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Restorative Yoga – A Low Impact Solution For Middle-Aged Spread

Does Yoga have solutions for middle-aged spread? Are your knees, back, hips and shoulders begging for mercy? Restorative Yoga is a complete health maintenance system, and a low impact form of cross training, that will not cause premature wear in your joints.

Let’s be honest, have you noticed a spare tire around your mid-section? You could justify it by looking at teenagers. After all, it took you nearly 50 years to become overweight. Then, one day, you saw that spare tire in the mirror or a photograph.

Walking is a wonderful form of cross training, but if you carry a pedometer, you know that 10,000 steps per day is a “mission.” If your knees, ankles, plantar fascia, and Achilles tendons are fine, then an aggressive walking program will probably suit your body.

We have to do something, but this is not the time to abuse body parts. Walking is still a great form of exercise, but not to the point of pain. Luckily, Restorative Yoga is great for aches and pains. This is not a pass to abuse oneself with high impact exercise or over do it with excessive amounts of low impact exercise.

At middle age and beyond, everything is about moderation. In fact, moderation is a lifestyle for longevity. Restorative Yoga, walking, and a moderate diet are good additions for a complete health maintenance program.

“I don’t eat that much,” you say to yourself. The truth is – most people in middle age, often eat less than they ever did because we are much more aware of what we eat. An additional factor is that over eating is very uncomfortable.

Granted, there is always the exception to the rule. For instance: The “skinny guy,” who could always eat because of a quick burning metabolism, never seems to gain weight. The vast majority of us will notice our metabolism has slowed down.

According to Madelyn H. Fernstrom, Ph.D., the director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, “Your metabolism slows by 5 percent each decade. Compared to age 25, you’ll burn about 100 fewer calories a day at 35, and 200 fewer at 45. Do nothing and you could gain eight to 12 pounds a year.”

For most of us, this is a “warning bell.” We have to burn additional calories, but our joints must be treated like gold. Again, a gentle and restorative form of Yoga is a logical solution.

In general, everyone burns calories at a different rate from an identical activity. The most common reason cited for the difference in calories burned is body weight, but there are many factors to be considered, such as metabolism and body fat.

For the sake of comparison, let’s look at a gentle Restorative Yoga session and the calories burned over the course of one hour. You could do this, without breaking a sweat, on your living room floor – about an hour or two before bedtime. You could also walk to a local Yoga studio depending on its location.

A person who is 150 pounds would burn an average of 178 calories in one hour of Restorative Yoga practice. A larger person, who is 200 pounds, would burn an average of 238 calories in one hour. Generally speaking, the larger you are, the more calories burned. Lastly, keep in mind – this is a very gentle style of Yoga.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Tips on How to Increase Ejaculation Volume

If you are quite proud of your manhood, you would want to boast of your ability to have a voluminous ejaculation. Although this can be pure vanity, men really do want to have more semen during ejaculation so as both to impress their partners and to feel more masculine as well. Of course, some men want to increase semen volume to improve their chances of conceiving a baby with their partners too. Fortunately, there are easy ways to increase ejaculation volume.

Start with Your Diet and Lifestyle

Before you even resort to doing anything drastic, it’s better to check your diet and your lifestyle first. For instance, excessive smoking and alcohol drinking is one hindrance for better ejaculation. If you want to increase ejaculation volume you may need to stop smoking and drinking. You should also minimize fat intake to increase ejaculation volume. And since semen is actually protein, you have to have a high protein diet to increase semen production for ejaculation during sexual activity.

Even though you would perhaps want to enjoy sex more, you would have to go for quality than quantity for a while. To really increase ejaculation volume, it is advised not to do sexual intercourse daily. Masturbation is not even advised too. The often you climax the less will be available for ejaculation.

Stress should be minimized if you want a healthier and a more satisfying sex life. Since stress is known to be a buster for semen production, you need to be more relaxed and you need to have a calm aura. To achieve this, you may want to listen to soothing music or to relaxation tapes. Some even take up yoga and meditation for this.

