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Sep 12

25 Inspirational Yoga Quotes For More Motivation

By Jessica | Yoga

Yoga is one of the best practices that one should experience. In its entirety, yoga is a deep spiritual discipline that could combine the philosophical, mental, spiritual, and physical elements. Also, most of us don’t know this, but the literal translation of yoga is “A union with the divine”.

When you do a regular practice of yoga, you will slowly develop a very peaceful mind. In fact, most people who start to do the different breathing, muscle strengthening, relaxing, and stretching exercises are convinced that it does have a great effect on the mind and body.

25 Inspirational Yoga Quotes

You can gain more benefits when practicing yoga. Like for example, yoga can help you calm down and make you center yourself in a state of serenity, peace, and tranquility. And at the same time, this kind of practice helps your body develop flexibility.

Here are 25 yoga quotes to help inspire and motivate you in continuing the exercise:

1.  “Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of youthfulness, the science of well-being, the science of integrating mind, body, and soul.”– Amit Ray


2. “Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form.”– Patañjali


3. “Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through a painting, properly nurturing our children, inspired thought, a kindness or an act of peace that will forever move humanity forward.”– Micheline Berry


4. “Yoga is not only a process of the integration of the mind, soul, and body for self-improvement, it is a process of self -acceptance and self -realization.”– Debasish Mridha


5. “Yoga is the process of eliminating pain – pain form the mind, body, and the society.”– Amit Ray


6. “The body is your temple. You should keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”– K.S Iyengar


7. “I was looking for someone to support me, motivate me, inspire me, and keep me focused… Someone who would love me, make me happy, cherish me, and all along I realized that I was looking for myself.” – Unknown


8. “Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.”Bob Harper


9. Yoga takes you into the present moment. It’s the only place where life exists.”– Unknown


10. “The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.”Jason Crandell


11. “Yoga is a method to come to a non-dreaming mind. Yoga is the science to be in the here and now.”– Osho


12. “All kidding aside, if everyone did the yoga practice, we would probably have world peace.”– Rory Freedman


13. “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga, but not the one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.”– Hatha Yoga Pradipika


14. “Each one of us carries the potential to blossom like flowers. When we blossom, petals of our mind open and the fragrance spread far and near.”– Banani Ray


15. “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”– Sharon Gannon


16. “To find happiness and inner bliss through yoga, you need to learn to accept things as they are by changing your thoughts.”– Debasish Mridha


17. “Yoga is not just repetition of a few postures – it is more about the discovery and exploration of the subtle energies of life.”– Amit Ray


18. “Yoga is a light, which was once lit but will never dim. The better your practice is, the brighter the flame will be.”– B.K.S. Iyengar


19. “That is why it is called a practice. We have to practice a practice if you want it to be of value.”– Allan Lokos


20. “Anyone that does not desire or wish to stretch himself will get nowhere in this life. That’s just the way life is.”– Sunday Adelaja


21. “Yoga has a sly and clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that could cause anxiety.”– Baxter Bell


22. “Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal, but do not approach yoga if you have a business mind looking for worldly gain.”– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois


23. “Yoga will make you harmonious with the nature and teaches you to be joyfully curious about your inner world.”– Debasish Mridha


24. “The practice gives you comfort. Expand your experiences regularly so that every stretch won’t feel like your first.”– Gina Greenlee


25. “Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are” – Jason Crandell



Practicing yoga will not remove you from your responsibilities or from the reality of your daily life, rather it is a place where you could firmly place your feet with all your heart in the ground of experience. I hope that these quotes have inspired you further with your practice.


Sep 12

Yoga for Beginners Week One Weight Loss Plan

By Jessica | Yoga

For most people, losing weight can be really hard. However, there are also some people who find it hard to gain weight. If you are one of the former ones, then you’ll agree that it can be incredibly hard to lose weight. You have done different kinds of a workout but nothing is really working.

To lose weight you’ll need a lot of self-discipline and focus. You can achieve both of that with Yoga. Yoga is a practice that targets your mental, spiritual, physical, and philosophical elements. Yoga cannot only give you a peace of mind, but it can also help strengthen your muscles, have a good breathing, and lose weight.


How Often Should You Do Yoga Daily For An Effective Weight Loss?

Consistency is the key to an effective weight loss. So for one week, if you are really keen on losing weight within the week, then I would recommend that you should at least do the practice for 1 hour a day. But if you are not in a hurry in losing weight, then you can at least perform the yoga poses for at least 30 minutes a day.


