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Affirmats Easter Yoga For Kids

It's that time of year when we hide easter eggs around the yard and interact with our beautiful children.   Here are some yoga poses you can do with your kids while enjoying the holiday: 1. Pretend to be a Chick or Duck – Squat Pose Come down to a squat with your knees apart and bend your arms, pretending they are the wings of a duck. Then try waddling and quacking like a duck. 2. Pretend to be a Puppy – Downward-Facing Dog Pose Step back to your hands and feet in an upside-down V shape, with your buttocks up in the air, and stretch like a puppy. 3. Pretend to be an Easter Hat – Table Top Pose...

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Affirmats Fruit Tips To Get You Ready For Summer

Fruits and berries are among the world’s most popular health foods. This is not surprising, given that they taste incredible. Fruits are also very easy to incorporate into the diet, because they require little to no preparation. 1. Apples The apple is high in fiber, vitamin C and numerous antioxidants. Apples are very fulfilling, and perfect as snacks if you find yourself hungry between meals. 2. Avocados Avocados are different than most fruits, because they are loaded with healthy fats instead of carbs. They are creamy, tasty and high in fiber, potassium and vitamin C. 3. Bananas Bananas are among the world’s best sources of potassium. They are also high in vitamin B6 and fiber. Bananas are ridiculously convenient and portable. 4. Blueberries Blueberries are...

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Hip Hop Meditation - Russell Simmons

The man who brought us great artists like the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, LL Cool J among others through his record Label Def Jam Records, contributes his success to Meditation, which he has subscribed to for over 20 years. "The first, most important thing about meditation is happiness. You become a happier person when you meditate," he says. With the launch of his new app, Meditation Made Simple  (a companion to his best-selling book, Success Through Stillness) Simmons is sharing his straightforward, no-nonsense take on the practice, which he first adopted in yoga class, and later infused with principles from Transcendental Meditation, a mind-focused style he learned of at a school in South Africa. It's an unorthodox method from a man who knows...

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Affirmats Reasons To Laugh

One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere. Affirmats gives a few good reasons to laugh below: 1. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine. 2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction...

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Affirmats Reasons Why You Should Practice Right Nostril Breathing

Conscious breathing exercises, or pranayama, are a big part of yoga. Particularly with those who are experiencing stress or anxiety. In Western contexts, diaphragmatic breathing is the most commonly known breathing technique but new scientific research is beginning to shed light on other pranayama techniques and their benefits.  Breathing consciously is a powerful act. The process of breathing sits directly at the interface of our voluntary nervous system (aspects of our physiology under our conscious control) and our autonomic nervous system (aspects generally not under conscious control). It’s a direct path for us to communicate quickly to the brain via what we do with our body. It also offers a direct link for balancing the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-relax) branches...

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