Mindset is everything. Psychologists say that the "link is what you think," which gives precedence to how the mind affects our bodies and wellbeing in a positive or negative way.
We all go through ebbs and flows in life. Some time periods are good and flow with ease, where others are difficult and feel like one can't see the light of day. Whatever you're going through, just know that it is important to process the emotions, but not get stuck in a negative mindset.
Here are various mindset tips to help you navigate through difficult times.
Every Experience is Temporary
All time periods are temporary and those feelings and emotions will eventually diminish with time, healing and life experience. Even now during Coronavirus, this time period will end and things will go back to the life we know (hopefully).
Whatever negative or difficult cycle you are in, just know that this too shall pass. If trying for something better, know that life eventually works out in the right timing, and that persistence leads us to a better place.
Difficult Times are For Your Higher Good
Difficult times are not easy. Whether you've lost a job, had a bad dating experience or grieving a death, just know that every experience is for your greatest good.
Every person, situation or event that happens to you is there to make you grow, heal, purge wounds or make you reflect. Most people see hard times as something that is happening TO them, not FOR them. Some opportunities in life are also tests to see if you'll go back to old ways, or walk forward and away from the difficult people, job or situations that bring you down.
At the time none of it makes sense, but our souls are here to grow. We are put through difficult times in order for our souls to learn, grow and evolve. There is a lesson in everything, and for some going through hardship, the lesson is to learn gratitude, humility or appreciation for the things you once had.
Know You'll Have a Great Life
During tough times it is important to stay positive. Part of manifestation is knowing what was stated above, and that no matter what is happening around you in the world, you'll have a great life if you stay focused.
Blocking out social media and hardcore opinions is not easy. It is important to be aware, but not get sucked down the rabbit hole of negativity. Aim that arrow of focus to the things that serve you the most, which maybe healing, refocusing business pursuits, or getting your finances back in order.
So much of our lives we waste watching television or arguing on social media, that we are no longer focused or productive on the things that serve you in life, or can help you get to the next step.
Focus on Your Circle of Influence + Concern
A Circle of Concern encompasses the wide range of concerns we have, such as our health, our children, problems at work, the amount of government borrowing, or the threat of war. A Circle of Influence encompasses those concerns that we can do something about.
You cannot control other people, but you can control your thoughts, actions and behaviors. For those in activism, they can get lost in a world of negativity because they want to police everyone's opinions, or actions, but know that the awareness you raise helps, but there is a boundary to what you can control.
Focus on the positivity that your work or awareness does for the community. It is important not to get lost in the complex webs of the circle of influence or control especially during difficult times.
We have been bred to want to change the world, but only a select few souls will actually do that. The point is don't lose control of what you can't control. This will make difficult times a bit easier by having the awareness of what you can control, or what you let influence or control you.
Find Gratitude in What You Have
When going through a difficult time, it is easy to focus on all the things that are going wrong in your life. This is a time to practice gratitude and give light to the good or positive things or people in your life.
Write a list of what is going well. Did someone buy your coffee? Are your parents supportive of you? Do you have a reliable car? Do you have a pet that loves you unconditionally?
One of the most important parts of success is knowing how to recognize the negative, but not allow the mind to ruminate. One must recognize the negative, but also focus on the positive.
In summation, life is a series of peaks and valleys. Life is like the stock market. We are on a trajectory in life but go through highs and lows. When we are realistic in life, and understand that life is not always positive we can better mentally set ourselves up to navigate hard times by knowing it's a temporary experience that won't get the best of us.
How do you mentally navigate hard times?
Most people do not understand how the human anatomy functions, and the important role that the nervous system plays in our wellbeing.
According to the NCBI, "The nervous system is made up of all the nerve cells in your body. It is through the nervous system that we communicate with the outside world and, at the same time, many mechanisms inside our body are controlled. The nervous system takes in information through our senses, processes the information and triggers reactions, such as making your muscles move or causing you to feel pain. For example, if you touch a hot plate, you reflexively pull back your hand and your nerves simultaneously send pain signals to your brain. Metabolic processes are also controlled by the nervous system."
