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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.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: My Yoga Online

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Posted on July 12th, 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: My Yoga Online

Question: Where’s your favourite place to practice yoga?

A yoga practice works best when it can be done anywhere, anytime. We’re all busy people, living multi-faceted lives and wearing many different hats. Mom, dad, partner, sister, brother, son, daughter, professional, artist, entrepreneur—you name it and these days we’re doing it. It can be a whole lotta fun to have this much going on. It can also be draining, exhausting, and take a major toll on our health.

That’s why at My Yoga Online we're so excited about what we do. Our service enables anyone, anywhere to access the mind-body health and wellness benefits of this ancient practice that is so relevant to modern day life. Our Premium membership offers unlimited access to:

-          Hundreds of yoga, Pilates, meditation videos

-          Expert information on workplace wellness, green living, expert health advice

-          A Q&A forum with professionals

-          Whole Health Programs addressing the top health and wellness concerns of the people we care about—you.

My Yoga Online is giving away one (1) unlimited Premium one-year membership.

How to Enter: Just add your answer to the following question to the comments section below: Where's your favourite place to practice yoga?

This prize giveaway is worldwide. Contest runs until the end of Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:59 PST.

Enter on Facebook, too! Join your My Yoga Online community on Facebook and enter to win there, too.

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The fine print: Click here to read the official contest rules. By submitting a comment on this blog or commenting on or ‘liking’ the Facebook post, you agree to the official contest rules.

Tags: My Yoga Online, MyYogaOnline, Contest, online yoga videos, yoga giveaway, yoga videos, yoga contest, online yoga contest, free yoga membership, my yoga online membership free, free my yoga online membership

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Expert Q and A: Stretching Your Quadriceps

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Posted on July 29th, 2011

Expert Q and A: Stretching Your Quadriceps

Q: What type of yoga pose would you recommend to stretch the quadriceps muscles without putting strain on the knees?

A:  The quadriceps is a large muscle group crossing on of the most heavily loaded joints of the body (the knee). Due to frequent heavy loading, the quadriceps tend to have plenty of tightness that requires modifications and slow easing into stretching poses. To avoid strain to the knees when stretching the quadriceps muscles, I recommend that you try a standing quadriceps stretch (balance on one leg while holding the other ankle) following a light thigh and knee warm up. This simple pose will give you control in applying the stretch while avoiding excessive gravity and force on the knee joint. Once you align the knees and feel the quadriceps relax into the stretch, you can contract the abdomen and facilitate a pelvic tilt. The pelvic tilt will engage a deeper stretch into the middle band of quadriceps muscle (rectus femorus).  

If you are unable to comfortably reach your ankle with this standing stretch, you can instead move a light stretch into the quadriceps with Child’s Pose. You can keep your arms forward and apply gentle pressure with the hands to lightly deepen the stretch into your knees. Note, that in Child’s Pose, the stretch will occur only at the knee region and not higher into the belly of the thigh or top portion of the thigh.

If you still have concerns with the knees in Child’s Pose, consider protecting the knees from the depth of stretch by placing a rolled up towel under hips. This will prevent the knees from going into the full flexion / range of motion in the knees. 

If you have any other concerns about applying a stretch into the knee joint, be mindful and possibly avoid postures where you are sitting directly on the heels or inside the heels (ie Thunderbolt Pose, Hero Pose, Heron Pose).

Expert Q & A provided by My Yoga Online teacher and Co-Founder, Kreg Weiss.

Tags: Yoga Tips, Yoga, Kreg Weiss, stretch, knee, flexibility, beginner yoga, yoga for knees

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Decisions: Use Opinion Of An Expert Or Your Own Judgment?

I recently came across this TED talk by Noreena Hertz, on How to use experts and when not to.

Before you head off to watch video, consider the important decisions you made within the last week.
How much of the decision was influenced by the opinion of an expert?

The video is about 21 minutes in length. If you liked reading Freakonomics, then you are likely enjoy this video as well ;-)

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Spirathon Event and My Yoga Online: For Our World's Future

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Posted on July 27th, 2011

Spirathon Event and My Yoga Online: For Our World's Future

Sign up for three hours of total transformation?

The founders of the upcoming Spirathon are hoping you will. This fundraising “triatholon of the spirit” is dedicated to the not-for-profit organization Nurturing Our Warriors: N.O.W. for those in the know. This so-called “real profit”s mission is to provide a full infrastructure for communities in need all over the world, from clean drinking water, to education and medical supplies. Once these are in place, the children of those communities will experience the N.O.W.™ Empowerments—including meditation, breathwork, yoga, chi-gung, nutrition and organic cooking, art therapies, martial arts, dance, singing and more. It is a full circle mission.

