The number one excuse I hear when people tell me why they don’t eat well is “I don’t have time to eat healthy.” I think the Dali Lama said it best when he was asked what surprises him most about humanity. He replied “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” Here are four tips I have been using that have helped me through a sugar detox. If I can do it with my limited diet, ANYONE can do it!
One of the most important things I have learned on my yoga journey is to be selfish. That is really all you need to know but if your interest has piqued, then by all means continue reading. We have all probably heard the quote “You can’t fill from an empty vessel.” Well it’s true. If you are never depositing funds into your own “love bank” then how will you be able to afford giving, and receiving for that matter, the love your people deserve? “Learning to love yourself first brings more joy and peace than trying to love someone else.” -BPBEE
OK enough with the quotes, the seriousness of self-care is extraordinary. We are told and shown from a very young age to consider ourselves last. We are told to look out for others and be of service but that way of thinking leads to the idea that we are not that important and our needs can wait. But how can we be of service when we are empty inside? When we give ourselves to others all day and have nothing left to nurture ourselves, discover our passions, or even just enjoy OUR life?
I see this become a problem with teenage relationships and young married couples. After the relationship starts to change and perhaps becomes more serious each person stops doing what they love. They become so infatuated with the other that they literally stop doing the things that most likely attracted them to each other. I see it happen to women especially when love is new, they drop their friends or their hobbies. I see it more so in women once children are introduced to the equation. It is like they lose who they are.
Are any of you having trouble focusing right now? Gah, I swear, all I have done today is look out the window of my office admiring the sun, bored to tears even though I have what seems like a mountain of work in front of me, and wishing I was eating a sno-cone in a bikini. I love the summer and totally appreciate the cool air conditioner but as I find myself daydreaming I can’t help but think of the people who do have to be inside and probably at a desk for 8 hours a day. I mean I have been at it for a total of 47 minutes so far and it is terrible. I was able to come up with some cool yoga tips and activities to make focusing easier and summer more fun. Get ready!
Move around already. Walk, stand, stretch… ANYTHING! Move as if you were outside. Step up on a chair (pretend you're climbing rocks, it's actually super fun.) Play hot lava on your way to the bathroom. You know, that game you played when you were a kid where you can’t touch the actual floor or you melt in the lava? Yeah, you remember. Stretch your arms way up in the air and see if you are still as tall as you used to me.
But seriously though, do that or if you are a super adult and that sounds terrible (there is nothing wrong with being a super adult) then try this quick little yoga routine:
I started using dōTERRA essential oils about a year ago. It has completely changed my life for the better! I have not bought an OTC product since I started using dōTERRA. That is a really big deal. How many people can say that anymore? One of the greatest benefits of these certified pure therapeutic grade oils is body detoxification. There are lots of essential oils- so let me give you a place to start! Here are some of the best oils to use to detox your body from the inside out:
We as humans are emotional beings. As for women, well, we have all been accused of being too emotional. The fact is that our bodies hold on to emotional stress and pain as if it were physical. Many of you have noticed that you “carry your stress in your shoulders” or that headaches are often associated with sadness, anxiety, and worry. Women do tend to hold their emotions deep down in their muscles. The deepest massages I have ever done have been on women. Sometimes there is even an emotion release that takes place during these sessions. Emotional releases have come out as tears, laughter, and even confessions. The massage table is a place where letting go happens, and it is important that we make the time to have that release. Ensuring that we get massages often to recognize and release this emotional tension is one of the best ways to take control of our emotions. (This technically includes men too.)
It’s been a while since we have given you guys an outstanding blog post and for that we are sorry but we must tell you about the amazing changes that have been happening with Balanced Bodies over the past 2 months.
We (Thomas & Shelby) recently found, leased, and are opening a new location for Balanced Bodies! Located in the center of Tulsa on 46th Pl. and Memorial, you will now have Yoga, Massage, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under one roof! We are excited to share our new space with you guys!
“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” –Bob Harper
One of my all-time favorite things is people watching. I love it. I make up little stories about people. I study their movements and body language. Massage and Yoga has heightened my people watching skills. Now when I watch people walk and move and notice things like the way their knees turn in or out when standing, or forward head posture which results in lack of a curve in the neck, aka “Arch of life”. I see their walking patterns and the way hips tilt and rib cages compensate. It’s really strange how many people are living in pain.
All I know is I hope I never get old. I know that is impossible but we have all seen the old lady who can only manage to scoot inch-by-inch to her destination. Or the man who looks like he is bending over for something but actually that is as straight as he can sit. These postures have something in common. Their spines are hardening. There is no fluidity or mobility in the spines. Their health begins to dwindle as they shrink in height.
We have been discussing the different stages of injury and injury prevention in our latest Balanced Minute videos. Thank you all so much for watching. Let’s switch gears and read for a bit. I wanted to give you guys a little recap of the week in blog format. Enjoy.