What is Meditation and Why The Hell Should I Do It?

What is meditation? It an old esoteric practice reserved for monks chanting in caves, 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 the hell to do it.

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

Stress Management: The Choice Is Yours.

More so than ever, many of us are experiencing constant stress. It’s a hot topic these days, as the research has shown that stress is literally killing us. Students are constantly coming to me asking for tips, techniques and ways to be unstressed, “just like myself.”

Firstly, the assumption that yoga teachers or experienced meditators don’t experience stress could not be farther from the truth.

I personally experience stress daily- from deadlines, to getting upset in traffic, to disagreeing with my roommate (I originally came to yoga to help with the stress I was experiencing from corporate sales). The main difference between a student and a teacher is that the teacher has learned how to manage stress and learned to notice when they are experiencing stress. It’s not like the tension isn’t there, it’s just seen and then regulated appropriately- and don’t forget, it’s is the teacher’s job to model how to be on the outside in order to help others create calmness on the inside. So do your best and try to not to compare yourself to how someone else “appears” to be on the outside. Let’s spend some time looking at what stress is, what causes it and how to help manage it.

 

Remember, learning to manage stress is a process which takes mental and physical training, and won’t “just happen.”

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

“Sober January” 5 Reasons To Get On Board.

At the start of every new year, my buddies and I challenge each other to complete the year’s most difficult goal- “Sober January.” The rules are simple; drink one sip of alcohol from Jan.1st-Jan. 31st and you owe $100 to the pot. If anyone makes it to the end (which I usually don’t) they get to split the pot from the other losers. We make the money buy-in $100 as this gives value and an added reason to not drink. Let’s be honest, a $20 penalty simply wouldn’t be enough to keep us away from the ol’ bottle. We also do it as a group, purposely. Here’s 5 reasons why;
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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Four Big Nutrition Rules

At the end of 2013, I planned to gain 20 pounds over a three-month span; I would attempt to do so by drinking calories and adding grains and dairy back into my diet. My point was to show how much diet regulates our mental health and physical appearance.  I managed to gain 10 pounds in under one month before throwing in the towel. I started to break out in pimples, my energy levels were shot, I was irritable as hell and I generally just felt like crap. The picture below shows the results  of switching back to my regular diet of lean proteins, veggies and healthy fats with no dairy or grains, A.K.A.“The Paleo Diet”.  In three short months (without changing my workout routine or doing cardio) I dropped back down to my previous physique and feel better than ever. The way I did it was actually quite simple and only involved a few nutritional guidelines.  Here they are:

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

5 Thoughts About Your Health You Need To Drop.

With so much information out there about health and wellness, everyone (including myself) thinks they are an expert, it can be confusing and even down right frustrating to know what is good quality information. You read an article stating a diet which includes meat has no effect on your cholesterol levels, then you read one the next minute supporting the opposite- both articles site sources and research which backs their claim, perfectly too. So let me share a little secret- most people don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to health and wellness and more importantly- what’s popular, is usually the worst type of information out there. Writers and researchers have a hard time dropping their own agendas and forget that we are all unique and what works for them, doesn’t necessarily work for others. Plain and simple, different people thrive on different types of diets, supplements and workouts. At the end of the day you really need to find out what works for you, follow information from a select few trusted sources, be willing to adapt and then go from there.

So in hopes of removing some myths around wellness, I’ve made this list, which (of course) is biased by my own point of views and agendas.
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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

The Power of Intention: How do you want to be?

“Thoughts become things.” It’s a cheesy line from The Secret, but it’s a dead accurate statement. Notice everything around you, notice everything that has been created. From a huge skyscraper to the electronic device you are reading this on, It was all once just a pipe dream. Everything that’s been created started as a thought, an idea, an intention. It took the foresight, dream and effort of someone to create that which had never been created before. This is how thoughts become things, this represents the power of intention.
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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Shave Your Pounds This Holiday Season, Not Your Face – Movember!

Written by: Nick and Billy Palladino

Putting on a winter coat is one of the easiest things to do, and no I’m not talking about the jacket hanging in your closet. I’m talking about the pounds and extra fat that seem to find their way to our bodies during the winter season and holidays. So, in order to stay relevant and important in our writing, we’ve decided to share five tips on how to stay lean throughout the holiday season while still indulging in all the goodies it has to offer.

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