The Spirathon is an event creating a new paradigm of fundraising involving a transformational experience that puts you first, helping you to feel connected, alive and empowered. The three-hour program takes you full circle and integrates your body, mind and spirit.

Here’s how it breaks down:
20 minutes of mediation
40 minutes of yoga
60 minutes of spinning
40 minutes of yoga
20 minutes of meditation

The team here at My Yoga Online is excited to be supporting this inspirational event. Each Spirathon participant will receive a complimentary one-month unlimited Premium membership with My Yoga Online, and be entered to win a one-year unlimited Premium membership. Because we know that what we do today, to improve life for ourselves and the children of this world, will make our daily moments in the future that much brighter.

Go here for more information, to sign up, or to donate: www.thespirathonevent.com

Tags: Ahimsa, spirathon event, seva, spinning and yoga, yoga and spinning, yoga fundraiser, Nurturing Our Warriors, yoga fundraiser event

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Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: VEGA gift basket

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Posted on July 26th, 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: VEGA gift basket

Question: What foods help you feel best after a yoga practice?

Vega’s Brendan Brazier and Peggy Kotsopoulos are fans of plant-based whole foods. A professional athlete, Brazier is also a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, creator of the award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega, and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Kotsopolous is part of Vega’s health team and the principal of beVibrant wellness consulting, a registered holistic nutritionist, health educator, and culinary consultant focused on teaching real health through easy and delicious lifestyle and dietary choices.

Here are some of their top tips for healthy eating.

BB: The number one question I get is where do vegans get their protein. Really, protein is not that difficult to get if you eat a plant-based whole food diet. Spinach and Kale for example, are around 45% protein and if you eat a big salad you are getting enough protein.

BB: In terms of performance, plant-based whole food sources of protein are more alkaline forming than animal sources or isolates, which allow you to reduce inflammation, speed recovery and increase functionality. Eating plant-based whole food sources of protein facilitate your body’s ability to work harder and improve performance.

BB: You have control over your health.  

PK: Real health comes from within and affects our entire being.  It's about nourishing your mind, body and spirit with whole food goodness.  Many times people focus just on physical goals like weight loss and might take short-cuts to cut calories such as eating artificial sweeteners, which cause further detriment to their health.  Or they focus only on one aspect of health, yet stay in a job they hate, and surround themselves with people that are negative and don't contribute to their greater purpose.  Real health affects our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state.  And it's about fuelling it by adding only 'goodness' to your life.

PK: You don't have to overhaul your diet completely and make huge, sacrificing changes.  There are viewers all across North America and many in remote places without access to speciality/health food stores. By educating them on the benefits of how simple, whole food can affect the way you look and feel—such as specific foods to combat depression or boost energy levels—we can provide a whole new way to look at and approach foods.

PK: Eat real food

Win your own Vega gift basket!
Vega is giving one (1) lucky My Yoga Online member a complete Vega gift basket featuring 1 Thrive Fitness book, 1 Vega carry bag, 1 Shaker cup, 4 Whole Food Health Optimizer single serving packs (Berry, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai, Natural), 1 Whole Food Health Optimizer small tub (Berry), 2 Smoothie Infusion single serving packs, 2 Shake & Go Smoothie pouches (Tropical-Tango, Choc-o-lat), 6 Vibrancy Bars (Chocolate Decadence, Green Synergy, Wholesome Original), 2 Sport Optimizer single serving packs (Acai Berry),   1 Sport Performance Optimizer tub (Lemon-lime), 4 Sport Performance Protein single serving packs (Berry, Vanilla).

How to Enter:
Just add your answer to the following question to the comments section below: What foods help you feel best after a yoga practice?

With apologies to our international friends, this prize giveaway is only available within North America (USA and Canada). Contest runs until the end of Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:59 PST.

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Tags: Nutrition, Yoga, giveaway, whole foods, vega, brendan brazier, vegan, Peggy Kotsopolous, community, supplements

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Monday, 26 September 2011

How To Overcome Laziness And Do The Things You Need To Do

There have been several occasions where I have thrown my Saturday morning TO DO list out the window, in favor of an extra two hours of sleep! (For someone writing a personal development blog, I am bit embarrassed to admit it)
Given the choice of work and sleeping, I am sure many would prefer the latter. It came as no surprise when one of my friends' recently said, “My hobby is sleeping!”

We all struggle with bouts of laziness and for many of us it is a very frustrating. You know what you “should” be doing, when you are doing something totally irrelevant. But sometimes, we are all tempted by another activity, which might be more enjoyable that what you actually have to do!

Laziness is defined as a demoralizing feeling that often results in a cycle of feelings where we question our ability, our drive, our character and even our place in this world.

