How to solve stress and weight loss at the same time

If you are over weight and stressed out you need to do something about it. Exercising would be great for both, you might say sure it will help for weight loss but how is it going to help with stress? Well it has been proven to help with stress but its not necessarily going to help you. But it is worth a try since you are already over weight, and besides everybody needs to eat right and exercise as well. So, the first thing you need to do is find a diet plan that will get you on the right track to losing weight. The second thing you need to do is create a fitness training routine based around exercises that help you workout the parts of your body that need it. There are so many different exercises to do to help your body, reading up on all the different exercises there are will help you.

Creating a fitness training routine can be a little tricky if you have never done it before. You have to make sure you add both upper body and lower body exercises to your workout to insure you get an all around workout. You can workout on fitness equipment for your upper body, and for your lower body you can run, bike, and there are so many other different exercises you can do. Swimming is also a very good activity to participate in, you workout almost every muscle in your body while swimming. An hour of swimming a day will help you burn calories and get in shape really fast. It will also help your breathing which will in turn help your running. You could think about getting involved in playing recreational sports like basketball or softball to help keep you active. Hiking is another great activity you can do, you can even turn it into an event for the whole family.

Whatever you chose to do to stay in shape, a healthy body helps keep a healthy mind. Any cardio activity done before meditation really seems to help you achieve that meditative state better. After all that motion you appreciate the stillness even more.

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Top Three Types of Eco Friendly Yoga Mats

I have practiced yoga for many years and the time has come for me to purchase a new yoga mat. I had originally purchased one of the many cheap mats that can be found at sporting goods stores or discount outlets but my pathetically ancient yoga mat had to go and I and have come to a place in my life where I wanted a quality durable mat. I was very surprised to so many colors, patterns and materials to choose from. I decided to try to get a yoga mat that is eco friendly and came upon three types to choose from.

The first mat that I considered was a yoga mat made from natural organic cotton. The mat is 2 inches thick and is stuffed with organic cotton filaments. The cover is made from organic cotton which can be removed and tossed in the washing machine and dryer for cleaning. It was the most comfortable mat but it was the heaviest since it weighed in at 10 pounds.

The second mat that I considered was a mat made from natural rubber. The mat was made with no PVC or ozone-depleting substances. The rubber provided a slip-resistant surface that was sticky even when it was wet. The natural rubber mat was the most traditional -like mat of the three mats that I evaluated.

The last mat I considered was made from non-toxic TPE. The mat contained the least amount of chemicals and was free of the six most harmful phthalates. The mat had a textured non-slip surface and was very lightweight.

All three mats, the natural cotton, the natural rubber and the non-toxic TPE had their eco friendly properties and all three mats had different options to consider. I ended up purchasing the natural cotton mat since I thought it would be the most versatile and comfortable of all the mats I reviewed.

Using Yoga Props with Difficult Yoga Poses

For a budding yogi, two things always seem to bring disappointment:  inability to meditate and failure to do yoga poses perfectly. But there’s hardly any reason to feel about these things.  Everyone starts out this way, even the great siddhas (practitioners).  You aren’t as flexible as yoga demands because you haven’t trained for it, and you have been accustomed to a lifestyle that promotes stiffness and poor posture (at least, this is true for average people in the west).  The same is true for meditation:  your mind is untrained, out of control.  Now let’s focus on poses for beginners.

Don’t lose confidence in yourself if you can’t seem to do the poses right.  It would be silly to expect you could do a perfect head stand after just a few weeks of training.  It takes many years of steady practice to become adept at yoga.  Even the greatest masters of hatha yoga struggled the way you do now.  The key, as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika states, is to keep practicing.  Only practice leads to success, no doubt about it, the text says.

Besides practice, you should also modify your diet and get regular exercise.  Diet should be primarily a sattvic diet, or a diet rich in light and healthy foods that do not over-stimulate your senses or otherwise make you lethargic. You might also want to get a Thai yoga massage on a regular basis. In Thai massage, the therapist helps you into yoga-like postures, so you can be more flexible.

Now to help you do the poses as best you are able, use yoga props.  You can buy or rent yoga props or make use with whatever you have available in your own home.  The whole idea with props is to assist your body in accomplishing poses where you can’t attain to the “final pose” just yet.  You get closer to it than without the props, and you get more exercise too.

Using props is simple, although some yoga poses may require a more elaborate set up.  Identify the pose you have trouble with, and find the prop that would be most helpful in making it easier for you.  Your yoga teacher should be able to help you.  Otherwise a book that advocates their use may help.

