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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5 Essential Rules for Using Your Standing Desk

The fact that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ has inspired many individuals and companies—including Google, Facebook and Twitter—to start using standing desks. These workstations are heralded as the antidote to the harmful effects of chronic sitting and as a productivity booster. Are standing desks a good idea? Absolutely. They provide variety to your daily movement. […]

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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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2 Insomniacs. 3 Cures. What Worked Best…

Here at Acacia TV, we believe in a balance between getting your heart pumping and your mind relaxed. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, sleep is still elusive. Insomnia strikes. [Cue the ominous music…] Even someone who seemingly does everything right—working out and doing yoga every day—can still have trouble getting the zzzzzs she needs. Take my […]

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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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ABCs of Sitting Like an “S”

You’ve probably heard by now that sitting could be as bad for you as smoking. (And if you haven’t heard, here’s a great infographic.) Even if you exercise regularly, you aren’t off the hook health-wise if you’re planted in a chair 8 plus hours a day. So I think my first point about having better […]

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Try Cooking Up Some Inner Peace with ‘Kitchen Yoga’

A yogi’s biggest challenge is always to figure out how to bring the calming effects of practice out into the world—and doing a few poses while standing in the kitchen as you wait for the coffee to brew or eggs to fry helps you do just that. While not my first choice as a place […]

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Why You Should Unplug to Unwind

My husband and I both work for ourselves, so the majority of the vacations we’ve taken together have started off by searching for hotels or rental houses with Wi-Fi. On the trip we took to Mexico three months after our first baby was born, my husband worked several hours a day in the hotel room […]

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Yoga in Greece

Join Shiva Rea, the reigning queen of yoga, on the mythical Greek isle of Santorini for energizing, grounding solar and lunar salutations. Bend, twist, and flow as Rea takes you to spectacular settings: the rim of a volcanic crater, a mountaintop, the sunlit coastline. Read More: 4 Must Do Plank Moves for a Sculpted Core […]

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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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4 Things Arm Balances Have Taught Me About Life

My arm balance practice has been picking up ton of steam over the past few months and lately I’ve been practicing them pretty much daily. It all started innocently enough back in January with a desire to get into Scorpion Pose without any assistance someday. I began this journey in a time of great transition […]

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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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The One Must-Do Stretch For Heel Lovers

You stretch out your quads before and/or after a run. You stretch your hamstrings—or you try—in yoga class. If your neck is tight, you do a couple shoulder rolls. You’re good, right? Well, if you wear shoes with any amount of heel – and that includes running shoes and “flats” with even a slight heel […]

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Hemalyayaa Beginner’s Yoga

For her latest program, popular belly dance and yoga teacher Hemalayaa Behl, leads you through two, 20-minute workouts that will leave you feeling happy and renewed, strong and flexible, calm and grounded. If you’re new to yoga this is a good place to start. Behl takes a lot of the standard sun salutation positions typically done in a […]

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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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Shiva Rea Yoga Energy Flow – Program 1

Shiva Rea stars in this first-in-a-series of energetic yoga practices featuring a full compliment of advanced moves. Follow her clear instructions and gorgeous demonstrations as she leads you through 3 flowing routines for stretch, strength, balance and stability plus a short meditation . You might also like: Yoga Energy Flow 2 This is the highest […]

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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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Why Busy Moms Need A Yoga Time Out

When my kids were babies and toddlers, I’d fantasize about all the amazing things I’d be able to get done while they napped—finish up a work project, clean the kitchen, nap and get in a lovely yoga session. Um, yeah. It rarely worked out that way. I know how tempting it is to think that […]

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Yoga Flow for Beginners

Shiva Rea is a leading teacher of vinyasa flow yoga, which combines fluid movement and rhythmic breathing for a strong yet peaceful workout. Her Yoga Flow for Beginner’s video workout is a terrific AcaciaTV introduction to this dynamic form of yoga. As you flow through the poses, Rea takes the time to progress into the most challenging variations by […]

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5 Simple Steps to Everyday Mindful Eating

This photo is of my kids, on the day my son had his very first ice cream cone. Talk about total focus on the act of eating! I’m passionate about helping the busy people who use AcaciaTV realize that they can transform things they do every day into an opportunity to slow down, calm down […]

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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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