Although the practice of yoga is often related to woman, there is more men now in days joining the group. There is many reasons why you ended up in a yoga class or a fitness retreat, wether you’re looking for muscle strength or an emotional stability; yoga could potentially replace your psychologist, priest or even your doctor. Here are five reason why you should do yoga.

 

Emotional Balance

Among the many occupation we have during the day, it becomes almost impossible to have a moment for ourselves. And we go through our river just catching up with our duties. It’s been proved that it reduces the indices of stress by controlling the mental loops of fear, regret, frustration, anxiety and anger. Learning how to control your mind will keep you present and more aware of your body. It can have a positive effect on those who suffer from migraines and insomnia to lupus, high blood pressure, and heart attacks.

Improve Your Relationships

The emphasis on yoga’s philosophy is to be aware of yourself -to be present, to not harm the other, to be able to tell the truth and to take only what you need. This sounds like that old recipe for love that we might have been told once when we were young, but never really put in practice. Give yourself a second chance and let yoga be your guide this time -it might accelerate the search for a wedding venue and go figure what much more.

Inner and Outer Strength

Yoga will provide you with tools needed to build a cognitive structure which will give room for discipline. Mental strength is just as important as physical and should be something we look forward everyday. An old cliché calls for feeling good better than looking good, but it’s true. The continuous practice of yoga can reduce arthritis and back pain, it will give strength to your bones along flexibility.

Better Sex and Self-esteem

As yogic philosophy teaches, that you are a manifestation of the Divine and you better believe it. Taking a different approach on how you perceive yourself will be inevitable. When you achieve to connect with most of your senses with an educational approach it will reward you with feelings like forgiveness, attitude and empathy.  In bed, it will keep you focused and more sensitive and responsive to your partner. Taking some of the relaxation and breathing techniques from yoga to the bed will also help you prevent premature ejaculation and you go figure where the rest can take you.

Better Place

Yogis say that it has the potential to transform you and take you to a different place, but truth is that you’re in better place since the moment you decide to be helped to reach your goal. It’s setting up a goal and reach to those that care about you to help you reach it. It’s about making peace with those things in life that are holding you back, move forward with more experience knowing that it all starts and ends with you, but never by yourself.

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It’s essential that if you are starting out with a fitness routine you add some snacks before or after the workout this will not only help regulate your digestion, but it will also boost your energy and add the needed protein for the muscles. A secret from a weight loss retreat.

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Here are five different snacks for your consideration. Remember, change it up to your taste and desire this is also good stage for you to know what nutrients will workout for your diet. A fitness routine can become a headache overtime and even more when results start to come in slower, but that’s ok, here is what will make your routine more efficient. You will notice the difference since day one.

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Handful of lean roast beef

Equal portion of butternut squash

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Almonds

Dried cranberries

Dried banana

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1 or 2 Hard-boiled eggs

1 Slice of whole-wheat toast

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Bananas

Nutela or peanut butter

Bacon

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Hummus

Carrot Sticks

Celery sticks

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A beautiful, kind, smart and talented lady; Lupita Nyong’o has positioned herself on top of the charts as one of the most beautiful woman in the world. Her svelte figure, and her intelligence accompanied by her great taste on fashion makes some of the things why we all admire her.

She won an oscar for supporting actress in the film “12 years of slave” back in 2013. And was named by People‘s Most Beautiful and Glamour‘s Woman of the Year.

Behind every woman there is an incredible bag of secrets which Lupita is not hesitant about sharing, this Mexican lady has worked too hard to look radiant as she does. Here is what she told Glamour Magazine in a red-carpet confession.

Her Skin. “I love using natural oils. I use avocado oil and Hawaiian Kukui Oil on my face. I like to keep things natural, simple, and straightforward.”

Her hair. “The first time I cut all my hair off was when I was 19. I just got fed up going to the salon every week. I’d had enough! On a whim, it was off. It’s low maintenance.” -coming from the greatest – this philosophy that might seem lazy has resemblance of discipline and intellectuality.

Red carpet looks. “I love color. I’m enjoying trying all different shades. Makeup isn’t something I’ve worn a lot of in my life. So it’s good to work with someone like [makeup artist] Nick Barose, who is inspired by my complexion and knows how to work with it.”

“I went to an all-boys high school, and they accepted girls in only the two A.P. classes. They had these archaic rules: For example, girls couldn’t wear makeup. I found it so outrageous that an all-boys school could tell girls to not wear makeup! So I went on a campaign. I got a petition signed and everything. If a girl wants to wear makeup to boost confidence, why not? [But] I’ve worked hard to feel beautiful in my natural skin. Personally, I don’t ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful.” Says Nyongo’o. Her activism and strong believes about woman and equality is not overnight position she found in Hollywood, this comes from way earlier on her high school years and very well influenced by her father; a senator and professor who once went into exile from Kenya to Mexico where Nyong’o was born.

