Are you going around in circles?

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Hope and Courage

“My awareness (to the balance of nature) opens to the creative energy of the universe (directed by God) as I walk into the fulfillment of the future (hope and courage).”

– Maria Elena Alberici, AKA – Maria Lauren

 

Going around in circles is okay if you’re dancing but it’s not fun if you’re just dealing with the everyday stuff of life!

I find that when I have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, my functioning in the present is all out of sync. Thinking as a singer/musician, it’s impossible to perform a jazz song, if your head is doing rock-n-roll.

Life has a rhythm and every day the song is different. Being aware of your breathing and the beating of your heart can give you a clue to the song that you are living. If you don’t like the song, then change the channel or stop to reboot.

 

Take a break…

Do something positive that will put a smile on your face. Read something motivational, maybe a devotional or you can journal, meditate, pray, listen to music or an inspirational podcast.¬† Relax-n-Renew is a good resource of mini Guided Imagery with soothing music. It’s like taking a mini vacation! ūüôā

Starting my morning with a heart of gratitude always makes me feel better. I also like to do some kind of stretching or exercise to warm up my body while being in a prayerful state of thanksgiving.

Of course, there are those mornings, like today! You see, yesterday I varied my workout, a good thing to do, but today my body is screaming at me. Uhg!¬†ūüė¶¬†To get the kinks out, I stretch on my incline board/slant board where I start with very slow and mindful movements.¬†

I enjoy doing different forms of exercise and if I can do it outdoors, even better. At the beach, the air is so delectable! It’s a great place to do Yoga or Tai Chi with the focus on deep breathing meditation.

“Inhale new energy; exhale old energy.”

 

The Wheel…

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On the theme of going around in circles. The yoga pose called, The Wheel, is a challenge that keeps my core flexible and my limbs strong. Being 66 years on this earth, I use this move as part of my mental youth meter.

The Wheel used to be easy for me until two years ago, when I fractured my arm in two places. Since then, I have been slowly easing myself into this posture. 

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To train my body for The Wheel, I do the same stretch with the support of a big ball.

The Yoga pose, Cobra also helps to stretch my abdominal and back muscles while The Plank pose helps strengthen my arms and core for this feat. 

Starting with the month of October is the arrival of Halloween and consecutive months of holiday celebrations which could be fun and stressful. I am getting a jump-start to keep the months ahead balanced and healthy. As I center my whole being on my breath, strength and resiliency, the distractions and worries of life no longer affect my nerve center in a negative way. I am grateful for the moment.

 

Final thoughts…

When I’m driving through life and I ignore my body’s speed limit and the environmental conditions, I may get stuck in the mud. My wheels go round and round, splattering mud everywhere but going nowhere. That’s when I need help to get back on the road of life.

Thank God for my circle of family and friends, especially those who hold me up in prayer.

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“The circle of well-being balances strength and flexibility supported by a circle of family, friends and prayers.”

– Maria Elena Alberici, AKA Maria Lauren

 

Do you have a circle of prayers around you and your loved ones?

Wishing you peace,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

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Yoga and Tai Chi to release stress and increase health!

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“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

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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

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