Wear Looser Underwear

Sometimes wearing too tight underpants limit the production of semen too. So if you want to increase ejaculation you might want to wear an extra size bigger than your usual size. It is even advised that you wear boxers in order not to overheat your sexual organ. Better blood circulation would also promote more semen production.

Massage Organic Oils

To even promote more blood circulation, using organic massage oils is recommended. This would allow for more semen production and thus allow you to have a forceful and a very satisfying ejaculation at the end of the sexual act.

Take Semen Pills

If you want, there are also several brands of pills sold in the market for this purpose. Made from natural ingredients, you will be able to increase ejaculation volume safely. You will even get the benefit of improving overall sexual performance too.

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5 Posture Problems That Stunt Growth

Many posture problems exist that people pick up over the years and may not even realize they have. These could lead to pain, especially back pain, and as far as height is concerned, can make us not only physically shorter, but appear shorter as well. Some of the most common posture problems are looked at below.

1. Walking posture – This is an easy one to get into bad habits with, probably the one which is the hardest to break, and also the one which is discussed the least of the three major ones, the other two of which are looked at next. It’s often assumed that proper sitting posture and to a lesser extent, sleeping posture, can be taught, while walking is just something we naturally do, and cannot be changed or critiqued. Poor walking posture is quite common for this reason.

Getting to a point where you’re consistently walking with better posture can be difficult and could take weeks of conscious work. Keeping the back stiff and upright, the shoulders forced back, and the head held high are methods that need to be used to break such habits. Eventually, the new habits should take root and become second nature.

2. Sitting Posture – As more and more people pull up seats in front of a computer, both for work and pleasure, the problem of poor sitting posture has grown. The chair, keyboard, and monitor and should all be set to positions that will force the user to sit up straight. LCD monitors are useful for enforcing this, as they must be viewed at a consistent angle to be fully viewed. If set properly, any bad sitting habits should immediately make it more difficult to view all of the screen, forcing the user to get back into a better position.

3. Sleeping Posture – Also very common, and since you’re naturally not aware of what you’re doing or how you’re sleeping, many people assume there’s no issue. As a rule, sleeping on one’s back is the best for maintaining a good sleeping position, and doing so with a limited amount of head support in the form of pillows is also advisable. Those who sleep on their sides should use a pillow between their legs, which can prevent curling up and twisting the back into awkward positions.

4. Bow Legs and Knock Knees – Fairly common conditions that can be bad for posture, and may also cause self esteem issues, especially in young kids. These conditions can be broken with special insoles or footwear that offset the imbalanced weight distribution that is causing the issue.

5. Scoliosis – The most serious of the conditions mentioned, and one which will almost certainly require help in one way or another from a medical professional. Scoliosis causes severe curvature of the spine, resulting in major height loss and other ailments. Surgery may be required in advanced cases of this ailment.

By improving posture, one can see a gradual improvement in their height, as well as giving the appearance to others of being more professional. Breaking old habits can be difficult, but once accomplished, will make it that much harder to go back to the old habits.

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What Is the Difference Between a CYT-Certified Yoga Teacher and RYT-Registered Yoga Teacher?

While there are no set regulations on what level of training is necessary to teach yoga, choosing to pursue teacher certification, demonstrates a commitment to yoga. CYT certification reveals that a yoga instructor has pursued a certain level of education in yoga techniques.

There are many different programs offering certification to yoga instructors, and it is up to individual organizations to decide what the appropriate professional requirements are. Globally, there is very little regulation of yoga. There are some registries, in different countries, which work to set standards for yoga teachers and the public.

It is important to understand the difference between being certified and being registered as a yoga instructor. You may teach yoga as either a CYT or an RYT. The difference comes from being registered with the Yoga Alliance after a certain level of training has been completed, according to their requirements.

The Yoga Alliance publishes their requirements for the RYT on their website. As of this writing, they are the only recognized association in the United States that registers yoga instructors. The main difference between these two acronyms comes from the RYT designation, which is a registered trademark by the Yoga Alliance.