9 Yoga Poses For Losing Weight

Some of the poses that I will be mentioning, later on, are two-sided, meaning you should perform it on both sides of your body before moving onto the next pose. You should try holding each pose for 30 seconds, meaning 30 seconds for the right side and then 30 seconds on the left. Therefore, each pose should last for 1 minute. After you have finished doing all of the poses for one time, rest for 1 to 2 minutes then repeat all the yoga poses again. You should be able to complete 3 rounds for a total of 30 minutes.

However, for those who want an intense yoga workout, you should perform each pose for 1 minute on each side. This would take you a total of 1 hour.

Now let’s move on to the poses since most of you are beginners, we will start with the easier poses and will gradually get a bit harder. Note: the more challenging the pose is, the more you’ll lose weight.

1. Tree Pose

During this pose, you should probably focus on drawing out your proper balance from your core. Try tightening up your abdominal muscles, this could help you stabilize your body. For beginners, you should try performing this pose by pressing your hands together and placing them in front of your chest. As you gradually gain your balance, slowly bring your hands together above your head.

Hold this pose for 30 seconds/1 minute before moving on to the next pose.

2. Upward Facing Dog

This is a traditional pose that will give you a good stretch on your back. However, you should probably focus a little less on the intense backstretch because you are going to hold for 30 seconds/1minute.

For a proper positioning, you should first lay on your chest with your hands flat on the ground, then slowly push your upper body up along with your knees and hips. The only parts of your body that are touching the ground or mat, should only be your feet and your hands. Instead of focusing on your strength, you should rather focus on drawing out your strength to hold the pose for a full minute or a half.

3. Half-Forward Bend

This pose will target your body’s hips, back, and hamstrings. Before doing this pose, you should first keep in mind a few things.

You should mostly focus on bending from your lower back. How? You need to bring your navel up towards your spine, and then try to ‘suck in’ as you bend your body forward. Also, try to elongate your torso by arching your back and by pushing your butt out. Your back should be on a straight position like the one on the photo.

Try holding this pose for 30 seconds/1minute.

4. Goddess Pose

This pose can be great for your hips, this can be an intense workout for your body’s glutes and quadriceps.

For a proper pose, you should place your feet 3 ½ to 4 feet apart from each other. Then slowly lower down your body, try to go lower until your knees reach a 90-degree angle. You should also focus on pushing your hips a bit forward to increase the stretch of your hips.

After you have achieved the proper position, slowly move your body up and down for 30 seconds/1 minute.

5. Boat Pose

This pose is great for the abs as I have mentioned earlier. Yoga will not make you lose weight, but you can also gain a much leaner body.

However, if you find this pose a bit too challenging you can try bending your knees, but still practice on stretching your legs little by little. Keep your arms and legs as straight as possible, place your hands on either side of your knees. To help keep your balance, keep your gaze on the wall on your front or on your feet.

Hold this pose for 30 seconds/1 minute.

6. Triangle Pose

This yoga pose is great for the hips and the hamstrings. This form is one of those poses that looks easy enough but requires flexibility and strength to achieve the proper position. Step your left or right foot forward for about 3 to 4 feet apart. The foot that is placed forward should be pointed straight out, same with your foot that is on the back side.

If your left foot is the one placed at the front, your left hand should be placed on the ground. If you can’t comfortably place your hand flat on the ground, then you could use a yoga block or any kind of things that you can place on the ground. Then with your right hand, you should point it towards the ceiling along with your gaze.

Hold this pose for 30 seconds/1 minute.

7. Revolved Side Angle Pose

This formation is great for opening up the hips and takes up a lot of strength from your abdominal muscles and quadriceps.

Begin with a plank pose with your toes while placing your palms on the floor or on a block. Slowly step your right foot forward, placing it beside where your hand is. Then, bring your right arm forward to complete the pose. To increase more stretch, you should lift your gaze upward.

Hold this formation for 30 seconds/1minute.

8. Half Moon Pose

If you have trouble reaching the floor, you can use a yoga block like the one in the one in the picture.

To do this pose, you should first place both of your hands on the ground while lifting your right leg to gain balance. Once you get a proper balance, reach your right arm up to the ceiling in a straight line. Also, bring your right leg up into a 90-degree angle. This pose will require you with a lot of focus and concentration, so try focusing your gaze in one place on the wall or floor.

Try your best in holding this position for 30 seconds/1 minute.

9. Warrior III Pose

If you have successfully done the half-moon pose, this pose could be fairly easy for you.

To perform a properly balanced position, stand in a straight then place your arms above your head. The slowly lean your upper body forward, while also raising one of your legs up in the air. Raising your leg half up into the air can be a bit hard, so just keep practicing. This pose will also require you with a lot of focus, so try aiming your attention at one thing, and that is by maintaining your balance.