Given the things that we have to do in a day, whether work or at home, you will no doubt find a couple of things that you don’t feel like doing. Being lazy is what our unconscious minds would rather being doing anyways!

I personally think that we are all entitled to some level of laziness once in a way! However, the power of laziness cannot be underestimated. If it has too much of an impact on your day to day activities, it can be very destructive and crippling.

So at the end of the day, you somehow need to get around to those annoying little tasks that you feel too lazy to get done!

You would have noticed that it’s been a while since I last posted on this blog. Believe me, I have been meaning to write for a long time but I never got around to it. It’s not like I don’t want to write or I don’t have ideas to write about. It’s the feeling of, “I can’t be bothered!”
So today, I told myself that I am not going to watch any movie or TV series until I have published a post on EnhanceLife! (Mine was more of a negative “enforcement” but you get my point)
I came across a productivity software called The Action Machine (The videos provided were impressive!)
However, I was unable to find a trial version on the website. I usually like to try software before I buy it! Then I saw the 8 week money back guarantee, so I went for it.

The Action Machine really forces me to
1. Decide on a set of tasks to do daily (I usually write it down the night before so that I don’t spend too much time, in the morning trying to figure out what to do today!)
2. Allocate a beginning and end time for each task
3. Get the tasks done!

Sometimes, thinking of the negative consequence of not doing what you NEED to do can be really beneficial, to get the task started! This is sort of the “trick” my mother used on me when I was a kid, to get me to clean my room! Her initial attempts, “Shamelle, you have to clean the room today” didn’t get her anywhere. After a while she would say, “Just spend 15 minutes and clean your messy table”. So I thought, it would only take 15 minutes and would satisfy my mother, so I’ll get it done. Of course it didn’t stop there, after about a week she would say, “You have too many cloths lying around, you need to sort all the cloths” etc etc. Before I knew it, the room was clean! No one can make you take action; You have to find the motivation within;
It’s you that need to resist the laid back attitude and avoid finding excuses.

You have to take concerted efforts and push yourself to make some sort of progress each day. It saves time in the longer run and possibly a lot of pain later, if you get it done now!.

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: Plank Canvas Series Tote

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Posted on July 19th, 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: Plank Canvas Series Tote

Question: Where do you most often go after a yoga practice?

The people at Plank understand that we need our functional pieces to have a whole lotta form. So their yoga mats, totes and carriers, and  messenger are all crafted to be useful and stylish. And their yoga mats are made with 80% natural rubber, 10% recycled material and a PU traction surface. Plus Plank uses only low impact dyes for their unique art-on-mat imaging—where their cheeky Brit humour (images of pills on a yoga mat) really comes through.

Plank products are the result of a rather frustrated fashion and design enthusiast Doreen Hing, who was seeking balance between the aesthetic disconnect of the design world and the traditional world of yoga. Like the team here at My Yoga Online, Hing believes that yoga first and foremost can be useful, fun, creative and achievable for real people with busy lives–no matter their passion.

The blue Canvas Series tote is a fully lined oversized cotton canvas tote with metallic mat clasps and interior pockets –for your practice, for the beach, for your contemporary life.

Win your own Plank Canvas Series Tote!
Plank is giving one (1) lucky My Yoga Online member one (1) blue Canvas Series tote.

How to Enter: Just add your answer to the following question to the comments section below: Where do you most often go after a yoga practice?

With apologies to our international friends, this prize giveaway is only available within North America (USA and Canada). Contest runs until the end of Tuesday, July 19 , 2011 11:59 PST.

Enter on Facebook, too! Join your My Yoga Online community on Facebook and enter to win there, too.

Share the love. Tell your friends about this great giveaway. Just click ‘SHARE’ at the top of this post.

The fine print: Click here to read the official contest rules. By submitting a comment on this blog or commenting on or ‘liking’ the Facebook post, you agree to the official contest rules.

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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: Green Girl World Totes

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Posted on June 28th, 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: Green Girl World Totes

Question: Is it important to you to choose ‘green’ products over ‘non-green’ products?

Designed for women with style, Green Girl eco-totes are turning heads with a chic “Earth First” fashion statement, easily transitioning from high-end boutiques to the local farmer’s market. Made of machine washable, 100% cotton, reversible Green Girl eco-totes are helping women nationwide say “no thank you” to plastic and paper bags. Each lightweight (8 oz.) designer tote holds a ton of goods. And after you shop, you can simply roll the tote up, secure it with Green Girl’s signature silver ring, and store it compactly.

