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.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Saving Money as a Pilates Teacher

January 22, 2011 in Musings, Pilates with

I have a confession to make – I have never been great and handling and saving money. In general I am a spender, a consumer. My parents always placed a premium on stuff, which then my mother would throw away or ruin during some bipolar episode, so I grew up being very covetous of things. Whenever I had the chance to acquire a new thing I would, even if it meant taking out a high interest payday advance loan.

In the past 5 years of living in the caribbean I have become happier with less stuff. Now everything we own fits into our small bedroom in our staff accommodation. And we are considering downsizing again to move back to the states with ourselves and our dog and very little else.

So my advice to new pilates teachers is to build your clientele, avoid large expenditures, and save your money. Only buy things you really need or things that will help build your business and earning potential.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Clean Your Medicine Cabinets

February 10, 2011 in Musings with

Spring cleaning will soon be upon us, and one area we tend to ignore is the bathroom and particularly the contents of our cabinets and medicine cabinets. Go through all of your products, medications, and cosmetics and throw out anything that is out of date, separated, or just plain old and unused. Expired products can be dangerous to your skin and hair, and expired medications can kill you, so be mindful and clean out all the junk in that bathroom.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Strength in Softness-The Root of Yoga

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Posted on January 9th, 2011

Strength in Softness-The Root of Yoga

It is easy to want instant strength and a quick fix solution to produce fast, immediate results. But in yoga the learning comes from allowing the body and the mind to unfold in a steady grace over many years of practice. Each breath along the path of yoga is meant to open your heart to deeper levels of peace and joy. Each practice is a methodical re-training of the habit pattern of the mind to be geared more towards compassion. Each posture holds a lesson that cannot be rushed. If the journey toward achieving a physical posture takes years, imagine how long it takes to achieve final liberation from the cycle of suffering. It takes a strong mind to stand in the midst of a very long journey and not be daunted by the greatness and scope of the path ahead.  

True strength is not brute force, it is a quiet decision to do whatever it takes to get the results that you want. Some postures teach practitioners specific spiritual lessons and there is no time limit on spiritual learning. Challenging arm balances are about connecting to an eternal place within, finding the self-empowerment to believe in yourself every step of the way. When you try to lift your body off the ground you are cultivating the kind of tenacity needed to effect spiritual transformation. In yoga you are the one who works every day for your own liberation. You are the one who must learn to believe in yourself, to cultivate the type of determination that is willing to put in the work to break through old patterns of suffering, revealing true and lasting peace. The yoga practice aims to give you spiritual strength, an inner resolve that carries you through good times and bad just the same. There is nothing stronger than your open hearted awareness.

Before I practiced yoga I had a different conception of strength. External force carried the message of a strong person. I learned through sincere self-inquiry that the mask of strength worn on the outside often belies a vulnerability within. When I started practicing yoga I got a glimpse of the nature of true strength and I was humbled to see how far I had to go in order to realize the strength and steadiness of mind that the spiritual path demands. Rather than being superficial, strength in yoga comes from a intimate place inside. When you touch your spiritual center you find the warmth of an open heart. This compassionate place within allows you to connect more fully to other living beings and actually be a force of healing the world. 

Each seemingly impossible posture forces you to tap into a place inside of yourself that is eternal. In the transformation of your body and mind you experience yourself at the deepest place possible, a place beyond the trials and tribulations of daily life. There are many words for the eternality held within each living being, but the most universal force in the world is love. In every beating heart there is a great capacity to feel and respond from a place of strength within. If you are able to tap into the divine heartbeat within you will also experience the true potential of the human spirit, a powerful creator that can hold the whole world, both good and bad, in compassionate arms forever. 

The story of yoga is actually a love story, a romance of the soul where you learn to fall graciously in love with your inner self. Not in a romantic sense, but in a truly unconditional, eternal and divine sense, the love that comes from the practice of yoga forms the foundation of all spiritual practice. Love is the only force strong enough to never quit, never give out and remain humbling willing to do the work that no one and nothing else will do. True love is eternal and lives inside each human being as a beginningless, birthless, deathless power center. Practice is the careful cultivation of the awareness of the gentle pulse of love within your own body, the feeling of the heartbeat of the universe complete with the energy that creates worlds and the direct experience of the limitless potential of the human spirit.

About Kino MacGregor
Kino MacGregor is a small business owner (www.miamilifecenter.com), yoga teacher and freelance journalist who has produced two yoga DVDs and is currently working on her first book, Inner Peace, Irresistible Beauty to be released late April 2009. For complete details please see www.ashtanga-awareness.com.

Tags: Yoga, Spiritual Path, Awareness, Strength, Yoga for Beginners, benefits of yoga

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Monday, 27 June 2011

6 Things You Can Do More Of To Enhance Your Life This Year

You wake up in the morning, have a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work, return home, eat dinner, watch television, go to sleep ..(or something of the sort)
Do you repeat the same sequence of actions from Monday to Friday without being totally conscious of what you are “really” doing?

It seems as if every day is centered on 3 things.
1. Trying to get a handle on what happened yesterday
2. Trying to cope with what’s happening now
3. Wondering/Worrying about what will happen tomorrow

Days, weeks, months and years pass by. Each year, goes faster than the previous one. It seems "life just happens", doesn’t it?

(When everyone around is concentrating on being Money Rich, Time Poor!)
If you haven’t figured it out already, "true wealth" has very little to do with the zero’s in your bank account. Yes, yes, I am not denying that you need money. The problem is, I don’t think any of us are satisfied and we will always want more!