Try your best at holding this position for 30 seconds/1 minutes.

Final Thoughts:

So here is the best yoga poses for beginners that you can add into your weight loss plan. If you have successfully completed these poses for at least 1 hour a day in one week, then you will certainly achieve the desired amount of weight that you are aiming for. If you want to replace some of the yoga poses above then you can look for more.

Aug 29

7 Fun Ways to Do Yoga for Kids

By Jessica | Yoga

When things get unbalanced or tough, some people spread mats and turn to yoga in order to rebalance the equilibrium.

As we all know, yoga balances are emotions, develop a sense of ourselves and calm our nerves and emotions.

But, what about teaching kids yoga?

With unlimited energy and tirelessly moving around, it seems a little impossible to teach them the calmness of yoga, right?

However, yoga can be transformed from calm and serious to fun with lots of movements by incorporating games that kids will surely love and enjoy.

Here are fun ways to do yoga for kids that will keep them interested:

1. Play the Yoga Style Freeze Dance

Every child loves the game of freeze dance. It is a game where kids get to let loose, turn, twist, shake and dance to their favorite music then suddenly stopping without any notice— stopping or freezing their body when the music stops. There is something about just anxiously waiting for the music to stop which brings laughter and excitement to kids.

How to play:

Simply play a popular or an upbeat song and have the children dance around. When the music suddenly stops, shout a name of yoga pose and have the kids to freeze in that pose. This game should also test their knowledge about the different yoga poses.

It is fun to see which moves faster, their bodies or their minds, as they think and try to do a certain pose.

2. Allow Creativity with Yoga Challenge

This yoga game can be done in various ways. It is good to have a group which is familiar with different yoga poses. If not, then you will need to give them a brief demonstration of several yoga poses first in order to get them familiarized with different yoga poses.

How to play:

You do not just say the name of a yoga pose and your kids to do it. You need to give them challenges in order to come up with different poses.

For instance, you can say:

“I challenge you to do a pose where both hands are on the ground.”


“I challenge you to make a pose which requires you to stay balanced.”

As you add more challenges, you can see how their creativity expands.

3. Have Fun with Yoga Race

Despite the word “race”, this game does not involve letting kids run around. This is a race which does not involve running, rather the students will walk.

How to play:

This game starts with a teacher standing at one end of a room and the kids at the opposite end. When the teacher turns her back, the kids need to walk toward the teacher. The teacher will turn around without notice and shout a pose. The students need to stop where they are and do the pose quickly. The kid that reaches the teacher first will lead the next game.

4. Do the Silly Train

This yoga game strikes the perfect balance of letting the children be their silly and fun selves while still teaching them how to follow instructions.

How to play:

Have all the kids line behind you in a single straight line. Make sure that there is an inch or two of spaces between each student. You who is leading the train will pick a pose which everyone needs to do. When you are ready to start, you will need to lead the train around the room.

Passengers or the kids following should move or dance as silly as they can, while they stay on the train or in line. Once the leader turns around, everyone following must instantly go into the pose that was mentioned. Once you do one lap around the room, you can change the train leader. You can also have some music playing for an added fun.

5. Try A Yoga Obstacle Course

Like any other obstacle course, this game includes different stations which have various challenges. This is a fun way to have competitions and also teaching kids yoga.

How to do it:

You need to place yoga mats in a line and create stations.

In each station, you can ask kids to:

  • Do a yoga pose with a certain prop
  • Do some breathing exercises in a certain condition
  • Do something fun like skipping rope, dancing or doing a creative yoga pose.

6. Teach Shapes Through Yoga

This is a fun and creative way to teach your kids the different shapes and yoga at the same time.


How to do it:

First, you will need to introduce to the kids the different shapes.

After that, list some of the shapes that you would like the kids to learn.

Examples of shapes you can use are:

  • Diamond
  • Hexagon
  • Heart
  • Star
  • Oval
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle
  • Square
  • Circle

Shout a certain shape and watch the kids create different yoga poses in order to pretend the shape mentioned. After they have done the shape, ask them to shout what shape they were.

7. Play “Yogi Says”

Just like the popular children game “Simon, says”, but this one incorporates yoga!

How to do it:

Start by picking someone to be the Yogi. Then the rest of the kids will need to make a single line. The yogi needs to think of a certain yoga pose. The yogi will then shout “Yogi says, (the name of the yoga pose). The kids need to do what the yogi says.

If the Yogi only says the yoga pose without the “Yogi, says” then the kids should not do it. If they did, then you can have them do 5 bunny hops or any other actions as a forfeit.