There are very good reasons Green Girl is encouraging women to “shop differently:” the average family uses 1,000 plastic bags a year, according to industry experts. Most of these end up in landfills, to the tune of 100 billion plastic bags a year. It can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose, leaving behind microscopic toxins that contaminate the soil.

Measuring 15 ½ inches wide by 17 inches long, each eco-tote features comfortable, tapering straps designed to be easily carried by hand or slung over a shoulder for maximum versatility and ease of movement. Double-stitching adds extra-reinforcement so that Green Girl can handle even the most ambitious of shopping adventures.

Green Girl World is giving one (1) lucky My Yoga Online member one (1) canvas tote and one (1) lightweight tote.

How to Enter: Just add your answer to the following question to the comments section below: Is it important to you to choose ‘green’ products over ‘non-green’ products?

With apologies to our international friends, this prize giveaway is only available within North America (USA and Canada). Contest runs until the end of Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:59 PST.

Enter on Facebook, too! Join your My Yoga Online community on Facebook and enter to win there, too.

Share the love. Tell your friends about this great giveaway. Just click ‘SHARE’ at the top of this post.

The fine print: Click here to read the official contest rules. By submitting a comment on this blog or commenting on or ‘liking’ the Facebook post, you agree to the official contest rules.

Tags: Shopping Bags, Tuesday Giveaway, tuesday yoga giveaway, green girl world totes, green tote bags, eco-friendly tote bags, environmentally friendly tote bags, tote bags, eco-friendly shopping bags

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: Okabashi Maui Flip Flops

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Posted on July 5th, 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: Okabashi Maui Flip Flops

Question: What helps you get grounded?

The folks at Okabashi have an idea—super comfy flip-flops that are good for you, the environment, and your pocketbook. More than a sandal, the Maui flip-flops have a massing insole, ergonomic foot-bed, extra arch support, are made in the USA from 100% recyclable, vegan-friendly, latex-free material and are guaranteed for two years. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re also waterproof and dishwasher safe. Yup, you can even throw ‘em in with your cups and plates if you want to.

Okabashi is a family-owned business that has focused on designing and manufacturing extremely comfortable shoes for more than 25 years. Since 1984, the company has set themselves apart by producing a shoe that is much more than a shoe. Each of their shoes is designed with well-being of their customers, the environment, and buyer’s pocketbooks in mind.

Win your own Okabashi Maui flip-flop!
Okabashi is giving one (1) lucky My Yoga Online member one (1) pair of Maui flip-flops.

How to Enter: Just add your answer to the following question to the comments section below: What helps you get grounded?

With apologies to our international friends, this prize giveaway is only available within North America (USA and Canada). Contest runs until the end of Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:59 PST.

Enter on Facebook, too! Join your My Yoga Online community on Facebook and enter to win there, too. 

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Tags: environmentally friendly footwear, eco-chic, environmentalism, eco-chic footwear, environmentally-friendly sandals, okabashi sandals, okabashi flip flops, yoga flip flops, eco-friendly flip-flops

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: VEGA, and Must Have Been Something I Ate

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Posted on June 21st, 2011

Tuesday Yoga Giveaway: VEGA, and Must Have Been Something I Ate

Question: What favourite foods give you energy?

Health heroine Peggy Kotsopoulos is a fan of plant-based whole foods. Peggy is part of Vega’s health team and the principal of beVibrant wellness consulting, a registered holistic nutritionist, health educator, and culinary consultant focused on teaching real health through easy and delicious lifestyle and dietary choices. Her latest book, Must Have Been Something I Ate: The Simple Connection Between What you Eat and How you Look and Feel aspires to educate about how we can use plant-based foods to live a healthier, happier and a more vibrant life.

MYO: You decided to leave your investment career and follow your passion while attending a health conference. What was the final deciding factor?

PK: On my way to the conference, I met this man from Los Angeles, who was in his 60’s and also on his way to the conference. As we chatted, I asked what brought him down to the conference and he told me his story.  A year prior, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He had undergone multiple rounds of chemo and radiation therapy, but there was nothing left for western medicine to do. 

His cancer continued to grow, his immune system suppressed and he was told to get his house in order, as he only had 4 weeks to live—at best. That’s when he decided to fight this on his own. He changed his lifestyle radically, cleaned up his diet and underwent alternative, natural treatment. A year later (when I met him), his cancer was nearly gone. 

Once I got to the conference, I met around 250 more people who reversed cancer, diabetes, heart disease, all through diet and lifestyle changes! I heard from several experts and practitioners who had answers.  There was a Q&A session at the end of the conference, and so I got up and asked how I could take all this knowledge and make it mainstream. As well as how I could make it preventative, so people don't have to get to the point of illness. They told me to sign up for a health educator course that started a week later, in West Palm Beach. Needless to say, I signed up and am now doing what I intended!

