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Meditation - Why it's so beneficial

Meditation - Why it's so beneficial

by Suzy Stichbury September 21, 2016

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Through the conscious act of focusing the breath, meditation is an approach to life that will bring peace of mind through focused concentration. There are a variety of methods of meditation that include stillness through sitting and focus on breath, prayer, and focused movement in awareness. No matter what type of meditation is used, the results gathered are the same and lead to a quieted mind that is free from the incessant thoughts that interfere with our ability to touch upon who we truly are without external stimulation. 

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My Health and Vitality Goals for 2012

My Health and Vitality Goals for 2012

by Suzy Stichbury September 20, 2016

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What Mat to Use for Pilates

What Mat to Use for Pilates

by Suzy Stichbury September 19, 2016

You’ve come to love Pilates and know the time has come for you to purchase a mat. Finding the ideal mat for your Pilates practice is key, and when you do, you’ll find a new world open up in your workout routine. A thicker mat is the best choice, one that is at least ½” but up to ¾” is even more beneficial because it causes less back irritation to the tailbone and skin on your lower back. Not only does it do wonders for the irritation many beginners experience, but it also provides more cushioning as you become more advanced in your practice.  

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Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running

by Suzy Stichbury September 16, 2016

Barefoot running is also known as “natural running” and is done without footwear or with thin-soled shoes. Those who support barefoot running claim that not only will running sans shoes correct a runner’s form, but will lead to fewer injuries. Barefoot running is the way running began, and there are entire cultures that still embody this practice. The Tarahumara of Mexico still run barefoot, and in 1960, Ethiopian athlete, Abebe Bikila won his first gold medal without shoes and set a world record in the process. 

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Why Buy an Eco Friendly Yoga Mat

Why Buy an Eco Friendly Yoga Mat

by Suzy Stichbury September 14, 2016

When you deepen your yoga practice, you will notice something change inside of you. Peace of mind increases as well as your compassion for the world around you. Most yogis find themselves becoming more aware of the environment with continued practice, and many are opting for eco-friendly yoga mats to do their part in helping sustain the future of our planet. Why should you buy and eco-friendly yoga mat, and what’s the difference between these and traditional mats?

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Yoga For Runners

Yoga For Runners

by Suzy Stichbury September 12, 2016

Most runners will be the first people to admit that they’re a little hesitant to give yoga a try. Dedicated runners are some of the fittest athletes there are, and most runners are known to engage in both a pre and post-run stretch. Many wonder why they would even need yoga, and don’t realize what they’re missing, however, is stretching the entire body. More often than not, runners skip stretching muscles in the upper body, which leads to unbalance and instability throughout the entire muscular system. Runners also carry most of their strength in their legs, and their upper bodies can miss out on the conditioning they need to keep their strength balanced throughout their entire body. Not just good for stretching the whole body and creating balance with upper body strength, yoga has a tremendous amount to offer runners (both physical and mental) when added to their normal fitness routine.  

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Organic Clothing - Why Buy Organic

Organic Clothing - Why Buy Organic

by Suzy Stichbury September 10, 2016

Consciously buying organic clothing says a lot about your commitment to not only your health but the future of this planet as well. Read on to find out why you should buy organic and what this means for you, your family, and the environment.

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Best Fabric for Sportswear

Best Fabric for Sportswear

by Suzy Stichbury September 09, 2016

Sportswear has come a long way from the baggy sweatshirts and leotards of yesterday. Sportswear today is made from a variety of different fabrics that are designed with different activities in mind. Choosing the right sportswear fabric can become a little confusing, but when you know what means what in active wear textiles, you’ll be sure to pick the very best material to fit your workout needs.  

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What to Wear for Pilates

What to Wear for Pilates

by Suzy Stichbury September 07, 2016

If you’re thinking about starting Pilates, you might be asking yourself what you should wear. This excellent form of exercise allows you to wear just about anything you feel comfortable in that still allows you to have a full range of motion. The atmosphere in a Pilates studio is pretty casual, so until you figure out just what clothes benefit you the most while working out, you should be fine in anything comfortable.

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Anti-Gravity Yoga

Anti-Gravity Yoga

by Suzy Stichbury September 05, 2016

Anti-Gravity Yoga is one of the hottest trends to recently hit the yoga scene and is an awesome way to challenge yourself, learn something new, and reap all the amazing benefits yoga has to offer. Done while hanging off the ground, a silky hammock acts as your support as you move your body into different poses.  

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Benefits of a Regular Pilates Routine

Benefits of a Regular Pilates Routine

by Suzy Stichbury September 02, 2016

As a gentle yet challenging workout, Pilates is seriously one of the best ways to tone your body and increase muscle strength without adding bulk. It’s really no wonder that Pilates has gained so much attention over the last decade. This discipline lengthens and tones muscles, adds core strength, and improves posture. When you incorporate Pilates with a healthy diet and a cardio workout, the results will prove amazing. You will feel better, look better, and condition your entire body.  

