Yoga is especially helpful for those recovering from addictions to nicotine, alcohol, and opiates. When observing recovering addicts at six months and a year post treatment, those in mindfulness programs for substance abuse were shown to have fewer days of substance use or drinking and to be less likely to relapse than those in 12-step programs and psychoeducation. Furthermore, yoga was equally as successful as group psychotherapy in reducing drug use.
It’s easy to decide that you want to make your health a priority —but what’s not always easy is crossing that finish line. The truth is that becoming the healthiest version of yourself doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. With a few mindful adjustments to your everyday routine, you can turn your healthy choices into habits that will last a lifetime!
I have yet to ever meet someone who enjoys the feeling of a hangover.
If I do ever meet this person then I promise I will capture them for science!
There are a lot of people on this planet. At least one of them is bound to enjoy hangovers…
In the meantime...
the rest of us are swapping hangover remedies and our best tips to avoid them.
The obvious answer is that if you don’t want a hangover then you shouldn’t drink!
Alternatively, you can stay within a limit or space your drinks out with water.
While this is very practical advice, there is one obvious rebuttal: we’re human.
Stress can turn lovely people into shitty human beings.
It’s hard to be a considerate and likeable person when your brain is short circuiting and your body feels like it’s on fire and/or turning into stone. It’s not fun for anyone.
So if stress sucks so much then what can we do about it?
Unfortunately we can’t control all of the stressful situations in our lives.
But there are several things we can do to make them more manageable.
The mat matters.
If you’re dripping sweat in a class and you can’t even hold the poses because you might as well have just rubbed Crisco all over your mat, we have a problem. If your mat is too thin, it’s going to cause stress on your joints. If it’s too think and not dense enough, it can affect your balance. The type of mat that’s right for you depends on your practice and your environment.
We spend a lot of time sitting in our day to day lives.
At our jobs, in transit, watching TV, spending quality Internet time, eating, taking a dump… This can really fuck up the hamstrings (which are already pretty easy to piss off anyways)!
So we’re going to get straight to the point:
Your hamstrings need some love and attention!
Here are some awesome poses, from Lindsay of Rage Yoga, to get you moving reconnecting you with those lovely hamstrings. ...You may have a lot of catching up to do!
What we hear changes over time as we do.
When I worked as a waitress, it was “what’s the special today?”
When I started fire dancing, it was “have you ever burnt yourself?”
When I briefly attempted learning to play the harmonica, it was “please don’t”.
Since I have started to teach yoga, I have heard a lot of this:
“I can’t do yoga, I’m the least flexible person in the world!”
Getting served one of life’s patented gut punches in inevitable and there’s not much we can do to control it. We do however have control over how we react. So… what do you do when shit hits the fan?
Some people fall apart dramatically while others opt to bottle their emotions and put on a fake smile while they die slowly on the inside. They’re both messes. One is just more transparent while the other is a ticking time bomb. Neither of these are great options.
Coffee actually has a number of surprising health benefits!
A cuppa joe contains antioxidants and nutrients. It’s an awesome anti-inflammatory and also can help prevent some very serious diseases. Decaf or no, each cup of java contains pantothenic acid, potassium, manganese, magnesium, riboflavin and niacin. All of these are nutrients that we need for optimal health and ass kicking!