MYO: You’re focused on teaching ‘real’ health. Can you define this?

PK: Real health comes from within and affects our entire being.  It's about nourishing your mind, body and spirit with whole food goodness.  Many times people focus just on physical goals like weight loss and might take short-cuts to cut calories such as eating artificial sweeteners, which cause further detriment to their health.  Or they focus only on one aspect of health, yet stay in a job they hate, and surround themselves with people that are negative and don't contribute to their greater purpose.  Real health affects our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state.  And it's about fuelling it by adding only 'goodness' to your life. 

MYO: What’s the biggest challenge when creating your wellness programs for large corporate clients?

PK: Reinforcing the connection between taking care of oneself and job performance.  So many are inundated with work stress, which impedes job performance, employee health and satisfaction.  Due to budget constraints, some companies cannot 'afford' to invest in corporate wellness activities, such as onsite yoga, healthy lunch programs, seminars or personal/mental health days; yet they really can't afford NOT due, and it does really improve employee well-being and saves them money in the long run.

MYO: What’s the greatest reward when developing school wellness programs?

PK: Seeing change happen. When parents call me asking what I've done to their child because they are asking for veggies and quinoa! Children are very smart and intuitive and like food that tastes great!  When students are educated on food, where it comes from, and how it effects everything from their energy levels, academic performance, athletic performance, and you get them involved in the process by creating delish new recipes they totally get it and love it!  

MYO: You’re the resident nutritionist on CBC’s Steven and Chris show. What’s the most interesting teaching you’ve shared on this show?

PK: Probably that you don't have to overhaul your diet completely and make huge, sacrificing changes.  There are viewers all across North America and many in remote places without access to speciality/health food stores. By educating them on the benefits of how simple, whole food can affect the way you look and feel—such as specific foods to combat depression or boost energy levels—we can provide a whole new way to look at and approach foods. 

MYO: If you had less than two minutes to share healthy living tips with the world, what would they be?

PK:
• Immerse yourself in things you love and let go of things you don't
• Eat real food
• Think happy thoughts
• Drink pure water
• Have at least one green juice/smoothie per day
• Sleep soundly
• Laugh often

Vega is giving one (1) lucky My Yoga Online member a complete Vega gift basket featuring Peggy Kotsopoulos’ new book Must Have Been Something I Ate, 3 SaviSeed 1oz serving packs, and 4 Whole Food Health Optimizer single serving packs.

How to Enter: Just add your answer to the following question to the comments section below: What favourite foods give you energy?

With apologies to our international friends, this prize giveaway is only available within North America (USA and Canada). Contest runs until the end of Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:59 PST.

Enter on Facebook, too! Join your My Yoga Online community on Facebook and enter to win there, too.

Share the love. Tell your friends about this great giveaway. Just click ‘SHARE’ at the top of this post.

The fine print: Click here to read the official contest rules. By submitting a comment on this blog or commenting on or ‘liking’ the Facebook post, you agree to the official contest rules.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Wellness: Catchy Phrase or Key to Joy

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Posted on June 23rd, 2011

Wellness: Catchy Phrase or Key to Joy

Wellness has become a buzzword these days, ranging in application from medical diagnoses to spa services. Anyone you ask will have a list of things that make them ‘feel’ well. Mostly we base our happiness and contentment on circumstances and relationships going in our favor. But an overall, sense of wellbeing, regardless of what we have or what is happening in life is elusive to most. What does wellness really mean and how do we get there? 

To BE well is to be balanced in emotions, body, and mind, in such a way that whatever life brings, we can handle it with equanimity, acceptance and love. It is a state of being in which we feel joyful - no matter what. True joy and true wellness are not circumstance dependent. We can be in physical pain and still feel joy. We can experience emotional pain and still feel well. When pure unadulterated joy arises we feel vibrantly alive, connected to everything and everyone around us, in sync with the vibration of creation. The sensation is different from the happiness we feel when it is sunny out, or a friend is visiting, or our kids do well at school. It feels unattached, free, unaffected by the fluctuations of daily life.

“United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature – joy,” states Yoga Sutra 1.3 as translated by Nischala Joy Devi in The Secret Power of Yoga. 

The key to steadying consciousness, feeling united in the heart and experiencing the joy that is unaffected by external changes around us, lies in the practice of Yoga meditation.

By using the Yogic practice of deep focus and concentration, Dharana, the restless ego based thoughts begin to still. We dis-identify with our bodies and stories and begin to know ourselves as infinitely more than the human drama unfolding before us. We reconnect to an awareness of our soul and its inherent unity with Omnipresent Consciousness (aka Ever New Joy), according to Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi. 

