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When Yoga and I met the first time.

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This is an interesting post to me because I am still learning lots about Yoga, but I find the practice one of the most life changing experiences I had. Its not something I would not have got into on my own, until the opportunities to practice the discipline frequently hits me. It was a rainy day when I first tried Yoga for the first time at Modo Yoga in NYC and I love trying out new things so to speak. I was two months into my personal training in Circuit Training and I figured why not try Yoga. I mean, I have a clue that I need flexibility and balance, but never was the kind of person who remembers to breathe when I go into my workouts. I walked inside the hot room with my towel and black whitebeater shirt and lied down. I haven’t experienced hot indoors since the summer heatwave in 2008 and there was no electricity. I waited for my instructor to teach the class.Shit, I am sort of sweating here.

Surrounded by a sea of attractive bodies of people lying on the mats and doing their own thing, the instructor gave us some drills I am no where familiar with. To me, that is stretching. I can’t remember the name of the poses, but I know I was nowhere near the level of flexibility, as I suspected. I struggled to maintain my balance, no, to even catch up with the class as I continue to sweat out alot more. However, despite the fact I am new, I learn one thing from this experience, the stress and muscle aches I felt from my circuit training class were relieved. Knowing me, I done an array of sports that are bound to get you sore, especially cross country, track, karate, and rugby. For the first time, I am not competing to achieve a goal, I am pushing myself for me. Of course, I would get in a world of hurt if I try all the poses in haste and inexperience. I thanked the instructor for his time and asked for last minute advice. Something about patience, change, and growth was something I got out of him. This is not the last experience I have in Yoga. Next post is actually a followup. 

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”  Caroline Adams

What happens when you start to work out? (Part 1:The Brain)

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We all know that the more you exercise, you eventually get those hard core abs that you see among your favorite athletes, celebrities, and models. But you are also aware that the “no pain, no gain” mantra is as real as it gets. Your face becomes red and hot, the endless perspiration soaking through your workout tanktop or shirt, and the not so fun part of the soreness in your muscles (since work and other stuff made us more sedentary than our ancestors) But wait,there’s more! (Ron Popeil’s line) As you start to exercise, your heart rate gets really high and you are out of breath. That’s okay, its just your body is responding and its gets better over time as you start to exercise. The muscles are getting damaged (let me finish) so you can develop bigger and badder muscles. Work at it more, and those veins will roar every time you flex those bad boys. In order for all the physical goodies of exercise to come out, you have to make sure your brain is on point. 

Though it counts for 2% to 3% of our body weight, the brain takes in 1/4 of oxygen, 70% of glucose and 25% of nutrients. Yeah, your thinking cap takes in a lot of power and remember, diet is 70% of the work and exercise is 30% of the work you put in to get in shape. Once you tap in the power and the beauty of proper nutrition (eat lots of brain food), you are gonna just rock.According to Dr. Carly Stewart, Medical Expert at (Money Crashers Personal Finance) “Exercise improves oxygen flow to the brain. It also helps the body release hormones that assist in brain cell growth. Additionally, it helps the brain with both learning and memory capabilities.” Basically, when you start to exercise more, you feel great because you are adding more oxygen to your brain, which helps you to do more basic tasks better. You wont get as tired hitting the stairs and your focus will increase. You significantly lower chances of getting many diseases in the long run and you get the euphoric vibes of accomplishment.

Truthfully, your brain will transform much faster than the body, but in reality, when you find the workouts of your choice and the best diet for you, you will get in the shape and beyond. It takes one month to start seeing changes, two months for family to see results and three months to transform. You got this.