Posts tagged ‘yoga’

October 16, 2013

Yoga and God?

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Is it ok for Christians to practice yoga?

I’m not sure where these misunderstandings start. Did someone want out of a yoga class? Did someone vocalize a fear and falsely accuse? Too often I am asked why I practice yoga if I am a Christian. Huh?

yoga-picture-6Yoga is therapeutic. Yoga is challenging. Yoga is beneficial to the body. It is not a religion. Yoga is a spiritual discipline, much like fasting, meditation and prayer. You will find these practices in many religions, yet none of them make a religion.

Yoga does have the ability to enhance our personal beliefs and faith in the religion of our choice. I do start and end my practice with prayer, and God is a part of my practice. How about you? What personal touches do you put on your yoga practice? Yoga’s powerful ability to blend and strengthen the body, mind, and spirit can contribute to a person’s overall well being. So, Yogis everywhere, unite despite your religious preference, and open your mind and spirit to whatever is awaiting you at the mat.

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Feel free to explore yoga and other energy work as part of your quest for healthier living. It’s amazing how possible it is for us to heal ourselves, if we just put our mind to it.  –Lacey

 

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October 9, 2013

I Need A Goal!

On a recent flight, I sat next to a guy on an apparent business trip. I surmise he will be working on “work stuff” during the flight only from mere assumption over his attire (suit and tie), laptop, and briefcase ensemble.  Perfect, since I needed to clear my mind, listen to my music, and rest a bit.

“Are you headed home?” Yes. “Me, too. I have a race tomorrow.” Oh?  Do you run? “Yes, I do. Do you?” Yep!

No music. No rest.

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We chatted running history, various training perspectives, clubs in Dallas, paces, next-step goals. I recalled my last half and full marathon times—to the second, and so did he. A co-worker of his chimed in with various races he did, too. We talked NYC, Chicago, and Boston. He doesn’t need a pending goal, and is starting to just “run for fun,” but the conversation leads me directly toward goal setting.  

For all my fellow runners, check out these links and choose the destination for your next accomplishment.

www.marathonguide.com

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For everyone else, print out this sheet, fill it out, and stick it on your bathroom mirror as a reminder.

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It’s important to dream, but once you write it down, it’s a goal. So, what will it be?

For me, I’ll book a 2014 race—I just need to select a destination, and I’m attacking Yoga. It’s time. As an avid runner, my legs, hips, and back need Yoga.  So does my mind and spirit!  –Lacey Pruett

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August 14, 2013

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes… Knees and Toes…

I’ll pause while everyone’s inner-80s child sings a few lines of this favored jingle. Back then; my goal was to sing the chorus as fast as possible while managing the coordinating hand movements. The first signs of my competitive spirit came out around that time too… I got good at performing this song and movement combo, and will challenge anyone who wants to try it out again.

This song came to mind, as I completed my studying and testing for my Holistic Coach Certification. Chapter after chapter, lecture and study after lecture and study, it finally clicked that wellness has so much more to do with how you feel/perform outside of the gym or what you prepare in the kitchen (or choose from the food stand at meal time.) Furthermore, it has a lot to do with energy and emotion levels and one of my favorite words: perspective.

Part of being well, is having your “head, shoulders, knees, and toes…” in alignment with what your physique and nutritional goals are. Studying about Chakras (nerve every body has them) was intriguing from the start, but I accepted it only as another perspective from holistic health professionals—nothing more. I didn’t realize how nurturing my energetic makeup would manifest into less anxiety, less fatigue, less pain, more energy, more strength, and a more joyful perspective.

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You have seven Chakras within you. They are the energy centers in our body that manage our overall energy flow. Blocked energy in one or all of our seven Chakras can often lead to illness, or pain, so I thought I’d discuss these briefly to build awareness and understanding.

1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

  • Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
  • Emotional issues managed: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

  • Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
  • Emotional issues managed: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.

  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
  • Emotional issues managed: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love.

  • Location: Center of chest just above heart.
  • Emotional issues managed: Love, joy, inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.

  • Location: Throat (duh…)
  • Emotional issues managed: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

  • Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
  • Emotional issues managed: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

  • Location: The very top of the head.
  • Emotional issues managed: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

Now that you know what and where your Chakras are, what will you do next? You don’t have to do anything, as they’ll exist without your involvement at all; however, checking in with your energetic system from time to time can assist with your next health and wellness goal. You can nurture your body’s energetic sources with several wellness treatments: massage, ionic foot or hand soaks, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, low-level laser therapy, Reiki work, and meditation are some of my favorites. Do you pray or wish for less pain, less fatigue, less sickness or more energy, more excitement, more endurance? Consider asking your doctor, holistic healthcare professional, or trainer about potential blocked energy in your body and ideal remedies for your situation and needs.

Feel free to reach out to me as well for referrals based on your specific goals or with questions. Until then, I’ll going to brush up on verse three of the song. I know there’s something after “eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose,” but it’s been a while…

Have an energetic week, friends!   –Lacey

Oh, and just for fun… and because it’s pretty hot out there… check out these “cool” uses for peppermint oil. Treat yourself to a refreshing drop or two.