The nervous system contains nerve cells that are called neurons, and fire to do a certain task when a "message" is communicated through the nervous system.
In exercise science, we learned that "neurons that fire together, wire together," and that healthy and unhealthy habits are learned, but also retrainable through retraining the neurons.
There are two parts of the nervous system, which includes the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the Peripheral nervous system (that connects the CNS to all other areas in the body).
Under the division of the PNS is the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the somatic nervous system.
What we will discuss today are the parts of the nervous system that is under the ANS, which include the parasympathetic nervous system, PNS, (rest and digest phase) and the sympathetic nervous system, SNS (fight or flight).
The ANS is responsible for involuntary body functions such as blood flow, heart beat, digestion and breathing. Thus, it controls parts of the body that are not under voluntary control.
The PNS & the SNS are opposites and perform two different functions. One gets you ready for rest and digestion where the other stimulates the body to respond to stress.
Parasympathetic Nervous System
This part of the nervous system aides the body in normal functions and conserve physical resources. When activated, most of the blood flow goes to the visceral organs and allows the body to function at normal levels or homeostasis.
When we sleep, meditate or do yoga, we are activating the PNS.
Sympathetic Nervous System
The SNS is opposite where it activates the body to expend energy and respond to external threats and fears. Approximately 85% of the blood flow moves away from the visceral organs to the working muscles of the body and the limbs. When triggered, heart rate and breathing increases, sweat secretion activates and the pupils dilate.
In reality, we need both parts of the nervous system to function properly. The SNS can save your life if responding to an immediate dangerous situation. And we need the PNS to keep us rested and restored so that you can function in daily life. Both areas of the nervous system encounter biochemical reactions that release certain types of hormones depending on the (lack of) stress or demand on the body.
However, there are ramifications of being in "fight of flight" for long periods of time.
And Why is This Knowledge Important?
It is important to note that the body and the brain receives a biological signal and trigger from physical, emotional, mental or psychological stress. What is important is that the body and brain receives a signal, but cannot tell or discern if that threat is physical or emotional. It is just a biological response, so the brain has no clue the trigger, it just knows its response.
The brain sends warning signals through the central nervous system. The adrenal glands begin producing hormones (adrenalin and noradrenalin) which are recreated into the body. This causes the heart to beat faster and breathing to become more rapid. Muscles tense and pupils dilate.
So whether you're watching a scary movie, or escaping danger, it is important to know that today, we are under chronic stress response.
If you think about society right now, look at all the stress we respond to in our daily life. Traffic, fighting opinions on social media, horror or action-packed movies, news and media reactions, political disagreements, we are constantly triggered by emotional chaos, fear and stress. On top, things like exercise, which is healthy for the body, is also stress and demand on the body.
WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN!
What are the Consequences of Chronic SNS Activation?
Physiologically, this is what people need to understand about the consequences of too much stress on the body. YOU BASICALLY "BURN" OUT OR SECRETE NUTRIENTS THROUGH YOUR URINE.
When under chronic stress, the nutrient calcium doesn't go to it's function, but rather gets secreted through the urine. When cortisone releases, it leads to a dip in calcium absorption and spikes excretion.
Long term nutrient release leads to additional health issues. And when this happens things go south mentally, physically and emotionally. When stressed long term with certain hormones constantly secreting, we crave more comfort food to emotionally fulfill our mental and emotional state. Most of this food lacks nutrients so its a vicious cycle that never ends. The two main hormones released when in the SNS is cortisol and adrenalin (epinephrine).