Teaching yoga to kids can be a challenging task. Kids have a lot of energy to spare. But you can either look at it on the negative side or use that energy to your advantage and make a yoga class very active and fun while having them do some yoga poses.


Aug 29

5 Ways to Lose Belly Fat with Yoga

By Jessica | Yoga

Are you tired of ending your day with stress, pressure, and anxiety?  You’re lucky if you’re not feeling any of these, but sadly, these things are inevitable in this world.

Some people can take all the negativities in their lives by unwinding. So, how do you really unwind? Is it by drinking beer, going out with friends or eating all you want? Well, I must say these things might make you feel good but it is obviously, not a good remedy for having a good health. You might even get a belly fat for these routines. So why not choose to be healthier, or rather end your day with yoga?

What is yoga?

Yoga is a practice of freeing out all the negativities of your life by talking to your body and soul. It is well known as a relaxation process for an individual who wanted to be more productive of himself. It has a lot of benefits aside from relieving the stress; it can also help in losing weight or even losing belly fat. And guess what, this can just take up to ten minutes of time. Even beginners can start in doing this.

Here are 5 Ways to Lose Belly Fat with Yoga:

1. Do the Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose

Cobra pose is the perfect yoga posture to strengthen your abdominal muscles as well as reducing belly fats. This pose should strengthen the abdomen, back, and the entire upper body. This pose also makes the spine strong and flexible.

How to do it:

  • With legs stretched, lie down on your belly.
  • Place your palms underneath your shoulders.
  • All toes and your chin touching the floor.
  • On inhale, raise your chest up slowly by bending backward as much as you can.
  • Hold the cobra pose for 15 to 30 seconds depending on your ability.
  • On exhale, slowly bring down your entire body to the starting
  • Repeat this pose for at least 5 times. Relax for 15 seconds on each round.

Take Note: You should not do this pose if you are pregnant or have hernia, ulcer, or back injuries.

Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UArmfqhbWLk


2. Try the Naukasana or Boat Pose

The Naukasana pose helps in reducing belly fat. It is really good for your stomach and strengthening the leg and back muscles.

How to do it:

  • Lie down on a mat in a supine position— legs stretched together and arms on your sides facing down.
  • On inhale, raise your legs slowly without bending the knees.
  • Stretch your toes and foot outward.
  • Raise your legs as high as you can.
  • Then raise both arms. Keep them straight and attempt to reach toward your toes.
  • Try to bring your body close to a 45-degree angle.
  • Hold this yoga pose for at least 15 seconds.
  • Exhale gently as you release.
  • Repeat this pose for at least 5 times. Relax for 15 seconds on each round.

Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnItUzlz5ao


3. Do the Dhanurasana or Bow Pose

Dhanurasana is the best position in order to strengthen your abdominal core. In order to reach its full potential, you will need to rock back and forth while holding the position. Such motion provides your abdomen a full massage and activates your digestive system. It fights constipation and gives a good stretch to your back.

How to do it:

  • Start by lying down on your belly with arms placed on your side and legs stretched together.
  • Bend your knees and reach your ankles with your arms and hold.
  • On inhale, lift your head then bend backward.
  • Lift your legs as high as possible.
  • Hold the position for at least 15 to 30 seconds.
  • On exhale, bring your body slowly to starting position.
  • Repeat this pose for at least 5 times. Relax for 15 seconds on each round.

Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUA8TCfUlgw


4. Try the Pavanamukthasana or Wind-Relieving Pose

This yoga posture tones the muscles of hips, thighs, and abdomen, relieves lower back pain, improves metabolism, cures constipation, regulates acid levels in your stomach, massages the colon and triggers burning of fat.

How to do it:

  • Lie down in supine position with feet stretched out and heals touching each other and your arms on your side.
  • Bend your knees.
  • On exhale, slowly bring your bent knees toward the chest with your thighs applying pressure on your abdomen.
  • Properly hold your knees in place by holding your hands underneath the thighs.
  • On exhale again, lift your head and allow your chin to touch your knees.
  • Hold this pose for 60 to 90 seconds.
  • Slowly exhale and release your knees.
  • Bring your hands to your side with palms facing the ground.
  • Repeat this pose for at least 5 times. Relax for 15 seconds on each round.

Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UArmfqhbWLk


5. Do Kumbhakasana or Plank

The plank is the simplest yet the most effective yoga pose in order to reduce belly fat. Not only does it reduce your belly fat, but it also helps in strengthening and toning your thighs, buttocks, back, shoulders, and arms.

