Five Afflictions Destroying Your Happiness

Are you happy? Are you truly happy at the deepest level of your being? Sure, on a superficial level, happiness is relatively easy to achieve or at least to project outwardly, but on the inside it’s a whole different story.

Outward happiness can be achieved through a smile, purchasing a new possession, even a new relationship. What they all have one thing in common however, is that they are temporary. When I get what I want I’m happy. When I avoid what I don’t want I’m happy. When I’m in love I’m happy. But what happens when life doesn’t go how I want it to? I feel angst, I feel loss, I feel less than, I feel sadness. Today, I’ll talk about the “Kleshas” of the “five afflictions” responsible for causing suffering and ultimately, unhappiness.Read more

Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Detox to Retox!

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been hungover… It sucks, I know, we’ve all been there and the older we get, the more it hurts. Let’s be honest, part of living a modern lifestyle involves being healthy and active while the other half includes being social and drinking. We all work hard  and sometimes we need to blow off some steam. I’m not here to tell you to drink less, you’re a grown up, do what you want. I am here however to share my “extensive” field research in bars (yes, yoga teachers get just as drunk as the rest of us) and help you get over that Saturday morning hangover so you can get out there and take on your weekend like a champ. So here it is, The Big Yogi’s time-tested way to “Detox to Retox.”

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Yogis Don’t Eat Tacos III: Yoga Is a Lie

In my near decade of practicing, studying and now teaching the art and science of yoga I have come to a deep and controversial stand- yoga is a lie. Yes, that’s right, you heard me correctly, yoga is a big fat lie. Part of me feels frustrated and upset to have dedicated a large percentage of my life, career and faith into a practice that has lied to me for many years, another part of me just sits back and laughs as more of the veil becomes removed. The modern practice of yoga has become so convoluted and so loaded with connotation that it’s to the point of being a big joke. To understand why I’m making this claim, here’s the first thing you need to know: Yoga means “union” or “to yoke”, it does not mean poses or “asana”. In fact, poses only make up 1/8 of the total scope of yoga (and that’ s Hatha yoga to be exact, as there are numerous other forms). The word yoga brings up thoughts of hippies, blonde babes in Lululemon pants, handstands, hot and sweaty rooms and teachers who are borderline insane. For all of these reasons and more, the word yoga has become a product, a commodity and a misguided movement. But just to be clear, here’s 5 reasons why modern yoga is a lie.
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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Expectations and Assumptions: Your Worst Enemies

Expectations and assumptions are natural and common functions of the human mind and exist at a very unconscious level. They prepare and inform us how to act and can protect us from emotional pain, they serve a function. Expectations and assumptions however, are core contributors to our unhappiness and prevent us from living in the present moment. Think back to a minute ago before you started reading this blog- when you read the title, what did you expect to find, what did you assume it would be about? That answer is different for all of us, so take a moment and see if you can recall your initial thoughts that came to mind. Maybe you thought to yourself “I expect this to be good or I expect this to be bad.” Or maybe you assumed that this blog would only be related to yoga and not applicable if you don’t have a yoga practice.  Are any of these thoughts right or wrong? I do not know the answer, but neither do any of us until we actually experience the article, event or moment first hand. I can hear you saying already “but it’s good to have expectations about things, we should expect things to be good and avoid things we expect to be bad.” Well, I have a new life rule to offer; No Expectations.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Meditation: What The Hell Is It and Why Do It?

Meditation, that old esoteric practice reserved for monks chanting in a cave, atop a mountain- it’s weird, it’s something for hippies and is practiced for hours on end, right? Well, not exactly, at least not anymore.  Meditation is actually quite normal, and has been practiced by the great leaders of the world; Jesus, Buddha, Ghandi and Russell Wilson (the Super-Bowl winning quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks). I’m kidding about throwing Wilson into the mix with these others, but did so for a reason; meditation has become mainstream. It is now being practiced by yogis, home-makers and professional athletes alike. The reasons for one’s own practice may differ; from the search for enlightenment, to managing stress, to improved athletic/professional performance. So what do these very different motivators all have in common? The quieting of the mind and the search for a clearer, sharper reality. If you’ve never meditated before, the concept of sitting still can be quite scary, so let’s get to the topics at hand and learn what mediation is and why to do it?

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Lift Heavy and Do Yoga: Improve Your Yoga Practice Through Weight-Lifting

Contrary to popular belief, yoga and heavy weightlifting are a match made in heaven. They go to together better than most would even believe.

I have been lifting weights since I was a teen. But, as I got more into yoga, I began to move away from weight training. I couldn’t figure out a way to combine the two that made sense. A few years ago however, I began to put the puzzle together.

I initially didn’t realize what I was doing, because well, I didn’t know what I was doing- all I knew was that it felt right.

What I eventually formulated is the topic of today’s blog: how to combine yoga and weight training for maximum results.
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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yoga: Love it! Hate it!

This Is Bullshit!

Written by: Billy Palladino, Certified Personal Trainer and yogi nubile.

“Forget this class!” I said to myself during last week’s yoga class.

Starting from the first pose and moving into a downward dog, I immediately began to feel my body and mind resisting. I was cranky, both physically and emotionally, not wanting to take part in any pose the instructor directed us into. I told myself that I needed to relax, breathe, and “lock it up.” I had come to class ready to breathe in the good and release the bad. Every week I’ve been progressing, becoming more flexible and stronger in all areas of my body- particularly in the backside of my body from my feet to my head (posterior chain) and my hip-flexors. I had every reason to believe I was going to walk out of class feeling accomplished and relaxed, but when the exact opposite happened, I was taken back by surprise. I had no idea that yoga could have such a negative effect on my mood and overall well-being.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yogis Don’t Eat Tacos I: The Social Rules of Yoga

In last week’s blog Yoga: Expectations and Assumptions I discussed our mind’s tendency to set preconceived notions around future events or people and how doing so dilutes our experiences and pulls us out of the present moment.  Today, I’d like to go further into assumptions around a modern yoga practice.  Many years ago my friend Brian and I would go to yoga class together then head out to Newport Beach for “Taco Tuesday”.  At the time we were new to yoga and to the preconceived notions of how a yoga practitioner should eat, behave and live.  We didn’t see anything wrong with going to yoga then eating tacos and having some beers (and I still don’t). The apparent hypocrisy to some didn’t even cross our minds until one of our serious yogi friends said: “What the heck are you guys doing, yogis don’t eat tacos!”

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.