According to the Stress and Eating Behavior research study posted it states, "Uncontrollable stress changes eating patterns and the salience and consumption of hyperpalatable foods; over time, this could lead to changes in allostatic load and trigger neurobiological adaptations that promote increasingly compulsively behavior. This association may be mediated by alterations in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity, and other appetite-related hormones and hypothalamic neuropeptides. At a neurocircuitry level, chronic stress may affect the mesolimbic dopaminergic system and other brain regions involved in stress/motivation circuits. Together, these may synergistically potentiate reward sensitivity, food preference, and the wanting and seeking of hyperpalatable foods, as well as induce metabolic changes that promote weight and body fat mass. Individual differences in susceptibility to obesity and types of stressors may further moderate this process."
Chronic SNS activation will eventually put wear and tear on the body. This can lead to injuries, disease, malnutrition, lack of sleep and impaired judgment. Stress is the main reason for SNS and in today's society, we are bombarded with too much stress, especially now emotional chaos.
We don't feel good about ourselves when under chronic stress. We feel good about ourselves when in homeostasis and living in harmony with the body and mind.
Do you have thoughts to share on the PNS & SNS? If so, please share them in the comments below!
The Blue Zone is not a new concept. It's been around for years and a National Geographic writer discovered there are "Blue Zones" or communities in the world where longevity and quality of life exists, which led to him writing an article on, "The Secrets of a Long Life."
In my opinion, life is about quality, not quantity. Although many people desire to live a long life. They should want a long, healthy life. A long life in pain and suffering is not enjoyable, and thats where wellness comes into play.
Most people have heard the same old wellness tips over and over again, but ironically Blue Zones is proof that a life surrounded by various realms of wellness works! The author talked about nine lessons in his book that included:
Through his observations of Blue Zones throughout the world he recognized commonalities amongst the communities, which included:
It doesn't take much to adopt some of these qualities into your life. In fact, rearranging or preparing your "Blue Zone" space in your home is nothing new. It almost follows some aspects Feng Shui that promotes rearranging the home to have positive energy flow.
In my opinion, Blue Zones reiterate that the NATURAL ways of living trumps the ARTIFICIAL or engineered ways of eating, living and thinking.
So how do you do it? It's really easy and these tips are available for every - body.
Bring Nature into the Home or Build a Sanctuary
Plants have energy that is deep and wise. It doesn't take much effort to "dressage" a window sill or end table with plants, succulents or a vase of flowers. We are calm in nature and can find our indoor spaces filled with positive energy through the simple glory of flowers and plants.
Some people prefer to build a sanctuary with plants or other aesthetically pleasing home decors like candles, end tables chocked full of old books or antiques. Whatever you find pleasing, bring it into your home. This helps reduce stress and enhances the down shifting atmosphere in your space.
This space can be used for creative pursuits, to reduce stress, to connect to God, do a yoga class, or just to read a good book. Whatever you find pleasurable bring a little peace, love and Om, to your home.
For those who live in a house and have access to a yard, now is the time to build a garden! Gardens are part of blue zone communities and raised bed gardens are perfect for city homes. Not only are you getting in touch with the earth, but you'll have healthy produce to eat too!
Reduce Tech Use
I understand this is my judgment, but so far humans have not done well living in a life of hyper connectivity of social media and technology use. It is natural for us to feel or want something natural, whether that'd be a walk in the park or a coffee with friends.
I am not sure how much positive benefit Alexa has done for us, but it is important to reduce your access or usage of technology. One way to "Blue Zone" your bedroom is by removing the television. Between staring at a phone screen and a tv, the artificial light hinders our circadian rhythm, which is our sleep-wake cycle.
It is possible for us to retrain our brains to sleep naturally versus having to take sleeping meds all the time. And that first step is to reduce artificial light filtering into our eyes before bed.
Cook More Plant-Based Meals
Most people right now during COVID 19 are cooking from home. Instead of the easy-bake pizza or the bag of pop chips, reinvent your meals by simply adding more produce to them. Once this becomes easy or pallatable, trying cooking plant-based meals to incorporate more "Blue Zone" worthy recipes through the consumption of legumes, and plants.
