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    8 Ways Yoga Can Promote Weight Loss

    Yoga as an ancient science has always been about the benefit that it brings to the practitioner. It would only be a dogmatic position that states it is only forspiritual elevation and nothing more. Yoga is a tool that helps the body, mind and spirit. It can be used as needed according to each individual’s requirements. In today’s day and age western society is suffering from an epidemic of obesity. It needs as many healthy long-term approaches to weight loss as possible. The first and most obvious approach that addresses underlying causes is to eat healthy nutrient dense organic foods. Another way is to use the ancient science of yoga. I have seen through my work as a yoga teacher that the two combined will certainly yield amazing results!
    Most weight gain is not simply a matter of too many calories taken in for the calories spent. Most weight gain is just symptomatic of serious underlying causes. When each of the eight areas of health listed in this article become out of balance, then these tend to be the major causes weight gain. If the correspondingyoga postures are practiced under the guidance of a good teacher then very quickly the causes can be addressed and the benefits will show. Not only will the excess weight be quickly shed, but health will also be restored.

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    I am so making this for dinner tonight!!!

    I am so making this for dinner tonight!!!

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    50 Lessons I Wish I Had Learned Earlier

    I am going to print this and post at home and in my office at work….brilliant words of wisdom!!

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    Now that I’m old and gray (but not quite in my rocker yet!), I look back on my life and think about things I wish I knew earlier. It would have made my life so much easier if I knew then what I know now. Here’s my list of things I wish I could turn back the hands of time to tell my younger self. Maybe it’s not too late for you.

    1. You’re stronger than you think you are.
    2. Mistakes teach you important lessons. Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal.
    3. There is nothing to hold you back except you.
    4. You can press forward long after you can’t. It’s a matter of wanting it bad enough.
    5. No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.
    6. You are limited only by your own imagination. Let it fly.
    7. Perception is reality.
    8. Your instincts can be trusted.
    9. There is only one question to ask yourself: “What would you do if you were not afraid?”
    10. It’s often hard to tell just how close you are to success.
    11. The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
    12. Never let success get to your head, and never let failure get to your heart.
    13. You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
    14. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
    15. Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.
    16. Laughter is the best medicine for stress. Laugh at yourself often.
    17. If you want to feel rich, just count all the great things you have that money can’t buy.
    18. Forgiving yourself is far more important than getting others to forgive you.
    19. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, you’ll often find that you’re right.
    20. Be nice to yourself.

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    Very interesting!!!

    Very interesting!!!

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    Dinner tonight was somewhat healthy…..my new obsession..watermelon and feta salad with fresh mint, black pepper and balsamic vinegar…yum!!…Then..some fabulous roasted asparagus and brussel sprouts tossed with a little lemon, olive oil, black pepper and Parmesan cheese.  Yeah…yeah….I had a little roasted chicken but hey…I never said I was a vegetarian!!!

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    10 Ways to Avoid Late Night Snack Cravings

    You know the feeling. You have worked so hard all day eating healthy and exercising, only to derail all of your efforts with nighttime snacking! A couple of hours after dinner, you are STARVING and can’t seem to stop reaching for the ice cream and chips. It’s a problem I know all too well, but over the years I have implemented one or more of the following tips with much success. Experiment with one or more and find the one that works for you.
    1. Eat enough during the day. If you try to save calories during the day, it may only backfire because you will end up with hunger pains at night. And no one likes to go to bed with a growling stomach! Make sure to eat high quality meals during the day so that you will be satisfied at night.
    2. Ditch the “white” flours and processed sugarsBesides not being good for your health, processed white flours and processed sugars can spike insulin levels, which will cause you to feel hungry soon after your last meal. Ever eaten a lot of white rice at dinner only to feel as if you haven’t eaten at all about 30 minutes later? If you have, then you know exactly what I’m taking about. When this would happen to my husband, he would often complain that his dinner “didn’t take!”
    3. Have a small portion of what you are craving. If you really want a piece of chocolate after dinner, then buy the best quality you can find and have a little piece. Sometimes that’s all it takes to be satisfied, and it can stop you from ingesting a ton of other empty calories. Just keep it to a small piece, and if you find that you are eating the whole chocolate bar, then try another snack until you find one that will satisfy you for a while. 
    4. Try having some fresh fruit or a fruit sorbet.

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Think about it; you almost never regret a workout. You WILL regret not working out.

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    Think about it; you almost never regret a workout. You WILL regret not working out.

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    Sharing from Vogue.com-HBO's "The Weight of the Nation"

    Although this documentary is about The United States, I am sure there are many parallels to Canada.  Will definelty be watching this tonight. 

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    7 Secrets to End Emotional Eating

    Another great article that hit close to home. Enlightening..

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    Amazing Woman!!!!

    This is why you do yoga!!

    A Meeting In Central Park With The Oldest Living Yoga Teacher In The World. ~ Photographed by Robert Sturman

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    10 Habits You Must Quit to Be Happy

    4.  Quit trying to control the uncontrollable.

    If you try to control everything, and then worry about the things you can’t control, you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of frustration and misery.

    Some forces are out of your control, but you can control how you react to things.  Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether you’re happy or not depends greatly on which aspects you focus on.  The best thing you can do is to let go of what you can’t control, and invest your energy in the things you can – like your attitude.

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