How to do it:

  • Start on your knees under the hips and your hands directly resting under your shoulders.
  • Tug your toes under and step your feet back, extending your legs behind you.
  • On inhale, slightly look ahead of your palms so your neck is aligned with the spine.
  • Firmly hold in your abdominal muscles.
  • Make your hands flat and fingers spread. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels.
  • Hold this pose for at least 15 to 30 second or more.
  • On exhale, release the pose by dropping on your knees.
  • Repeat this pose for at least 5 times. Relax for 15 seconds on each round.

Take note: If you have shoulder or back injuries or a high blood pressure then try to avoid this pose.

Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE1H0g-1UB8

Repeat these fat-belly burning poses every day or 3 to 5 times thrice a week, spacing with a day off. In order to boost your metabolism, you can do this series of yoga poses during the morning.

This is just a sample for starters in doing yoga. You can add or change any of these positions as desired. This can be done every day or as soon as you feel like doing it. It is a very effective way of losing weight or belly fats. Just don’t forget to eat healthy to top it all off.

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Jan 12

Do You Need Your Own Bullet Journal Fitness Tracker?

By Izzy | Diet , Exercise , Fit Gadgets

The new year has just kicked in, and there are a lot of fitness goals going around right now. What better way to achieve yours, old or new, but with a bullet journal fitness tracker?

What is a Bullet Journal?

A Bullet Journal, or as some users like to call it, a BuJo, is a highly customizable journal. It can be anything you want it to be depending on your interests and goals. Some of the things that people use a Bullet Journal for are:

  • A diary
  • A planner (yearly, monthly, daily, or even hourly!)
  • A sketchbook/ doodle book
  • An organizer

And more! The idea is that you take a blank journal (most BuJo users prefer dotted ones as they provide more flexibility) and design it however you want and need it to be.

For this post, we’re going to look at how you can use trackers in a Bullet Journal to help achieve your fitness goals.

Bullet Journal Trackers

People put trackers in their journals for practically anything. And since the beauty of a BuJo is that it’s not pre-formatted, you can put as many trackers as you want for different things. For instance, people create habit trackers to help them keep up with their annual resolutions.

For instance, someone wants to accomplish reading a hundred books in one year, they will create a spread in the journal to help them keep track of how much they have achieved so far. Trackers can be as simple as checklists or as elaborate as creatively illustrated pages in your journal.

While we’re focusing on physical fitness goals, take note that you can also use these trackers for your overall health. For instance, people create trackers for keeping track of their mental health using the ‘Year in Pixels’ spread, a tracker which notes what their overall mood is for each day.

Happy New Year!! Now that 2017 is over, I can finally share my completed #yearinpixels page. 😊 I ended up having a few more ‘tired’ days than ideal, but overall I love how it turned out! 😍 I’ll definitely be doing this again for 2018, with a different color scheme and minor tweaks to my categories. Thanks again to @passioncarnets for starting this great idea!! • And thank YOU so much for sticking around through my spontaneous hiatus!! My fall semester got crazy busy to the point that I took a break from all my social media, but I still kept bullet journaling. 😊 My TA duties kept me working right up until Christmas Eve, but I’ve spent the last few days getting my bujo set up for 2018, and it’s felt so good to be back in my planning groove! I’ve missed this community so much, and I’m so happy to be sharing with you again! • Edited to add my supplies: – Notebook: Nanami Seven Seas Crossfield, 1st edition (from nanamipaper.com) — The company that made this notebook doesn’t currently make this exact version; the 2nd edition Crossfield has a full grid instead of the tiny crosses (which were very similar to dot grid) of the 1st edition pictured here. – Pens: @staedtlermars Pigment Liners and Triplus Fineliners • • • • #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalcommunity #bujo #bujocommunity #yearinpixels2017 #bulletjournallove #bulletjournaladdict #bulletjournalinspiration #moodtracker #plannerfun #greenishplanning #nanamipaper #tomoeriverpaper #staedtlertriplusfineliner #staedtlerpens #showmeyourplanner #bohoberrytribe #lifebyw

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The possibilities are endless. You can track how many hours you’ve slept, if you’ve taken your vitamins or medications, and so on. Now, on to how you can create your own bullet journal fitness tracker!

Bullet Journal Fitness Tracker Ideas

Most fitness goals often have something to do with exercise. After the binge eating celebrations of the holidays, a lot of us want to get back in shape once the new year kicks in.

Walking/ Jogging

One of the most common exercises is walking or jogging. In order to create a fitness tracker for your bullet journal for this specific exercise, you can track how many miles you’ve walked for the entire year. Set a goal and create a system to track how much of it you’ve achieved.


If you’ve got a workout regimen ready, a spread like this can help you keep track of the sequences (until you’ve got it all down, of course!) You can also see how many reps you need to do each time, and how you can progress as you get more used to the exercises.