Need inspiration? Check out my dairy-free recipe archive.
Or try these immune-boosting recipes that use up your pantry items!
Find Your Tribe
In today's world, it is easy to find social things to do, but difficult to make solid friends. The world is changing and so are people. However, support systems are necessary for emotional wellbeing. Most people don't need tons of friends, but maybe a good, solid one or two.
In lockdown, it is difficult to meet people in real person., but luckily online groups and zoom meet ups are still happening. So, you can meet people while in the comfort of your home. It is not easy to pop onto a new group during this digital time, but why not take a leap of faith and try it?
If there is one thing we've learned about COVID 19 it is that we are social creatures who crave interactions.
It will certainly get you out of your comfort zone.
Inspire Your Mind
Blue Zones are basically the old, natural way of living pre technology. I believe the natural ways of living are engrained in our DNA. Try to something weekly or daily that inspires your mind.
Maybe it's music you love, or reading quotes, or maybe listening to an inspirational talk on YouTube. Whatever it is, spend 2-3 minutes distressing your mind and body. For me, during tough times I began reading quotes to retrain my brain, and there are tons of quotes you can rummage on my Sunspiraiton page.
Whether you want to read quotes, or create a vision board, inspire yourself with optimal encouragement daily, or when you can.
Blue Zones are known for moving naturally. This is not via a scheduled, or regimen fitness workout, but by moving like walking or biking for commuting, planting a garden, or cleaning the house / sweeping sidewalks. In general, they are less sedentary.
Right now during COVID 19, being stuck inside still allows you to move with access to hundreds of free virtual fitness classes that are online. But, you can still move by cleaning (ahem, spring cleaning)NEAT or Non exercise thermogenesis activity. This includes anything like vacuuming, scrubbing, mowing the lawn etc. - really anything where you are upright and moving.
Sit less, move more. This doesn't mean lifting weights or doing 3 fitness classes per day. But NEAT allows us to organize our space while staying active outside of normal fitness routines.
Blue Zones are about bringing optimal wellbeing concepts into your home, and life.
Is your space Blue Zone worthy? If so, let us know what you do, or how your space is arranged to give other readers tips and ideas! Stay healthy! Let's Connect!
Welcome to the start of my wellness week. As the season of rebirth transitions closer to spring, I wanted to dedicate one week of wellness tips to better help readers initiate positive change in the life.
Change is the one thing that is constant in life. And now we've seen life drastically change over the last several weeks. This blog is dedicated to planting the seeds into your brain on how to change ones life.
Most people have a laundry list of things they want to change, but it all starts with one step, and that first step is sometimes the smallest change. Big results come from the accumulation of small amounts of change overtime. And here are 3 easy ways to make a change in your life.
Prioritize: Make a List
So many people are seeking change. Whether they want to lose one hundred pounds, not be broke anymore, or not end up like their parents, there are many layers and factors that go into the world of personal growth and development.
Like anything in life, change is a journey, and sometimes not an easy one. So many people desire so many changes that they try to change several things at once, but end up quitting because they are frustrated and not seeing fast results.
The false promises of today are simple white lies to get people hooked into programs, systems and cycles. Make a list of what you want to change.
Sure, it may be to eat healthier and lose weight, but underneath those macrocycles are micro-goals. Do you need to actually stop skipping lunch? Do you need to exercise? Do you need to drink more water and less caffeine? Do you want to live in a cleaner household?
Write a list of the many things you want to improve.
After you write a list, you can prioritize what is most important. What is something simple and easy that you can do today? Drinking more water is a way easier goal to reach right now than becoming a vegan overnight.
People who have chronic issues, drama or chaos in their life are unorganized in one or more aspects of life. For some people organizing their house is actually the first, necessary step.
Because the inner and outer world are usually a mirror reflection of eachother. Not always, but usually. When the space is clear, the mind can think more clearly. This is an old yoga philosophy that has stuck around for centuries. Have you ever felt better after a spring clean or declutter? It is because there is something refreshing and renewing about that "clean sweep."
