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Yoga for Stress Reduction

Constant stress can have extremely damaging health effects. In fact, it is the foundation for nearly all disease. I wrote a post about this awhile back that you can read here.

In this post I discussed the many ways in which our bodies experience stress and how regardless of the source of stress be it, emotional, poor sleep, inflammatory foods, and even excess or high intensity exercise, etc., our body responds the exact same way in an effort to handle the stress at hand.

If you are in a state of HPA-axis dysfunction (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis dysfunction), a more accurate description of what is commonly diagnosed as “adrenal fatigue”, choosing an appropriate exercise is extremely important. If you choose exercise that is too intense for you, you will only be making matters worse as this can be an additional source of stress, triggering inflammation and be a withdrawal on your bodies system rather than a deposit.

If you’re reading this thinking, “What in the world is she talking about?..I have never heard of “HPA-axis dysfunction” or “adrenal fatigue”, please go read or listen to this podcast by Chris Kresser. He does a fantastic job of explaining all of this much better than I ever could and specifically how all of this relates to our choice of appropriate exercise.

After reading or listening to that podcast, you will have a better idea of if you are choosing the right exercise or not based off some telltale symptoms of HPA-axis dysfunction, including  a reduced exercise tolerance or decreased performance in whatever activity you are doing.

If in fact you find that you need much more gentle and restorative exercises based off o your current state of health like yoga, I have discovered an amazing online program I highly recommend and personally use myself!

After having my first baby and then becoming pregnant with my second only a year and a half later, I realized Yoga and lots of walking was exactly what my body needed to keep me moving but not over tax my system. This was a hard transition for my naturally competitive self after years of Crossfit, which I also loved, but in this new season of life, my body just couldn’t handle the intensity that I could before.  So, I joined Nautilus Family Fitness in Paris Texas specifically for their Yoga classes and fell in LOVE with them. I highly recommend their classes to anyone!! I was able to consistently go to their classes 2-3 times a week all through my second pregnancy and felt great because of it.

However, after baby number two came along, and with how much traveling our family does, I found it hard to consistently make it up to the classes.

This is where MyYoga Works has become a LIFESAVER! I absolutely LOVE this online yoga program.




This program has 1,000’s of yoga and pilates videos for the beginner, intermediate and advanced. When searching for a video you would like to do, you can customize your search with the level of intensity you want, length of time you want that day (5 minutes up to 90 minutes), what you want to focus on (arms, legs, core, etc.) specific benefit you want (calming, energizing, prenatal, postnatal, fitness, pilates, kids yoga etc.), and even the teacher you would prefer.

I have been a member of this online program for a year now and have never done the same video once and they are all great! What I love most about this program is that I can do it literally anywhere as long as I have my phone or computer on me to pull it up.

Even if you can handle the higher intensity workouts right now, this would be a wonderful complement to your current workout program. Everyone needs a little more yoga in their life for all the wonderful benefits it provides.

If you are interested, you can sign-up for a FREE 14 day trial through the link below. If you decide you like it, it’s only $15 a month after that.



A Tastier Way Way to Reap the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

You may have heard of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar being the miracle drug when it comes to natural remedies, capable of having health benefits for nearly everything including fighting infections and viruses, supporting digestion to helping with weight loss. In fact, it even cured a nasty plantar wart I had a couple years back. While this may be true, if you have tried drinking this stuff before, you also know it gives a pretty hard punch to the throat and is not very pleasant or gracious on the taste buds.

If you wish to reap the many health benefits that Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar provides, but don’t want to gag every time you sip or shoot it it down daily, I think you may like this product I recently discovered!


Vermont Village has created a ‘Sipping Vinegar’ designed specifically for those of you who know how good this stuff is for you, but just can’t bring yourself to drink it or even dilute it and mix it with anything. They have combined organic raw apple cider vinegar with raw whole ingredients that make it a little more enjoyable to consume either straight up or combined with your favorite sparkling water. All of their flavors are free of cane sugar, caffeine, gluten and soy. What’s even better is you can find it at our local Wal-Mart in Paris Texas in the vinegar section!

The two flavors I have specifically tried include the ‘Ginger and Honey’ and the ‘Blueberries and Honey’.

It still gives a slight kick to the throat, but is MUCH more bearable and has a nice flavor with all the natural whole ingredients they have added in. My two year old will take half a tablespoon daily of this stuff straight up if that says anything.

So, in case this is the first time you are hearing that Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is good for you, here is a list of just some of its many health benefits:

  • Is a natural anti-biotic, and also has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
  • aids in digestion
  • relieves symptoms of acid reflux
  • regulates blood sugar
  • improves skin health
  • helps regulate blood pressure and lowers bad cholesterol
  • helps remove toxins at a faster rate from the body
  • aids in weight loss
  • Excellent post workout alternative (rich in potassium which is essential for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses and heart activity )

While Vermont Village has created a product that is more pleasant to the taste buds and doesn’t have such a strong kick to the throat, if you prefer to just buy plain apple cider vinegar, make sure to buy Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

Raw-Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar has gone a fermentation process that regular filtered ACV has not. This fermentation process forms what is called “The Mother”. This is a naturally occurring strand-like enzyme composed of protein molecules, nutrients and beneficial bacteria. “The Mother” will be the brown, somewhat gross looking, sediment stuff floating at the bottom. This is natural, don’t let it scare you. Just shake it up real nice before using it.

How to Use It:

For general health benefits: take 1-2 T. once a day either straight up or diluted in 1 cup of water or other beverage of choice

When you are sick with a virus, bacteria or infection: Increase daily dose of 1-2 T. to every 4-6 hours until symptoms improve

For digestive support: recommended to take 1 tsp. up to 1 T. approximately 15-20 minutes before every meal.

As a post workout drink: 1-2 tsp. of raw-unfiltered apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium and is equivalent in electrolytes to commercial sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade with none of the added sugar and artificial colors and dyes. Just add to a large bottle of water.



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