Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's In Our Yoga Bag This February?

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The editors of YogiApproved.com love yoga and everything related to living a healthy and natural lifestyle. We pride ourselves on keeping our pulse on the industry, and we take reviewing the latest trends and products very seriously. What's in Our Yoga Bag is a monthly recurring article featuring all our editor's latest finds that we want to share with you! You can expect a wide range of goodies, from yoga clothing and accessories to jewelry, healthy snacks, skin care products, and beyond - everything that aligns with your healthy, active yoga lifestyle. You never know what fun stuff we'll find next, so stay tuned!




Watch the video below to see what we've got in our yoga bag this February!









Hot Chakras Bhakti Blooms Leggings ($45) and Coral Red Hot Top ($28)




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This outfit by Hot Chakras is colorful, comfortable and perfect for Valentine's Day! The Hot Top has a flirty low-rise cut and a unique t-style back. The Bhakti Blooms Leggings are soft and lightweight nylon/spandex mix that is moisture-wicking, fast drying and feels like a second skin. This is a hot duo!



Shop this outfit here.





Energems ($6.99)




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Instead of reaching for a sugar-loaded energy drink or other foul-tasting energy supplements, try Energems, a chocolate-based energy chew that is free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. The antioxidant-rich chews give you a boost of caffeine (3 chews have equivalent to a cup of coffee) and added B vitamins for energy, vitamin D, folate, and niacin. Energems are available in three flavors: dark chocolate, mint dark chocolate, or berry flavored dark chocolate. Snag a tub online or at a store near you.



Shop these healthy treats here.





Dub Mantra Sangha Album by Joss Jaffe ($11.99 – $19)




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Whether you are looking for yoga tunes, a new artist, or musical inspiration, check out the newest album by Joss Jaffe entitled Dub Mantra Sangha. This album is a compilation of 15 guest musicians that represent five languages across three continents, including newly Grammy Nominated Chant Artist Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory, and more. This 60-minute album filled with dub reggae rhythms is the perfect length to accompany a yoga class, including a smooth, rich ending for savasana. Available on CDbaby and iTunes.



Get the album here.





Sports Suds Laundry Room Combo Kit ($31.90)




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Sports Suds created a solution for funky smelling athletic wear with their Laundry Room Combo Kit. This is ideal if you have a front-load washer that is prone to smelling funky (if you forget to air it out) or if you live in rented space with a borrowed washer machine. The laundry detergent is non-residue and odor-eliminating that leaves your clothes smelling like nothing – no perfume, no chemicals, and no nasty odors caused by sweat. This sports-specific detergent is a must for yogis and athletes of all kinds to keep their gear smelling and looking clean use after sweaty use.



Try this detergent here.





Klio Tea Organic Greek Mountain Tea ($11)




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We love Klio Tea's signature tea Organic Greek Mountain Tea, a certified organic herbal tea that is hand-farmed, hand-harvested and unprocessed. A part of the Mediterranean diet since ancient times, this naturally caffeine-free tea is made from dried flowers, leaves and stems of the native Sideritis, a plant that grows throughout the mountains of Greece. The tea is rich in healthy phytonutrients, antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which boost your immune and respiratory system, so drink to your health!



Get this amazing tea here.





Sanari Beauty DD Cream and Girolata Eye Contour Treatment ($32 each)




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Sanari Beauty brings us two amazing products: DD Cream and Girolata Eye Contour Treatment. In a convenient rollerball tube, the DD cream is a lightweight tinted organic daily defense cream that provides hydration and anti-aging benefits while protecting your skin against environmental aggressors and evening your skin tone. Your eyes need special attention, and the eye contour treatment uses a comforting metal roll-on ball application to soothe and moisturize the delicate skin around your eyes.



Use code YOGI21 at checkout to save 20% off any Solyvia or John Russo product through 2/15/16.



Shop this cream here.





Toe Talk Mindful Grateful and Namaste Socks ($11.95 each)




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Introducing the Grateful and Namaste socks from Toe Talk Mindful. The lightweight ankle socks have grippy bottoms that work great, even on hardwood and slick tile floors, making them ideal for barre, pilates, and even your home yoga practice (these grippy socks even work on yoga mats). The best part about these socks is the positive mantras that face up to give you an extra dose of inspiration throughout your day.