For those who are alcoholics, there life is messy with relationships not only with themselves, but with others. One way to get organized is to remove yourself from people who no longer serve you. Getting organized is not easy, but necessary.
Take Action & Make a Plan
Do you need to go to counseling? Do you need to talk to a pastor? Or maybe you need to hire a health coach or personal trainer? Do you need to invite God into your life?
Most people can't walk forward in their path of change alone. Most need a support system, and friends or family to encourage them during this time. Support systems are huge and remind us of how or why we are on this journey.
Getting from point A to B will not be a straight trajectory, but it is a path. For those who believe in God, know that God may throw some trials and tribulations your way to see if you'll revert to old patterns or grow into new ones. Pressure and challenge is necessary to grow. It is how a diamond forms.
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Food waste is no laughing matter. Since we just celebrated earth day this week, it is time to rethink about how much food we waste that the planet produces.
Many people have good intentions to use the food they buy, but between busy lives or becoming too tired to cook, food waste has become a chronic issue in the American home.
It is estimated that 40% of the food produced in the USA goes to waste every year, resulting in an economic loss of $218 billion dollars per year.
Besides the value of the food, that $218 billion includes loss from wasted energy, water, fertilizers, cropland and production costs.
It is also estimated that the average US household of four people, waste about $1,500 worth of food annually that never gets consumed. That's nearly an entire paycheck! In Canada, reports have shown that big box stores throw out nearly $31 billion dollars in food.
However, food waste is not just limited to throwing food out in the confines of our home, but waste also occurs on a national level. Farmers and food producers also waste food for a myriad of reasons.
Did you realize that food waste affects climate change?
According to NRDC representative, of the top 100 most impactful things we can do to prevent climate change and methane gas release is reducing food waste, which is #3 on the list.
During COVID 19, America is presented with a whole new list of problems regarding food waste. Many people have "stocked up" in fear of stores closing or running out of supplies. If people overloaded their fridge, this results in a whole new set of problem as most people will not use the fresh food in time, or fail to realize they can freeze fresh produce. Also, closed restaurants will not order their fresh sheets from suppliers or farmers, resulting in a ton of food being produced but not purchased or consumed.
See more thoughts below on how coronavirus is affecting food waste worldwide.
So how do you reduce food waste?
It all starts with you, and if you purchase less, you're more likely to use and consume what you purchased.
ALL CHANGE STARTS WITH AWARENESS AND THEN STARTS WITHIN BY MAKING THE CHANGES YOURSELF.
Join me next week for wellness week to help get you through COVID 19 and rediscover how to use your pantry items!
How do you reduce your food waste?
Are you fit enough to survive a crisis?
It seems like crisis and chaotic events are becoming the new norm. It shouldn't be like that, but somehow it seems to be. Between terrorist attacks, mass shootings, natural disasters, and now a pandemic disease that is destroying immune systems, it is evident we need to self-reflect and take our health more seriously.
America has long been destroyed and dumbed down for too long. What do you get when you make a city car dependent that is surrounded by fast food and inundated by chronic marketing from the television and doped up by pharmaceuticals?
The result is what we see today. A nation that is overweight, sedentary and broken down mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
This pandemic should be the awakening process to how our health has suffered for ages, and how we need to rethink about health from the inside out. People need to realize (or get mad enough to make a change) that they've been sold lies for a long time, and now its time to stop and take a stand against your health.
In fact, what most humans seek - beauty - actually comes from taking care of your health. When you glow inside, you glow outside.
Beauty does not come from makeup. Beauty comes from within.
In terms of getting "fit" it is not a superficial change. We need to develop baselines to increase our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. So how does one do that?
We have two areas of fitness, cardiovascular and then muscular strength and endurance. To build a baseline all you need is simple body weight exercises and also to start walking or doing low impact exercise like a bike to build a baseline. For cardio fitness, aim for a sustaining a cardio session for 20 to 30 minutes.
