societies.

Some consider clothing as an art form both in general and in Yoga. The clothes one wears therefore is an extension and expression of one's mind and personality. Practitioners who belong to this paradigm make conscious choices on what to wear when they do Yoga. But more than this, nudity, particularly nudity in the company of others is simply considered as a violation of codes of propriety in many cultures, even a taboo in some.
On the other end of the spectrum are cultures and societies who view the naked body itself as art. The body should be allowed to express itself outwardly, not kept under wraps and folds of fabric, which after all may be inhibiting bodily functions and aid in the growth of harmful bacteria on the skin. Clearly, Kahlil Gibran belongs to this paradigm.
An experience in the nude

For those who are already practicing Nude Aerobics Yoga, it can prove to be a standout experience. Carolyne Zinko of the San Francisco Chronicle observed five women and four men during a nude Yoga session.

One man said after the session that he liked the "vulnerability of having no clothing on" while doing the exercises. A woman said that she liked doing Yoga in the nude because there wouldn't be any distractions caused by cute outfits and competition among the group. "It would be internal, about me," she said. Another man said that being naked helped him to concentrate on bringing the mind, body and spirit together. This in fact is among the primary objectives of Yoga.

While these reactions bear on the deeper aspects of Yoga, others commented on the physical aspects of nude Yoga. They liked being able to see the proper body positioning more easily, enabling them to adjust quickly.

Not everyone may have the same frame of mind regarding Nude Aerobics Yoga. But like other forms of Yoga, it can unite the mind and the body towards transcendence.

Try it out guys Nude Yoga...Pilates...Stretching!!!
Guru Omar



Pilates Breathing Exercises for the Soul

Pilates Breathing

Breathing is a fundamental of the Pilates Method. Unfortunately, the breathing also seems to be one of the things that many people find the hardest to do well when they workout. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

* When you concentrate on the movements you stop breathing
* If you think about your breathing you stop moving
* You have trouble coordinating your breathing with the exercises
* You can’t pull your powerhouse in and breathe

When I start working with people for the first time I tend not to focus too much on their breathing. This is how I was taught, and through experience, I have seen this approach work very well. One reason for this is that you will eventually remember to breathe. I haven’t seen anyone pass out because they were thinking about their powerhouse so much they forgot to breath. I have, however, had people think so much about their breathing that they completely forget about their powerhouse! Another reason is that when you are worried about your breathing you stop thinking about everything else. That is why focusing on the breathe is a tool used in meditation. So if the breathing is one of many things that you are struggling with, drop it in the beginning. Focus on your powerhouse, then pick up your breathing.

When you first start learning to move your body with control and precision, thinking too much about your breathing can get in the way. But once you have started to gain control, using your breathing will lift your workouts to a high level of beautifully balanced, functional control, that will feel free and strong.

When you first start working with the Pilates Method, I highly recommend that you don’t worry too much about your breathing. When you start to get comfortable with the movements you can then start paying attention to what feels natural. You will start to feel a rhythm to the way your body is moving and when it feels right to inhale and exhale throughout the exercises.

The next step you will find useful is to pay attention to the dead spots. Be aware of all the places in your movements where you stop breathing and are holding your breath. Try to get rid of them.

Once you can comfortably be aware of your breathing and keep moving, there are a couple of general principles that will help.

1. Breath in and out through your nose.

A great anecdote I once heard from Romana Kryzanowska was that Joseph Pilates used to say the nose was for breathing and the mouth was for eating and kissing! Your nose is for breathing, and being able to maintain exercise without opening your mouth is an indicator of your fitness level. The better your stamina, the more workload your body can sustain without needing to gasp for air.

2. Inhale at the point of exertion

This can be a tricky one to understand in terms of practical application. Often it may feel like the wrong thing to do. But you will find that as you move through the Pilates Method and your strength, flexibility and control improve, what felt like the point of exertion to begin with will change. This is something that I suggest you play with. Just remember that your breathing should flow with the exercises.

3. Exhale when your chest contracts, inhale when your chest expands.

The movement of the rib cage will effect how much air you can get into, and out of your lungs. The movements of Pilates are designed to assist the functionality of the body, so when you roll forward, exhale, when you lift up tall, inhale. Allow the flow of air in and out of your lungs to correspond with the natural movement of your body.

