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Bad Yoga: Spread Your Toes for Better Balance

…Step to the front of your mat and try to find equal weight in the feet and ankle joints. Now pick up your toes and spread them wide. Keep your toes spread wide as you slowly bring them back down to the floor. Try to keep the toes open, and spread the flesh underneath the feet so as to expand how much of your mat they usually cover. This action will help you to be rooted to the earth and give you a better sense of balance…

The above action is commonplace in a yoga class and sounds nice. But following these cues will not help you achieve a better sense of balance in performing asanas. The suggestion of spreading your toes and bottoms of your feet may make you feel as if you are creating a more stable base of support, lending a certain sense of security.

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Written by SmarterBodies

 



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Reasons Why You Don’t Meditate and 5 Ways to Overcome Them

Often when I suggest to my clients to find time for daily meditation, the response is: “No, I don’t have time for that” or “We don’t meditate in my religion” or “Meditation seems weird.” Fortunately I’ve gotten quite good at reading between the lines, because I’ve come to realize that more often than not, what the client is telling me is “I don’t know how.”

Preconceived notions about meditation:

Though Eastern philosophies are more prevalent and widely accepted in Western culture than possibly ever before, many Westerners still picture a Ghandi-like figure sitting in full lotus position, wearing nothing but a loincloth, and chanting “OMMMMMMMMM.” Familiar?

Another image might be that of a Buddhist monk wearing an orange toga-like garment, holding mala beads and chanting mantras over and over again in a temple full of other people, with the thick scent of incense wafting through the air.

While these images are certainly real–meditation has long been associated with Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, and other Eastern religions and practices, but it’s done in the West too. The difference is that most Western religions use a different word to describe it: prayer. Think about it–are rosary beads really that different from mala beads? Is reciting prayers in a church or temple really that different from chanting mantras? Not really. []

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Written by Rachel of Holistically Haute


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Natural Deodorant that Works

Trying to find a natural deodorant that really works is like searching for the Holy Grail. I know because I have been searching for one since I was 18.

Most women, like myself, have the best intentions for their health, but after trying every natural deodorant known to man, they give up and just stick to what works. For me, I use a natural kind in the winter when it’s less hot and I sweat less and in the summer I just use Dove, and I pray that the aluminium in it is not slowly killing me or giving me cancer.

Earlier this year, I got renewed interest to try and find the perfect natural deodorant I could wear all year long. I thought surely it is 2013, some body at some company has finally figured that shit out. This is probably a good time to point out, that I am a heavy sweater. Always have been, probably always will be. I get nervous super easily, and I just sweat. I sweat as soon as temp is above 62 degrees. I sweat drinking a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of wine. I sweat as soon as I start talking to someone I don’t know. I start sweating as soon as I start talking to someone I do know. I am a nervous, sweating, nelly. []

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Written by Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love

 


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The Turmeric Miracle

This infographic explains the great benefits of Turmeric and was produced by www.PSitsHealthy.com

 

The Miracle of Turmeric