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Intimacy. Skin Improvement. Weight & Weight Loss. Helpful Chart For Anyone Who’d Like To Continue Living. Fit Tip: Improve Your Posture in a Snap! Like many little girls, I spent a majority of my youth in ballet slippers perfecting my arabesque and chassé.

Fit Tip: Improve Your Posture in a Snap!

I dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina. Within weeks of my first lesson I became obsessed and proclaimed to my parents that I would only walk around our home on my tiptoes. While my ballet days are far behind me, there is one thing that has stuck with me: Posture! For me, it’s something I haven’t had to think about—and for that I am grateful. However, for some ladies it’s a habit that haunts them throughout their days…and they might not even know that it could be undermining their fitness efforts! In light of this month’s theme to “Be Better,” I thought posture would be an appropriate topic to cover. A few more pointers… If you’re sitting… Remember to keep your neck and back in line. If you’re standing… Keep most of the weight on the balls of your feet with your neck and back in alignment, with your stomach tucked in and shoulder blades pulled back.

And there you have it! Vacuuming the Lungs. By Paul Ford How to breathe deeply when you're nervous.

Vacuuming the Lungs

This morning I went to a studio and recorded some writing for eventual radio broadcast. During my readings, I could not get my breath. I sucked in as much air as I could between takes, took off my sweater, wiped my brow, pushed away the chair and knelt on the floor, took a break, and sipped water—but no matter what I tried, I would find myself gasping by the end of every second sentence. Because of this, I couldn't get back to the calm, measured reading I'd rehearsed. My girlfriend is an opera singer and performance studies expert who has spent years working on breathing, so I asked her what to do next time. 1. 2. 3. All-Natural Sleep Aids. Do you have trouble falling asleep at night but dread the idea of taking sleeping pills and dealing with potential side effects?

If you’re looking for alternate ways to induce the zzz’s, here are some natural remedies that can help lull you into dreamland. MelatoninMela…what? This natural hormone, which is made by the body’s pineal gland, is available over the counter, and many health experts say it can safely help you get drowsy before bed (it may even have immune-stimulating and antioxidant benefits, too). But, as with all herbal and natural remedies, it’s best to get your doctor’s OK first. “High levels of melatonin may raise the level of another hormone, prolactin, aggravating the risk of depression or infertility,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, an internist and the author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! Awareness Breathing Does your mind race with thoughts and worries in bed?

YogaWhat can a few downward-facing dogs do for your sleep quality? The Best Time To Go To Sleep? Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of ‘Fight or Flight’ By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M.

Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of ‘Fight or Flight’

Grohol, Psy.D. on May 4, 2013 A new study reveals that practitioners of meditation experience changes in gene expression that are the exact opposite of what occurs during the “flight or fight” stress response. Specifically, genes associated with energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, insulin secretion, and telomere maintenance are turned on, while those involved in inflammation are turned off. These effects are more significant and consistent for long-term practitioners. People who practice simple meditation aren’t “just relaxing,” explained the study’s senior author, Dr. It’s been shown that repeating a yoga pose, prayer, or mantra while disregarding other thoughts protects against anxiety and depression as well as physical conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and types of cancer that are exacerbated by stress.

All of the subjects’ blood samples revealed changes in gene expression following meditation.