In your everyday activities, just remember that when you are slouching you can’t breath well. Sitting tall with an open chest allows a good flow of oxygen through your body, and will help with your levels of vitality.

So take a deep breath, smile, and breathe again!

Try It..
Guru Omar

Pilates Holidays

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

I Have Learned (Poem by Kathy Kane Hansen)

I've learned -
that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I've learned -
that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.

I've learned -
that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned -
that it's not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned -
that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.
After that, you'd better know something.

I've learned -
that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do. but to the best you can do.

I've learned -
that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it.

I've learned -
that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I've learned -
that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

I've learned -
that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I've learned -
that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

I've learned -
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned -
that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I've learned -
that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I've learned -
that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I've learned -
that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first,
the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I've learned -
that heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I've learned -
that learning to forgive takes practice.

I've learned -
that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

I've learned -
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned -
that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned -
that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down
will be the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned -
that sometimes when I'm angry, I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned -
that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I've learned -
that just because someone doesn't love you
the way you want them to doesn't mean
they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned -
that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many
birthdays you've celebrated.

I've learned -
that you should never tell a child
their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
Few things are more humiliating, and
what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I've learned -
that your family won't always
be there for you. It may seem funny,
but people you aren't related to
can take care of you and love you
and teach you to trust people again.
Families aren't biological.

I've learned -
that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you
every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned -
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I've learned -
that no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned -
that our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.

I've learned -
that sometimes when my friends fight,
I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.

I've learned -
that just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean they don't love each other
And just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do.

I've learned -
that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.

I've learned -
that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I've learned -
that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret.
It could change your life forever.

I've learned -
that two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.

I've learned -
that no matter how you try to protect
your children, they will eventually get hurt
and you will hurt in the process.

I've learned -
that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.

I've learned -
that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves
get farther in life.

I've learned -
that no matter how many friends you have,
if you are their pillar you will feel lonely
and lost at the times you need them most.

I've learned -
that your life can be changed in a matter of hours
by people who don't even know you.

I've learned -
that even when you think
you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

I've learned -
that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.

I've learned -
that the paradigm we live in is not all that is offered to us.

I've learned -
that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I've learned -
that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.

I've learned -
that although the word “love” can have many different meanings,
it loses value when overly used.

I've learned -
that it's hard to determine
where to draw the line
between being nice and
not hurting people's feelings
and standing up for what you believe.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Becoming to Pilates Teacher

Become a master of Pilates

My personal journey into the world of Pilates started many years ago. I had the luck of having a teacher who knew the Pilates exercises and used them as part of a good warm-up.

Having the right Teacher is the key....on trading the right path.

Guru Omar


The One Minute Manager: Highlights From The Book

The One Minute Manager, was my week-end reading (last week). I thought of sharing my reading notes as a blog post.

"Once there was a bright young man who was looking for an effective manger. He wanted to work for one. He wanted to become one. His search had taken him over many years to the far corners of the world." Finally he met the "One minute Manager" who shared the secrets of "one minute management". He was neither autocratic nor democratic; neither tough nor nurturing. He taught three secrets of the one minute management to the young person.
So here we go...

People who feel good about themselves produce good results

One minute manager sets each goal and its performance standards with his subordinates in paper with less than 250 words; something that can be read in less than one minute!
Occasionally, people can spend a minute of their time and read the goal and see whether their behavior matches the goal.

When you go for bowling and if there are no pins standing, would you ever roll the ball?
When there are pins but if they are covered with a paper screen, you would try rolling and might hear some sounds which makes you happy. But you would not enjoy the game much.
So the manager's responsibility is to make the pins visible!

Help People to Reach Their Full Potential. Catch Them Doing Something Right
The book argues that managers often "catch" people when they do something wrong. They are watching behind the paper screen so that they can see the pins well. They would say that you missed eight pins instead of telling that you hit two.

That's where the second secret of one minute management is "One Minute Praising". Good work should be praised immediately and it should be specifically about the particular work and not a general praise.

We are not just our behavior. We are the person managing our behavior
There are times, when bad things happen due to mistakes. That's where you need to go for one minute reprimand. As in the previous secret, this should be done immediately. Divide your minute into two. In the first 30 second, tell what went wrong and tell how you feel about it. During the second half you should remind them how valuable they are to you and to the organization. Re-affirm that you condemn the behavior but you value the person and that the person is not just the behavior!

