04Aug2015
So You Think You Can't Yoga?

People have so many notions about Yoga; that it is way too hard for them to ever do, or way too easy. All the time I hear that Yoga is really just stretching, right? I’ll let you in on one of my FAVORITE things about Yoga…it can be WHATEVER you need it to be. And whatever you don’t like about it is mostly likely what you need. Having said that, let’s dive into today’s topic, the absolute best way to tap into the Yoga you need, to answer all your Yoga questions and feel the best you’ve ever felt: Yoga private lessons.

17Jul2015
Garbanzo Bean Salad

Lunch should be simple and effective, just like a well-executed grappling technique. I use a few key ingredients that have a lot of variety and versatility. I don’t want to get bored, but I still need to receive the same cornerstone nutrients no matter the organization of the meal.

My favorite meal to make for lunch is a salad. Now I know what you’re thinking; salads are for chicks and vegans, right? Well that’s true, but as performance athletes we need them too. The salads I make are are tasty, versatile, and full of all the nutrients I need.

16Jul2015
4 reasons why you need Self Defense, from a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. 

The ability to defend oneself is everyone’s right. The problem is that not all of us are born with the same abilities or strengths. Luckily for us, information is the great equalizer. jiu jitsu is an excellent tool to utilize for self-defense because it’s as much science as it is an art.

There are thousands of self-defense styles, and I’m sure many of them are effective and useful in their own right. However, jiu jitsu answers the questions of “What if I’m smaller than my attacker?” or “What if I get knocked to the ground?" and "what do I do if the attacker gets on top of me?” These are the worst case scenarios that have been tested through jiu jitsu and have the track record to honor its merit.

06Jul2015
What to expect in your first Yoga class at Balanced Bodies

There is a good chance one of our teachers or another student has invited you to Yoga class. At the very least you have heard of yoga before. Perhaps you are inspired to try but equally nervous or unsure about what to do, what to say, what to wear etc. Well, I am going to clear all of that up for you now, starting with the number one question I am asked and ending with the answers to questions no one wants to ask. Check it. 

What do I wear!? 

Yep. That is number one. Comfort is the most important thing in Yoga and in life in general. So wear clothes that you can comfortably move around in. Gym clothes or even lazy Saturday clothes will do just fine. I would stay away from anything too baggy because in Yoga we do go upside down to some extent and our shorts shouldn’t become thongs and our shirts shouldn’t smack us in the face. Maybe a pair of compression shorts for the men and spandex top or undershirt for the ladies. Also we get to set our feet free! That means NO shoes & NO socks. Ok wear socks if you must but eventually you will love your feet so much you will never want to wear socks. (Socks also make your feet a little extra slippery too.)

10Jun2015

doterra essential oils

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:

10Jun2015

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!

Get up! 

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:

05May2015

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.)

23Apr2015
Nutritional fruits for athletes

I’m writing this to give insight to what my diet is like and how it improves my Jiu JItsu experience and why it’s necessary. I have been a performance athlete since I can remember, and I wish I’d known then what I know now. When I began my Jiu Jitsu journey my diet wasn’t terrible compared to the average household, but it was nowhere near what I needed and didn’t change until I was a few years into college.

At this time I was training Jiu Jitsu every day, and like most, completely addicted. My teammates were a mix of hobbyist and pro- fighters, with a handful of guys like me. It was a breeding ground for competition, and everybody was interested in what the others were eating and what supplements they were taking. This was my first experience in which nutrition sounded like it mattered. Coincidently I was writing a paper for school about the food industry; the information I was exposed to influenced and inspired me to look at my own diet and see where I could make improvements. The diet I have now, 10 years later, has worked well to supply me with the necessary fuel to improve and then maintain my performance level. Not only that, but helps secure my place on the mat for years to come.

09Feb2015

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!

13Dec2014

Thanks to popular demand, you can now purchase gift cards online! Click the link below and buy full hour and half hour massages for everyone in your family. With a choice between Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage, you'll find a great match for all the people on your gift list.

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