See the full line of socks here.





Subject II Change Long Octagon Necklace in Rose Quartz ($50)




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The Long Octagon Necklace by Subject II Change is a great statement piece for Valentine's Day or year-round. This necklace features a stunning octagon-shaped rose quartz stone secured in a high-quality setting. Rose Quartz, often called the "love stone," is associated with unconditional love and the helps open up your heart chakra so you can give and receive love freely. The stone sits on a 14k gold plated chain with unique detailing and a lovely "subjectIIchange" charm.



Shop this beautiful line here.





Po Campo Midway Weekender Bag ($94.99)




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If you are looking for a great yoga and travel bag that will store your yoga mat and everything else that you need, check out Po Campo's Midway Weekender Bag. The vegan and weatherproof bag is durable and offers a sophisticated, chic look that is great for year-round use. Inside, the bag is spacious and has several handy compartments. The bag also has a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, so you can choose to carry it as a handbag or across the body, and the front elastic straps can hold your yoga mat. This is a unique, fashionable, and practical yoga bag.



Shop this yoga bag here.





KESS InHouse Gilded Confetti Gold Geometric Yoga Mat ($74.25)




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The Gilded Confetti Gold Geometric Yoga Mat by KESS InHouse is a beautiful and ornate yoga mat with a print by Matt Eklund. The cushiony 4mm mat is made of a durable, textured foam that is plush and durable. KESS InHouse has a huge selection of yoga mat designs from dozens of diverse artists, so if you're a yogi who loves art, you'll love all the artistic yoga mats KESS InHouse has to offer.



Explore these unique yoga mats here.





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Monday, February 1, 2016

15 Reasons to Drink Green Tea Every Day

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The tradition of drinking green tea began in China more than 4,000 years ago. Today, due to the numerous medicinal and wellness benefits, it is no wonder that green tea has become a staple in many households worldwide.



Chances are that you have had a cup of green tea in your lifetime. While all green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves, depending on the country of origin and the manufacturing process that the tea leaves have undergone, your cup of tea will taste vastly different. Chinese green teas are traditionally pan-fired to protect the flavor, giving them an earthy and sometimes bitter taste. In Japan, green tea leaves are rolled and lightly steamed, which gives them a delicate and refreshing flavor. When you shop for green tea, keep in mind the country of origin to select your preferred flavor profile. However, it is also important to look for high-quality green tea brands that are certified organic and produced without pesticides or other harmful chemicals and preservatives.



Drinking just a cup or two of green tea each day can do wonders for your health and well-being. You have probably heard of the excellent levels of antioxidants in green tea, but did you know that it can help you burn belly fat, prevent cancer, and offers many more benefits to your mind and body?


Here are 15 reasons to drink green tea every day:




Anti-Aging

Green tea contains large amounts of nutrients and powerful antioxidants that reduce the formation of free radicals in your body and protect your cells from damage that cause premature aging. When applied topically, green tea can also reduce existing sun damage.



Improved Memory

Green tea drinkers have been found to have higher function in the memory center of their brains. In the short term, green tea can improve your brain function in areas that process and store information. Long term, it can protect your brain and has the ability to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.



Energy

Green tea contains caffeine, but not as much as coffee. When you drink green tea, you will get the benefits of caffeine, without the jittery side effects associated with excess caffeine that a cup or two of joe contains.



Improved Mood

This powerful tea contains amino acids, including L-theanine, which reduce anxiety and increase dopamine in your brain. Green tea improves your brain function and provides a relaxing and uplifting effect on your mind to combat symptoms of depression.



Fat Burner

Green tea is a key ingredient in many fat-burning supplements, and it is there for good reason! Green tea can boost your metabolic rate and can aid in weight loss through its fat-burning potential, specifically fat in your abdominal region. Bye bye belly fat!



Antibacterial

Green tea contains catechins, which have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Catechins can kill bacteria and inhibit the spread of diseases. Take that influenza!



Relaxation

Drinking tea can be a relaxing, ritualistic experience. Green tea contains theanine, a chemical that has a calming effect that can help put your mind and body at ease. Sip on green tea before and after meditation to help free your mind of stresses and worries.



Pain Relief

Green tea contains quercetin,an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound that can reduce inflammation in your body. Studies have shown that green tea can also reduce the likelihood of developing arthritis. Drink green tea now for a strong and limber yoga body later.



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Combat Cancer

Cancer is caused by oxidative damage to cells. The antioxidants in green tea can protect your cells and aid them during stages of growth, reducing your risk of cancer.



Lower Blood Pressure

Green tea improves blood flow and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Improved blood flow can prevent cardiovascular disease and even blood clots – the main cause of heart attacks.



Reduce Bad Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the largest contributing factors in heart disease. Green tea can reduce bad cholesterol in your blood and improve the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.



Treat Diabetes

Green tea has glucose-regulated capabilities, slowing the rise of blood sugar after you consume a meal, and preventing insulin spikes.



Oral Health

The catechin in green tea controls the acidity of saliva, helping to prevent tooth decay. It also can improve gum health, prevent tooth loss and improve bad breath.



Allergy Relief

Green tea contains EGCG, a compound that is proven to be anti-allergenic and can reduce pollen allergens and improve seasonal allergies.



Digestive Woes

Many people suffer from digestive issues, whether it be occasional indigestion and heartburn or more serious conditions such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The anti-inflammatory EGCG in green tea can reduce inflammation in your stomach and relieve digestive upset.



Green tea is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and other micronutrients. With all of the tremendous health and wellness benefits of green tea, drinking a cup or two a day is a no-brainer. Drinking green tea is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your overall health, for today and your future. That is why you should drink drink green tea everyday.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Pros and Cons of Detox Cleanses

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Your body naturally detoxes through your digestive system, liver, kidneys and even the skin that you shed. That is your body’s way of breaking down toxins and eliminating what is not needed. A detox cleanse can complement your body’s natural processes, if it’s done right.



You have probably heard about the benefits of a cleanse or detox, from quick and easy weight loss and improved energy to a rebalance of your entire digestive system. Cleanses kickstart your body’s natural cleansing process by avoiding solid food or a specific food group (such as sugar, caffeine, processed foods, etc.), to eliminate those toxins and give your body and digestive system a chance to reset, heal and more readily absorb nutrients from food.



During a liquid cleanse, you will often have to replace solid food with liquids for a period of time. For instance, if you opt for the Master Cleanse, you will forgo solid food and instead drink a mixture of lemon water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. There are also other cleanses that involve fresh-squeezed juices or green tea.



The best kinds of cleanses are those that allow you to eat solids and liquids. These cleanses help you reset your system, which will help you achieve long-term health and weight-loss success. Many experts find that the best types of cleanses out there are those that eliminate processed foods, alcohol, sugar, caffeine and products from animals. A cleanse can be in the form of a healthy diet that is a mixture of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, beans and other sources of vitamins and protein. Or, you can choose to make this type of “cleanse” a permanent lifestyle change and reap the benefits of clean, healthy eating in your body and health overall.



Before you begin any cleanse, make sure that the cleanse you follow is healthy for you and matches your lifestyle. It is best to follow a cleansing system that allows you to take in appropriate calories to fuel your body. A good rule of thumb is not to consume less than 1,000 calories in a day or you may be causing more harm than good to your body. (MAKE BOLD QUOTE) Also, cleanses that omit healthy fats, good-for-you carbs and protein from your diet are best avoided. These cleanses can actually slow down your metabolism, cause you to lose valuable muscle mass, weaken your immune system and cause you to see a low drop in your blood sugar, which can lead to imbalances in your body and even increase your risk of a heart attack!



Every diet or program has its strengths and weaknesses. Here are the pros and cons to a detox cleanse:




Pros


Eliminate Toxins: Cleanses are meant to help your body rid itself of toxins and give you a reboot. You can use your cleansing period as a way to kickstart healthy eating habits.



Jump-Start Weight Loss: For the most part, cleanses are not meant to be a long-term weight loss program, but they can be a great first step to get you on the right path toward your long-term weight loss goals. Use your cleansing period to help you get on the right path toward a healthy relationship with food and permanently transform those unhealthy eating habits. If you need to see the scale jump to get you motivated, this could be a great first step.



Increased Intake of Vitamins: If you are doing a juice cleanse, your body gets a tremendous boost of essential vitamins and minerals. Be smart about the cleansing program that you choose so you do not eliminate key nutrients, which would leave you feeling sluggish or malnourished. If you do a cleanse right, you will feel energized – not fatigued.



Identify Food Sensitivities: When you cleanse, you typically cut out all or at least some foods altogether for a period of time. Then, once you are ready to go back to solid foods, ease yourself back in. This is a great time to gradually integrate foods back into your system, giving yourself time to assess how your body reacts to each type of food.



Mindful Eating: When you go on a cleanse and then revert back to a traditional diet, you may realize that you no longer need sugar or caffeine to keep you going. With a cleansing plan, you are typically encouraged to follow a schedule, which is great to keep you from snacking when bored or overeating at mealtime. You can now integrate foods that are good for you and make you feel good, and you can avoid empty calories and mindless self-indulging that could be harmful to your health.



Reset Your Taste Buds: Sugars, caffeine and highly-processed salty foods can make your taste buds numb to the point that you can no longer appreciate the simple pleasures of food in their natural states. And, once you cut out the salt and sugar, you may find that your body no longer craves it.


Cons


Not Effective for Long-Term Weight Loss: The weight that you lose during a cleanse is typically a short-term change, resulting from loss of water retention and the removal of solid matter through bowel movements. Once you start eating solid foods again, whatever weight was associated with water or excess waste in your digestive system will come right back.



Decrease in Energy: When you do a liquid-only cleanse and/or when you’re following a low-calorie and low- to no-protein diet, you may experience mental fatigue, cloudy, unfocused thoughts and a decrease in energy. If you have a rigorous exercise routine, such as running for long periods of time, hot yoga, or other exercises that use larger loads of energy, you may want to skip those exercises during your cleanse. Be sure to pay attention to your body, and if you feel lightheaded or fatigued, take in more calories or just take it easy.



Frequent Bowel Movements: You may experience more frequent than usual bowel movements, so make sure that you have a bathroom easily accessible, at least for the first few days until you know how your system will react. These frequent flushes may be more than just water and excess waste – you may be flushing away essential nutrients and electrolytes that keep your body functioning properly. In this case, regularity may not be a good thing.



Little to No Fiber: Through a typical juice cleanse, you may be eliminating all or most of the fiber from your diet. Your body needs fiber to work effectively, and fiber is essential to clearing out your colon to help your digestive system function efficiently.



Price: The price of many cleansing systems can be quite expensive, some upwards of $60 or more for a single day. Even if you juice your own fruit, you will have to spend a lot of money to purchase several pounds of fruits and vegetables to create the juice for each meal throughout a single day. After all, while you may eat a piece or two of fruit in a meal, you will need double or triple the amount to create just one glass of juice when made with a juicer.



Whichever cleanse you opt for or whether you choose to try a cleanse or not, do what feels right to your body. Listen to your body and understand what it is saying when you make any modifications to your diet. Don’t go with what worked for someone else or what is on-trend right now. What works for others may not be best for you and your health. The cleanse should make your body feel re-set and recharged, not punished.



Have you ever tried a cleanse? What were your results? Do you have any tips for anyone considering a cleanse? Please share your thoughts in the comments below – we love hearing from you!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

26 Weight-Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe

Get the scoop on the diet strategies that really work and keep the pounds off for good.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tinder Just Added An STI Testing Locator To Their Website

Your next chlamydia screening: 4 miles away.

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This comes after an awareness campaign from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) put up billboards associating apps like Tinder with STIs.

This comes after an awareness campaign from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) put up billboards associating apps like Tinder with STIs.

The ads appeared around L.A. and New York City in September 2015. Tinder then sent a cease and desist letter to AHF asking them to remove all references to the app on their billboards or website.

Now that Tinder added this health safety section, AHF is removing all ads mentioning the app, according to Reuters.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

7 Savvy Social Media Tips for Yoga Instructors

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Keeping current and relevant on social media can be a huge task. As a yoga instructor with a million other things on your business to-do list, social media can easily fall to the bottom of your priorities, especially if you are not naturally passionate about social media platforms or technology in general. However, to connect to your audience on a larger level, social media is almost a necessity in today's modern world.

Social media doesn't have to be hard, or consume tons of time. The key is to establish a routine and use tools that work for both you and your yoga business.

Use the 7 tips below to get the most out of your social media platforms:

1. Build a Library

Having to come up with content ‘on-the-go' can be difficult and can lead to social media exhaustion or burnout. It is natural to have days or weeks (maybe even months) where you just don't feel inspired to share on Facebook. This is where having a library of all the good, juicy stuff that you found or developed when you were inspired helps. Jot down ideas on your phone notepad (or on paper) that come to you during your busy day, and keep a folder on your desktop to save links, images, and other online items that inspire you. Each person will develop their own system, but the point is to have a system in place and to start building that library of inspiring things you want to share.

2. Schedule Posts

The beauty behind technology is we can make it work for us. Social media is not exactly a “set-it-and-forget-it” game, but there are certain elements that can be easily scheduled, and doing so will save you time, energy, and sanity in the long run. There are tools out there that have free options for scheduling on multiple social media accounts (our favorite is Hootsuite) and some social media platforms even allow scheduling directly via their site (like Facebook). Plan ahead and use these tools to your advantage and pick 1-2 times a month to spend at least an hour scheduling your posts for the following weeks. This is where your library of content, ideas, quotes, photos, articles, and writings can come in handy (see tip #1). Tap into this and schedule away! Remember you can always augment what is already scheduled with real-time updates as well.

3. Manage Your Time

Let's face it – social media takes time. It can easily become a rabbit hole we fall into where we set out to respond to a comment or make a post and quickly find ourselves reading some article or browsing through a friend’s photo album. Managing your time on social media will help you preserve your energy and be efficient in your entire purpose behind its use – to network, connect, and ideally spread your message to those that are attracted to it.

Having a game plan going into the social media game is KEY. When possible, do as much of the prep work off of social networks as possible (like writing out future posts, finding quotes, selecting photos, etc.). Plan ahead and block out separate times on your calendar for scheduling posts, responding to comments and messages, finding other content to share, and developing your own content. Stick to your schedule and practice not getting distracted. And when you do find yourself off track, just like in meditation, gently bring yourself back to what you were doing.

4. Engage

Getting posts out is only half of the social media game. The entire purpose of social media is to connect. It is community building, which means it is a two-way conversation. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Use it as a way to have a conversation with your student base, fellow teachers, and other professional connections. When people comment to things you have posted, RESPOND. It doesn't have to be right away. In fact we recommend it isn't, but rather that step #3 is implemented and blocks of time are set aside specifically for responding. This ensures you are fully engaged, not distracted, as well as being more efficient with your time.

5. Give

While social media is a great way to share what you have going on (classes, events, retreats, etc.), it's also a place to give. This doesn't necessarily mean giving away free classes or private training sessions, but giving good information. Sharing quotes, music you enjoy (or playlists), tips or recipes, quick videos, or even just personal glimpses of yourself can completely change your social media game. The shift from an always ‘asking' (promotion) profile to a more ‘giving' (source of information) profile can make all the difference in how you connect with those in your network.

6. Share

We all know the saying “sharing is caring.” The same applies to social media too. When you see a post, tweet, video, or whatever that someone else has shared that inspires you, then feel free to share it with others too. This not only helps you build your own content on your platforms, but also helps you network with those in your industry. When you acknowledge and recognize others, they will do the same to you.

7. Analytics

Most of the popular social media platforms have built-in analytics that users (especially businesses) can review. While this step may seem overwhelming, it can add a whole lot of value to your efforts. Even just a quick glance once or twice a month can help you understand which posts people responded to best and give you a sense of the demographic of your followers. You will have the information of what things work and, therefore, where you should your spend social media time.

Social media is a marketing and community-building tool. It needs to be managed just like any other part of your business. Having a system in place increases both your efficiency and effectiveness and allows more effortless flow. You have a lot to juggle as a yoga entrepreneur, so good use of your time is imperative. More ease means less time needed, which then allows for more time for other aspects of your business.

Take a minute to review these tips and check-in on which ones would be useful to you. With a conscious effort and commitment to implementing these simple yet effective strategies, you will begin to feel more like social media is working for your business needs rather than the other way around.

Have other tips, ideas, or questions? Share them with us in the comments below – we love hearing from you!

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