“As soon as Lupita appeared on the scene, I thought, This is a woman I need to photobomb. She’s also an astounding actress. Oh, and a top human.” —Emma Thompson

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Fitness Retreat

The first time you try anything, doesn’t matter if you run, do Crossfit, bike, or engage in any form of sports or martial arts, do you find yourself waking up the next day, unable to move, every muscle aching and sore? That every time you finish a new routine or sweat through a new set of exercises, you end up getting out of bed the next morning, your normally spry, lively and agile  self out of sight?

Here are 5 top things you need to know about muscle soreness to help you cope and deal with it better: 

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 DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness often appears 6 to 8 hours after the activity and lasts for at least 24 to 72 hours. It doesn’t happen while you’re doing the activity. So your muscle soreness should basically go away after three days. If you get into the same activity and find yourself still unable to do it, it could mean you overdid it. Try taking it easy for the next few days until you get your old nimbleness back. 

its good

Say you train your body for long-distance running. The pain and soreness happens as your muscles try to adjust and perform according to the demands of the exercise. In this way, introducing a small dose of muscle trauma often encourages muscle growth. So the next time your muscles feel achy, know that it’s your body’s way of getting stronger. You could also try going for a massage to get your muscles unknotted. It’ll help you feel better in no time. 

its not injury

When you pull a muscle or fracture a knee, you’ll know it as soon as it happens. There’s no gradual post-exercise time frame for it. Plus, the sort of acute, debilitating pain that usually comes with an injury is far from the achy discomfort associated with muscle soreness. So make sure you don’t confuse one with the other.     

it feels less

That’s often true. The longer you train your body, the better your muscle memory gets. And that allows you to endure longer, harder sets of exercises. However, your genes are still a factor in your strength, endurance and fitness. So if your body is genetically highly responsive to pain or soreness, you could experience DOMS worse than those with low sensitivity to pain and soreness, even when you’re both doing the same exercise. Don’t blindly push yourself through the pain, thinking you need to reach the same level of performance others do. That sport or activity could be the wrong fit for your body build or genes. Find out if those play a factor before you end up doing more harm than good with the wrong exercise. 

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If you’re feeling sore all over, that’s actually better than feeling sore in just your knees or elbows. If the soreness is concentrated in one area, it could mean you’re doing the exercise all wrong, putting undue stress on your joins or muscles. One way to fix this is to make sure your form is correct when you do the exercise. 

Keep these 5 things in mind whenever you find yourself dealing with muscle soreness. And the minute you feel something’s off, don’t take unnecessary chances with your health. Have yourself immediately checked out by a doctor.

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Is it impossible to achieve long term weight loss? What if the answer was yes? What if biology, psychology and/or environment were the bad guys, and you were just a helpless victim of these forces? On some level, that would surely be a relief…to know that, no matter what you do, long-term weight loss success is just not going to happen. Stay away from those thoughts and even more if you’re a a fitness retreat.

But it’s not impossible. Sure, the percentage of people who have lost weight, only to regain it, is so overwhelming that it’s sparked studies by some highly-educated scientists, physicians and psychologists, and the results of these studies don’t paint a pretty picture.

That leaves you with some choices:

Stay where you are now, a.k.a. give up.

You can ride the rollercoaster. You can try the latest fad diet…maybe purchase a gym membership and go for a while, until you lose some weight and then stop going because you’ve lost the weight you wanted to lose, only to regain it again.

Or you can be a happy, healthy member of the minority. We know that losing AND KEEPING OFF weight is possible, because we’ve been helping people do this for almost 20 years.

Are we saying that we’re willing to argue with scientific studies performed by Ivy-League-educated scholars? Absolutely not. We love science — our weight loss retreat relies on science to help our clients.

We don’t just herd people into a fat farm with promises of weight loss and long term happiness; we take a holistic, scientific approach that encompasses the key elements to effective long-term weight loss: psychological, exercise and nutrition.

We focus on cognitive behavioral change — if the body is going to change, the mind has to change first.

We perform physiological testing — our comprehensive battery of physiological testing assess the state of your body, allowing us to develop a safe and effective workout plan tailored specifically for you.

We develop a customized meal plan — this means making sure your body is getting the necessary calories, and with the right proportions of macronutrients, to fuel your body safely while maximizing weight loss. And the meals are prepared by chefs who ensure that you will enjoy the food.

We support you after you leave — We don’t just say, “Hey, thanks for coming to our weight loss camp! Good luck! We’ve read the studies. We understand that keeping weight off is more challenging than taking it off, and you’re going to need all the support you can get.

We make it fun — although some of the studies took a rather pessimistic view on the possibility of long-term weight loss, most agreed that if you enjoy the process of losing weight, you are far more likely to succeed. That’s why our coaches and staff make your stay feel more like a weight loss getaway and less like a military-style fat camp.

And we care – the science is important, in fact it’s imperative for success, but we also know that nobody can put a number on someone’s misery…or their happiness…or their desire to change for the good of themselves and the people they love.

So if you want to give up, or keep trying it on your own, that’s your prerogative. But if you want to lose weight, successfully keep it off and not do it in a miserable white-knuckling, have-no-fun, never-eat-good-food-again way, call us or comment on this post and we’ll help you.

We know we can do it, and we know you can, too.

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