Saturday, March 30, 2013
Yoga instructor Melody Lima shares a few breathing practices or Pranayama that you can do at home.
This column was written by Melody Lima, a yoga instructor at the Montclair YMCA. Yoga is the perfect tool for destressing yourself. It all starts with the breath: Slow, long, easy breathing helps to calm the mind, lower the heart rate and allowing the yoga student to observe oneself. Next time you are looking to relax or need a moment to calm your mind and spirit, try one of these Yogic breathing practices or Pranayama. Deep Breathing Lie on your back, palms up, legs slightly separated and relaxed. Begin to consciously release all the muscles in your body and then pay attention to the sound of your breath as you slowly inhale and exhale. Notice your abdomen rising and falling with each breath. If you do not feel comfortable lying down …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Health and Wellness Director of the YMCA of Montclair Washima Solomon offers a few simply ideas to help keep the pounds off
Wednesday, January 30
The following article was written by Health and Wellness Director of the YMCA of Montclair Washima Solomon. The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet is hard to overestimate. It affects everything we do – either positively or negatively. So here are a few simply tips to keep in mind that will help promote a healthy lifestyle. Get mental: Losing weight and adapting a healthy lifestyle is extremely challenging, especially if you have eaten a certain way for years or if you are new to exercising. The key is to start off slow and make realistic short term goals. Don’t compare yourself to others and their accomplishments. Your weight loss journey is just that: Your journey! So, do what you can and pace yourself. Remember, …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
If your New Year's resolution is to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.
If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013. TELL US: Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below.
Friday, January 4, 2013
This mom around town is planning back to school lunches and has some tips to share.
In the spirit of the new year and resolutions galore, we're looking at interesting, healthy lunch box options. Add yours below: Peanut butter and jelly gets boring. Nutella has been a great backup especially paired with some strawberries, but that gets old too. Regardless, both options will be in my pantry for busy mornings but I need some more interesting solutions. Do you have any good lunch box ideas? I asked around and some other moms shared their tips with me. Elise S., mom of two, told me how she brightens up peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches with a little trick. “I sometimes cut them into different shapes with cookie cutters or use a little gadget that cuts the sandwich into a circle with no crusts.” Kids love the “no …