In Sanskrit, yoga means “to yoke” or “to unite” as in the mind, body and spirit. Substantial research has been conducted on the therapeutic benefits of yoga, which includes postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama) and meditation.
The whole of our lives are centered on the breath, yet the breath is something we rarely, if ever truly, pay attention to. The breath serves as our barometer throughout life. We tend to breathe mindlessly. However, none of our daily functions would be possible without a single breath. When proper attention is placed on breathing, a beautiful transformation within the body begins.
Water does not burn fat. That’s true, but it does support weight loss through a series of mechanisms. Did you know that the sensations of hunger and thirst are controlled by the same area of the brain? The hypothalamus, which connects the nervous and endocrine systems and ensures proper transmission of nervous signals between the brain and your glands and organs, is involved in controlling the sensations of hunger and thirst.
If you have attended a gym you must have heard talk about various types of protein powders. Consuming protein powders, whether as a shake or in some other form, is becoming more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. The truth is that protein powders are helpful in very specific circumstances but excess use may be harmful to the body.
For most participants, Pilates is safe enough to do every day and it is recommended that beginners do so in order to obtain the desired rhythm and develop consistency. Once comfortable with the movements, you may want to take advice from Joseph Pilates himself who said, “I recommend four times a week.” Sounds like sage advice.