I thought I;d leave you with a few motivational pictures to contemplate this week rather than bombarding you with a bunch of stuff. Enjoy them and check out the fabulous idea for saving money to treat yourself once you reach a goal.

 

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Found on Facebook.

Another Facebook find.

Another Facebook find.

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Clever idea posted on Facebook: Save $1 every time you complete a workout. When you've achieved a small goal or milestone, celebrate with the saved cash.

Clever idea posted on Facebook: Save $1 every time you complete a workout. When you’ve achieved a small goal or milestone, celebrate with the saved cash.

 

 

 

 

This past weekend I finished up the last class needed for my 200-RYT. I’ve got YogaFit to thank for not only giving me an affordable way to earn a yoga certification but also for being so supportive and helpful to both me and my husband regarding our daughter. Everyone loved her and gave his aching back a break by snatching her away when possible; and I was allowed to breastfeed on demand.

To put it bluntly, they’re awesome! And needless to say, the Wee One stole many hearts. If you’re looking into getting a yoga certification, check them out. They may appear to be non-traditional at first (I thought they were but needed a route I could afford at the time I started), but they really try to convey the essence of yoga in addition to giving you the tools necessary to teach in an infinite number of ways–that one way which is uniquely yours. They may or may not be the program you ultimately decide to go with but they have some great pros, including:

  • Pay as you go, per class
  • Great conventions
  • Experienced, kind instructors (and, sometimes, pets)
  • Excellent staff
  • They take the GI Bill and the military spouse MyCAA Scholarship
  • They offer the 200- and 500-hour RTY programs, and a 100-hour YogaFit for Warriors certification designed to help the military cope with the stresses of daily life, PTSD, trauma and so forth
  • It’s looking good for their therapy certification (crossing fingers the IAYT approves their program)
  • Classes are offered across the country, and in several countries too

I have had a hard time finding anything negative to say, but I suppose if there is anything, it would be that so much of their apparel and yoga accessories are cute and expensive. Still, with that said, I’ve had a great time earning my 200-RYT and hope to continue onward.

Switching tracks, below are some yummy recipes that have collected themselves in my inbox over the past month. Drool, save them, give them a try, and let me know how you like them!

Maple Butternut Squash Smoothie

Crock-pot Cinnamon Applesauce

Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Granola Bars

Apricot Banana Walnut Granola Bars

Coconut Cinnamon Raising French Toast w/Blueberry Yogurt Sauce

GF Muesli Breakfast Muffins

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Southwestern Chicken Casserole

Healthy Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos with Guacamole

Spicy Detox Salad

Winter Warming Soups

Veg-friendly Bowls

Finish w/Something Sweet

Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies

Being caught up in motherhood and rereading the course material for my YogaFit Level 5 class in order to finish up my 200-RYT, I completely forgot to do a post last week! I’m terribly excited about completing this certification. My journey with yoga since 2008 has been a roller coaster. I’ve had amazing instructors who encouraged me to pursue my certification as I was able to afford it; I’ve had an instructor who chided me for teaching a yoga-Pilates mixed class while she was gone (I thought I was doing both her and the gym a favor) and it got a little personal and territorial (not the idea of yoga, by the way); my heart’s been crushed by some hard-nosed business personnel and I’ve scraped by on small paychecks; my students have uplifted and encouraged me in more ways than I can mention.

I also plan on pursuing another line of holistic practice, essential oils through doTERRA. I’m extremely interested in seeing if this is a viable option to expand not only my personal practice in well being but also that of my students, friends and family. I’m also hoping that this becomes a thriving business to help supplement my family’s income in order that we obtain the goal of being debt free.

Linked to Amazon page

Linked to Amazon page

Now, onto the review. As I said, I’ve been rereading the Level 5 course material, and Natural Prozac: Learning to Release Your Body’s Own Anti-Depressants is one of the books. Dr. Robertson’s theory revolves around the fact that the brain’s chemicals can be altered by both one’s thoughts and the things one does. Neurotransmitters increase and decrease according to our thought and action patterns, and if these patterns are sustained they can created a new brain baseline. If one consumes certain foods, reduces exercise and daily activities, and regularly has negative thoughts, the brain’s baseline chemicals alter in a way that will promote depression. In the first part of the book, Robertson discusses two types (of three, the third being genetic, which he briefly touches upon):

  • Satiation-type depression: described chemically as low levels of seratonin, dopamine and norepinephrine; these people seek to avoid situations and activities that create anxiety and stress in their lives.
  • Arousal-type depression: described chemically as low levels of seratonin and high levels of dopamine and norepinephrine; these people seek to avoid dealing with their feelings by engaging in situations and activities that create anxiety and stress.

Robertson continues by saying that he believes (as I do) that by altering the foods one eats, the activities one does (including increasing exercise), and practicing cognitive restructuring can increase seratonin levels and balance out dopamine/norepinephrine levels, minimizing or even curing depression, always with doctor and/or therapist supervision of course.

The second half of his book is dedicated to a discussion of the tools he uses (diet, exercise, nature, music, journal writing, entertainment, and spiritual/religious practices), a regimen for each kind of depression, and final words of encouragement.

Overall, I think Robertson’s book is a great self-help guide that can assist those struggling with depression in learning how to identify the root causes of their malady, pinpoint their trigger situations and feelings, and slowly change their behaviors into healthier habits that will positively affect body, mind and even spirit. He gives excellent case studies of patients, with named changed of course, as well as going through the various ways depression can occur and how one avoids dealing with is in minute detail. I also like how he promotes positivity throughout the book, encouraging the reader that 1) there is hope and 2) the power lies with them.

I think that those searching for a way to alleviate the dark oppression depression brings can benefit from Robertson’s tools with doctor/therapist supervision. When one struggles with depression, it is always best to have a team of supporters to help one stay on track. In conclusion, then, I recommend this book because I find it enlightening, uplifting, and easy for the common lay reader to understand (one doesn’t have to be a doctor to translate the terminology, thank heavens).

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Author Note: I am not a doctor, psychologist, therapist or in any way linked with the medical community. This is merely a suggested reading, not a prescription to help minimize or cure depression. If you are suffering from depression, believe you may be suffering from it, or are having dark, violent or suicidal thoughts, please seek immediate medical attention. The sooner you get help, the better your odds are at coping with and/or alleviating your symptoms through an appropriate treatment plan.

January 2014 Articles

January 2, 2014

The new year has arrived. I hope you all have made some intentions to stick to. I know I’ve made quite a few which I’m excited to try and maintain and/or reach! To help you along the way, here are some articles that might pique your interest! Happy New Year and good luck to you all!

 

6 Ways the “Golden Spice of Life” Can Heal Your Body

Turmeric “Tea”

Protein Today: Are Consumers Getting Too Much of a Good Thing?

Training for Body-Mind Resilience

Extreme Conditioning Programs: High-Risk or Vulnerable Risk Takers?

Exertion Rhabdomyolysis

Is Any Workout Worth the Risk? (More on “Uncle Rhabdo”)

Lower-Body Causes of Back Pain

Yoga as Therapy for Postpartum Clients

6 Tips to Soothe Dry Skin