Finally, ensure that an agreement is made not to repeat the same mistake.

Worthy quotes
"The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people"

"Everyone is a potential winner. Some People are disguised as losers, Don't let their appearances fool you"

"Goals begin behaviors. Consequences maintain behaviors."

Finally, our young guy became an effective manager by learning and practicing the above secrets and came up with a new principal.

"Share it with others"

And the last principal forced me to write this :-).

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Monday, 11 October 2010

Long term disc pain successfully treated and surgery avoided.

By Angela Bordignon – recent patient of Dianne Hermans.

I have had a disc issue for about 15 years, mainly concerning deterioration and a herniated disc at L5/S1, which I have managed very successfully via chiropractic treatment.  Twelve months ago I started experiencing major spasms in my back, developed sciatica down one leg and had constant hipflexor tightness.  After 8 months of weekly visits to my chiropractor we realised things weren’t getting any better so I had an MRI scan and was referred to a neurosurgeon in preparation for a potential disk operation to remove the herniation, which was causing my sciatica. At that point, I felt surgery might be my only option but wanted to try the chronic pain guaranteed service with Lifestyle Therapies before I committed to surgery.  I now realise that if the symptoms aren’t subsiding after 12 weeks of consistent treatment, you probably need to try something else.

When I contacted Lifestyle Therapies and commenced the chronic pain guaranteed service, I was in chronic pain and discomfort daily (and had been for 8 months).  I have always been a very active person but was at a stage where my disc issue was having a considerable effect on all areas of my life (physically, mentally and emotionally).  I didn’t like to take pain killers, unless I was in crisis mode, as I found they caused more problems for my digestive system.  I was unable to exercise other than walk slowly, was constantly stiff, couldn’t sit for any longer than 30 minutes at a time.  I was becoming quite depressed and tied of trying not to be depressed!!

I felt Lifestyle Therapies offered a wide range of services which seemed to cover all areas of health in relation to my situation and I felt I would be in good hands.  I found the team very friendly and the environment very relaxing. The initial evaluation was very thorough compared to anything I had experienced before.  After a lengthy assessment, massage and ultra sound, they taped two Q magnets to specific areas of my body to alleviate the pain caused by my pinched sciatic nerve.  It was also suggested I may have issues with iliopsoas muscles. I was provided some reading material and after reading this, I fully believe this has been a major contributing factor to my issue. I left with more hope of a recovery than I’d felt in a long time.

My expectations around Q magnet therapy were positive as I believe you should keep an open mind to new treatments.  I had a lot of questions though and the team at Lifestyle Therapies have always taken the time to explain the issue in layman’s terms not to mention been very honest.  Two weeks following my first visit my pain and muscle spasms had subsidised. Then following weekly appointments for approximately 4-5 months I am now completely pain free and have finally removed my beloved Q magnet and feel amazing.

Lifestyle Therapies have had a huge affect on all areas of my life and I mean ALL AREAS. I know my disc issue is a pinch of salt in the ocean, compared to some people’s health issues. I think when you have lived a generally pain free life and you know the issue your experiencing isn’t going to kill you, but isn’t going away all the same, it’s very frustrating. I am an outgoing person and I personally needed to find a solution or be told it was going to be this way forever and then I could accept it.  I remember thinking that footie players hurt themselves like this every weekend and recover through treatment so there’s no reason why I can’t. I have obviously also had to make some changes in my life to maintain my pain free status like the way I bend to pick things up, do my house cleaning, sit at work and stretch every day. This has not been limiting at all though as the more I did it, the habit formed.

I have recently joined the gym again, plan to start kayaking soon.  I don’t felt my back restricts me in any way shape or form. I just need to remember it is a little weaker now but if I look after myself and be careful, it will hopefully be just fine.  Thanks to Di and the team at Lifestyle Therapies I have a drug free natural pain relief solution that actually works and doesn’t seem to have any negative impacts.

I owe a lot to the team at Lifestyle Therapies as they have changed my life. I only wish I had gone to see them sooner.  I highly recommend the Q magnet therapy for natural pain relief. I was unsure at first, but I had nothing to lose and look where I am today. There’s nothing better in life than being pain free!

Angela Bordignon – May, 2010

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