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By admin / February 23, 2017

Yoga Decoded

TIPS ON CHOOSING THE BEST PRACTICE FOR YOU. BY KAT TUDOR   The Sanskrit word for “union,” yoga is both spiritual and physical. Using breathing techniques, meditation, and movement, the practice can energize and de-stress, depending on which type of yoga you choose to embrace. Rife with hybrids—from Yoga Hop, a blend of yoga and hip hop, to yogalates, which pairs yoga with Pilates, to budokon, a fast-paced martial arts/yoga combo, to sweat-inducing hot or power yoga—the yoga menu is as vast as the imagination.   Match Your Yoga with Goals Choosing the practice or type of yoga that is right for you depends on your goals: Do you want to destress? Are you interested in a spiritual practice? Is vigorous exercise your goal? Do you want to be drenched in sweat? Yoga can fulfill all of those goals…and more. It isn’t uncommon for yoga students to vary their practice, selecting a destressing, gentle stretching class after work, a spiritual session when they are feeling down and a lively sweat-inducing class when they have energy to burn. Following are a few options: HATHA What it is: Slower paced, with a focus on breathing and basic poses. The mother of all yoga practices and...

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By admin / February 22, 2017

Sleep Better Naturally

Having Trouble Sleeping? Add these techniques to your daily routine  by Kat Tudor   Does clearing the mind and counting sheep as we fall asleep actually help us get those recommended seven hours of nightly Z’s? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. If you have tossed and turned the night away, Kat Tudor, co-founder and creative director of Manitou Springs’ Sun Water Spa, believes that clearing the mind of everyday stress and worries through meditation, is the perfect way to end the day, and a natural way to promote sleep. Just 20 minutes of peaceful meditation and silence takes you into the stillness of yourself, setting the stage for a good nights’ sleep. Finding a quiet place in your home, free from electronics and boisterous family members, where you can close your eyes and visualize calm is essential. Healing Hands Hectic day? Nothing de-stresses like the healing hands of a masseuse. “Sun Water’s ‘Breath of Life’ is a favorite of mine,” says Tudor. “Drawing on the healing properties of laurel leaf, eucalyptus and lemon, the masseuse takes you to a place of deep...

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