As Tim Ferriss says, "the currency of the New Rich is time and freedom. Most people think they need to sacrifice their life, to get the money to achieve either one. Only when it’s too late they figure out they are wrong"

(less “fake”!)
In this day and age, more and more, the tendency is to copy others; or try to be someone they are not while living in pretense. How fake is your smile?
You are unique in many ways. Be more "you"! No, I don’t mean spending time on the internet reading gossip and other news! Ask yourself, what is it that you want to learn more about?

With everything that’s happening in your life e.g Facebook, twitter and continues updates, do you have "uninterrupted" time to sit and read?
Select your books and make a list of books that you want to read this year. I’ve already selected mine. Aiming at around 3 books a month. I will share my list in a future post and make myself accountable!

Most of us know the basic rules for ensuring we don’t cripple ourselves at our desks. The problem is that often we not actually practice them!
Eat well, and by well I don’t mean scrumptious dessert and junk food! Yes, some of might need that to get by, but the point I am highlighting here is that there should be a healthy balance.
Exercise, get more sleep, rest and remember allocate some time “just for you”. I know that I want more for myself. You probably want to be happier yourself. However, most of us really don’t know what makes us happy. You think it’s the SUV, you always dreamed of or [your need here], but you will realize that even if you get that, you will only be happy for a while. How can you sustain happiness?

Go, be more happy!

Happy New year everyone!

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Yoga Martial Arts Fusion: The Dragon Dance Series

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Posted on December 28th, 2010

Yoga Martial Arts Fusion: The Dragon Dance Series

My Yoga Online is excited to have added a new Martial Arts Yoga fusion series with Bernie Clark.  The Dragon Dance series is presented in various engaging styles.  The Dragon Dance series is a blend of Indian and Daoist yoga, designed to stimulate the flow of energy (prana or chi) through directed awareness and vigorous movements. Great for people who want a vigorous workout and to experience this mystical thing called “energy.” It is a whole body work out, and will even challenge your ego.

Flexibility is not just a physical quality; we also need flexible minds. The flow is inspired by the fertile teachings of Paul and Suzee Grilley. We build up to the full sized dragon in cycles and stages. The ultimate stage is dragon’s fire. Then we investigate the flow in a yin manner, holding each position for a few breaths. Finally, we cool down with the Golden Seed.

Click watch the Dragon Dance series:

The Dragon Dance

The Dragon Dance: Yang Dragon

The Dragon Dance: Yin Dragon

The Dragon Dance: Golden Seed

About Bernie Clark:

Bernie Clark has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. His ongoing studies have taken him deeply inside mythology, comparative religions and psychology. All of these avenues of exploration have clarified his understanding of the ancient Eastern practices of yoga and meditation. His teaching, workshops and books have helped many students broaden their own understanding of health, life and the source of true joy.

Tags: Yoga, Online Yoga Video, yin yoga, yang dragon, Yin Dragon

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Core Sport Challenge – Pilates is Not Just for Women

January 23, 2011 in Fitness, Health, Pilates with

I just read a fabulous article about another Pilates teacher who used to teach for me at balanCenter Pilates, Jaime White. The lovely Jaime moved to Michigan and opened Core Sport Studio, where she teaches pilates, TRX, kettlebells, and other fabulous forms of body building exercise.

Core Sport Challenge Proves Pilates is Not Just for Women – this is what happened.

“We have this software that looks at statistical evidence of everything that happens in the studio, like what time the clients are coming in,” White said. “And I know that typically out East in New York City, the male population in the studio is somewhere around 50 percent and here it’s more around 35 to 40 percent. So I wanted to put something out there that would show visually and give proof why Pilates is beneficial.”

Many of White’s female clients tell her that their husbands or boyfriends would like to come in, but they think it’s all women inside the studio.

“I just basically wanted to get more men into the studio because it benefits them,” White said. “Most of them are tight, most of them sit at desks all day, have bad posture, lower back pain and injuries from sports when they were younger. So Pilates for them makes such a huge difference in their body and their way of life after doing it.”

White came up with an idea for a 60/30 Challenge. She then used Facebook and email to contact all of her clients (mostly women) asking for two men who would be interested in participating in 30 free Pilates classes over a 60 day time period. She received 15 replies from men willing to give it a try.

The challenge lasted through November and December of last year.

29 year old hockey player Rob Innis lost 25 pounds and 2 inches in his waist.

“It was harder than I thought,” Innis said. “A lot of it was the stigmatism of Pilates; it’s always been kind of a girl workout with a lot of stretching. I had done yoga before, so I knew that was hard, but not extremely difficult. This was a lot harder to do. I’ve never sweated as much in a workout and been as sore after a workout that I can remember.”

62 year old Bill Csatari lost 10 pounds and went down one belt notch.

“I had the impression of the old get in the gym and pump some weights, the old way of working out. Pilates is just the opposite. You don’t use any weight but your own weight. That was one thing I had a hard time figuring out. You’re stretching and turning and it was really challenging. I was srprised. I didn’t think it would be that hard. But for the hour, she works you. I’m a believer now.”

Congratulations to Jaime and the men!

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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Your Pilates Business Cards and Brochures

February 17, 2011 in Pilates with

Cost is typically an issue for any small business, including a Pilates Studio or personal training business. In general, color printing has always been really expensive, so what I used to do was print my own color signs or brochures on my inkjet printer which led to increased ink cartridge costs or I would print black and white on colored paper. Neither solution was ideal.