To become a CYT, or certified yoga teacher, one goes through an educational program with a yoga teacher training school. Certification is evidence to students that you have pursued an active education in your yoga practice. Certification, as a yoga teacher, allows you to teach yoga classes and start your own practice.

The principal elements of yoga: asana, breath, meditation, mantra, and more, are focused on, in certification programs. Additionally, learning to modify poses for beginners, knowing the fundamentals of posture and alignment, how to explain a pose verbally, and correct common mistakes, is crucial to becoming a certified yoga teacher.

Many training programs set their standards the same as the Yoga Alliance, so that when the certification is completed, graduates move forward and can become registered. Other schools are extensive in their training and offer certified graduates the opportunity to gain higher credentials, in other ways, to reach their training goals. They may choose to register after further teaching.

A minimum of 200 contact (face-to-face training) hours is required by the Yoga Alliance to be considered a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). The framework of these training hours is broken down into five categories of techniques, training and practice, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and ethics, teaching methodology, and practicum. The aim of this program is to have a deep understanding of yoga, as well as a comprehensive ability in teaching others.

Holding CYT, or RYT, status is an indication that you are committed to Continuing Education (CE) hours to maintain the status. Continuing your education, as you teach, is the best way to grow, while adding expertise as a yoga practitioner and a teacher. Possessing a Certified, or Registered Yoga Teacher certification, will provide comfort about competency to students seeking you out.

Consider your training to become a yoga instructor as part of a lifelong learning experience, yet one that has steps and levels to attain. Much like any other profession that requires a progression of degrees, the practice of yoga instruction begins with becoming a Certified Yoga Teacher.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Herbal Tampons – How to Make a Herbal Tampon

Herbal tampons have been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine for introducing herbs into the fallopian tubes, strengthening the reproductive system, and unblocking them to help women achieve pregnancy. They provide women with blocked tubes, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or tubal infections an effective, drug and surgery-free way to clear the fallopian tubes.

Making one takes less than 10 minutes, and you don’t need special equipment to make one effectively. It’s essentially a mixture of herbs that you add boiling water to, and leave to brew, to activate the botanical ingredients.

When the color of the water changes, and the water has completely cooled, you strain the mixture, then put a regular tampon into the strained mixture. Leave it to soak for a minute or so, to help it absorb the active botanicals, then insert the soaked tampon. It’s as easy as that.

The one I recommend to the clients who visit my clinic are completely safe to use, as their ingredients are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. The ingredients are completely organic, gentle on the body, and the blend is based on hundreds of years of tradition. The “Fallopen Herbal Tampon Mix” contains:

Calendula – to speed up the healing of skin wounds, and reduce inflammation and swelling in the delicate mucus membranes. It also kills fungus, bacteria and viruses.

Goldenseal – to increase the supply of blood, nutrients and oxygen, boost the immune system, and relax the muscles of the fallopian tubes.

Garlic – to kill infections in the vagina uterus and fallopian tubes, destroy free radicals, strengthen the immune systems and fight infection. It can also help the body detox harmful substances, such as heavy metals.

Red Clover – to purify the blood, improve circulation, and get rid of excess fluid. It also breaks up the proteins that make scar tissue, and reduces inflammation.

Corydalis root – to stimulate the flow of blood to the uterus, detox the reproductive organs. It also reduces pain, and relaxes the tubes in order to relieve spasms.

Astralgus Root – to heal wounds and damaged tissues in the female reproductive tract. It also kills bacteria and viruses, and is rich in antioxidants, and removes excess fluids from hydrosalpinges.

Ligusticum – to reduce swelling in the pelvic organs, protect the tissues from DNA damage and aging, and contains plant substances that protect against tumors.

Dong Quai – to get rid of cramps and spasms, and allow blood lymphatic fluid to nourish the fallopian tubes. It also helps the immune system to remove waste materials from the tubes.