Here are some examples of yoga prop use:

Straps.  Many yoga poses will have you reach for your feet or grasp your hands from behind. If you can’t quite do it (most of us would have a hard time initially), you can use a yoga strap to extend your reach.

Benches.  The inverted poses are definitely some of the most challenging poses of all.  You can find custom benches that are specifically designed to help with the head stand, shoulder stand and other difficult postures.  Please note: When dealing with advanced poses like these, do not attempt to do them alone.  Ask a yoga instructor for help with the props first, and have a friend assist you during a session.

Bolsters.  Bolsters or pillows can help you with backward bends and forward bends.  Their bulk give a better stretch to the spine.

Yoga is not easy.  But with the correct use of yoga props, you can make it easier on yourself, and also more enjoyable and fulfilling.  Check them out at any yoga equipment store and remember to consult with your instructor.

What Relaxation Means for Meditation

A lot of yoga enthusiasts are under the impression that meditation is the same as relaxation.  While it may be acceptable based in the way the word is used nowadays, it is incorrect from the standpoint of true spiritual yoga.  You can relax with yoga techniques – that’s a good thing – but it’s only a means to an end, not the end itself if you ask a true yogi.

You probably hear about how you can “meditate a few minutes each day” to clear your mind and relax your body.  This is not, strictly speaking, meditation.  Instead, you relax to get ready for meditation.  And what’s meditation?  It’s a deeply focused state of mind, free from distractions.  You are immersed in that pure state, not concerned about time, or what you need to do later on, etc.

But why does meditation need relaxation?

Before you can meditate, you have to win no small amount of control over your thoughts.  And if you’re honest with yourself, you should know you have no control over your thoughts right now.  That kind of control is possible only if you can relax the body and mind first.  When you are relaxed, your thoughts also start to quiet down.  That is one of the real uses of relaxation in meditation and yoga.

Thoughts are tied to breathing.  When you relax, your breathing becomes slow and rhythmic. You breathe perfectly when you sleep.  That same kind of rhythmic, deep breathing should occur when you meditate too.  Relaxation helps make that possible.

Now how do you relax?

There is more to it than just one factor.  Your diet is extremely important.  If you eat processed foods, or foods that are hard to digest, deep relaxation is not possible. Your strength is wasted on processing the food.  And your body is poisoned by unhealthy matter.

Then there is also environment.  You should be in a situation where you can do yoga and meditation in peace.  No one succeeds in meditation when they get bothered.

Finally, there is posture.  Yoga exercises help develop good posture.  With proper posture, your body is strengthened, energy flows evenly and your mind is able to relax.

The ideal posture in yoga to relax in is the “shavasana” or “corpse” posture.  You lie down on a yoga mat and relax every inch of yourself.  Don’t let yourself doze off.  You need to relax but not fall unconscious.  With regular application of this and other yoga techniques, you’ll be able to relax yoga-style. Only then can you start to deal with your thoughts and control them.  Meditation comes later.

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Astrology and Meditation

The connection between meditation and astrology is often ignored, perhaps because those who practice one have no interest in the other.  But occultists and “meditator” who do both see a connection between the two.  If you know your astrology, you can use it to your advantage in meditation.

According to astrological theory, the planets and stars leave an imprint on the soul of a person when the latter is born, and throughout life, the ever-changing motions of the planets and signs continue to influence one’s life.  Most people are oblivious to these influences in the same way that they fail to notice what little control over thoughts and emotions they have. Yet when an individual practices meditation and other mental exercises, the astrological influences begin to be challenged.  When you meditate–or more properly, concentrate–you quiet your mind and bring endless waves of desire and passion to a halt, temporarily.

As all mediators know, quieting the mind this way is hard work. The very powers that define your individuality–shown in your astrological chart–seem to work against you and your efforts to meditate. There is no shortcut to dealing with this. You just have to keep at it.  However, one thing you can do to help yourself is to know yourself.  Know your astrological nature, if you want to call it that.

Specific zodiac signs and planets directly affect your mind and your ability to meditate.  Studying your astrology chart will help you see your strong points and weak points, so you can work out a strategy.

For instance, the fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are so often impatient and temperamental.  Not good for meditation.  The air signs, Libra, Aquarius and especially Gemini, are scatter-brained.  It’s unnatural for them to calm their minds when they are always active!  Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo and water signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces have better powers of concentration and introspection– yet they find it hard to be objective about themselves. Often they are very negative people too.

Planets have the same effect.  A powerful Moon makes a person moody and fickle.  The Sun makes one strong-willed and proud.  Mars gives us the desire to succeed.  Venus suggests a lover of comfort who may find it hard to meditate.  Saturn is gloomy.  The outermost planets are generally good for meditation if they are strong in your chart: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are said to open doorways to alternate states of consciousness.