If your fitness goals include a new diet regimen like Keto or Paleo, you can make a helpful list of which foods are recommended with the diet. You can also keep track of your meals to see how well you’re sticking to the diet (or straying off, no one’s judging).


Basically, with each part of your overall fitness goal, a tracker can be customized to go with it. A quick search on the internet can help you see if anyone has a format you can copy or base your own from. But if you’re a creative person, than you can whip up your own depending on your own specifications.

If you’re just starting out with a bullet journal, you don’t need to create a tracker or spread that looks as colorful or elaborate as the ones others post online. It’s your personal journal, so it can be as minimalistic or simple as you need it to be. It’s pretty understandable if you have a busy daily schedule.

Speaking of busy schedules, why don’t we just use an app, you ask? Since there are apps for practically everything nowadays, chances are there’s one for your goals, right?

While that’s true, it’s also true that some fitness tracking apps aren’t very customizable. Some of the features may also need to be purchased before you can get full access to the app to customize it better, and they may also be lacking for the exact things you need.

A bullet journal, on the other hand, can be crafted and edited to your heart’s desire. Plus, there’s a certain thrill to keeping a written log of your goals and coloring (or checking) each item as you achieve it. So if you’re still wondering if you need your own BuJo fitness tracker, the answer is YES! 

It’s super easy to get started with your own. All you’ll need is a blank notebook and a few colored pens/ pencils or markers.

Bullet Journal Fitness Tracker

I prefer using a dotted journal like the one that Scribbles That Matter have on Amazon (those cute color combinations makes me want to get one of each!).

They have a PRO version and a more laid back one with the titular scribbles right on the cover. The PRO cover is plain, but you can still get a taste of the scribbles on the back cover. Plus, there are pastel colors!

Other BuJo users also recommend a Moleskine or a Leuchtturm1917, and you don’t have to stick with dotted if you prefer a gridded, lined, or even blank notebook.

Nov 23

If You Haven’t Heard of Foam Rolling, Here’s 3 Things You Gotta Know

By Jessica | Abs

I know, I know. It’s impossible to keep up with all the things!

As soon as you figure one out, there’s a new one. Exercise is the same way. Lots of fads, lots of “everything old is new again.”

Here’s one that I’ve been learning about that I wanted to share. It’s called “foam rolling.” I see your nose scrunching up skeptically. . . Read on.

Over the past few years, foam rolling has grown steadily in popularity, and nowadays, gyms all over the world have foam rollers for their members to use. Unlike many fitness products such as TRX cables, etc. the popularity of foam rollers grew by word-of-mouth instead of heavy advertising or technical innovations. This shows just how effective it is.

What is a foam roller?

The foam roller is a simple cylindrical item that is used to roll over your body. It can be long, short, hollow or hard. Usually constructed out of ethylene vinyl acetate, it is hard despite being classified as a foam product.

There are several different types of foam rollers that vary in density and construction. Some rollers are smooth, and some models such as rumble rollers have pronounced peaks to target more specific areas.

You’ll use the foam roller by lying on top of it in a position where you can roll forward and backward to stretch and treat the affected area.

What is fascia?

Fascia is the connective tissue all over your body. When it gets stiff due to scarring or inflammation, your movements will be restricted. Over time you may not even notice it, but different parts of your body will be working harder to compensate for the restricted movements.

This will give rise to aches and pains, and you’ll not feel optimal. Foam rollers are an excellent tool to help massage and ease the tight fascia. After several repeated sessions of foam rolling, your fascia will be more flexible and fluid. Your body will feel better and you’ll move better too.

What other benefits can foam rolling give me?

Besides softening your fascia, foam rolling will ease delayed onset muscle soreness. When you engage in weight training, there will be microtears in your muscles. This will usually cause your muscles to ache about 24 hours after the workout is over. Foam rolling acts like a ‘sports massage’ that will break up the scar tissue and improve blood circulation to the area.

Foam rolling also eases tension in parts of your body that are prone to getting tense. The upper back is one such area because so many people are in a kyphotic position from being hunched over their computers for hours.

The hamstrings, calves, etc. can get tense too, and you’ll only realize how good it feels when you use the foam roller on these areas. You would do well to research all the different moves that you can do so that you can get the best out of the foam rollers.

Some of the best moves for the entire body are:

  • Iliotibial Band Roll
  • Hamstrings Roll
  • Latissimus Dorsi Roll
  • Glutes Roll
  • Foam Roller Upper Back
  • Groin Roll
  • Quadriceps Roll

When using a foam roller to massage your body, it’s important to be consistent. Even 10 to 15 minutes a day for two weeks will yield benefits. What really matters is that you do it daily. This is a holistic method of healing and requires time to work.

