Pilates Exercise On The Ball Heals Body and Soul

Pilates Exercise On The Ball Heals Body and Soul

When I first laid on a Pilates mat after twenty years of not dancing or doing any sort of physical activity with the exception of walking, surprising and volatile emotions surged up. The first emotion was denial -- I don't need this, I have managed for years without structured exercise. Then there was a deep releasing of regret and grief

How to Walk for Health, Fitness, and Peace of Mind

How to Walk for Health, Fitness, and Peace of Mind

For most people, walking is an activity that requires no thought or intention -- it is rarely even a conscious action. What's more, since walking is such a natural act, we are able to involve ourselves in a host of other activities while doing it. Watching other people walk can...

The History of Qigong, An Art of Healing and Health Preservation

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Qigong, as an art of healing and health preservation, is thought to have originated as early as four thousand years ago in the Tang Yao times as a form of dancing. Qigong, through mind, breathing, and posture regulation, aids in the prevention and treatment of diseases and preserves and lengthens life. Qigong cultivates intrinsic energy (genuine Qi) which is found naturally within all people.

The Why and How of Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing for Body, Mind, and Spirit

Belly dance (by whatever name it is called) is excellent for any age. It is a celebration of womanhood, a dance by women for women's purposes. It can be practiced in preparation for childbirth and after childbirth. This dance has also helped many women who have suffered from PMS and menstrual discomfort...

Tone and Stretch: This Is How We Do It

Tone and Stretch: This Is How We Do It

You might work the upper body one day and the lower body the following day, split up by cardio and repeated. Another strategy is to do a split routine so you can focus on each muscle group separately. Remember they need a break to recuperate because you are focusing on them.

Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

It's that time of year: Bicyclists young and old are lubing chains and dusting off cheap supermarket bikes, top-of-the line Treks and everything in between. A bike, of course, offers a way to get exercise, reduce your carbon footprint or just have fun. But biking activity, in large part, is driven by the pedaling opportunities available in your community.

What Type of Exercise Is Best for Energy?

What Type of Exercise Is Best for Energy?

The most important thing is to get your body moving. If you sign up for a spin class and then never go, it does you no good at all. There are many types of exercise from which to choose and all of them give you energy to one extent or another. Most exercises fit into one of three categories...

How Short Exercise Can Improve Your Health

How Short Exercise Can Improve Your Health

There are a couple of problems that affect people when it comes to exercising for health. One obvious problem is the amount of time it takes. The other is boredom. Many people just don't like to exercise. For this group it's work, drudgery, and even a fate worse than death. There can be another way.

Develop Confidence Using Your Body

Develop Confidence Using Your BodyBoth your brain and your body work in harmony together to help you operate at your peak if you know how to use them. Almost as instantly as the mind thinks something, there is an observable response in the physical body. Let’s do an experiment together. I want you to try an...

How To Be Good to Yourself: The Do's and Don'ts

by Marcelle Pick. The way you treat yourself can make an enormous difference in how your body, mind, and spirit respond. Changing your internal conversation is one key way to turn down the stress and turn up the relaxation. I’ve struggled with these issues, too, and I know how hard it can be to create a new conversation. The key is...

Bellydancing Forbidden Dance

Bellydancing is the last vestige of goddess worship in the Middle East and is in danger of becoming extinct. Bellydancing began as ritual for childbirth preparation in the ancient Middle East. Before Islam and Christianity, when the Mother Goddess was worshipped, sex and childbearing were sacred. During this time, many societies were...

Tai Chi For Health with added benefits of Patience, Perseverance, Tolerance, Discipline and Confidence

Tai Chi For Health with added benefits of Patience, Perseverance, Tolerance, Discipline and ConfidenceThe majority of those who practice tai chi do so mainly for the benefits it gives as an exercise. Tai chi is suitable for people of all ages, particularly those on the wrong side of thirty. The very nature of the art stimulates blood circulation, loosens and limbers up joints and at the same time promotes mental relaxation.

Stretching For Fitness

Have you ever marveled at the amazing flexibility of your cat? Ever felt a warm sense of contentment just watching your dog take a long yawn and then a happy stretch that reaches all the way down to her toes?

Heritage Of Tai Chi

In ancient times, Tai Chi was taught only to members of the Chen family living in a small village in Hopeh Province. One day the grandmaster explained why he had broken one of the strongest family traditions by teaching an outsider the secrets of the art. This is the story of how this occured, related by teachers of this ancient art...

Exercising Just Three Days

New research shows that minor excersing is very benefical to a healthy heart and preventing cardiovascular problems and heart disease. Endurance exercises—such as walking, jogging or cycling for 30 minutes—generate a protein in the heart called Heat Shock Protein 72.

Martial Arts as a Way of Life

Martial Arts as a Way of Life

by F.J. Chu. The wisdom and knowledge that the martial arts offer is something that should be preserved in modern society. The practitioner who views his training as merely a means of self-defense will eventually realize that his efforts are unrewarding. The martial Way is nothing less than self-cultivation and the promotion of virtuous conduct.

Healing Moves: An Ideal Self-Care Strategy

Healing Moves: An Ideal Self-Care Strategy

by Carol Krucoff and Mitchell Krucoff, M.D. Today, virtually every form of medicine recognizes these basic truths: 1) Simple exercise can have profound healing effects. 2) Specific "healing moves" can help fight illness and enhance health. Healing moves provide an ideal self-care strategy to help prevent, relieve, and...

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