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Kundalini Yoga – My Yoga Journey Begins

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Over the years my levels of exercise has decreased and I have found that my flexibility has also diminished.

Every now and then I go on a campaign to get fit, but the last effort resulted in a torn tendon in my foot which saw me spend the first part of my holiday to the US and Europe, in a wheelchair. The program consisted of going for a walk and doing fast sprints up hills. Obviously my body decided this wasn’t what it wanted to do. And the fact that I didn’t do a proper warm up would have had something to do with the outcome.

Well I’ve made the decision to not have this sort of problem in the future so Paula and I have embarked on a program that suits us both. This is the Kundalini Yoga: A Complete Course for Beginners.

So What is Kundalin Yoga:

kundalini-yogaKundalini yoga is known as the Yoga of Awareness and it  is a comprehensive practice of yoga that combines meditation, physical exercises, breathing techniques and mantras. Our teacher on the DVD is Nirvair Khalsa who studied for many, many years under Yogi Bhajan. He is easy to listen to, is very thorough in showing the correct technique for each pose and explains everything in detail.  There are parts where he tells a few anecdotes that you can simply skip over when playing the disc through again.

Kundalini literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved” and alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within all of us. The object is to awaken the power of an individual to excel and fulfill their personal destiny.

All this will no doubt come to me in time but what I want right now is the benefit of a program that will help me with flexibility as well and this is what I am finding with Kundalini Yoga.

Day 1: We popped the first dvd on and settled back to watch the introduction. Okay so far so good. OOPs now we need to start some gentle stretching and are introduced to slow, deep breathing.

Nothing too demanding. Of course there is a bit of reaction in some of my joints but nothing painful or unbearable.  Remember, this body hasn’t been strenuously tested for many moons.

At the end of day 1 I am comfortable with what has been achieved and I’m really looking forward to day 2.

Day 2:

A bit of a twinge in the joints on waking, nothing intense and it passes as soon as I start moving about.

So after we have done our daily gratitude journal we pop in the 2nd disc which starts with simple stretching and breathing exercises. These are a little more intense than day 1, so we have decided to do the Part 1 exercises for a few more days.

The stretches certainly reach deep into the muscles and joints and I am unable to completely master some of exercises just yet but even as I am doing them I can feel the flow of energy making it easier with each passing minute.  The deep breathing exercises help to relax the muscles making it easier to stretch longer and deeper. So all in all a good day. See how I front up tomorrow.

Day 3:

Feeling great, so I decided to try something a little more intense. I put on the weight loss disc.  Hmm, not quite flexible enough to tackle some of the routine but I’m reasonably happy with how I have gone when I get to the end.  I have to say that I am really enjoying this Kundalini Yoga course  and I am already starting to feel an improvement in my flexibility.

Day 4:

Well today didn’t go quite as well for either of us.  For some inexplicable reason both Paula and I  felt lethargic, and I definitely wasn’t quite at the top of my game. Everything was an effort to do.  I think my body has just realised that this is an ongoing exercise and decided to rebel.  Nevertheless I persevered and pushed through the twinge barrier. I dDidn’t feel quite as refreshed and invigorated at the end of the session but I’m looking forward to tomorrow as I firmly believe that the more I continue the better and easier it will get.

I love the music that plays during the exercises we went searching the net for it and found it on youtube. The piece is called “Rakhe Rakhanha’ by Singh Kaur, a woman with a truly beautiful voice. This piece of music is ideal for doing yoga or meditation.

I will keep you posted with my progression over the coming weeks, I have to say I am excited.

 

 UPDATE:

We have been continuing with our sessions on and off over the past few months. We are both feeling really great and I have noticed a marked improvement in my flexibility. And even when we take a few days off for whatever reason, it is never as hard to do as when we first started.

I will definitely keep doing these sessions.

 

 

 

Garcinia CambogiaIf you are a regular viewer of Dr Oz then you will know that in one of his past episodes he spent some time talking about a new weight loss supplement known as garcinia cambogia. Dr Oz referred to it as a ‘revolutionary fat buster’.

Now, Dr Oz doesn’t sell garcinia cambogia nor did he recommend any particular brand, so it left people wondering just which brand is the best. Fortunately Dr Oz, or should I say the guest MD, did state exactly what you should look for when purchasing garcinia cambogia.

These included the following:

  • The label should contain the words ‘garcinia cambogia’ or ‘garcinia cambogia extract’.
  • It should contain at least 50% Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA).
  • It should contain potassium and/or calcium.
  • It should not contain any fillers, binders or artificial ingredients.

I have struggled with weight gain for a number of years now and have tried various things to lose weight with varying degrees of success.  Knowing that Dr Oz has a reputation for only endorsing products that work, I have decided to try garcinia cambogia and am just waiting on my supply to arrive.  I will document my results on Just Loving Life and I must say I am looking forward to getting started.

So with this in mind, I went looking for some brands that met the criteria advised by Dr Chen. There weren’t a lot of them and in many cases, they missed the calcium/potassium or they were full of fillers and so on.

Remember that if you are going to buy garcinia cambogia that you will need a couple of months worth of tablets, and three months would be better. This is to ensure you give it a chance to work.

So assuming you take 3 tablets a day (500mg tablet taken before each meal) then for one month you will need 90 tablets, two months – 180 tablets and 3 months – 270 tablets. This is at the lowest dose. If you take the highest recommended dose of 1500mg before each meal (which would be 3 tablets before each meal) then you are looking at  270 tablets for one month, 540 tablets for two months and 810 tablets for three months.

I have decided to go for the higher dose as recommended by Dr Oz.

So at the end of the day, this is what I came up with, in no particular order.

1. Garcinia Cambogia Select

We actually contacted the manufacturer directly to find out more about this product. We were able to get the label sent directly to us so we could see exactly what is in it.

As you can see it meets the criteria as set out by Dr Oz plus it is made in the USA.

You can get more details from the manufacturer by clicking here.

Garcinia Cambogia Select Ingredients

 

2. Garcinia Cambogia Gold

This is one of the biggest sellers of garcinia cambogia on eBay. Interestingly enough it gets very mixed reviews. Even some of those who have lost weight using it have left only 3 stars!! Why wouldn’t you leave 5 stars if you had lost the weight while using it?! I don’t get it.

This is the one that I have purchased because simply because was the first one I found that had the right ingredients. And I just wanted to get started asap – I’m not known for my patience.

You can purchase from Amazon by clicking here.

Garcinia Cambogia Gold Ingredients


3. Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract

This one gets quite good reviews on Amazon.

You can purchase from Amazon by clicking here.

Pure-Garcinia-Cambogia