Bravado Desigs Pink Yoga BraMom” is expecting her third little bundle of joy, so you can imagine her delight when trying out this new nursing bra from Bravado Designs! Throughout each pregnancy and afterwards when nursing, the Bravado Designs line of bras has been “Mom’s” top pick. The bras are seamless, incredibly soft and made to change with your ever-changing and shifting shape without discomfort. Now, they have brought this level of comfort to your yoga practice or workout routine! And yes, to answer your question, “Mom” has been practically living in this “pretty in pink” bra above since it arrived for review in her home!
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About the Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
With convertible criss-cross straps and four-way stretch fabric that molds to a woman’s changing shape, whether in the third trimester or throughout breastfeeding, the Body Silk Seamless Yoga nursing bra is luxuriously soft, seamless and wire-free for added comfort. It also features removable foam inserts for shape and discretion, as well as easy open and close clips and full drop-away bra cups for skin-to-skin contact. The bra also comes with a conversion kit for extended usage. Now moms can indulge in their favorite yoga practice or activity, in total comfort and style.

The Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra also features patented Silverbreeze™ technology, an antimicrobial finish that is applied to the fabric which prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause unpleasant odors, premature decay of the fabric and discoloration. The active ingredient, silver ions, control the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the fabric surface, keeping it fresh through the most rigorous Vinyasa class, power walks and Pilates routine.

Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra is currently available in Charcoal Heather and Pink Heather for $55.00 in the US and Canada at www.BravadoDesigns.com and National and Specialty retailers including Diapers.com, Breakout Bras.com, Figure 8 Maternity.com, Bosom Buddies, The Pump Station, Yummy Mummy, and in Canada at West Coast Kids, Snuggle Bugz, andWell.ca.

*Company generously provided a sample and images for this piece.*

Yoga For Busy Moms

Since yoga has migrated to the West from the East over fifty years ago, the research has shown that it can improve ones health drastically. Now that the trend has caught on, you can see studios opening up everywhere like a Starbucks. But for busy moms, it can be quite challenging trying to balance home life and personal time. So is there a way for busy moms to still gain benefits from the power of yoga?

Making It To A Yoga Class Can Be Tough

While in an ideal world you would be able to make your way to a yoga class, the truth is that you just may not be able to find that time. Depending on where you live the travel time can drastically reduce your ability to make it there. For those living in major cities, one yoga class can take up to three hours of their day when you consider all the time spent. So are there any alternatives to having to physically go to a yoga class?

Online Yoga Videos

With our Internet technology constantly improving, more companies are now offering their yoga classes online. This is a great way to be able to take a guided class without having to deal with all the traffic of getting to the physical studio. Many of the world-renowned teachers are now using the Internet as a way to connect with students and because it has become less expensive to film these classes, they now offer high quality programs online. If you just do a search for “online yoga classes” you can find a plethora available there.

15 Minutes A Day

Because yoga is generally a one-hour class (or longer) mentally speaking it can get you to think that you just can’t squeeze it in to the day. Most busy parents will have the intention of doing it and then all of a sudden the day goes by and you will think to yourself “I just can’t fit an hour of it into my schedule”. But the truth is that even 15-minutes of yoga can literally change your life.

Stress is the accumulation of improper short breathing and when you take 15-minutes to just stop and do a few asanas with proper breathing, it can break the pattern of your stress building up and is enough to at least reduce the amount you take on. While of course it would be ideal to take a full class, something is better then nothing.

Yoga Is More Then Just Asana Practice

Here in the West people associate yoga with just the actual physical practice and poses. They see someone in a “pretzel” and think, “this is yoga.” But the truth is that it is a philosophy and lifestyle. It’s about proper breathing, nutrition, and thinking which translates into a better state of health and well-being. You can still practice it without doing any of the physical asana practice just by eating properly, thinking positive, and focusing on your breathing.

The Truth About Stress

Busy moms run around with so many items on their to-do list while taking care of their child and subsequently forget to breathe! We take it for granted that we breathe automatically but when you do not breathe correctly, this is what causes stress. As noted above, short breathing is one of the major reasons we take on stress because it does not allow the oxygen to fill our lungs. If you feel stress coming on you can do a yoga technique called “fire breath” which is where you breathe deep into your diaphragm and exhale rapidly. This will help to bring oxygen back into your body and into your blood stream so that it can work its magic.

Unfortunately there is no magic bullet for busy moms who want to practice yoga. Just remember that being conscious of your breath and doing a few poses and stretches for a mere 15 minutes a day can make all the difference in the world.

About The Author

Sergio Diazgranados is the founder of Yoga Training Guide that supports students interested in taking a yoga teacher training course. The site offers aspiring teachers all the tools they need to delve deeper into their practice and become successful instructors.

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Looking to create a home yoga sanctuary – a place to slip away for meditation or a few minutes to practice a favorite pose? “Mom’s” most recent article on SheKnows.com outlines some simple ideas to design your own Zen Den in the New Year! You can read the entire article here.

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Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an illness that causes widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissue of the body. Its symptoms, in addition to pain throughout the body, can include specific tender points on the body, extreme fatigue, stiffness when waking, sleep problems, depression and memory problems. Doctors have not been able to pinpoint any specific trigger for the disease.

In the past, some doctors told patients that the symptoms they were experiencing were imaginary, while others used the illness as a diagnosis when they could not find a cause for a patient’s symptoms. Research has now shown that both of these ideas were wrong.