Focus and loving devotion are the keys to this ancient science of communion with the Source of our Being and therefore our wellbeing. The steady union of our individual consciousness with Divine Consciousness is the essential purpose of Yoga. When it occurs through deep, concentrative meditation, we feel well. This is the wellness that lets us manage all that life brings with peace, love, clarity, and equanimity. Of course it requires more effort than getting a spa treatment, but the lasting benefit is well worth the investment. 

About Jennie Lee:

Jennie Lee is a Yoga Therapist, retreat facilitator, and program developer, with over 6,000 teaching hours and 20 years of experience in Yoga philosophy, practice and meditation, as well as spiritual psychology, and body centered psychotherapy. An active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she founded Stillness in Motion Yoga & Wellness in 2002. She brings love and enthusiasm to her work in guiding people through the self-awareness and consciousness raising process, applying the ancient science of Yoga  to facilitate growth and healing. Having overcome much loss herself, she holds tremendous compassion for those undergoing life’s challenges and is a knowledgeable and intuitive guide to anyone seeking positive life change. Her Hatha Yoga practice incorporates aspects of many lineages, including Astanga, Kundalini, Kripalu, and Viniyoga. She has led retreats internationally on numerous Yoga related themes including  The Philosophy and Practice of the Eight Limbs of Yoga; Putting Insight Into Action; The Yoga of Imagination; and The Yoga of Conscious Trust. As a writer, Jennie Lee's work has been published in Yoga Therapy Today magazine, on the Yoga Finder website, and as a Featured Expert on Dr. Keith Ablow's Living the Truth website.  She Jennie Lee can be contacted at  978-771-4000 or www.stillnessinmotion.info

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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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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

2009 Wind Down Of Enhance Life

Every year, during the last week of December, I have 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 attend!

Here goes..


Leave a comment and make your vote count!

And before you leave your seats...
I want to thank all of you who visit Enhance Life and have supported me throughout the year. 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, 19 September 2011

Attracting Wealth With the Law of Attraction

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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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53 Comments so far

Komodo Dragons on June 9, 2010 11:07 pm

It’s great to see a new post on here, been waiting for one :) Great story, was wondering where it was going, but in the end it wrapped up very nicely :)

Cheryl from aspiringfempreneur on June 10, 2010 12:25 am

I love that cat story! We waste so much time trying to get other people to change. The only person we have control over is ourselves. Excellent reminder :D

Benjamin on June 10, 2010 3:06 am

But we always try to turn the cat another color… don’t we?

Even after we’ve seen that we aren’t satisfied with our attempts to change other people and the external world… many of us still refuse to recognize that transformation of self is the only real lasting or satisfying change.

keep smiling,

Benjamin

Beat Schindler on June 10, 2010 7:55 am

Raymond, I love your cat story, which I hadn’t heard before. As you say, it’s easier to change ourselves than to change others. However, it is still difficult! In fact, I get the impression that for many, without help, it’s too difficult. A good thing more and more help is available. I also share your view that lack of money is never the problem, but always the symptom of a problem. That said, I hesitate to tweet, etc, your post, because “double your money” promises go against my grain (when no work is involved and it’s a free ride). Please do not get me wrong. I do not question your good intentions and integrity. It’s a personal thing, likely influenced by my insider views from having worked as a financial professional throughout my life (until recently).

Andrew @ Blogging Guide on June 10, 2010 8:32 am

The slogan ‘The moral of the story, it’s much easier to change ourselves than to change others’ really sums up the story really well.

And I wasn’t expecting it.

But it’s true, isn’t it? We spend a lot of our time trying to change others and in most cases it is us who need to change.

I know I can get angry or stressful in certain situations with other people. That’s my issue, not theirs. How I am effected is down to me.

Great story.

Andrew

Tyrone on June 10, 2010 10:02 am

Hi Raymond,

Great story. This cat’s story is inspiring and at the same time touching for us to look at ourselves first before looking onto the weaknesses of others. At the same time, change will only be the best way for us to do to be able to live a happier and wealthier life.

Thanks,

Tyrone

Corinne Edwards on June 10, 2010 1:44 pm

Dear Raymond -

I am reminded of a (unexact) quote from the famous priest, Anthony DeMello.

Trying to change someone else is like teaching a pig to sing.
It doesn’t work and severly irritates the pig.

Debbie @ Happy Maker on June 10, 2010 2:11 pm

Love the story Raymond. You make a great point with it. When it comes to money I have found through experience, if you think you don’t have it you won’t have it.

