It is very easy to get weighed down by the gravity of what is going on and feel like there is something more one could or should be doing. I often find when I am struggling emotionally, and feel like things outside of my control are taking over my life, I try to regain some control where I can.
I wanted to make a smoothie that took the very best of a Piña Colada, but made it healthy enough for a happy human body. I think I have achieved that. Warning: this drink is green, but don't let that scare you because it tastes amazing and that green just means it's better for you!
If you have ever thought about meditation, maybe this is a good moment for you to try too. Let's try to send lots of peace, love and calm to the world together! And let's also remember to be kind to ourselves. There is no 'failing' at meditation. Try it and then let it go; the point is not to dwell or judge or criticize.
I will continue this series to share what I am doing to put my journey back into gear. I have been idling enjoying the place where I arrived, but now it is time to push on, to challenge myself, to climb the next hill, to round the next curve because as good as this place is, I know the next will be even better.
But let's be honest, sometimes we want a creamy, sweet yet bitter, melt-in-your-mouth piece of dark chocolate. The trouble with most commercial chocolate is that while it may be dark chocolate, the chocolate has been processed. This recipe uses raw cacao.
Pilates helped my with my specific back issue, but its focus on the core can help with many back issues and, even better, it can help prevent them from happening at all!
Today, I want to focus on another joint: the knees. As an instructor, knees come second only to backs in terms of areas people have chronic or acute problems with. When it comes to the joints we want to build the muscles around the joints to make them bear the load, not the joints and we want to protect the joints from wear and tear.
Smoothies can get a bad rep, but that is usually because they can be very high in sugar with little else to balance that out. Find a balance of fat, sugar and fiber that is not a massive serving size and you will be doing ok.
We want to build strength and flexibility in our practice, but above all else, as a teacher, I want to reduce the risk of injury: both acute and chronic.