Category: Hashtag Fitness

Your ‘Joy to the World’ Meditation Playlist

With Thanksgiving behind us and the rest of the holidays ahead, you may be feeling a little stress mixed in with all that joy. So much to do, so little time. It’s tempting to binge on seasonal goodies to calm your nerves, isn’t it? Stop. Take a deep breath. Put down that carton of eggnog. This week’s Maintain, Don’t […]

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Try this Meditation on Candy Corn for Weight Loss

Candy corn may be the cutest Halloween candy. So cute that you just want to gobble it up the handful, right? Before you start scarfing these colorful candies take a minute (literally) to fully experience eating just one of them. In the video below, I talk you through a Halloween twist on the classic meditation […]

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Strike a Pose. There’s Nothing to it. Crow

Yoga is a great way to build upper body and core strength and improve balance—and the crow pose helps you do all three at the same time. Don’t let it intimidate you—this dramatic-looking pose is also one of the most beginner-friendly arm balances. While some yoga teachers and students advocate a “just try it!” approach, […]

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Why Meditation Isn’t Just for Slackers

In my 20+years of practicing yoga and meditation, I’ve heard all kinds of reasons why people don’t do these ancient practices. And hey, there’s no requirement to do this stuff. There are compelling motives, yes, but you will not fail life or be a bad person if you don’t spend regular time on the mat […]

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Beat Jet Lag With the Rhythm Method

The ebb and flow of your body’s cycles – from hormone fluctuations to sleeping patterns — is controlled by complex network of body clocks known as circadian rhythms. When you zoom through different time zones these faithful time keepers often get thrown off course. That is the reason I started writing this post on jet lag […]

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Pressure Yourself Into Sweet Dreams

You workout, you do yoga, you even meditate – so why can’t you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? Just as you’ve got to be up for a while (and perhaps consume some caffeine) before you’re ready to face the day, you need a reverse process at night — one that helps […]

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One Simple Exercise Cultivates the Will to Chill

You might have trouble drifting off to sleep. Or you fall asleep just fine but then wake up at an odd time. Either way, if you lie awake while the rest of the world slumbers, it’s a recipe for angst. While there are many physiological explanations for insomnia — stress, menopause, an interrupted circadian rhythm, […]

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Perk Up: Do Yoga Before Coffee

Raise your hand if you roll out of bed and feel like a million bucks. I didn’t think so. That creaky, cloudy feeling so many of us have when we first wake up explains a lot about why the coffee industry is such an economic force—give us our caffeine, stat! So you crawl out from […]

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11 Reasons to Avoid A Vacation Slack Attack

Ahh, vacation! It’s all about getting away from the daily grind and doing exactly what you what you want to do. Right? Well, not if you’re a person who pays attention to your health. Because if you are, slacking off on good-for-you habits while on vacay probably isn’t going to feel all that great. I […]

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Shiva Rea Daily Energy Solar Practice

In a “Solar” yoga practice the idea is that you can soak up energy and nutrients from the sun’s rays. Such a practice is meant to be electric, active, powerful and creative, the perfect way to rev up your body and mind. True to form, yoga star Shiva Rea teaches this uplifting solar yoga program for energy, tone and […]

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Shiva Rea Fluid Yoga

Shiva Rea leads this transformative mind-body workout that has you flowing from pose to pose to loosen, lengthen and strengthen the muscles. With constant gentle-yet-strong movements this is truly flow yoga. Read: What is that half ball thingy?  Set under a waterfall in Kauai, five fluid practices leave you feeling energized, powerful, vibrant, and healthy. […]

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How Meditation Helps Drill Down Your Fear of Dentist Visits

Large needles. Whirring drills. Flying tooth dust. The omnipresent potential for pain. There are so many things about going to the dentist that I do not enjoy. At all. And I know I’m not alone. Read More: 5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On An estimated 30 percent of Americans – 100 million of […]

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Shiva Rea – Yoga Energy Flow Program 3

The short practices in this program emphasize flexibility, a quiet mind and a long, strong core. They build upon the first two Energy Flow videos to complete the compliment of energizing yet calming yoga routines. You should also try: Yoga Energy Flow Programs 1 & 2 As always, Shiva Rea leads her practices thoughtfully. Her music choice […]

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Shiva Rea Yoga Energy Flow – Program 2

Noted Yogi Shiva Rea leads three flowing and challenging yoga practices that balance energizing the body with calming the mind. Her creative instruction teaches you to listen to your body and explore your personal limits. You might also like: Yoga Strength With Kristin McGee This is the second bundle of workouts in the Energy Flow […]

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5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On

When you look up the definition of overwhelm in the dictionary, you’ll find it’s not pretty. You get words like, submerge, massacre, engulf, bury and deluge. And let’s not forget clobber, devastate, and dumbfound. And that’s what the experience of overwhelm feels like – there is so much coming at you it’s hard to think […]

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Shiva Rea, A.M. Energy

AcaciaTV’s A.M. Energy is the perfect morning yoga program to get your day started. Noted yogi Shiva Rea takes you through this series of invigorating practices full of powerful, flowing poses and thoughtful meditations to revive the body, mind, and soul. You can do these programs alone or roll everyone else in the house out […]

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4 Ways To Let Annoyance Go

The friend who keeps posting her political views on Facebook. A parking ticket. That email your co-worker cc’d your boss on. That squabble you had with your significant other. There are so many little things you encounter on any given day that can really get stuck in your craw. The problem is that one little […]

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Meditation ‘Me Time’ Is Necessary, Not Narcissistic

After my second (and last) child was born, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea: I would give up my 15-year yoga and meditation practice, cold turkey. It would save me so much time! I would be able to get more done and thus, I would be happier. Ha ha ha ha ha […]

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Easy Ways to Meditate: Listening Meditation

Here’s what a lot of people think when they think of meditating: Be in a quiet room Sit in a really uncomfortable position while your feet slowly fall asleep Force yourself to stop thinking Uncontrollably starting thinking about dinner, or worrying about work, or wondering what your husband is doing and, boom, you’ve flunked meditating […]

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