Health, Yoga

What Yoga is and why we all should start..

Translated from the Sanskrit, Yoga means union.
When practicing Yoga we unify our mind and body.

Yoga reduces stress by decreasing our Cortisol Level in the Body!
Especially in combination with meditation and breathing techniques, it affects the body and mind positively!
And as having a relaxed body and mind helps you to relax in general, also the quality of your sleep might very likely increase. So if you struggle from sleeping issues, then do 15 minutes of gentle Yoga just before going to bed.

Of course developing a Yoga routine will make your muscles and joints more flexible, while building strength, but it also helps you to find more balance (inside and outside). That’s the reason why most top athletes have started to add Yoga to their exercise routine. When you’re stuck at a certain level in your Sports routine, Yoga might be the complementary part of the puzzle, that has been missing – try it out!

Pranayama (the yogic breath) which is practiced while moving on the mat, will help you to reconnect to your breath. That might sound strange, but if you really think of it – how often do you bring awareness to your breath? That barely happens! Focusing and reconnecting to your breath will help you increase your vital capacity, which is especially beneficial for people with asthma or lung diseases.

Those are just some of the benefits, that our body can profit from by doing Yoga, so just grab a mat, and start practicing 🙂

(I’ll do another article, focusing on the mental benefits)

 

Health

Chemistry on my skin

Would you take a bath in a chemical solution? Well, I also wouldn’t! But you are totally fine with pouring chemical parfumes over your body and using other cosmetic products that contain plastisisers? I would recommend taking a second guess about what’s wrong here.

An overall study made by the federal Ministry for Environment and Nature Germany tested over 60.000 beauty products, and over 30% contained hormonal active ingredients, which are not forbidden in Germany and Austria (and so many other countries around the world – check out the law for your country!). The fatal thing about it is that those ingredients trouble our hormonal balance. The chemicals get into our blood-circulation-system via skin contact, because our body can not distinguish between our own hormones and the external hormones and in the end they all mix up.

Why are those ingredients even part of so many beauty products?
It’s the easiest way to create a UV-filter, which can be the cause cancer. So it is quite obvious that e.g. not natural-based sunscreens (especially the 50+ sunscreens) are chemical maces. But what could you use instead? Most natural oils have a sunprotector in them. I personally love to use coconut oil for my day-to-day routine, but it washes off easily, when going for a swim. For “sunbathing” I always go for sesameoil – it keeps away about 30% of all the UV strips.
Our second enemy are  the preservatives, called PARABENES. They also get you out of hormonal balance. Of course it is great to have long-lasting products, but is it really worth harming your health? I don’t think so!

So make time, get informed about the products you use and check the ingredients! The good thing is, that you can either make your own beauty products  (just check out Youtube), use essential oils instead of dangerous fragrances, or get yourself some plant-based products. The companies I can recommend out of personal experience are Ringana and Be my friend.

So don’t look for excuses for staying with the products you are used to  just because it’s comfortable, but do yourself a favor and walk the healthy road.