Now you can utilize several internet sites where you send them the files and they do the color printing and ship the paper goods directly to you. Cost is much lower, and quality much higher than what you can do wither on your own or at your neighborhood copy shop.

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Would You Help Others Succeed Without Expectations?

I was at a singing recital last Saturday and got to witness some awesome singing. It was mostly solo singling with a piano accompaniment. The singing was truly dessert for the ears! I noticed that the pianist was also talented, however the center stage spotlight was for the singer. When the song ended everyone applauded, including the pianist. The pianist looked happy and her applause seemed genuine.

This small event, made me think about how we support and applaud others.
Sometimes, it’s equally rewarding to see that the effort you willingly put in to help someone, has built the foundation for that person to succeed.

If you read this blog with any regularity hopefully you know that I am a believer in helping others succeed by giving with no expectation of return.

All of us are “programmed” to expect something in return. It might be appreciation, reward or something in return, that would validate the help you give someone succeed. So helping someone without expectations doesn't come naturally. (Not even to me!)
Sure, there have been plenty of times where certain help goes unnoticed or taken advantage of.

There is nothing wrong in reciprocating a good deed or a favor. Indeed, we make a living and the economy is revolved around the supply and demand => "give and take". So I am not saying that you should do everything with nothing in return! It simply doesn’t work that way.

"When, and if, you do for me, I’ll do for you."
Is that the attitude you have? Are you one of those people who wait for others to go first?

I have found that the more I give and help, the more I receive. However, that’s not the reason for giving and helping others and I hope it’s not yours. Indeed,Good Deeds Get Rewarded (Even Here On Planet Earth!).

The best reason for giving and helping is the basic joy of making a difference in other people’s lives. To me, it feels good, to have helped someone and see them succeed.

Before you leave this post, I would like you to ask yourself, the following

What are the best ways for me to help, other people see success?
Do just that and help someone else be successful...

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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Drink Plenty of Water

January 20, 2011 in Health, Weight Loss with

Water is something we have to ingest every single day in order to keep our bodies functioning well. The major side effects of hoodia are appetite and thirst suppression. This means that when you take hoodia you are less hungry and thirsty. While the first is why most people take hoodia in the first place, the second is the more dangerous of hoodia side effects, as it is easy to become dehydrated when taking the herbal supplement.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Pilates for Equestrians

January 30, 2011 in Fitness, Health, Pilates with

When I first started teaching Pilates in the suburbs of Philadelphia I had a few clients who rode horses, several of whom competed in shows like the local Devon Horse Show. They all found that pilates helped their riding by making them more aware of how they sat on the horse, and how to utilize their bodies while riding. Now they can’t even look at their breeches without thinking about their core!

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

2010 Wind Down Of Enhance Life

I have been writing EnhanceLife for about 4 years now, and over the years created a few traditions within the blog! We've come to the end of yet another year, and I end the year with something similar to the Oscars on EnhanceLife, with one minor exception. You don't need to be a Hollywood celebrity or wear a glamorous outfit to visit!

Here goes..(I haven't been written as much as I wanted to this year, so I've included some posts from last year as well)

Leave a comment and make your vote count!

And before you leave your seats...
I want to thank all of you my dear reader who visit this blog and have supported me throughout the years. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with much happiness, good health and prosperity.

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Monday, 20 June 2011

8 Tips to Help You Get Lean, Get Healthy

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Posted on January 14th, 2011

8 Tips to Help You Get Lean, Get Healthy

Let’s start with the most important tip: Your body is amazing. It is the multi-functioning, multi-tasking, high-performing vessel for your beautiful soul. No matter what your shape or size, we love it.

So why the tips on getting lean? Because for most of us, carrying extra weight isn’t what’s best for us. That’s why the new trim-down Whole Health Program from My Yoga Online is called Get Lean, Get Healthy. Because getting lean—not model skinny —most often means getting healthy. And that’s what’s best for us.

1.       Notice why you eat. We all eat for different reasons—not just to nourish our body. It’s okay to find a certain degree of comfort in a perfectly-baked brownie. Just become aware that you do. Notice if you connect food—or certain types of food—with memories or feelings.

2.       Recognize. Identify anxiety, worries, and lingering stress for what they really are, rather than trying to interpret them as hunger that can be solved with food.

3.       Fill up on the good stuff. Aim to fill half your dish with vegetables, a quarter with whole grains, and a quarter with healthy lean protein.

4.       Prevention is key. Add stress management techniques such as yoga and meditation to your life. They are just as important—and some would say more important than—counting calories, since recent research has shown that extra stress can lead to extra weight.

5.       Choose the right carbs. Some carbs will send your blood sugar spiraling up or down and the stress-related fight-or-flight hormone cortisol into high alert. Learning how to choose the right carbohydrates will help you decrease stress—and the likelihood of weight gain.

6.       Drink more water. Studies show that if you drink a glass of water before eating, you’re less likely to overeat. Plus, there are about a hundred other benefits to drinking lots of the good stuff—including beautifying ones. Water helps battle hunger, keep cells and digestive and metabolism systems working properly, and washes away toxins. Add lemon to stimulate digestion—a great idea first thing in the morning.

7.       Craving control. When a craving hits, respond not with guilt and avoidance, but with a nutritious, delicious snack. Healthy snacking keeps your metabolism up and your cravings down, and when mealtime comes you will be less likely to binge on too much (or unhealthy) food.

8.       Hunger helper. Stay tuned into your hunger. Learn to eat when you are actually hungry. For you that may mean three regular meals or three to six smaller meals, plus a few healthy snacks.