MENTAL / EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
We've become very reactive in modern society because of technology. To build a baseline we need mind and breath control.
The breath is everything and can make or break us in moments of chaos. Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the rest and digest phase (opposite of fight or flight). The diaphragm is a muscle and needs exercise too. Exercise the diaphragm with deep breathing like inhaling and counting mentally for five seconds, and then exhaling and mentally counting for five seconds.
Spiritual wellbeing is difficult in times of chaos. Most find "R&R" in moments during peaceful times of reflection in quiet spaces. Quiet spaces maybe difficult at this time, but know that spiritual wellbeing is directly linked to mental and emotional wellbeing since the breath controls our state of being.
Spiritus (Latin for "spirit" or "breathing"), is our spirit, which is our breath.
I discuss more in the PART 2 video, but take this time to plant the seeds in your brain on how your physical health is thriving or suffering.
Right now, COVID 19 is teaching us that our health is so much more complex and deeper than the superficial look of just having muscles and six pack abs.
One way to increase your health IMMEDIATELY is by eating more fresh produce and spices.Check out my recipe list for more ideas on how to consume more healthy foods.
It's time to rethink our health, and sometimes it takes getting mad or pissed to make a change. Now is the time for that change.
Hello Mind Body Soul Food Followers,
Today I announce the grand opening of my Etsy shop, The Elizabethan Closet, a place to discover vintage clothes, antiques and funky finds. While living in Germany between 2014-2015, I created a self-published vegan cookbook. During this time, I needed props for my recipes and discovered a love and passion for pastime relics. That love grew when I moved back to the states.
During some years after Germany, I noticed I needed some outfits for a couple weddings and randomly chose vintage clothing from Goodwill. It was a subconscious buy, as at that time I didn't know how to look for vintage clothing or did not realize the worker union tags.
The year 2019 was rough, and during this time I found estate sales to be my sanctuary and my sadness was channeled into my photography for this blog. I became inspired by vintage dresses and antique glassware, which ignited many recipes that you see here today.
Now I must part with my collection, and I hope that all the joy these dresses and plates brought me, it will light your home up with some joy too.
It's a bit of an awkward time to post this considering the coronavirus is on the rise in the states. But with this being the season of rebirth, I too have to shed my skin and start a fresh.
Here is just a preview of somethings you'll find on The Elizabethan Closet. I will be uploaded new items weekly. I have been a bit slow at uploading due to the stress of losing employment because of coronavirus and just figuring things out.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me! Thanks for your support!
Being sedentary and alone is not easy. We are social creatures, and the body was meant to be upright and moving. Back in 2018, I worked a startup app called, Snack, to provide quick, and easy to digest videos in under 3 minutes.
Here are a series of short videos that I've done that mainly revolve around yoga, postural awareness and some exercise.
I separated these by categories for bedtime yoga, seated/chair/office yoga, mat yoga, and general fitness / exercise. The app / site closed captions may not be accurate and that is a technical glitch of the program not being able to understand some words.
I hope this helps and there are more videos on Snack than shown below:
BEDTIME / IN BED YOGA + EXERCISES
How to do a restorative yoga sequence for bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/qRWOC962Pn?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
The best restorative yoga pose to do before bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/HNF7lglUZE?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to yoga poses using your bed and the wall
https://web.snackv.com/v/p6ByVDlzcU?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do a relaxing spinal mobility flow sequence before bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/SvTaNXuAQ4?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do two versions of tree pose in a restorative manner for bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/AR2tTmU3BE?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three Easy Yoga Poses to Prep the Spine Before Bedtime
https://web.snackv.com/v/y1OMp1L8TU?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Best Restorative Chest Opener for Better Sleep
https://web.snackv.com/v/HWBPUGHbJl?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Chest opener poses to improve breathing before bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/0r0EHNEUGH?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do a dynamic chest opener using a yoga strap
https://web.snackv.com/v/QuJYlAEGDd?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three arthritic knee stretches to do in bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/Clw2wJxbZK?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do three advanced hip openers from bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/6fHiXBjTiT?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do two dynamic leg stretches for your hamstrings that you can do in bed
https://web.snackv.com/v/lYAWLL0P8W?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
"How to" stretches to alleviate arthritic pain
https://web.snackv.com/v/cxE8vUpmQk?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
"How to" morning mobility routine to help with stiff hips
https://web.snackv.com/v/EyQV6Mz529?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
CHAIR / IN OFFICE / AT HOME YOGA, POSTURE + EXERCISES
How to move your spin in 6 different directions in a chair?
