THE THOMAS TIMES
Sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed dealing with our injuries or life in general. We encounter many things that can take our energy to negative emotional states, but there are also many things that can lift us up if we change our focus. I found myself going in the direction of being overwhelmed this morning and the thought occurred to me, “I don’t want to TRY to be in a better place emotionally; I want to BE in a better place.” But how do I accomplish that? As soon as that question formulated in my mind, I saw a beautiful beam of sunlight streaming through the trees and realized that I had just been given the answer. Appreciation will lighten the sense of overwhelm like the light replaces the dark. Get outside and enjoy nature, walk on the beach, call an old friend and reminisce, listen to some happy music and dance like nobody’s watching, or recall some of the funniest events in your life and laugh about them all over again. These things won’t make your troubles go away, but you’ll sure feel better in the moment, and
Hot and Bothered SOME TRENDS, TRUTHS, AND TENETS OF THE MODERN YOGA ERA
For many people, no matter how trendy yoga becomes, the idea of testing the limits of their flexibility still sounds less than appealing. A fair number of first-time yoga-goers report unpleasant and distressing experiences, inwardly cringing as they watch seasoned practitioners bend into pretzels while they sit on their brand-new mats, barely able to reach their tippy toes. Take this initial discomfort and add 105-degree temperatures, and the experience goes from bad to mortifying. No matter who you are, the first time you try hot yoga, it’s likely to feel unpleasant, and this feeling may stem from the unfamiliarity of the poses as much as the sweltering heat. If you are practicing traditional hot yoga, the temperature will be set between 90 and 105 degrees. Ask 10 people the reason behind the high temperature, and you’ll get 10 different answers. Some seasoned yogis tout the health benefits of this sauna-like practice, claiming that the sheer amount of sweat pouring off one’s body helps remove unwanted or unhealthy toxins. According to Yoga International, this claim couldn’t be further from the truth. While exercising in the hot room definitely increases circulation, relaxes muscles, and promotes flexibility, the notion that it creates a physical purification system is false. What are some scientifically grounded benefits of hot yoga? Well, biomedical researchers are exploring whether or not a natural antibiotic in one’s sweat called dermcidin can be used as a treatment for superbugs like tuberculosis and MRSA. Additionally, these researchers are studying hyperthermic conditioning, or exercising in the heat, to see how it boosts the production of the human growth hormone and ameliorates heat shock proteins, both of which can cause elevated muscle growth and promote healing properties. Healthwise,
in the end, all we really have is this moment.
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