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Martial Arts and Sexual Health

According to history, in A.D. 527, an emperor named Wu Di invited an Indian monk named Bodhidharma to travel to China. The purpose of the journey was for Bodhidharma to come and teach his fellow monks in certain exercises to help strengthen their bodies. Monks in Henan province were frequently attacked by bandits and had no training in how to defend themselves.

After arriving in Henan Temple, Bodhidharma meditated for nine long years. After he finished the meditation, Bodhidharma wrote two books entitled, “Yi Jin Jing” and “Xi Sui Jing”. The former was about exercises for developing external strength while the latter was about meditation and breathing. After finishing the two books, he wrote a third book entitled “Shi Bao Luo Han Shou” (The Eighteen Hands of Lohan), which was about his experiences as a member if the Kshatriya. (Indian warriors and rulers). This book included synchronized defensive routines. Historians consider this book as the first manual on offensive and defensive combat movements. That was how the martial arts began in China.

These facts explain the close similarity of the postures in Chinese martial arts and yoga. Both traditions focused on the lower abdominal region as the center of all human energy (chi, pneuma, ki). Martial arts and Yoga were both developed to promote a healthy body, increase lifespan, and attain a state of bliss.

According to Eastern beliefs, the mysterious power of the chi is responsible for self-healing, self-recovery, and self-realization; and that ll life in the cosmos is inspired by the chi. As the “life force” or vital energy that is present in every living thing, it is also the same force that controls the universe. Chi is the Chinese word for the word life…and translated as ‘pneuma’ in Greek… and ‘ki’ in Japanese.

Clinical studies show that martial artists use several aspects of fitness like muscular strength, endurance, aerobic, and anaerobic conditioning. Their training also involves flexibility, body composition, motor skills, and coordination. These training modes may give practitioners health benefits such as stronger muscles and improved endurance. Martial arts training also includes meditation. These moments of stillness may bring short periods of relaxation. Some people actually see martial arts as “moving meditation.” Researches have also shown that the regular practice of martial arts help release stress and improve one’s self-esteem.

Sexual health

But more than just a system of self-defense and meditation, the martial arts practice is also associated with the improvement of libido and overall sexual performance. People who frequently exercise have more energy, less anxiety, better self-esteem, and increased testosterone levels. Martial arts not only firms one’s body and improve their overall health, martial arts can also improve one’s sex life. The practice of martial arts entails rigorous physical exertion. Still, Bodhidharma was careful to teach his monk-students about the virtue of moderation. He taught them that even in martial arts, care must be exercised to avoid over-training. Some studies show that too much intense physical training may have an effect on one’s sterility. An investigation by health experts revealed that exercising too much causes fatigue, which then temporarily reduces sperm count and quality. Other researches point out that those who exercised to the point of exhaustion produced less sperm during ejaculation. Specialists say that this happens because the body literally “kills” itself during training. To build muscles and improve the body, it needs to recuperate to attain normal cell development. Intense physical activities may reduce the level of hormones in the bloodstream that affects sperm production. Medical experts believe that sperm levels return to nearly normal after about three days. They added that drinking coffee after a few hours of training may protect sperm quality because of the antioxidants that are found in caffeine.

Indeed, understanding the benefits of martial arts and exercise can make a difference in one’s life. If done properly, these arts may promote good health, and an even better sex life.

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Yoga’s Supine Poses Revealed

The word supine means “lying on the back”, and there are a number of yoga poses that are practiced while lying flat on the back and facing upwards. The supine postures are a normal part of all types of yoga, whether it is Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Kriya or Sivanada yoga session. The Basic Supine Postures that are done while lying flat on the back include:

Leg Pulls: They are used as preliminary postures that relax the body. They also relieve stretched hamstrings and strengthen the legs.

Leg Raises: These include single and double leg raises, and are mostly performed as beginning postures in order to prepare the body for more difficult asanas to follow. It is great for relaxing the back and strengthening the legs and hips.

Wind Relieving Pose: Acts as a relaxer and also improves the working of the digestive organs. It is recommended for people suffering from indigestion and flatulence.