About Lindsey Lewis
I'm a yoga-teacher, whole health lover, plus a bazilion other things, and lucky to be part of the team at My Yoga Online. I teach Kundalini, Hatha and Yin yoga, and write a blog about it all, plus my learnings from a life lived with intention, at www.joyyoga.ca. Connect with me at my profile on My Yoga Online.

For more tips on how to reveal your leaner, sleeker self, connect with My Yoga Online on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be posting them there regularly starting Monday, January 17.

The My Yoga Online Whole Health Programs are the pro-active solutions project of yoga teacher-turned wellness business woman Michelle Trantina, co-founder of My Yoga Online. Conceived as a way to help busy people live truly healthy lives, Michelle created the programs with the help of her colleagues—yoga teachers and whole health aficionados Kreg Weiss (also co-founder of My Yoga Online) and Lindsey Lewis.

Tags: Yoga, Wellness, Michelle Trantina, Kreg Weiss

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12 Books On Blogging I Plan To Read This Year To Improve My Blogging

In my new year motivation post, I mentioned that we all could do with a little more reading. I also mentioned that I plan to read at least 3 books per month; 36 books in 2011. This would be an average number of books by most people’s standard. However, for someone who reads about 12 books each year, this would be a giant leap! Anyways, I was very selective in what I wanted to read.
I decided to focus books on 3 main areas

1. Blogging (blogging itself, writing, marketing, web analytics, affiliate marketing etc)
2. Personal development (Attitude, innovation, finance etc)
3. Career (technical, leadership, management etc)

I thought of writing separate posts on each category, listing each book. Once I read the book, I will write a review post. That way, I am publicly making myself accountable!

This post will focus on the list of books I selected, to improve my blogging.

Why I want to read this book
I have been an ardent reader of Darren’s blog problogger for over 4 years. I think I even started Enhance Life, because I wanted to try out blogging. Anyways, his blog offers a wealth of information and I believe the book would have the same standard. Also, when I type “blogging” in the amazon.com search page, this is the first book that’s listed! Also, the book is selling well, it must be good!

Why I want to read this book
A few weeks ago, I started using the software Xmind, for idea generation for my blog posts. Idea mapping has an effortless way of putting things together and it makes my writing easier. So I want to invest some more time on idea mapping and learn it further.

Why I want to read this book
I want to improve my writing. This is one of those classic books on the “writing attitude” recommended by the top writing gurus.
I have also gone through several reviews of this book. It seems to be living up to its expectations.

Why I want to read this book
Apart from EnhanceLife (this blog), I write a few other blogs. This blog is more or less a “my hobby” blog so I rarely monetize this blog. I have a few advertisements here and there, just so I could cover the hosting costs. However, I want to use my other blogs to promote more products and this book is one of the best books, in affiliate marketing, I am told!

Why I want to read this book
I rarely spend time promoting my blogs. I am not actively involved in social media etc and I know I could have more readers if I know how to or rather the art of marketing a blog.

Why I want to read this book
I mentioned before that I have a full time job at an software firm. Last December, I had a vacation of about 2 and half weeks. Out of which I dedicated a few days to writing. I did nothing but work on blogging and I enjoyed it; it felt good.

By reading this book, I hope to get some insight on being a online entrepreneur. The by line of the book says, How to start and grow a successful online business without quitting your day job. Sounds just about right!

by Kenneth W. Davis
Why I want to read this book
I don't know how this landed on my hardisk. I must have downloaded this free ebook from somewhere! Manage Your Writing is a guide to a more effective, and efficient, business writing process. It’s more about “shaping your writing”. For someone who hated writing essays and got an average grade in school (ahem), I think this book is never too late to visit!
Why I want to read this book
When I write a blog post, I don’t obsess over keywords, headlines, long tail keywords etc. At least not in this blog! Surely, you will know that this blog post it not SEO optimized at all.
That doesn’t mean I don’t want to. I am hoping this book guide me on the theoretical aspects of Search Engine Optimization as well as how put it to daily practice.
Why I want to read this book

The introduction of this book mentions,

This book is about Google.
This book is about marketing.
This book is about how you can learn from all the companies out there Googling themselves.
Everything I know about marketing I learned from Google.
So can you.
Well, most of the readers that visit my blog are directed via google. It motivated me want to learn a bit more about how Google goes about doing things. Also, being in the software sector, I never took any marketing lectures. So I am hoping I will learn and thing or two on marketing as well.

Why I want to read this book
At the moment, I don’t analyze the data (number of visitors, where they come from etc) related to my blogs. I just stick to the default reports, sitemeter or google analytics provide. But I know I could do a lot more beyond the basics, with Web Analytics. Thus, this book is an attempt to educate myself more on Web Analytics.

Why I want to read this book
A bit similar to what I mentioned earlier. I don’t have a marketing or sales background. Additionally, it would be good to know more about the “online specifics” about what drives people to buy, not buy etc

12. [need one more]
Well, I’ve intentionally kept this blank because I am bound to run into a book I might want to read within the year. Also, if you have any other book recommendation for me, please leave a comment and let me know.

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Milk price war heats up, but the real question is why would you buy it?

Vested interests are mounting a major campaign with the price of milk right now and between the farmers, processors and retailers the politics is heating up. How can the major supermarkets sell a litre of milk for less than $1 and what are the consequences of this?