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Different Types of Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

Different Types of Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

by Suzy Stichbury August 29, 2016

As yogis, we tend to care about the environment. Practicing ahisma, the first yama in the eight limbs of yoga, means to have compassion for all living things and do no harm, and is something we should all adapt as stewards of this earth. Buying an eco-friendly yoga mat is one way to help protect the environment and do one more thing to do your part. There are a few different types of “green” yoga mats, and understanding each a little bit better will help you pick the right one for your own unique needs

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What to Wear Running

What to Wear Running

by Suzy Stichbury August 26, 2016

What we decide to wear running is pretty much weather dependent and will have a lot to do with our performance and stamina on our runs. The last thing you want is to be too hot or too cold, and dressing the part is important for getting the most you can out of your workout. 

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10 Tips for a Great Sleep

10 Tips for a Great Sleep

by Suzy Stichbury August 24, 2016

Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your mental and physical health. Anyone who has trouble sleeping at night knows how much damage a restless night will do. Not sleeping well, or sleeping less each night than you should, often leads to decreased energy and mood, lower immune function, and even decreased heart health. Sleep deprivation doesn’t have to be your destiny. Try some of the following tips to getting great sleep, skip counting sheep, and rest your way to greater health and happiness. 

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Benefits of Running

Benefits of Running

by Suzy Stichbury August 22, 2016

As one of the oldest forms of exercise, running is not only great exercise but is also excellent for overall health and well-being. Long known to increase physical strength and endurance, running is also an excellent way to improve mental health and keep you feeling good. If you’re looking to begin an exercise program that is amazing for complete health and wellness, running is an outstanding discipline to take on. If you’re already an avid exerciser, adding running to your workout will only increase the benefits you’re already getting. Following are 4 benefits of running that will motivate you to hit the pavement in no time.

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Different types of Exercise for Different Body Types

Different types of Exercise for Different Body Types

by Suzy Stichbury August 19, 2016

Our bodies are literally designed for exercise. It is through exercise, in whatever form it may come, that we get our life force moving and our energy flowing. Engaging in regular exercise is truly one of the best things we can do to stay healthy, live with more energy, reverse the aging process, and feel our best. To maintain this level of optimal health, regular exercise is essential. To truly benefit from and stay motivated to exercise, we must find the right type of exercise that fits our own unique body type. Just as there is not just one right way to exercise, there is not one body “type.” We are all human, yet come in an array of physical and mental differences.  

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What to Wear for Bikram Yoga

What to Wear for Bikram Yoga

by Suzy Stichbury August 17, 2016

If you’re new to Bikram yoga, you should understand there is definitely a huge difference between “hot” yoga and the gentle flowing yoga you might be used to. Before your first class, there are a few things you’ll need to make your experience the best it can be, that without could make your experience not quite the best it could be.  Read on to find everything you need to make your hot yoga experience everything it should be in the most comfortable way possible 

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Benefits of Coconut Water

Benefits of Coconut Water

by Suzy Stichbury August 15, 2016

Coconut water has become all the rage in healthy hydration and is packed with tons of beneficial nutrients. It’s an awesome alternative to water and has the same benefits as popular sports drinks. Coconut water, however, is not packed with sugar and artificial ingredients, which makes it a great choice for those of us that care about what goes into our bodies.  

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How to Choose a Yoga Mat

How to Choose a Yoga Mat

by Suzy Stichbury August 12, 2016

You’ve taken a few yoga classes and decided you’re ready to invest in your own mat, or maybe you’re a veteran yogi who is ready for an upgrade. No matter what the reason is for wanting a new yoga mat, it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for and why. There are more than a few things to think about when buying a yoga mat, so before you rush out and buy the next one you see, think on these things and you’re bound to find the right mat that fits your own unique needs.  

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Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga

by Suzy Stichbury August 10, 2016

Have you been hearing about Hot Yoga and wondering what the buzz is all about? This form of yoga, formally called Bikram Yoga, was integrated from Hatha Yoga in the 1970s by Bikram Choudhury, and is known as hot yoga because it is practiced in a room that is heated to 40 degrees C (104 degrees F). Before you faint just thinking about it, understand that this discipline was developed as a rejuvenating exercise to balance and strengthen the entire body by one of the most renowned yogis in the world and has the potential to greatly alter your entire well-being.  

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Yoga for Skiers and Snowboarders

Yoga for Skiers and Snowboarders

by Suzy Stichbury August 08, 2016

Winter brings the promise of long days spent on the mountain, speeding down perfectly groomed slopes, gliding through glades, or for the braver, hucking off cliffs and cornices. While totally different in approach, skiing and snowboarding are super complementary to yoga, and knowing the right poses to do for these winter sports will help you engage the muscles and your mind for sliding on snow with the greatest ability. 

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Top 10 Marathon Tips to Get You Across the Line

Top 10 Marathon Tips to Get You Across the Line

by Suzy Stichbury August 05, 2016

When it comes to the day of your marathon you want to be sure you do everything right so you make it across the finish line. The following ten tips will ensure you finish the race and feel the elation of making it across that line. 

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Different Types of Yoga Mats

Different Types of Yoga Mats

by Suzy Stichbury August 03, 2016

Twenty years ago when yoga wasn’t quite yet so mainstream, there was only one kind of yoga mat. They were made out of PVC and you had a choice of maybe two colours. Fast forward to our modern reality and you’ll find a completely different story. There are a rainbow of colors, prints, shapes, and thicknesses, not to mention the different materials yoga mats are now made with. 

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

by Suzy Stichbury August 01, 2016

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