10 Limiting Words You Should Never Say (hint that’s two already)

Thoughts become things, plain and simple. The way you think and the way you speak determine how your world looks, how you feel on the inside and how others perceive you on the outside. If there is one thing many successful people all have in common is that they keep things moving forward; they think positively about the outcomes they desire to achieve and they convey this with their verbal and non-verbal body language. Many of us have what are called “limiting beliefs” which are in essence mental constraints we put on ourselves. A limiting belief can be about anything, something as simple as saying “I can’t do 10 pushups” to something as deep as thinking “I always date the wrong person.” Both are self-made fallacies, they are only true if you believe them to be. So what does all of this have to do with 10 words to remove from your vocabulary? Well, if you’ve noticed- I’ve already used four of them.

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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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Yoga for Strength: Improve Your Yoga Practice Through Weight-Lifting

To create your ultimate body and unlock your yoga practice, it’s time to start lifting weights. When it comes to yoga for strength, yoga and weight lifting are a match made in heaven. They are the ultimate compliments for improved improve body composition, increased strength and flexibility and decreased pain.

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 simply 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.

What I eventually formulated is the topic of today’s blog: how to combine yoga and weight training for maximum results and strength.
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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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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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Yogis Don’t Eat Tacos II: Drop The B.S.

In this addition of “Yogis Don’t Eat Tacos,” I’m going to do something I normally don’t do while writing a blog; rant. A few weeks ago The Huffington Post released an article written by a yoga teacher admitting to “6 things she does.” In this post, the teacher admits to drinking alcohol, swearing, enjoying forms of exercise besides yoga, not practicing yoga everyday and even eating meat!Read more

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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