Intensive dairy farming Intensive dairy farming

To me, the more important question (aside from the effects on the farmers themselves) is what happens to the quality of food when prices are forced so low? Let me illustrate with a recent trip to the supermarket looking for tomato paste. Woolworths had their Select own brand, but where were the ingredients from? China, the home of melamine milk. Leggo’s had another bottle that was packed in Australia with local and imported ingredients, which could have come from China as well for all we know. But the Leggo’s 500g Tomato past with no added salt (even better) won the day with made in Australia from local ingredients. I couldn’t even tell you the price because that’s not even a factor in these matters.

The point is that most of these no brand or Woolworth’s and Cole’s brands and Aldi too for that matter simply outsource their ingredient fulfilling to the cheapest provider. I am sure quality and the integrity of the ingredients is a poor second to price.

So what effect do you think $1 a litre has on the quality of milk? I am sure most of the farms producing huge volumes of milk are owned by corporations and have long since lost the care and concern of the second and third generation dairy farmer. It’s all about profits now and at times at the expense of the animal’s welfare and your health. When profits have primacy then the pressure is on the cow to produce which includes calving and constant and prolific milk production. This demand is often facilitated by the constant use of antibiotics, hormones and other dubious animal welfare practices that all have an impact on the milk that we consume. Thank goodness Australia has banned the use of the growth hormone rBGH, but there is no guarantee that imported milk products are free from this toxin.

When ever I can I always go to my local IGA and purchase quality milk from Maleny Dairies.  Why would you want to save a buck to buy a cheap product that supports a flawed system?

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Compassionately Selfish Wish for Enlightenment

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Posted on February 2nd, 2011

The Compassionately Selfish Wish for Enlightenment

A calm mind is more useful state of interacting with the world. If the mind is imbalanced by strong emotions it is not possible to engage the world efficiently. When you see just how powerful an impact your own level of realization makes not just to those around you, but to the whole world there is no choice but to embark upon sincere spiritual practice. Once you realize fully that you will only experience, create and share more suffering in the world unless you realize the true nature of your being and find freedom from the cycle of pain then you see that spiritual evolution is needed for a peaceful planet. 

The Dalai Lama spoke this January in Bangalore and communicated one overarching theme, that is, that a calm mind holds the key to a healthy body, an effective life and a healed planet. His final statement was a positive dream for the future that the 21st century should be a century of dharma because the 20th century was of killing. A goal that he would like for us to have is to demilitarize the world, starting with the individual dedication to a peaceful life. This will only come with action, not prayer. For the individual prayer is great, but for community we need action. Karma means action. Talking too much with too little action means that we will not realize the true interconnection of all being. These human values he concluded have nothing to do with religion but are universal. So perhaps the best service that we can give to the world is to fully commit to our own spiritual practice for both personal and global reasons. 

Many spiritual practitioners in the Western world sometimes have a low self-esteem about their basic worth and hide their insecurities in the work. But true spiritual practice demands that you believe in your basic ability to succeed at the hard work of spirituality. Desire and ego are needed for the strong will, determination and desire for boddhichitta that spiritual practitioners must have. So in a sense strong self esteem is needed for spiritual practice as long as all drive and determination is based in positive action. If the emotion or ego is based in biased, negative desires that engender further attachment into the material world, then it is not a good use of your strength. But if you channel your strength, drive, and desire into spiritual practice you will develop the kind of tenacity to be a strong force of good in the world. One of the 46 minor precepts in Buddhism states that if you see harm being done and do nothing you also have done something wrong yourself. You must take appropriate action to stop the wrong, not out of anger but out of compassion. The tricky thing is to take appropriate action while maintaining genuine care for both the victim and the perpetrator of violence just the same.

The Buddhist path of meditation affirms the notion that all beings have a basic right to happiness, that all beings posses the same Buddha nature such that all can be Buddha too. The Dalai Lama says, “Human intelligence is really precious, a calm mind very  important . If the mind is disturbed by emotions then the basis of life is also disturbed and then the whole view becomes biased, so we can't see reality clearly. In order to see reality the mind must be calm, then we can investigate reality and see clearly. Once mind is disturbed then you can't see.” If our basic mental attitude is quite happy then disturbances come and go like waves on the ocean come and go. Yet at the same time emotions have a biological factor that can be hard to deal with. For example, anger is associated with the ability to fight and fear is associated with the ability to run for your life. Although these are positive things for survival in an ancient evolutionary context, with the cultivation of Buddha nature we can begin to use human Intelligence to compare longterm and short term sensations and develop awareness. Meditation means that you can train your mind so that when anger develops you can separate from the anger, de-tach and watch it. Once you separate yourself from anger so that the dominance of the emotion lessens you can get free from it and find peace.

Although the initial motivation for spiritual development comes from within as a desire for yourself, you soon realize that there is a simultaneous opening of the heart that wants to share your realizations in the world. Only with a calm, clear mind can you be a force of healing in the world, free from your own suffering, and liberate those in pain. While a basically selfish urge, the search for spiritual realization is ultimately the most compassionate undertaking you can embark upon. The open-hearted embrace of all that is that comes from true spiritual awakening is the liberation that can bring about a truly peaceful planet. We each have a responsibility to be the best person we can be and commit our lives to selfish and selfless service towards ultimate freedom and spiritual evolution for ourselves, humanity and all beings.

About Kino MacGregor 

Kino MacGregor is a small business owner (www.miamilifecenter.com), yoga teacher and freelance journalist who has produced two yoga DVDs and is currently working on her first book, Inner Peace, Irresistible Beauty to be released late April 2009.

For complete details please see www.ashtanga-awareness.com.