In addition, there are a number of variations of the supine postures, which include Supine Backbends such as:

Bridge Pose: This posture is very beneficial in building and improving the core strength of the body. It energizes the body and is very helpful in stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems.

Fish Pose: A great way to stimulate the respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular systems, this pose opens the chest and stretches the spine too. People suffering from back and neck injury should not practice the fish pose.

One Legged Bridge: An advanced asana; it is an excellent resource for soothing the brain and relieving stress. It stimulates the abdominal organs as well as stretches the neck, chest and back.

Supine Twists like:

Belly Twist: This posture strengthens the abdominal muscles along with stretching the back muscles and lengthens the spine. Due to this reason, it is also known as the Spinal Twist.

Knee down Twist: This twist stretches and strengthens the back muscles and rejuvenates the spinal discs.

And Supine Hip Openers:

Joyful Baby Pose: One of the basic hip opening postures, it also strengthens the legs and relieves lower back pain along with lengthening and realigning the spine.

Supine Bound Angle: A simple posture for opening the hips and the shoulders, also allows time to practice breathing techniques for relaxation.

Supine Pigeon: Mostly used as a warm up asana for a yoga class, it is very useful for strengthening the back and enhances flexibility of the hips.

Extended Supine Hand to Toe: A variation of the normal hand to toe asana, it is helpful in making the hips and groin more flexible. This pose is more suitable for advanced yogis as it requires extending the leg at a right angle to the hips.

Other advanced supine asanas include the leg to side yoga pose, leg reclining lunges, half shoulder stand, plow pose and upward bow pose. The basic postures are the most easy and undemanding to do; they are suitable for all yoga levels from beginners to advance. As the poses get more complex and hard to attain, it is important to practice only those supine poses that are within your health and physical fitness boundaries. Overdoing your yoga routine can even be harmful in particular for those that suffer from various ailments or health problems. So it is extremely important to use caution and listen to the demands of your body while practicing yoga.

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Weight Loss After Miscarriage Tips – How to Start Shaping Up!

Weight loss after miscarriage is probably at the very last of your priorities right now since you just lost your precious one. But sooner or later, you will have to face this problem.

The thing is, many women notice they have gained more weight right after miscarriage even if they miscarried during the first or early second trimester. This is most likely because your body is already preparing for the growing baby. Also, hormonal imbalance is one major culprit to weight gain.

Step 1: The best thing to do in order to stabilize hormonal production is to exercise. Make sure you have ample exercise right after recovering from miscarriage. When your body is active, it sends out feel-good hormones such as endorphin. This will not only help you curb comfort eating, it will also help ward off depression.

Step 2: Start with a simple exercise first. Walking around the park every morning for about 30 to 60 minutes helps heaps. Low-impact activities burn more calories from fat and this will enable you to exercise for a longer period of time. Walking close to nature is also a balm to your spirit.

Step 3: When you are ready to take on a more difficult exercise routine, update it with something a little more challenging such as yoga. This helps tone the body in addition to helping the mind get rid of stress. You can safely recover from your ideal. What is even better about exercising is that it can make your next pregnancy safer. When your body is toned and healthy, you have bigger chances of having a safe pregnancy.

Step 4: Make the right food choices. If you are not a picky eater, it is time to be one. As we get older, our body accumulates toxins and fat from the food we are eating. We are more prone to diseases such as cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Refrain from eating too-salty foods. Eat lean meat. Make sure you have a bigger portion of vegetables and fruits.

Step 5: Make sure your family members know what you are going through. People who have a support system around them are more likely to surpass the challenges of weight loss after miscarriage.

It is never too late to have a healthy and active lifestyle. Once you are ready to start your weight loss after miscarriage plans, keep these tips and steps in mind for a more successful weight loss program.

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How to Last Longer in Bed and Make Love Whole Night

“What’s the three words you never want to hear while making love? Honey, I’m home.” – Ken Hammond.