https://web.snackv.com/v/oBED2GbCKV?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How open your hips in your desk chair?
https://web.snackv.com/v/5g9ugbFt3p?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
A Hip Mobility Routine You Can Do in Your Office
https://web.snackv.com/v/qlhhcKbln4?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do seated spinal twist in a desk chair?
https://web.snackv.com/v/TrE343l9NJ?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do sun salutation from a chair
https://web.snackv.com/v/f2tUqZPD2D?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to Alleviate Acute Back Pain Caused from Sitting All Day
https://web.snackv.com/v/ewnwuyDgdg?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
A Chair Yoga Routine You Can do in Your Office
https://web.snackv.com/v/6Q6HPLvwEB?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
3 easy stretches to do at your work desk
https://web.snackv.com/v/WpE2ZPXZK5?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How you should be seated while at your desk
https://web.snackv.com/v/yKnxMkASBk?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How your posture affects your muscular wellbeing
https://web.snackv.com/v/ZZZqcg6DbW?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three must do foot stretches if you wear high heels
https://web.snackv.com/v/csF60nRAdj?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to massage your feet to rid damage caused by wearing heels
https://web.snackv.com/v/fGx4wvl5Zf?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How gravity and posture can affect your physical wellbeing
https://web.snackv.com/v/IxaBGkobGj?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Shape and Tone: A Full Body Desk Workout
https://web.snackv.com/v/VuCWQdUIV4?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three ways to open up hands and wrists while at work
https://web.snackv.com/v/EzyY4wRmdM?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
MAT YOGA + HOW TO + INFORMATIONAL VIDEO
How to do the forward fold using Yoga blocks
https://web.snackv.com/v/N9OpHxYUiC?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to balance onto one foot?
https://web.snackv.com/v/yYHEWHADBU?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to breath into your belly?
https://web.snackv.com/v/hlzYEmnWW5?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to progress into puppy pose
https://web.snackv.com/v/2O6CtpkWKN?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Two ways to stretch your neck and jaw
https://web.snackv.com/v/IT0hp7qESh?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three asanas to help increase posture awareness
https://web.snackv.com/v/Bq62KcRNVX?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to reduce low back pain?
https://web.snackv.com/v/VRooWlbsrG?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
3 posture variations for your meditation practice
https://web.snackv.com/v/ZAd9hzts1l?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
3 easy calf stretches while on a mat
https://web.snackv.com/v/1JQ8HEEZnL?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
3 best hip openers lying on your back while using a yoga strap
https://web.snackv.com/v/Xcenky25DU?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Alternative ways of doing Pigeon Pose if you have bad knees
https://web.snackv.com/v/ZG7kiQc7GO?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do 3 different levels of a lying down spinal twist
https://web.snackv.com/v/wVhfZlbHsk?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do 3 levels of cobra pose
https://web.snackv.com/v/WFHWdpK62S?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
3 levels of a seated spinal twist
https://web.snackv.com/v/A2wOhb60hi?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Easy yoga sequence for expecting mothers
https://web.snackv.com/v/DtRy5N2KiF?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Yoga poses that will help alleviate back pain during pregnancy
https://web.snackv.com/v/SPbKMaRMf0?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do happy baby pose using a yoga strap
https://web.snackv.com/v/aHxXsyOljX?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do the best sequence for all athletic pursuits
https://web.snackv.com/v/qXgZe8gTvT?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three downward dog misconceptions
https://web.snackv.com/v/OyxVrH6wRT?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Downward Dog Modifications with people with weak wrists
https://web.snackv.com/v/emS40rJizm?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Alternative ways of doing Pigeon Pose if you have bad knees
https://web.snackv.com/v/ZG7kiQc7GO?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
3 types of yoga asanas for runners
https://web.snackv.com/v/7WWKO2mnkD?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three inversions to reduce lower back pain
https://web.snackv.com/v/H3mt0swObt?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
What are the 3 steps to progress into a tree pose?