Tags: Yoga, Spiritual Path, Awareness, yoga community

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Heat or Cold After Injury?

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Living with Eczema

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The Best Things In Life Are Free

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Posted on December 18th, 2010

The Best Things In Life Are FreeThe glowing heart of the sun rises and sets each day and belongs to no one. The Earth is cut up into segments of private property and national boundaries but no one owns the deed to the whole planet, except maybe all of us collectively unless we just have it on loan from future generations. Nations carve out no-fly zones but the air we breathe is free. The feeling of accomplishment that comes from attaining your dreams after years of hard work and dedication does not come merely from the good fortune of inheriting a million dollars. If we lost the internet tomorrow and the world financial system collapses humanity’s most essential nature would survive in our ability to love one another.One of the most liberating things about the practice of yoga is how it brings you in touch with the truly meaningful part of life. We practice yoga because of the feeling of elation and freedom that comes when you feel totally and completely at peace with yourself. The physical postures lead you to the discovery of a truly eternal happiness within. It is this sacred space of the inner world that yoga seeks to build a bridge to with every practice. No amount of money can buy you passage down the road of spirituality. Instead the only currency worth anything is the power of your own awareness. Not even all the world’s money can make you rich in spiritual sense. The kind of abundance that comes from knowing yourself at the deepest level is a truth that outlasts the test of time and inevitable vicissitudes of life. Sometimes stress can cause you to lose an honest connection to the deepest part of yourself and drowned out the quiet inner world. Yet when you begin yoga you open a door to the quiet space of listening where healing takes place.  At its most basic potential yoga seeks to reunite your body, mind and soul in one state of consciousness. Yoga helps you regain the lost world of yourself as you really are, peaceful, happy, free and beautiful.  Everyone wants to be happy and everyone wants to love. No matter where they come from, what language they speak or how different they may seem every human being wants to know real peace and lasting freedom.  Yoga allows you to reconnect with the grand unity that all life on Earth really is a shared dream of peace, love and happiness. Yoga is a process of union that occurs on the person level as you learn to connect your body, mind and soul and then on a global level when you learn to connect with other cultures, people and beings.We have all faced moments when it seems that our modern life is fraying at the edges. This is not the time to run for cover and abandon all hopes of recovery. Instead it is the time to apply the lesson of the spiritual discipline of yoga that teaches you to find your happiness and joy within regardless of external circumstance. Yoga opens your heart and asks you to believe in yourself beyond all measure of doubt. In this awakening of compassion yoga asks you to find a way to live a more peaceful life and be a force of healing in the world. When you find relief in the awareness of yourself as an eternal being capable of limitless love then the need to control circumstances eases into an ability to love life and have fun. The liberation of soul promised by the ardent practice of yoga is not something that can be bought, faked or cheated. Instead it is a diligence gained by any willing aspirant whose heart and mind can grow large enough to love the entire world, human and non human, painful and pleasurable alike.  The best moments in yoga cannot be owned by any lineage, style or teacher and as such they do not need any protection. Yoga’s greatest gift is the vulnerability that fills your tender heart after a deep practice session and the spiritual strength that gives you the benefit of unflappable faith and devotion. Even if you study with the best teachers it does not guarantee your progression along this inner path. You must also be open to receive the teaching and willing to put in the work that will assure your ultimate success.  Yoga begs you to ask yourself who you are without the normal repertoire of thoughts and challenges used to define your personality and demands that you have the courage to be totally honest and present with yourself. If you begin the search through the complexity of your existence and ask yourself who you really are without your thoughts and your known reality, you will find that at the center of your being is the search for love. When you find your own limitless capacity for love you will have touched the shining center of both yoga and yourself. You cannot buy a perfect sunrise or a perfect day at the beach, but you can be lucky enough to experience it. All the money in the world will not buy you friendship and love, but yoga will show you how to allow deep connections into your life. Even with a billion dollars you simply cannot manufacture the best moments in life, but with yoga you can learn how to live your best possible and be grateful for every breath you are blessed with. 

Many thanks to Kino MacGregor for providing this article. Kino MacGregor is a small business owner (www.miamilifecenter.com), yoga teacher and freelance journalist who has produced two yoga DVDs and is currently working on her first book, Inner Peace, Irresistible Beauty to be released late April 2009. For complete details please see www.ashtanga-awareness.com.

Tags: Yoga, Inner Peace, Awareness, Body and Mind, benefits of yoga

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Twitter Holiday Yoga Giveaway

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Posted on December 13th, 2010

Twitter Holiday Yoga Giveaway

My Yoga Online would like to thank all of our great fans on Twitter who have helped share the word about us and our message of wellness.  We are happy to announce our Twitter Holiday Yoga Giveaway!  

From December 13, 2010 to December 17, 2010, you can enter to win great yoga prizes.  Each day, we will give away a 3 Month Gift Membership (or a $25 credit towards Yoga Video downloads).  To enter, simply share on your Twitter account a favorite video or article from MyYogaOnline.  With your Twitter post, include the link to your favorite video/article as well as @MyYogaOnline to validate your entry.  Enter as many times as you like each day as each validated post acts as an entry.  

Example Entry:  great yoga today w/ Clara http://bit.ly/eBn5Fg on @MyYogaOnline - wonderful way to start the day

Other Giveaway details:

*Daily entries will be based on 12 am PST for each 24 hour period.

*Prizes will expire on Dec 31, 2010.

*Daily winner can choose to receive either the 3 Month Membership or the $25 Yoga Video download credit.  Download credit is in USD currency.

