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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

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Top Healthy Foods from Jack’s 99 Store (NYC)

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Hi guys,

So one of the most important things I learned about fitness is nutrition. You can be doing all the dead-lifts, boxing classes, and push-ups in the world to prepare yourself for your future Tough Mudder race, but they say that 80% of the weight loss results comes from what you put in your body.  Imagine this kind of weight when you have a final exam worth your course grade. It can be nerve racking, but with the right foods, especially if its convenient and affordable for busy bodies and New Yorkers, little goes a long way. So what better way to test your luck in nutrition in finding cheap eats in the city. Here are my top choices for finding healthy stuff at Jack’s 99 cent store. Happy Findings.

1) Apple Cinnamon/Cranberry Granola Bars from Wholesome Goodness

Review: These guys are so delicious and chewy, you cant believe they investing alot of time in ensuring that these granola bars have nothing but the best ingredients while tasting super awesome. These whole grain bars are packed with Omega 6s, Kosher, Gluten Free, have no BS preservatives, and low in sodium. When I mean NO BS preservatives, see the packaging yourselves, the ingredients to these little angels are a godsend.

For more information: http://www.wholesome-goodness.com/better-foods

2) Alpina Greek Yogurts

Review: I am a sucker for Greek yogurts due to how much delicious protein I get per each cup. Not only you are getting more than 12g of protein (AVOID THE CANDY ONES, they dont carry as much benefits and the sugar content is too damn high) , but the ones with granola have less sugar than alot of of the other Greek Yogurt brands. My favorite brand of Greek Yogurt and those 3 for 1$ deals at Jack’s? Mercy!

For more information: http://www.alpinaus.com/product.php?categoryid=3

3) Tribe Hummus

Review:

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Sorry folks, Had to add the  church choir on here.  Recently got on the Hummus hype and became sold when I finally got the chance to try them. Tribe Hummus seem to work with me the most because of the variety of spices offered such as the Forty Spice and Spicy Red Pepper. Not to mention, when Jack’s  had these guys for a while, you best believe I bought as many to fit in my bag as possible.

For more information: http://www.tribehummus.com/about-tribe-hummus

 

Honorable Mentions:

1) Whole wheat bagels from Fiber One and Pepperidge Farms.

Review: Need I say more with all the Hummus you should buy?

2) Whole Wheat Crackers (Various Brands)

3) Dark Chocolate (Various Brands)

 

I must warn you, the one by Madison Square Garden WILL get packed with people, but if you are willing to deal with the lines, its all good. Happy Eats!