Besides finding out what abilities and hindrances you are born with through your astrology chart, you might also want to wear gem stones and metals analogous to your zodiac sign.  Some people believe these can strengthen them if they wear them.

Another way astrology may influence meditation is through the planetary hours.  Each hour of the day, each day of the week, are said to be ruled by certain planets.  Theoretically, you may get better results in meditation and yoga if you do them in specific times when this or that planet or sign is ruling.

If you feel you aren’t making progress in meditation, you might want to venture into astrology and see if its insights are any help.  Self-understanding is vital to success in meditation and yoga, and astrology may be able to give you that.

What To Look For In Buying An Inversion Therapy Table

Inversion table

Inversion reverses the flow of lymph in the body and helps you see things from another perspective

Some people use inversion tables and other methods of increasing blood flow to the brain before they meditate. If you have ever thought about it keep these things in mind.  There is wide selection of inversion tables in the market so getting the best inversion table for inversion therapy will be a bit tricky especially if you don’t know what you should be looking for in an inversion table. So, in this post, we will talk mainly about the things that you should look for in an inversion table when you are still at the shopping around for the best inversion table that you can use for inversion therapy.

What To Look For In An Inversion Therapy Table?

• Quality – The best quality inversion tables are those that are manufactured by dependable and reliable companies. They are the manufacturers known for producing top – of – the – line quality inversion products which are well – engineered and constructed using high grade materials.
• Safety – if you can afford inversion tables with UL – certificates, you can expect them to have a medical grade quality so they are the safest to use for daily inversion therapy.
• Durability – Inversion tables which are made of steel and have passed a series of engineering and weight load test are the most durable and long lasting. You can also tell that a product is durable if it has a very good warranty. A 5 – Year warranty is an excellent warranty found in the best inversion therapy tables.
• Complete Inversion Angles – The best inversion table should allow you a full – 90 degree inversion. Some inversion tables don’t allow full upside – down inversion so you will be missing the challenge and benefits of full inversion.
• Excellent Features – Great features and special upgrades matters but they are not really a priority. However, they make inversion more intense, challenging, comfortable, relaxing, and truly rewarding.
• Adaptability – The best inversion table for you must conform to your height, weight, body type and build, and inversion needs.
• Easy and Quick Assembly – you will save time and effort and you can start inverting right away if you will consider an inversion table that is easy and quick to set up/assemble.
• Convenience – As much as possible, pick an inversion table that folds for easy storage so you will be saving a lot of floor space if it is not being used.
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Reasons to meditate



There are probably as many reasons to meditate as there are people but there are few categories that the reasons distil into.  Meditation can improve your physical health, your mental health and your spiritual health.

Meditation is the ability to “Stop the World”  Or stop your mind from spinning around and creating the world.  When you begin the practice of meditation you begin practicing control over yourself.  When you learn to calm your mind all sorts of wonderful things happen.  The chemistry of the brain and the body start to change after only 17 seconds of deep meditation.  You begin to build a deep reservoir of peacefulness that you can draw on when things become stressful.  You begin to be free from the fears and the worries that hold you down and create more chaos in your life.  You have the internal space to make choices rather than to be controlled by situations that arise.

Physically meditation has been shown to reduce high blood pressure, increase immune response, release new levels of energy, I has been shown to increase flow of air to the lungs even when at rest.  The body’s metabolism is like a fire.  Fire requires oxygen to burn.  The more oxygen the fire has the faster and hotter it burns.  When you meditate, especially when you do a breathing meditation that increases the length and breadth of  breaths you take you are training your subconscious to take over and breathe that way all the time.  Increased respiration means your metabolism runs higher and more efficiently. That makes it easier to lose weight, and makes everything in the body run better.  It’s hard to believe sitting around meditation can help you lose weight effortlessly but its true.

Spiritually meditation makes it easier to hear your own truth.  The person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with a theory.  Being willing to be still and mediate will open you up for experiences in truth and expansiveness that no doctrine could ever clearly communicate.  Meditation will not nullify anyone’s religion it will take you on to a plane to experience it at a whole other level.  I invite you to investigate meditation for yourself.



Ride the Brain Wave to Better Meditation.

Brain wave patterns with frequencies noted

Your Brain Wave on paper

What do brain waves have to do with meditation you may ask, well everything.  The rate at which your brain is emitting frequency determines the experience you will have in your body.  The ‘monkey mind exists and flourishes in the Beta state.  This is where you are talking laughing scratching and entertaining yourself while trying to get into the meditation mode.  Going over conversations and things you should have said and this is where nothing productive happens, it’s just party chit cat.  When in this mode you have to learn to take control of your emotional state and choose to slow down the rate of your brain waves.  You can do this through a variety of induction methods.  Anything from concentration on your breath to relaxing each individual muscle in your body to listening to a guided meditation can work the main thing is to go from chit chatting to listening.