*Prizes can not be redeemed for cash value.

*In order to receive prize, winner must be following @MyYogaOnline and provide direct message access (so we may email you about winning and receiving your prize).

*prize winners will be announced daily on Twitter

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

7 Christmas Song Albums You Must Listen To This Christmas

Every where it goes, it seems like you hear some Christmas song or another. While some of them are just mediocre, there a few good Christmas song albums that stand out well above the rest.

Yesterday, I just tweeted about one such awesome Christmas album, and it seems a lot of my tweet people :-) liked it, and some even asked for more recommendations.
So I thought of putting together a post with my pick of Christmas song albums.

During my life time, I have heard many versions of the popular Christmas Song, Drummer Boy. You might laugh when I say this, but when I heard Josh Groban’s version of this song and his voice... it sent shivers down my spine!

All in all, Josh Groban's voice blends beautifully with the intricate and complex arrangements. Indeed, Josh Groban has a most soothing and angelic tone and Noel, brings this out well.

The Christmas song I liked the most was, White is in the Winter Night. It is has a calming effect and it's a sparkling Christmas track which open up the holiday feeling.

While it contains many Christmas songs, I consider it a seasonal release as many of the songs range beyond just the Christmas day.

I have been a fan of David Archuleta since his American Idol days. David sings with heartfelt and genuine conviction, and that's a hallmark for this Christmas album too.

Apart from the Christmas songs I was used to hearing, I got to know some new French Christmas songs too! Pat-A-Pan was such a fun, upbeat song and even though I didn't understand a word of it, it still remains my favorite of the album!

I was so blown away! The hard rock on the electric guitar, the rocking drums, and just rocking hard, but sill keeping the Holiday spirit alive with our favorite songs! This album takes Christmas music and puts a new, much needed twist on it.
Everyone has their all time favorite Christmas albums and this is in the top few around our house, and has been there since it's release. This Christmas album was recommended to me by a friend several years ago.
Apart from the songs we are used to hearing there was one song which is not that heard of, I Need a Silent Night.

I now, in turn, recommend it to anyone who needs a beautiful Christmas album to keep them in the TRUE Christmas spirit.

When you are you are emotionally exhausted by Christmas music, this is an album you would want to listen. It is more of a winter album than a Christmas album. It is such a great complement to the season of winter(for the part of world that has winter!), as it restores the balance by tugging in a direction opposite to that of Christmas music.
Sometimes, it can get a bit repetitive listening to the same lyrics during Christmas. So, I tend to mix it up with some instrumental Christmas albums.

All the Christmas standards are here, all in instrumental form (which is hard to find these days). Even if you aren't a classical music fan you will find these renditions exciting and fitting for any Christmas occasion.

I am on the look out for more Christmas albums to add to my collection. What's your all time favorite Christmas song Album? Leave a comment, let me know.

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Monday, 13 June 2011

Mother's Day Is Coming

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Lifestyle therapies proving very promosing for MS sufferers…

This is a fantastic feature from the ABC’s 7.30 report, watch it here.

Prof. George Jelinek is a doctor who was diagnosed with MS 12 years ago and found abundant scientific evidence that lifestyle modification and natural therapies could significantly help his condition. He proved it in his own life and now helps many other MS sufferers improve their lives without solely relying on the typical drug therapies most doctors prescribe.

The response from the MS Society doctor is so typical…Very cautious that there have been very little studies on lifestyle modification, well the question is WHY NOT? There should be much more research in this area to show people how to take control of their own health without the dependence on pharmaceutical drugs. Is the MS Society investing in this research? I hope so. What could possibly be wrong with helping people get off their medications and all the adverse side-effects they bring – except that you no longer need to keep returning to the doctor for another script.

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Pilates Gifts

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Hip Flexors and Yoga: Our Friend or Foe?

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Posted on December 19th, 2010

Hip Flexors and Yoga: Our Friend or Foe?

Each time I step into a lunge yoga pose, I appreciate just how much my hip flexors play on my postural health.  I clearly feel how these large bands of muscles become tight by over-sitting.  I often question, then, just how practical yoga is when addressing most people’s issues with hip flexor imbalance?

Yoga expert, David Keil, presents our hip flexors as an important muscle group that can assist us in many of our forward bends.  The main group of hip flexors attach at the upper thigh and cross the hip to attach partially at the inner hip crest and further up on the lower vertebrae. When we forward bend, we can improve the fold at our hips by visualizing our hip flexors engaging. This ultimately reduces rounding and hence compression from going into the lumbar spine.   The hip flexors contract and draw the hip points into the thighs, from which, the spine can follow the fold with space and integrity.  We can most readily practice this in seated folding postures like Wide Forward Bend.  If the hip flexors are integrated as such, we likely feel, immediately after these folding poses, a need to expand the front of the hips with a back arching asana. 

Therefore, in forward bends, our hip flexors appear to be a resourceful friend to maintaining quality and safety.  But looking at a complete yoga practice, I sometimes question other transitions and yoga exercises that may be unnecessarily involving the hip flexors.  Take example lying leg lift flows that are used as a means to develop core conditioning.  The motion of moving one or both legs up and then down towards the earth against gravity is countered with core and abdominal contractions.  The ultimate goal is to feel the abdominal area strengthen.  But what is happening with the hip flexors?  The hip flexors simply add a force load on the pelvis, which, without a countering core contraction, would cause the spine to lift off the ground.  In a theoretical sense, this sounds all good.  But in practical application, not only are we strengthening the core, but also the hip flexors.