You should shop around and look for a foam roller that’s just right for you. Use it daily and your body will thank you for it in time to come.

gifts for a yogi
Nov 09

Yoga Gift Guide: 21 Ommmazing Gifts for a Yogi

By Izzy | Exercise , Yoga

‘Tis the season for gift giving, and today we give you 21 Ommazing gifts for a yogi in your life. It’s pretty tricky to choose gifts for people in our lives, but if you know a yoga lover, then they’ll surely love to receive any of these gifts.

1. Magnetic Poetry – Yoga Kit

This magnetic poetry kit comes from the makers of the original line of poetry kits, so you can be sure that when it comes to creative expression, it’s pretty awesome. Yoga lovers can create poems using this kit to remind them of yoga principles even when they’re not on the mat. 

2. 3pc 7 Chakras Yoga Meditation Healing Balancing Round Stone Beads Stretch Bracelet

This set of chakra meditation bracelets will surely be appreciated, with each of the charms being the Om symbol, the lotus flower, and the tree of life. Each of those charms represent something in yogi language. Plus, the bracelet itself balances all chakras.

3. NAMASTE Brass Hand Stamped Bracelet

If the yogi you know likes more simple accessories, then you can opt to give them this ‘Namaste’ brass bracelet instead. The word Namaste is actually a greeting which means “I bow to the divine in you”, referring to the Divine spark in the heart chakra. This is also why this greeting is often accompanied by a bow while the hands are pressed together in front of the chest.

4. Mystical Mandala Coloring Book (Dover Design Coloring Books)

Like the Om and the lotus flower, mandalas play a huge role in yoga. By giving this adult coloring book as a gift, you’re giving your yogi a chance to relax and meditate even when not doing yoga. Art, after all, can be a meditative practice. 

5. Yoga Mat Duffel Bag Patterned Canvas with Pocket and Zipper

One of the yoga essentials is a yoga mat, and what better gift is there to give to a yogi than a beautiful bag to store it in? This duffel bag comes in different designs and is made of sturdy materials. It also has  apocket and zipper to further allow better and more secure storage.

6. Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones

If you know a young one (or your kid) who has begun to express interest in yoga, then you can give them this book. It’s not too early to start, and this book will help them learn simple poses that can get them started.

7. The Yoga Bible

For grownups, whether beginner or more advanced yogi, then you can gift them this book. It’s an educational guide to yoga postures which will help them to better understand and execute each one. Definitely a must-have for yoga lovers!

8. SukhaMat Yoga Knee Pad

This knee pad comes in 6 different colors to choose from: purple, pink, blue, black, dark blue, and grey. This pad is designed to cushion pressure points especially when someone is doing exercise routines. It’s lightweight, compact, and can roll with full-sized mats. 

9. Now Clock: Clock with Om Symbol

There’s no better time than the now, and your yogi friend will surely find this witty clock a great addition to their exercise room/ area. This clock doesn’t have hands to emphasize that the time is now. The pendulum also has a relaxing sway, and you can choose from 5 designs too.

10. “Namaste, Bitches” Mug

Sure, yoga is all about being relaxed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be sassy too! This mug is a great gift choice for your lighthearted yogi friend. 

11. Aromatherapy Essential Oil Necklace Diffuser Gift Set

Aromatherapy is yet another way to feel calm throughout the day, and with this necklace diffuser set, that’s made possible. The pendant design is even the tree of life, which makes it even more meaningful.

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12. “Yoga Girl” Mug

If the other  mug won’t sit well with the yogi you know, then this one will probably fare better. It features a lotus flower design, as well as the witty “Coffee or Namas-Tea” line on the rim. Yoga girl and proud, right? 

13. Yoga Poses Pewter Magnets

Okay, we admit it, we love magnets. And this set of pewter magnets of figures in yoga poses is just too cute to resist.

14. Yoga Joes – Green Army Men Toys

Magnets aren’t their thing? Then how about this interesting take on the green army guy figurines? They look typical at first glance, until you realize they’re sporting some major yoga poses! 

15. Best Non-Slip Skid Yoga Socks

Yet another necessity when doing yoga are non-skid socks. They help to stabilize the person doing yoga, and by consequence, helps them to better execute their poses. Any yoga lover would appreciate a pair of these. 

16. Best Yoga Mat Cleaner – “Peaceful Lavender”

One of the most important things about owning a yoga mat is to keep it clean. What better way to do that than with  a mat cleaner that smells like lavender? Talk about double relaxation. This also comes with a microfiber cleaning towel, so that’s a plus.

17. SEEK BALANCE Non Slip Grip Socks

This pair of non-slip socks also comes with an inspiring design of the lotus flower. Plus, it reminds the wearer to constantly seek balance. Pretty awesome for a yoga lover to receive. 

18. Clever Yoga Mat Strap Sling Adjustable

Like we said, you can get the yoga lover in your life a yoga mat bag, but if they prefer less bulk, then a strap will suffice. It comes in different colors, so you have a good variety of choices. 

19. Cork Yoga Wheel

This sturdy yoga wheel is an ideal companion for stretches. It’s especially helpful for when it’s time to condition your body to learn new poses and forms. There are four other designs to choose from, too. 

20. Yoga Strap

Similarly, yoga straps are helpful for stretches. It helps to improve flexibility, and thus makes a yogi better prepared for new poses. This cotton strap also comes with a free instructional video.

21. Yoga Pose Cookie Cutters Gift Set

Yoga and baking. Both great things. Both therapeutic. So why not combine them with these cute cookie cutters in the shape of yoga poses? If your yogi is also a baker, then they’ll surely appreciate this combo of two things that they love. 

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How Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight
Oct 27

This is How Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight

By Jessica | Yoga

This Is How You Lose Weight with Yoga

The weight loss that you are trying to get out of your exercise routine might have come and gone as you searched for exercises that you thought would be the most beneficial. It would be so much easier for you to lose weight if you allowed yoga to help you. Yoga might not seem like a high impact workout routine that is going to help you lose weight, but you will trim down your body a lot once you start doing yoga.

Lengthening Muscles And Toning

Yoga is going to help you tone your body, and you will start that with general weight loss. The practice yoga is going to help you stretch out your body, and all your muscles will start to get longer and leaner. You will notice that you are losing weight and sweating in every one of your classes, and you will start to see your body trim down a lot when you have trimmed down a lot after the first few classes.


You are going to strengthen your core when you are in yoga class, and you will have more stamina to get through any kind of exercise. The strength of your core will help you have more strength across your body, and you will feel as though you have more raw physical strength even though you are not lifting weights. You will not develop big muscles by doing yoga, but your core will be strong enough to carry you.


You are going to be sweating in every yoga class, and you will sweat a lot just because of the concentration that you have done when you got in the class. That is why it is very important for you to make sure that you have gotten into the class and gone consistently. You will start losing more weight because you are sweating off calories in every class along with the intense concentration that is required.

Reducing Stress

You gain weight when you are stressed, and that is why you have to be sure that you have figured out how you can get to yoga more often to reduce your stress. Go to yoga at night to cool down after a long day, and you will not pack on the pounds like you did. Also, you can go in the morning to start the day right. Each of these steps help you lose weight in your yoga classes.

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Oct 27

Seven Things You Need As A Yoga Beginner

By Jessica | Yoga

You need seven important things when you are a yoga beginner. You can follow this list easily when you are getting ready for your first class, and each new class will be much easier and more comfortable because you have chosen to use these items. You should try to get each of these things taken care of before you start.

1. Yoga Mat


You can get a thin or thick yoga mat, and you need one that is long enough to accommodate you. Smaller people can get a shorter mat, sand you need to be picky if you are taller and need a longer mat. The mat also has to have enough padding for the floor in the studio.

2. Yoga Clothes


You need stretchy yoga pants and a tight top that will help you move around. You cannot wear baggy clothes to yoga because you will get tangled up in them.

3. Water Bottle


You will lose much more water in the class than you think. The work you do on concentration will be a lot, and you might be in a hot yoga class where you have to have a water bottle because it will be so warm.

4. Find A Steady Class To Attend

You will feel so much better about your classes if you are trying to go to the same class with the same instructor. You will get a lot of consistency from the person that you study with, and you will feel much more confident because you know that you can trust the person who is running the class.

5. Quiet At Home

You can practice yoga at home if you want to, and you need to make sure that you try to practice in absolute quiet. You can focus better if you have found a place to relax at home on the mat, and you will start feeling like you can get a better handle on yoga. You can follow along with videos that you have found, or you can do an online subscription that gives you a lot of classes to choose from.

6. Patience

You have to be very patient with yourself because there are a lot of poses that you will not be able to do right off the bat. You might have thought that some of the poses look easy, but you can br assured that they are not. Go to a beginner class, and you will move up through the ranks over time.

7. A Partner

The best thing that you can do for yourself would be to have a friend who will go to classes with you. That means that you will feel so much better to be sure that you have someone who is going with you and making you accountable. You can do a lot of partner exercises, and the two of you will be able to learn together in the same class. Each of these seven things can make your yoga practice that much better.

Need some more help? Check out this online yoga resource.



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