Play-out vs. Work-out!


You Got The Power!

Do we really have to work so hard to be fit and successful? No. Why not let your body do what comes naturally when you groove into fitness? Discover the many wonders happening within you that you may not even realize:

  • cells being renewed…
  • bones being fortified…
  • muscles made stronger…
  • organs and glands working in harmony with each other….

Start with a smile that starts from the inside out. Shake out all tension. Appreciate the miracle of life and you. Stretch out your muscles that might be tight. And most importantly, do it all with deep breadths.

Try this Deep Breathing Meditation that you can do when ever you need to release stress… whether at your desk, while exercising or when you can take a moment to be mindful of your breathing and feelings:

Inhale new energy into your body, exhale old energy out of your body.

Breathe in joy, breathe out sorrow.

Breathe in love, breathe out neglect.

Breathe in peace, breathe out anxiety.

Through the pattern of your breath, you will begin to find your groove. Get out of the house or office and take some deep breaths outside in the fresh air while appreciating the beauty of nature.

When you begin to move and groove, you will begin to find a sense of yourself. Make fitness fun. Go for a walk and talk with a friend. Laugh. Put your favorite music on and dance. Get your Zen on and do some Yoga. Meditate with the movements of Tai Chi. Find your core strength through Pilates.

Being healthy and fit has always been a part of my life, a part of my being. You see, I don’t think it should be something you strive for but something that is a part of you.

I feel blessed to teach the benefits of fitness as an exercise instructor and a lifestyle educator at Kaiser Permanente where each patient is valued and unique. I can’t help but smile when I see exercise participants making a decision to actively become more healthy. This positive spirit is evident whether I am teaching a group or training someone personally.

Variety is the spice and sweetness of fitness and life. Are you feeling spicy and strong (ready to sweat) or sweet and gentle (ready to breathe deeply)? Follow your groove while discovering the benefits of Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga or whatever makes you feel more alive. Awaken your senses and challenge your body to thrive.

Wishing you the blessings of healthy living,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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Yoga and Tai Chi to release stress and increase health!


“Breathe into well-being with a grateful heart.”

– Maria Lauren, (AKA Maria Elena Alberici)

Who doesn’t want some stress reduction? The stress hormones that are produced by your adrenal glands are decreased when you take a deep breadth while paying attention to specified Yoga postures or Tai Chi movements.

The brain has an effect on your well-being, the subcortical regions of the brain, to be exact. Most exercise dominates the cortex part of the brain. However, the meditative practice of Yoga and Tai Chi dominates the sub-cortex region of the brain. What a relief!

Self-awareness and self acceptance is increased as new energy fills your body when you inhale and old energy leaves your body when you exhale. No one is perfect but you are renewing yourself with every breath heightening introspection into the connection between your body and mind. As you meditate and/or pray with a grateful heart, a positive and rebuilding nature lifts your spirits too!

Your focus to breathing and movements helps with your concentration, memory and circulation flow to your brain and the rest of your body.

“Calmness is achieved by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other forms of exercise which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system providing a fight-or flight sensation. Yoga has also been shown to lower the levels of hormone neurotransmitters – dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine – which creates a feeling of calm.” – Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, 2013, 2011


The following symptoms are reduced or alleviated through practicing Yoga and/or Tai Chi:

Arthritis, Cancer, Migraines, Constipation, Diabetes, Depression, Back pain, Chronic pain, Chronic bronchitis, Asthma, Parkinson’s disease, Menopause…

If you haven’t explored a Yoga or Tai Chi class, what are you waiting for? The benefits are wonderful. As a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente, I teach many different forms of exercise including Tai Chi and Yoga.

  • A shout out to AFAA and NASM re-certification program for fitness enthusiasts and experts to update their knowledge with the latest in health and fitness.

Wishing you all health and vitality,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My website



“Your Powerful LIFE” is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment… It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyright.