Category: Hashtag Fitness

7 Tips for Surviving ‘All You Can Eat’ Holiday Buffets

Not everyone views the idea of “All you can eat” as an invitation to well… eat all you can. According the Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the food and brand lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., some people actually manage to restrain themselves when faced with a myriad of food choices and unrestricted portion […]

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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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Fire Up Your Digestion With These 3 Yoga Moves

Overeating happens. Especially during the holidays. There was one fateful piece of pecan pie I ate when I was a kid that I will never forget! Ugh. The problem with overeating isn’t just the calories. It’s that awful bloated, heavy feeling that lingers as the food just sits there while your digestion slowly deals with […]

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Try This Attitude of Gratitude Mindful Meditation

You may have heard that your body is a temple. Which I get, but I also think it’s a point of view that leads to you feeling bad about anything you eat or drink that isn’t exquisitely healthy. And let’s be honest, we all have too many opportunities to feel bad about ourselves. Particularly around the […]

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3 Rules to Bounce Back After a Calorie Splurge

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Sunday brunch… A calorie splurge can strike at any time for any reason or no reason at all. Hey, stuffing happens. Once you succumb to a calorie splurge, I have three rules: Eat, Drink and Be Merry. Stick with me, I promise this will make sense in a second. Eat Many of us […]

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3 Simple Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

A big piece of being successful in the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge – where you weigh the same on January 1st that you do today, instead of gaining the average pound or two that typically never comes off – is stress management. So here are three easy restorative poses that are profoundly relaxing and […]

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Here’s Why You Aren’t What You Eat This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us, you may find it harder than ever to eat right and keep your calories under control.  Overeating can lead to depression and anxiety and if you’re not careful it can dig a massive hole in your self-worth. So here’s some food for thought: downing an extra glass of eggnog or indulging in a […]

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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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7 Ways to Make Him Healthier Without Nagging

At a restaurant, you order a salad. He gets a bacon cheeseburger. On Saturday morning, you go to yoga class. He sleeps in. When you’re traveling, you pull up a streaming workout from Acacia TV on your tablet. He watches SportsCenter. You say tomato, he says ketchup.  You say potato, he says French Fry. He’s a […]

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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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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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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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Posture: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Whether you’ve got a standing desk, a job that requires you to be on your feet all day or you only stand still on an elevator just to be polite, good alignment will help staying upright on your feet feel better on your body. Read More: Coffee Before Yoga? Yes Please. Staying upright with good […]

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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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Fix Common Running Mistakes Like Sassy Booty, Chicken Wings

“Running Sucks!” I hear this all the time. In a past life, I often said it myself. Actually for most of my life, running was a punishment. Miss a play, run a lap. Let the ball drop, run suicides. Awful. Just awful. Then I fell in love with running and eventually became a running coach. Now, […]

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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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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 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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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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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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