So what’s the big deal with strengthening the hip flexors?  Strengthening of muscles involves repeated loading and shortening of muscle fibers.  From a functionality perspective, the majority of people already have chronically shortened hip flexors due to prolonged sitting and/or poor postural habits.  This is well presented by Dr. Carla Cupido as part of lower cross syndrome – a chronic energetic imbalance that leads to lower back pain and poor postural health.

Understanding that most of us sit far too much and likely are dealing with lower cross syndrome issues, does it make sense to develop even more imbalance in the pelvis and hips by adding yoga exercises that specifically condition our hip flexors further?  As yoga teachers, we should be aware of the functionality of our practices.   Do they service our students’ needs appropriately and support the therapeutic benefits that a yoga practice should generate?   Are we compromising the gain of core strength with worsening musculoskeletal imbalances?  Every time the hip bends, how are the hip flexors being engaged and does this engagement serve a greater purpose?

As students and teachers, I encourage you to first look at your lifestyle patterns.  Our practice and the intentions of yoga postures should first address the needs of our lifestyle.  Does our practice work to restore conditions and issues that have evolved from daily activities?  Our practice becomes more intelligent and with more profound purpose when we apply practicality and functionality.  

Article by Kreg Weiss, My Yoga Online teacher and co-founder.

Tags: Yoga Tips, Yoga, Hip Anatomy, hip flexor muscles, yoga anatomy

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Pilates Jewelry

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

New Yoga Meditation Practices by Padma Meditation

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Posted on December 11th, 2010

New Yoga Meditation Practices by Padma Meditation

My Yoga Online is happy to announce the latest addition of 7 new yoga meditation classes by Padma Meditation.  Enjoy exploring your mental practice and receiving the benefits of more focus, deeper calm, and greater mind/body awareness.  Padma engages your mental practice with 7 inspiring themes: Balance, Concentration, Contentment, Counting, Mantra, Purity, and Steadiness.

These new audio meditation lessons are available as streaming classes and as downloads.  Click here to enjoy these new yoga meditation classes.

Tags: Meditation, Destress, Focus, grounding

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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Erika Bloom Pilates Retreat at Parrot Cay

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

You Pilates Business - Cost of Insurance

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Men and Pilates

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Monday, 6 June 2011

Pilates in the Water

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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Rancho La Puerta Pilates Retreat with Laurel Silverman

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Pilates Apps for Phones

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Friday, 3 June 2011

Attracting Wealth With the Law of Attraction

I have an interesting story to share with you today.

There was a witch who lived in a black house in a forest. It was dark all over the house. The house looked dark from outside and inside. The kitchen, toilet, dining room, chairs, table and everything else were black in colour.

The witch has a black cat which she loved dearly. Things were always good except when the witch was sleepy, she’ll accidentally kick or step on her cat.

One day, the witch felt sleepy, accidentally stepped on her cat and fell down from stairs. She felt angry and quickly turn the cat green with her magic stick. Now. the witch can see the green cat easily at any corner of the house.

On the next day, the green cat ran to a field outside the house. Here’s where the problem comes. It’s quite hard to find a green cat in the green grass.

Then the witch turn the cat into a colourful cat. A cat with red head, yellow body, pink tail and purple legs. She’s satisfied with her new “decoration” because she can find her cat no matter where it is now.

However, the cat hated it very much. When it was turned green, it tried to run away from the house. Now, with a colourful body, it looks even worse and the birds on the tree couldn’t help but to laugh at the silly cat.

To express its dissatisfaction, the colourful cat hid itself in a hole and not even want to come out for any meal. The witch was worried and turn it back into a black cat as it was and made the house looked colourful.

The moral of the story, it’s much easier to change ourselves than to change others.

Many people I met recently care complaining about their financial status. Most people want to earn more, retire early but do nothing other than complaining.

There’s no use to complain about your boss not raising your salary so that you can go for a better vacation or government for not take enough care of you or the hiking price of oil and stuffs.

The better way would be change your job, change your spending habit or start investing.

Investing is my all time favorite because it gives me the opportunity to leverage my cash. Talking about investing, I have a couple of opportunities which recently came to me and I think I should share it here.

If you have spare cash and looking for long term investment vehicle, I’d recommend you to invest in silver and gold. Silver is precious metal and also widely used in industries. Its supply is far less than gold. If you are interested to learn more about why silver is a good investment, you can get more information here.

Where To Buy Silver?

One main problem with investing in Silver is, it’s hard to get the supply of silver in some countries, especially in Asia. After doing some research, I found a trusted friend who can help to broker silver deals for me. So, if you are interested to invest in silver but having a hard time to get the supply, Contact me and I can help you to broker the deal.

Second Opportunity

The second opportunity is a private equity deal recommended by a friend of mine. Basically, it’s about investing in a new company which will be listed in a few years time. It’s a technology company and the management team has a great track record. This is a good opportunity to double your money in a year time. I have no relation to this deal but if you are interested, I can connect you with a friend of mine who’s brokering the deal. (You can contact me here)

If you have been attracting wealth with the Law of Attraction lately and have some spare cash in hand, you have landed yourself on the right web page today. I truly hope that these 2 opportunities can help to change your life.

Keep on attracting the best and don’t forget to leave your comment in the comment box below.

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

How To Transform Your Life E-Workshop

You Can Cope Effectively With Depression, Anxiety, And Other Life Problems Using This Step By Step Guide.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Well worth a look; the future in health testing

A great talk looking at the future in health testing and genetic profiling.

See website The Experimental Man Project

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