When you slow your frequency down just a little you drop into Alpha state.  This is a wonderful state for creative visualization third eye exercises and visualizing and creating a more wonderful life for yourself.  It’s also where a lot of shamanic work happens, in the middle world.  For most beginning meditators  just getting here can be a major victory.  It is also a place where Auras start to become visible.  So to be able to drop your frequency a little while everyone around you stays in beta can give you a whole new insight to the people around you.  This is the state most artists are in while they create their great works.

True meditative power comes from theta frequencies though.  The skill here for most westerners is to slow things down enough to stay in theta and not drop right through it to delta and we are used to doing when we stretch out and go to sleep at night.  Theta is were the still small voice really holds sway.  It is like standing inside your mind and knowing how big the universe really is.  There are often feelings of respect and humility at the hugeness of the universe or a feeling of galactic connectedness when we finally make it here.  Tantric meditations are good at leading us to this place and musical brain entrainment can be invaluable for showing us the difference between the states.

Delta and there is a sub delta frequency called gamma can be a part of the meditative process as well.  There are people who excel at lucid dreaming and find that by changing the script of the dream they can affect waking reality. There are native american Shamans who are really skilled at this and some of the work by Carlos Castaneda talks about this somewhat although I would consider his information corrupted by all the use of psychotropic substances he ingested during the 70′s.  It was a different time but I consider shamans who can develop meditative skills through discipline far greater than those who use drugs to induce themselves.

Now that you know what behavior is happening while the brain is emitting certain frequencies, you can use that to notice where you are at, how much chatter is going on in your own brain and set the intention to experience a different state than where you are at.  That is the beginning and end of meditation and it is the key to living a happy life.


How to get started with Meditation

Meditation hands

Meditation for Energy

Many people have heard that meditation is good for them or would like to try it because people they see that meditate are so peaceful but really don’t know where to start.  There are many different techniques that can be employed to start meditating.  It is really just a matter of taste.

My advice is to start with some guided meditation.  It is the easiest transition for the western mind.  We westerners are used to being entertained every minute of the day but even the  eastern traditions there is the concept of taming the tiger of the mind or as I have heard it so eloquently put, chasing monkeys; you chase one thought monkey down the street and as soon as you catch one two more appear and take off in opposite directions.  This is the conscious mind trying to maintain control by showing you how useful it is, but meditation is about getting out of conscious thought and letting other parts of your mind have precedence.

To become truly powerful at meditating you have to learn to make your brain operate at a different frequency.  It is kind of like working a muscle out to become more powerful too.  At first you will be very weak with it and may not even notice when it happens.  There have been studies though that have shown that 17 seconds of a meditative state are enough to create profound chemical changes in the brain and body and will create tremendous lifestyle differences too.

So don’t feel like a failure it you can’t take more than 20 minutes of it your first week or two of practice.  In fact I would recommend some brisk exercise, either a walk around the block or a little jumping around and dancing to your favorite music or a little yoga to get the pump primed so to speak and to get your mind on your breathing.  Then about 10 minutes of trying to meditate.  If you can get two good peaceful minutes out of,  was a raging success.

Breathing is really the key to most meditation techniques because the rate of respiration effects frequency at which the brain functions which affects every other part of your metabolism.

You can induce meditation through any of your senses. There are Tibetan works of art called Yantras that you can gaze on to distract your mind while you meditate.

Sound is also a powerful meditation inducer.  The brain is always working at some frequency, that is how it communicates with the rest of the body but frequencies are wave forms and like two tuning forks in the same room ring one and the other will feel the waves put off by the other and it will begin to vibrate at the same speed and ring in the same pitch.

Your brain does this with music which is why Tibetan bowl or drumming can be a great way to be induced I think it is why I love guided mediation as well because the background music entrain the brain to the right frequency and the landscape described by the speaker becomes all that more vivid.

Many Shamanic traditions use sound and there are some very good tools on the market to help you reach the other world of meditation.

Regardless of how low tech (a walk around the block followed by 10 minutes of quiet) or high-tech, (A fully decked out meditation room with Yantras and Bose headphones to induce brain entrainment.)  Meditation has many health benefits and can be the start of a wonderful journey.  I highly encourage you to take the first step and don’t get caught up in the doing of it just take a little time out for yourself and see where it takes you.

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