Mr. Hammond is right. If you often lose control and experience rapid ejaculation during sex, it can be extremely embarrassing. But, don’t blame yourself. It is a common problem hitting about 30% of men worldwide. Try the following tips to help you last longer and make passionate love whole night:

Woman-on-top Sex position: as the name suggests, she rides on top of you and insert your member into her body. You lie down on your back, relax and enjoy the show. This position reduces penile sensitivity and anxiety performance. As a result, you are likely to last a lot longer than you usually do.

Lady First: if you can’t satisfy her via penetrative sex, you must way a way to send her climax without penetration. The good news is: most women can orgasm via clitoral stimulation and oral sex. Of course, there’s no fixed rule or formula when it comes to clitoral or oral stimulation techniques. Just remember: you should make her orgasm first, before you are allowed to climax.

Sexersice : Kegel exercise is designed to tone and tighten PC muscle. When the strength of your PC muscle is improved, it helps to intensify orgasm and improve ejaculation control. To enjoy the maximum benefits of Kegel exercise, you need to squeeze only PC muscle without squeezing abs or hips. If you have no idea where the PC muscle is, try to control urination. Hold the PC muscle for 10-15 counts, and then release. Spend at least 5 minutes a day in this exercise. Never mind about the locations, as you can practice Kegel exercise almost anywhere as long as you are sitting.

On top of Kegel exercise, Yoga and cycling are 2 fabulous exercises to improve strength of PC muscle and boost sexual fitness.

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How to Create a Princess Themed Yoga Class – Perfect For Birthdays and Kids Yoga Classes

Princesses are loved by little girls. Out of my three darling daughters two of them have been princess aficionados. I have lost count of how many princess parties, princess costumes and princess cupcakes I have been responsible for organizing and creating. So if you are in a similar situation and have a special little princess in your life who is looking for something princess themed and fun to do, you are in luck because this article is all about how to create a princess themed yoga class. It is fun, easy, and will involve your princess and her court of closest friends and advisors.

First of all, you need to define what kind of princess is desired. I personally like my princesses to be friendly, adventuresome, creative, problem solvers, graceful, full of integrity, compassionate, and lovers of fine chocolate. I most often use Dancers Pose to represent the princess.

Next your princess needs a side-kick, usually an animal, with which she shares her adventures and dreams. I often let the kids in the class/at the party choose the side-kick and name it. Some possibilities include dog, cat, frog, mouse, donkey, rabbit, tiger, etc. If there is not a corresponding yoga pose invent one allowing the kids creativity and physical expression to flow.

Now we need an adventure upon which the princess may embark. This step often involves either a fun filled location (Nile River, Amazon Forest, European City, Enchanted Island), or a villain (sorcerer, witch, landlord, moneylender, etc) intend on wreaking havoc in the princess’ ideal world, or both.

To warm up practice Dragon Breath (inhale deeply and exhale powerfully with fire) and Sleeping Beauty Breath (yawn & stretch).

The adventure then begins. “Once Upon a Time…”

She can traverse rivers in a boat (Boat Pose), cross mountain ranges (Mountain Pose), travel through Magic Forests (Tree Pose Group Variation), stroll through lovely gardens (Flower Pose), visit the Great Pyramids (Pyramid Pose), swim with Dolphins (Dolphin Pose), etc. Truly your imagination is the limit.

During her adventures, the princess will meet new friends such as Warrior and Dragon who help her to vanquish the villain and save the world. This is often done through magic combined with strength of character. Recall the fairy tales of your childhood and create a wonderful, heart warming conclusion to your adventure that ties up all the loose ends. Personally I like drinking the magical nectar of the lotus flower (Lotus Pose) which can only be ingested by ‘the pure in heart’ so that the princess can conquer any foe and vanquish all evil.

For a yoga game alter Swami Says into Fairy Godmother Says and review many of the poses used throughout your adventure.

As always, complete your yoga session with relaxing Corpse Pose as the princess and her court settle down to a well earned rest.

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