https://web.snackv.com/v/0ZZDWQ8Fhf?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
What is a standing warrior pose sequence for strengthen hips?
https://web.snackv.com/v/Qqsy6s3TiY?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Vinyasa flow modification for people with weak wrists
https://web.snackv.com/v/sOyfR8D1Sy?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to progress into Dolphin Pose
https://web.snackv.com/v/wW2BeyuvD7?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Can I do yoga if I'm not flexible?
https://web.snackv.com/v/JH3h1x9ajJ?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to transition from downward facing dog to runner's lunge
https://web.snackv.com/v/X5KwkGZYQc?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to do a chair pose with a twist
https://web.snackv.com/v/e9Bxw104tH?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three creative ways to use yoga blocks
https://web.snackv.com/v/z7kU80unFN?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How men can use yoga blocks to help enhance their practice
https://web.snackv.com/v/7YSxwWZXWA?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
GENERAL FITNESS VIDEOS
Three exercises on how to gain a stronger back
https://web.snackv.com/v/34UdUrjKPb?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Four leg and glute exercises you can do right now
https://web.snackv.com/v/hQM3hemamw?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to get back into a better body
https://web.snackv.com/v/I1PyQI5a7E?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Exercises to do to get back into the gym
https://web.snackv.com/v/SqR1XZ6DKM?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Three moves to help strengthen your body if you work at a desk
https://web.snackv.com/v/xe52GWWx7T?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Workouts you can do from your hotel room
https://web.snackv.com/v/k1ZGuHNp5L?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
No Equipment? No problem! Exercises to do without equipment
https://web.snackv.com/v/6QcpTpnzyh?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
How to burn those holiday calories fast
https://web.snackv.com/v/VEX3Tx4N37?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Moves moms can do to get back into exercise
https://web.snackv.com/v/uE8M2ZIYlw?shared_by_user=YsDvUNq03R (Links to an external site.)
Exercises mothers can do with their babies
LET'S CONNECT + SUBSCRIBE BELOW!
Are you living in a fantasy? Or are you living in a reality? So many areas of life have become so confusing, I am not sure if people know what is real or not.
Just take a look at the internet. How much of the world wide web has damaged or controlled us mentally? Prior to computers, humans have lived for thousands of years, surviving on the planet, using their heads and hands to live life.
Today, people cannot decipher what is real versus fake news, and many people live this "picture perfect" life on social media, discarding the darker or weaker moments. The human mind is altered and flawed. Just take a look at Hollywood and the shows on Netflix. Much of today's programming is dark, gruesome, violent, negative and stuck in some dark fantasy.
Behind this programming is a darker force trying to destroy and control our minds. Beauty is inspirational, death and destruction is not. Love is inspiring and is what heals people and the planet.
Living in a fantasy is either like a fairy-tale or a nightmare. Some people want to ignore the negative sides of life or a relationship because of being stuck in a fairytale where others want to destroy humans because of the demons that live inside their head.
I believe most people are not in reality, but living in a virtual reality, a fantasy or delusional fairy-tale, chasing something that doesn't exist.
What is reality and what is fantasy?
Reality: the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com