Thursday, March 28, 2013

Keep Yourself Healthy with Yoga while Traveling

I'd like to introduce a guest blogger for this next Yoga With Intention post. His name is Wes Vonn. He is the creator of I Vonn To Pump You Up and is a fitness and health enthusiast. Read this article that discusses how you can take yoga on the road. Enjoy! And please feel free to comment on your yoga travel experiences and be sure to visit Wes' blog. Namaste.

Keep Yourself Healthy with Yoga while Traveling

People who are on vacation tend to give up their healthy routines because they think that this is a treat for them. They avoid exercising and they eat whatever they want while they're with family and friends. The problems start when the person has to return home and find that they've gained a lot of week from their week vacation and is also having trouble returning to a more structured routine. Staying on track even while vacationing and traveling is so important for your health and well-being. There are many reasons why you should do yoga even while you're on vacation.

When it comes to health benefits while traveling, yoga really offers many of them to a variety of different people. If you're traveling by car to your next destination, your body is going to be sitting in the same position for hours. Gentle yoga can help to keep the body flexible and get it more aligned after you get out of the car. If you're a business traveler, just think of how soothing and relaxing yoga can be before a stressful meeting with clients or coworkers. Yoga really can be highly beneficial to all different types of travelers.

Another thing you need to think about is how easy it is to do yoga while you're traveling. More and more airports are putting in zen and yoga rooms for people to take advantage of. These rooms have mats, weights and pillows available so that you can just do yoga or meditate to your heart's desire. Most hotels, whether you are staying in an expensive Las Vegas hotel or a more affordable option, even offer morning yoga classes to their paying guests so that you can get a healthy start to your day without having to pay any extra money just to join in with the rest of the group.

Just think of how much easier it would be for you to make healthy choices for the rest of the day when you've started the day off with gentle and relaxing yoga. You will be less likely to grab for that muffin in the morning and you might make healthier choices the rest of the time you're on vacation. When you return back home, you will also find that you didn't gain weight or you gained a very small amount because you kept yourself quite structured. Vacationing and traveling does not mean that you should give up on healthy habits that you've developed over the years.

Wes Vonn
Wes is a fitness and living healthy nut. You can reach him at He recently started using a Paleo diet with his exercise routines and have noticed a huge change not only in his body but also in things like energy levels, ability to sleep through the night, and mood.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Set An Intention

I have been working as a Yoga Life Coach for the past few years and I am always amazed at the wonderful work my clients make on their journey toward improved self development.

People generally come to me feeling stuck: unable to move in their relationships, careers, with their lives. One assignment that I give my clients is to set an intention for the day and then to remind themselves of that intention throughout the day.

I believe that if you have a positive attitude, then the activities, responsibilities, and daily living also move forward in a positive direction.

One of the first things we do when we get up in the morning may be use the restroom, make the bed, or put on a pot of coffee. As you are starting your day, try setting an intention that will carry you through the day. Make it simple. Choose one or two words that you can easily remember. Here are some examples that I have used for myself:

Clarity & Vision
Connection & Love
Openness & Acceptance

Repeat these words in your mind several times like a mantra. Then throughout the day, remind yourself of your intention by repeating them in your head. Afraid you might forget the words or forget to repeat them? Try this....simply write down your intention and carry it with you. Also, set an alarm on your phone or watch to sound two times during the day to remind you to recall your intention.

My clients have found this exercise to be very effective. It keeps them on track during the day and it reminds them to return to a positive attitude while moving through their day and eventually moving through their stuck life position.

Try it this week and let me know how it works out for you.