As they say, “You are what you think you are.”
Silver and gold are a good investment as long as you have patiences with it.
Thanks again and have a great day.
Debbie

David Rogers on June 10, 2010 9:19 pm

I agree, trying to change yourself is easier than trying to change others. However, most people still find it difficult to change themselves!

Joel on June 10, 2010 11:05 pm

Changing ourselves is often much harder to o though, it’s easier to think others are the problem and make them change to you. Thanks for the thoughts to ponder Raymond.

Jen @ blog writer on June 11, 2010 6:53 am

This is a superb post – I enjoyed the story and the lesson in it very much. Sometimes we are all guilty of complaining instead of taking action, and remembering to put your request out to the universe to attract what you need is a great way to keep grounded and positive. Jen

watch season on June 11, 2010 2:09 pm

Great story! You are right about people not doing anything. I think most of us wanted to become a millionaire at one point of our lives but ho many people actually sat down and thought of some plan how they would become one?

Eat Smart Age Smart on June 11, 2010 8:44 pm

Great post Raymond!

I’m also quite partial to investing and this is really a great way to attrack more money into our lives.

Krizia

raymond on June 12, 2010 5:06 pm

Hi Krizia,

Thank you.

Investing your money is indeed a great way to grow it and protect it from inflation.

raymond on June 12, 2010 5:07 pm

Hi watch season,

You’re right. No action, no results.

raymond on June 12, 2010 6:27 pm

Hi Jen,

Thank you.

Instead of complaining about a problem. It’s far better to put some effort to solve it.

raymond on June 12, 2010 6:28 pm

Hi Joel,

That’s called the need to be right. :)

raymond on June 12, 2010 6:29 pm

Hi David,

That’s where the problem comes. Knowing what the problem is but not solving it is equivalent to not knowing what the problem is.

raymond on June 12, 2010 6:30 pm

Hi Debbie,

You’re right. It needs lots of patience to see the value of gold and silver rise slowly but surely.

raymond on June 12, 2010 6:32 pm

Hi Corrine,

Thanks for sharing that quote.

I have never heard of it before. It makes a lot of senses and funny at the same time. Thanks again! :)

Michelle Vandepas on June 13, 2010 2:31 am

Loved the story as well Raymond.. We can’t change others, but I also noticed it from the cat’s perspective. When something happens TO YOU. be proactive, we may create our own reality, but we don’t always understand how or why. So, when someone else changes YOU, then you have to adapt.. and NOT go hide in a hole.. A flower garden would have worked for the cat and how cool would THAT have been!

raymond on June 13, 2010 4:45 pm

Hi Michelle,

Thank you for sharing your perspective. It’s something for me to ponder about. Nice!

raymond on June 13, 2010 4:47 pm

Hi Tyrone,

Thanks. The only thing that is consistent is change.

raymond on June 13, 2010 4:50 pm

Hey Andrew,

You’ve got it! You’ve got it!

When you get angry, that’s really your issue and it has little or no effect to others.

raymond on June 13, 2010 4:54 pm

Hi Beat,

We have the same point of view about the problem VS symptom thing. I can’t agree more.

Perhaps I should use the phrase leverage on your money instead of double your money. It sounds less spammy and real. :)

raymond on June 13, 2010 4:56 pm

Hi Benjamin,

I’m not sure about others but I do from time to time. After learning that it’s against the Law of Love, I greatly reduce the frequency of changing the color of the cat. :)

raymond on June 13, 2010 4:56 pm

Hi Cheryl,

It serves as a great reminder to me as well. :)

raymond on June 13, 2010 4:57 pm

Hi Komodo,

Thanks for the anticipation. I hope I don’t disappoint you.

Komodo Dragons on June 14, 2010 1:11 am

Raymond, you never disappoint, no to worry! :)

Amy LeForge on June 23, 2010 9:00 pm

But it’s sooo much easier to change the cat!! Or…maybe not. :) This is a good reminder to take a peek in the mirror if I’m having trouble with someone.

raymond on June 24, 2010 4:59 am

Hi Amy,

It depends on what sort of change. Internal changes or external changes. :)

Jaymin B S on June 26, 2010 9:24 am

Thanks a lot sir…Your article is Awesome..!!!
I use law of attraction in daily.
I am stock broker in india..

Abhineet Shukla on June 28, 2010 1:09 pm

It is a fact that if you have patience then surely you will see yourself in between golds. I mean to say you wil be rich. Being rich is not only that you have lots of money. If you are a person with morals you are rich too. And what I think is that you are more successfull with having rich moral values.
Thanks, its my perspective.

raymond on June 30, 2010 2:27 am

Hi Jaymin,

I’m sure the LOA has greatly improved your life.

raymond on June 30, 2010 2:29 am

Hi Abhineet,

You’re about that. I call it total wealth which means the wealth in every area of our lives.

sell used textbooks on July 1, 2010 2:32 pm

Great to see you around again! I have always invested in the market and have wanted to try other avenues as of late. I was thinking of gold but maybe I will look into the silver after reading your post.

raymond on July 4, 2010 4:00 pm

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your deep interest.