Recent studies have shown that many of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia have lower than normal levels of the hormone cortisol in their bodies. Scientists believe that the processes that cause fibromyalgia, including the lower levels of cortisol, affect the way that the brain receives and perceives pain signals. In those with this illness, the sensation of pain is greatly increased from what is considered normal. Current treatments for fibromyalgia include pain medications, management of stress and, if needed, lifestyle changes. However, doctors are starting to include alternative treatments such as yoga, tai chi and acupuncture. Many doctors now advise their patients to incorporate yoga as a part of their overall treatment plan.

Those new to yoga will find that it is a purposely slow form of exercise consisting of three main components. The first of these components are the poses or postures (asanas in Sanskrit). There are many poses used in yoga, making its use appropriate for many different reasons. These postures help the body by allowing it to stretch gently while relieving stress and helping to strengthen the muscles. Using these postures also increases blood flow throughout the body.

The next vital part of yoga is breathing. The practitioner is encouraged to use deep breathing techniques in order to get the greatest amount of oxygen to his/her body and brain. Deep breathing is also used to relieve stress and aid in the release of tension throughout the body.

The final component of yoga is meditation. Those taking part in meditation typically report a sense of calm and awareness. This soothing energy aids the body in its natural healing process. The practitioner is usually reminded to concentrate on their breathing and to let thoughts come and go without any particular attachment to them. Meditation provides a great opportunity to become aware of the mind and body connection, to listen to the needs of the body and respond with love and healing energy.

Most fibromyalgia patients are encouraged to take part in some type of exercise, but many find that just a small amount of exercise leaves them in a great amount of pain. Unlike regular exercise, such as running on a treadmill, a stepper or using weights, yoga allows the patient to perform slow stretches and gradually develop more complex routines if desired. Most practitioners advise those with fibromyalgia to begin with basic styles of yoga such as Hatha yoga.

No matter which way a patient decides to practice yoga, through yoga videos or with an instructor in a class setting, it should become part of the daily routine. Once yoga becomes habitual fibromyalgia patients may notice changes in their pain levels, their sleep and their fatigue. When used in conjunction with a treatment plan set up by their doctor, the fibromyalgia patient may find that yoga makes that plan more effective, allowing them to gain control over their life again, without the severe pain they had previously endured.

Green Health and Fitness Tips

Attending to your health and fitness needs can be a difficult undertaking, especially if you’ve never really worried about it in the past. There’s definitely a learning curve associated with adopting healthy eating habits and working an exercise regimen into your daily routine. You’ll have a lot of frustrations and setbacks to contend with throughout the process and it’s all too easy to lose motivation and return to your old ways, even if you have health reasons for wanting to make a change. But the process can be even harder when you bring green sensibilities into the equation.

Luckily, the market for eco-friendly products that suit the active lifestyle has expanded in recent years, so that there are now many options to help you see to your health and fitness needs without doing more harm to the environment. You can start by choosing organic clothing options for your workout gear, and you might be surprised to find that some come with the same options as the regular fare (wick-away features and so on), but sans the chemicals, waste, and pollution that normally accompany textiles. You may also want to opt for a shoe brand that embraces eco-friendly practices, such as Nike, which offers their Reuse-a-Shoe recycling program to turn your old trainers into playground turf (amongst other things).

When it comes to equipment, you might be at something of a loss as to how to proceed, but even here there are green options. You’ll have no trouble finding items like yoga mats and Pilates balls that are made from recycled or less harmful materials, since these types of exercise are associated with a holistic kind of lifestyle. But what about weights and workout machines? Is there any way to make these items greener? As a matter of fact, there are improvements already out there (and more on the way).

You can actually find hand weights made from partially recycled materials, and if you want 100% recycled, buy them used! As for the machines at the gym that suck up power day and night, you may be surprised to learn that there are now machines that run on kinetic energy. In short, they are powered by your movement. And there are even green gym facilities (more are opening every day) that do less harm to the environment on every level by incorporating these machines, conserving energy, and using eco-friendly building materials.

As for dieting to go along with your new fitness routine, you may want to look into organic food options. Certainly it can be a bit more expensive than your average shopping trip, but if you decide to go this route there’s nothing to stop you from growing your own organic fruit and vegetable garden to help reduce costs. You may also want to include vitamins, weight loss supplements, and the like in order to meet certain health and fitness goals. This is fine as long as you consult with your doctor first and try to avoid any supplements that are chemical in nature or could have adverse effects on your overall health.

About the Author

Sarah Danielson writes for www.getprograde.com where you can find great products and advice to help you lose weight.

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Yoga For Kids – Creating Health And Wellness For The Younger Generation

With today’s epidemic of childhood obesity, the medical profession is concerned for the future health and wellness of today’s youth. Getting enough regular exercise is important for the health of children and young adults. Choosing something fun, yet beneficial, is key when it comes to a picking a kid’s exercise group.

One of the most beneficial and well-rounded exercise programs for young people is the ancient practice of doing yoga. Unlike other sports activities, yoga is much, much more than just a way to exercise the body. It is a total lifestyle of health and wellness that children these days need so much of.

Children Learn A Healthy Lifestyle Practice Through Yoga Lessons

Lessons specifically made for children and young adults can offer them more than just a quick body workout. This practice teaches and trains the young child to control their thoughts, their body movements and their breathing. It helps them connect with the spiritual part of themselves and gives them the mental and emotional tools they need to grow up as grounded and self aware adults.

Yoga Teaches Kids Mindful Awareness

Poses that are used for children during class use creative methods to teach the child visualization and connectedness. Showing kids that they can stretch out their arms like a tree branch and imagine what it feels like to be cut down teaches true oneness with nature. It creates a thinking, feeling child who grows in awareness and empathy of the living things found in nature.

Poses are also fun for kids. The children stretch, reach, bend and become more flexible. