Archive for June, 2013

Adding to the Toolbox

Last week I had the great fortune to attend a week-long intensive teacher training with Seane Corn.  I feel that as someone in the health and wellness industry, it is extremely important to study, read and learn from as many sources as I can.  One of the greatest assets to the yoga and fitness world is the plethora of information available via teachers, workshops, seminars, books, blogs, etc.

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Being that tomorrow is the first of July, that means a new goal to reach for.  During July, I will dedicate a portion of the day to adding to my toolbox of knowledge by reading articles, books or blogs, listening to podcasts, revisiting notes from seminars taken in years past.  All of this will only strengthen me professionally and personally.

Below are some pictures and videos of various types of continuing education I’ve taken part in:

yoga sutras

yoga sutras

becoming a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

becoming a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist


reviewing the skeletal system

studying with Nikki Myers

studying with Nikki Myers

reading articles from various journals/magazines

reading articles from various journals/magazines

video taken from a kb workshop: 

I know there are many industries that encourage, if not, require continuing education.  Are you doing your part to keep your toolbox full?

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Pretty Toes

Flip flop season is in full effect.  That means more and more people (both men and women) will be hitting up the local nail salon to make sure their feet look and feel pretty.

In our neighborhood there are several shops to choose from.  Yesterday morning I popped in one and every technician was busy.  It was only a matter of a few minutes before an open chair appeared.  That got me thinking about how many customers they see in such a short period of time.  At what cost is there for pretty toes?


photo(2)Having pretty nails is less about luck and more about caring for them correctly.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, here are a few tips:

  • Apply a cream to moisturize your nails, especially after removing nail polish since most removers contain chemicals that dry the nails.
  • To prevent infection, never cut or forcefully push back your cuticles. If you must push them back, only do so gently after a shower or bath.
  • While most nail salons follow strict cleanliness and disinfection guidelines, look for the following when visiting a salon:
    • Does your nail technician have the necessary experience and/or license, if required?
    • Are the stations clean?
    • Does the nail technician wash her hands between clients?
    • Are there dirty tools lying around?
    • In addition, do not hesitate to ask how they clean their tools.
  • Shave your lower legs after getting a pedicure, not before. That means not shaving your lower legs for at least 24 hours before you get a pedicure. If you nick yourself while shaving, a pedicure could put you at risk for an infection.
  • If you get frequent manicures and pedicures, consider purchasing your own tools to be used at the salon.
  • In addition, check that the pedicure footbaths and filters are thoroughly disinfected before you use them. If they are improperly cleaned, they can harbor bacteria and fungus. If the salon does not appear clean, then move on.
  • If you want to wear a bright red or orange polish, prevent discoloration by applying an extra layer of base coat. If your nails become yellowed and discolored from the polish, your nails should return to normal color over several weeks if the same color is not reapplied.
  • While some people beg to differ, there is no scientific evidence that immersing nails in gelatin makes them stronger. Polishes that contain strengthening ingredients increase nail stiffness, which may make nails break more frequently.

There is a lot to consider when choosing a salon other than price alone.  Do your research to make sure your safety is their number one concern.

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Last Acceptable Prejudice….


My post today is inspired by Bob Harper, the famous Biggest Loser trainer.  He has done a wonderful job of getting millions of people motivated to lose weight, get healthy.  While there are many personal trainers that do not agree with what much of the Biggest Loser promotes, I had found it to be inspiring.  All of the contestants are in need of a great deal of help and if this is where they find that help, great.  The bone I have to pick is Bob’s latest book and dvd series, Skinny Rules.  There is no doubt that in order to lose weight, become healthy and live longer, lifestyle changes need to happen.  But the title Skinny Rules takes away all that Bob stood for.  He now falls into the group of image and no longer about being healthy and fit.

As the world’s waist line continues to grow, so does the stigma against obesity.  A recent study finds that the last acceptable prejudice is against “fat people.”

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University published a study suggesting that male jurors didn’t administer blind justice when it came to plus-size female defendants.  Female jurors displayed no prejudice against fat defendants but men — especially lean men — were far more likely to slap a guilty verdict on an overweight woman and were quicker to label her a repeat offender with an “awareness of her crimes.”

The Center for Creative Leadership found that top managers with a high body mass index were judged more harshly and seen as less effective than their slimmer colleagues by their peers, both at work and in interpersonal relationships.

Those who are obese are often perceived as lazy, weak-willed, unsuccessful, unintelligent, lack self-discipline, have poor willpower, and are noncompliant with weight-loss treatment.  Recent estimates show that weight discrimination has increased in the last decade by 66%.  Even though there have been decades of research written, this stigma is rarely challenged.

I was challenged.  While working with a client, a coworker was on the bench press.  I know that my coworker has been trying to build muscle mass, so I said, “Trying to get big?”  My client called me out and said, “Would you ever say to me, trying to get skinny?”  From that point on, my entire perception changed.

My challenge to you- help eliminate this last acceptable prejudice.

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School’s out for Summer


How many of you watched the iconic movie in the image above?  It’s getting to be that time of year, kids getting let out for the summer.

I was once told that emergency rooms are at its busiest during these first days of summer break.  There is something that gets triggered in our brain to throw common sense out the door.  Before coming Dazed and Confused, below are several summer safety tips minimize the number of trips to the emergency department.

Scooter, Bike and Pedestrian Safety:

  • Wear a comfortable, properly fitted helmet bearing the label of an independent testing lab. Be sure that the helmet sits level on top of the head–not rocking in any direction–and always fasten the safety strap.
  • Be sure that safety gear (wrist, elbow and kneepads) fits properly and does not interfere with the rider’s movement, vision or hearing. Wrist pads are not recommended for scooter riders as they may affect their ability to maneuver.
  • Ride scooters and bikes only on smooth, paved surfaces and only ride during daylight hours.
  • Learn the proper hand signals and use them when you turn or stop.
  • Come to a complete stop before entering driveways, paths or sidewalks, then look left, right and left again for bikes, cars or pedestrians heading your way.
  • Teach crossing safety to children by example.

Barbecue Safety

  • When using barbecue grills always be sure to leave sufficient space from siding and eaves.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Keep children and pets far away from grills.
  • With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and check hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • Spare propane cylinders should never be stored indoors or under or near the grill.

Water Safety

  • Only swim in approved areas.
  • Always supervise children near water at all times and make sure that children learn to swim.
  • Check the depth of the water with a lifeguard before jumping in.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal floatation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.

Yard Work Safety

  • Always wear protective clothing when you handle pesticides and fertilizers.
  • More than 60,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for lawn-mower injuries:
  • Rake before you mow to prevent any stones and loose debris from launching into the air
  • Never operate a mower in your bare feet and avoid wearing loose clothing.
  • Refueling your mower, make sure the engine is off and cool. Don’t spill gasoline on a hot engine – and DON’T SMOKE while pouring gasoline.
  • When pruning trees, be careful not to let metal ladders or trimmers contact overhead wires.
  • Before you do any “hands on” weed removal, be sure you know how to identify poison ivy, sumac, oak and similar toxic plants. Find out ahead of time how to treat the rashes they cause to reduce the irritation.

Camping Safety Tips

  • Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
  • Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent or any other closed space, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build your campfire down wind away from your tent. Clear all vegetation and dig a pit surrounded by rocks before building your campfire.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • Always put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish the fire, cover with dirt or pour water over it.

I hope you all have a fun, safe and enjoyable summer!

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Reading is FUNdamental

Over the course of my education from kindergarden through college, I always struggled with school.  As a kid I never enjoyed reading.  I was always put in the “slow” reading group and remember many years getting extra help to improve my reading comprehension.  From an early age I developed chronic ear infections which effected my hearing.  This led to difficulty with reading comprehension.

The great news is that my hearing is better, thanks to a wonderful doctor.  I believe he helped me improve my life on many levels.  This includes finding enjoyment in reading on a regular basis.  And with today beginning a new month, June will be dedicated to reading at least 30 minutes every day.

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While I do own an iPad, I still find holding and actual book much more gratifying.  There is something special about flipping the pages, taking notes in the margins, and finally, the act of closing the book.

The pictures above show some of the books that I have read recently.  Many of them are to help me both at home and at work, in terms of communicating with others.  Now that summer is here, I wouldn’t be surprised if a little fiction gets thrown in with the pile.

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