[wawr-ee-er, wawr-yer, wor-ee-er, wor-yer]
NOUN - A person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.
How's your inner warrior? Did you know there are three Warrior poses performed in yoga? They are known as Warrior I, II, and III, though typically, Warrior II is performed earlier in a sequence than Warrior I (but it's not mandatory).
It is said that Warrior II will help you build the inner strength and courage of a warrior.
Here's how to do it correctly.
Continue to bend the right knee so that your thigh is parallel to the floor. You'll externally rate your right hip to open your thigh.
Pelvis is neutral.
Press your heels into the floor, using your inner thigh muscles.
Turn your head to the right to gaze past your fingers.
And why it's not too late
Remember how determined you were on New Year's Day? "THIS will be the year that I _________!" (fill in the blank). Perhaps you were determined to lose weight, eat healthier, stop smoking, drink less, find that dream job, and/or exercise more. It's very common to resolve to improve some aspect of our wellness at the start of a new year. New year, new you, right?
Another common thing, unfortunately, is that resolutions tend to wane after a few weeks. Why is that anyway? As a health coach, I've learned there are a few essential things we must do if we want to make that change or create that life we've been dreaming of.
Is it too late to create a vision and set goals? Not if you're still breathing! Having goals and something to work toward in life:
What's your vision? Why do you want it? When will you realize it? What's stopping you from achieving it?
Be sure to check out my new program, Faith Infused Wellness. It walks you through each step - body, mind, and spirit. Another opportunity for creating your vision, setting goals, and achieving your dream is at the upcoming 4 Weeks of Self-Care Yoga Retreat!
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Ever notice how headlines are so dramatic? Authors want to pull us in with their creative word-smithing, their super dramatic, attention grabbing key words and phrases thrown together in a headline meant to entice you to click the link or buy the magazine.
As a 25+ year fitness/wellness professional, I cringe when I read these. Why? Because they are empty promises. They play to our weaknesses by promising a quick fix to problem that may have taken a couple of decades to create. However, when you read through many of these articles, hoping to learn the "secret" , it's a filled with a bunch of nonsense instead.
Every personal trainer wants you to know that there are NO QUICK FIXES. We can't wash away fat; there are no "secrets" to weight loss; it's not healthy to drop 5 pounds in as many days; there's no magic pill; nor is there one move that will flatten that belly. Sorry. I wish I had a quick-fix, super-fast, secret formula to share ... but it simply doesn't exist.
With that being said, I can share something that people may not consider when it comes to yoga. Did you know that you can lose weight with gentle yoga? It's not the typical causal pathways in which you burn more calories than you take in, according to Alan Kristal, lead researcher in an ongoing study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. However, promising results continue to roll in. In Kristal's study of more than 15,000 adults in their 50s, overweight people who did yoga at least once a week for 4 or more years lost an average of 5 pounds, while those who didn't practice packed on an average of 13.5—a difference of nearly 20 pounds. Additionally, yogis who started at a healthy weight were more likely to maintain their weight than those who never unrolled a mat.
Despite not knowing exactly how sweating so little works so well, scientists are piecing together a compelling story about gentle yoga. Its basic outlines will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a self-help book:
Scientists have already confirmed what anyone who's spooned directly from the ice cream container after a bad day knows: Stress can lead to a poor diet. In 2013, Consumer Reports asked 1,328 psychologists which strategies are essential to losing weight and keeping it off, and one of the top answers was understanding and managing the behaviors and emotions.
So it stands to reason that a regular yoga practice, which can help improve how the brain controls your reaction to stress, could lead to healthier food choices and, perhaps, easier weight loss. It's all connected. And there's no quick fix.
PS: And that is only ONE of the MANY benefits of practicing yoga! :)