Add Yoga to your Fitness Recipe

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My sister and I (Alberici Sisters) enjoy the practice of Yoga!

Yoga is a versatile fitness practice that is sometimes complex but is as simple as breathing.

There are many types of yoga to appeal to your appetite and fitness level. So it is no wonder that the practice of yoga has grown in popularity by the millions in the past decade. What’s more, yoga can crossover and enhance your physical activity of choice.

Here is a menu of the most popular types of yoga and how they can benefit you.

Hatha Yoga is a basic yoga practice of holding poses or postures with the emphasis on body alignment along with deep breathing. Believe me, it takes strength, balance and flexibility to hold a yoga pose. Some poses are more complex than other poses, so choosing the right class for your fitness level is imperative as well as having a teacher with a watchful eye. For instance, just a slight difference in the position of the hips, upper body or feet can completely change the way the posture feels. Some prefer this type of class because it is slower and less flowing.

Vinyasa Yoga is a more flowing style of yoga with one posture going into another posture such as Sun Salutation. You can work up a sweat with this type of class especially if it is a more advance class sometimes called, Power Yoga. I wouldn’t recommend a Vinyasa Yoga class to a beginners or anyone suffering with injuries because there is a lot of going up and down from one plane to another. When I introduce Vinyasa movements in my classes, I do it at a slower pace and offer modifications to my participants.

Yin Yoga is a slow type of yoga that focuses on releasing stress in your joints and connective tissues. Usually, there is a lot of mat work near the floor which is a good support if you are recovering from surgery or an injury. It is a safe class for beginners and an older population.

Restorative Yoga uses props and sometimes the support of a chair. Restoring your body and mind through meditative breathing while doing simple yoga poses and stretches may allow you to release stress. It can be beneficial if you are recovering from burn-out or trying to avoid burn-out.

Kundalini Yoga use mantras and chanting to engage your body, mind and spirit with the emphasis on deepening your awareness and balancing your energy system into wellness.

My recipe for fitness is incorporating yoga in all the classes that I teach at Kaiser Permanente. As a Lifestyle Educator/Fitness Therapist, I fuse all of these styles of yoga to meet the needs of my patients. Every class is different because every patient has different needs. I add the ingredient of Yoga in my Pilates, Dance and Tai Chi classes too.

Be adventurist and give Yoga a try with a teacher who has a buffet of different exercise techniques available to you.

“Not only does Yoga bring together mind and body health; it also unites people from all walks of life. Yoga is truly for everyone, from kids, to seniors, from fitness enthusiasts to elite athletes.” – American Fitness magazine, Spring 2018

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My daughter, Marianna Riccio finds that practicing Yoga enhances her fitness.

May you find fitness to be delightfully delicious! 🙂

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

Your Powerful LIFE blog

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“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.

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How I made Healthy Living a Career

The road to well-being was a narrow wilderness when I was growing up but I always felt it was a play ground to be discovered.

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Most days, you can catch me enthusiastically promoting the benefits of exercise for the Center for Healthy Living at Kaiser Permanente. As a Lifestyle Educator, I am happy to bring a lifetime of experience in fitness and healthy to the patients and employees there.

My parents diligently pursued the narrow path to health and brought up their nine children on whole foods that were not processed. My father developed a passion for health early on because he was sickly as a child. So, I was raised on a plant-based diet… no sugar or white flour. When I brought whole wheat bread to my school lunch room, it was not cool! Mind you, this was back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, when most everyone ate white bread.

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The Alberici Family were pioneers in healthy living and eating a plant-based diet.

The value of exercise was in-grained in me by my parents example. There were many books on Yoga and body-building around the house and I loved to read them and imitate the illustrations. This was way before You Tube, fitness videos and CDs.

This healthy way of living led me to being the first woman to win two national fitness titles in one year.

It makes my heart smile to know that my daughter Marianna follows a passion for being fit and motivating people as a certified fitness professional.

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Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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“You are the Architect that reconstructs your body, mind and spirit. You are the Chemist that mixes your own formula for success. You are Scientist that creates your own method. You are the Mathematician that makes your life count.” – Marianna Riccio

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No matter where I traveled… I brought fitness and health with me. There was a big chunk of time where I worked as an Entertainer but I always made exercise part of my daily routine.

Most of my showbiz adventures were shared by my sister, Linda. We (Alberici Sisters) wrote a book about it! Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, captures backstage stories of the entertainment icons with whom my sister and performed.

My Kaiser Permanente Journey… started over fifteen years ago in Los Angeles at the Sherman Terrace location. At this facility, I taught body/mind techniques to patients in pain medication rehabilitation.

Then, I brought fitness to the Kaiser Permanente location in Woodland Hills, where I taught the nurses working the night shift. Word got around and I was easily persuaded to teach a variety of exercise classes to the patients and other employees there.

Presently, I am leading fitness classes at the Panorama City, Mission Hills and Santa Clarita facilities. Here, I am proud to be a part of a wonderful team and the members in my classes make my day! We share a sense of family and for this I am grateful.

Hope your Holidays are full of grateful moments.

Be well and be fit,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

you_got_the_power_logo_maria_lauren_riccioThis 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 copyrighted.