Let me know when you want to get some gold and silver supply. I can give you great prices. :)

Laptop Briefcases on July 6, 2010 10:15 pm

Amusing story about the black cat. It is a big waste of time to constantly complain about your current circumstances. Instead you can use that energy to take action and improve those things yourself.

Escort Service London on July 7, 2010 8:10 am

The story really depicts the whole lessons for everyone that we must change our own bad image and character first.

Bidet on July 16, 2010 3:38 pm

Thats a great story and the moral is very powerful. Its so true people like changing others and don’t change themselves, they find it easier to analyze others but can’t analyze yourself. Before you can change others one must change himself first.

raymond on July 23, 2010 1:12 am

Hi Bidet,

That’s true. It’s much easier to change ourselves than others.

Seo Trends and Solutions on July 23, 2010 7:22 am

The story speaks very clear. Its better to clean ourself first before pointing any fingers towards others. Self improvement is best. If you can be good others will be good for you.

Search House on August 4, 2010 9:17 am

Hi Raymond,
I’ve read your post and liked it very much. I’ve been so affected from story. Your advice where story ends is very beneficial. Thank you too much.

raymond on August 4, 2010 10:26 am

Thanks Search House.

smart meters on September 1, 2010 8:03 am

I always tried to change others as i did believe they are not good at things but from this story, there is a sudden change in my mind and its so true. If you want to change than change yourself, the things will imprpve automatically and thats the best moral from this story i have got here.

michael hunter on September 10, 2010 3:18 pm

I agree . It’s much easier to change ourselves than others

Billee Brady on November 27, 2010 9:19 am

Hey Raymond,

A great message you have in your post today! I also enjoyed the story side of it as well! Very well done…

But I think there must be some kind of flaw in the human gene that love to just pass the buck and take the easy way out….

We must make the most of our life’s! If you have the extra cash to invest… check out the links that Raymond showed you in this post, find a network marketing company or start a business of your own… What ever it is just align yourself with your passion and you will be sure to prosper both financially and personally….

Great blog post Raymond!!!

Make it a great day!
Billee Brady

raymond on December 17, 2010 3:24 pm

Thank you so much for your support, Billee

Komodo Dragons on January 3, 2011 10:18 am

It’s a great point that many of us tend to forget in our pursuit of our goals. Sometimes we just have to look in the mirror and ask what we can do different instead of complaining about the circumstances.

law of attraction on January 18, 2011 8:54 am

Thanks for this article, it enlightened my mind. It helps a lot on me.:-)

Attracting Wealth on March 5, 2011 2:22 pm

I think attracting wealth with the law of attraction is all about having the right kind of mindset.If you’re worrying about your financial status then you’re not open to attracting good things into your life.Just by thinking that you’re already rich will open doors to wealth creation.

sell used textbooks on March 18, 2011 4:34 pm

Raymond nice article… Most people get stuck on repay the same old stuff and sometimes they aren’t even aware they are doing it. So if they are stuck on complaining most don’t know how to get back into the swing of the law of attraction. It’s all about taking responsibility for ourselves. So if we want to attract wealth we need to take action with our thoughts, words and deeds.

Wisdom on April 5, 2011 3:39 pm

Raymond;
You make a lot of sense. We must change ourselves. We will attract positivness,if we be positive with our actions. Wisdom will helps us do just that.

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Fit Into Your Skinny Jeans

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If you read my blogs regularly, you may know that I lost close to 40 pounds in the past year. During the decade or so that I was heavy, I didn’t wear jeans at all. I felt too big, almost like a giant stuffed sausage in any kind of structured pants or jeans. So I missed all the years of newer jean brands, like rocawear jeans, and even the new crop of Levis and Gap jeans.

Now that I’ve lost the weight and am keeping it off, I love jeans! Some things I’ve learned:

1. Make sure the cut of the jeans suits you. I have a very short waist; low rise jeans fit me at my waist. Standard rise jeans look horrible on me – like mom jeans but worse!

2. Pocket shape and size make a difference. Not all butts look great in all pockets.

3. Skinny legged jeans are not a great look on everybody, and neither are bell bottoms. Get honest opinions!

4. Spend some money. A great looking pair of jeans will make you feel great, look great, and can be dressed up or down.


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Saturday, 17 September 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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Friday, 16 September 2011

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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Thursday, 15 September 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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