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June 17, 2013

STRESS……

How do you deal with stress? We all have it, just at different levels and we all have different ways that we deal with it. Some better, than others. There is no such thing as a perfect life, and there certainly is no such thing as stress free living. However, our ability to cope with stress is what separates those who crack under pressure from those who thrive. Whether its work , relationship, family, financial or whatever kind of stress life throws your way, there are different coping mechanisms to help you power through. 

 

1. YOGA-breathing, relaxation, stretching, and getting in tune with one’s body are all great ways to alleviate stress. Even if yoga is not something you already practice, starting now might be good for your stress level. 

2. Running-put those headphones in and hit the pavement. A long run can often clear the mind and allow you to find peace. 

3. Exercise-any form of exercise is going to help you release endorphins and get out some of that negative energy and tension. 

4. Music-there is a definite healing power to music. Whether its upbeat or slow jamz, you know what kind of music will alter your mood. 

5. Talk it out-whether its a friend, a clergyman, or a mental health professional, the power of words has a great impact on stress. 

6. Rest-just with anything else, when we are sleep deprived our bodies don’t have time to assimilate to its surroundings therefore making our stress level rise. 

 

Again, life will never be stress free, but knowing some tools for working around it will make you better able to survive the tough times in your life! Image

May 15, 2013

Mini-Challenges and Many Cheers!

Finding time to work out has historically plagued the average American because it is thought to be  irritating, difficult, and not fun. Fitness is something many push-off until the very last-minute possible; as in, doctor’s orders, disease sets in, or the clothes simply do. not. fit. Groups of wellness warriors are stepping out and shouting from the roof tops that this is simply not true. More importantly, we’re starting to embrace the more intense, yet shorter workouts, so we can fit the activity into our busy days, saving longer workouts for another day. A fellow coach friend of mine challenged me to a daily fitness circuit for one month. Together, we would focus on three core moves and challenge ourselves to be stronger in these areas. As I moved through the month, I’ll admit that finding the extra 30 minutes in my day to complete this challenge was tough. Once time, I even found myself doing a series of push-ups, plank holds, and ab holds in a conference room during break time at an event I was attending. Now that’s being creative!

Equating fitness to failure, fatigue, and frustration is old-school thinking, and all you have to do is log onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest to check out the creative and clever ways busy Americans are fitting fitness and nutrition into their lifestyle. Organizations such as The Healthy Housewives hope to encourage and educate others as they continue to find their fit and healthy best. Since this means something different to everyone, I’d like to showcase and honor a few people/groups who are using what they have, during the time they can spare, to maintain a fit and fun lifestyle. The balancing act these ladies perform makes the “Crane Pose” in Yoga look easy. (I cannot seem to master the Crane Pose.)

The challenging but effective Crane pose.

The challenging but effective Crane pose.

A group of teachers in Plano, Texas are encouraging each other to do 100 push-ups a day. For each day they complete the challenge, they place a star on their display board as an honor and to encourage the other challengers. I’m sure the person with the most stars gets an award of some sort, but in my opinion, they all win simply for participating and challenging themselves. Talk about a team-building activity!

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Tracking progress and celebrating mini goals keeps motivation high!

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Having an accountability partner can push you beyond your own perceived limits.

 

Another group of ladies I know agreed to share plates each time they ate out for lunch and/or dinner. No matter who it was, they had to ask to split an order. If this wasn’t possible (oh say a client meeting or hosted event…), they had to only eat half of the order and leave the rest. It worked on the honor system, but with every day, they became more aware of portion size, what was excessive, and what their body truly needed. I can imagine this made for some excellent meal conversation as well. On some occasions, they were able to donate the funds of the other plate to help feed the hungry. Awesome!

I currently have a group of seven clients detoxing with the Advocare Herbal Cleanse, and they are using the 10-day cleanse to incorporate 30 minutes of cardio activity. Walking, jogging, swimming, and dancing with their children all count. Not only does sweating help move toxins through the body, they are stimulating the detoxification herbs working hard to clean out their bodies. My hope is that after the 10-day cleanse, they will continue the 30 minutes of activity because they feel amazing.

Finally, I received an email from a lady who managed to gather five co-workers to run the stairs of their corporate building during the lunch hour three times a week for one month. They have one week to go, and though it was tempting to skip on certain days, they proudly reported consistency and improvement in their pace. As for that 3:00 p.m. slump, two of them say it’s minimal now after implementing their group activity. Plans for the next month’s challenge are already in the works.

Be creative with your motivational board/displays.

Be creative with your motivational board/displays.

There are many other mini-challenges in the works around us; however, you get the point that having shorter/smaller goals to pin-point daily with one or several accountability partners may help you get your daily activity time DONE. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want?

I still enjoy challenging myself, and trying out to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader was one of my favorite personal challenges (and bucket list item.)

I still enjoy challenging myself, and trying out to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader was one of my favorite personal challenges (and bucket list item.)

As for that blasted Crane Pose? Well, that’s today’s challenge for me, so I better hop to it.  In joyful health, Lacey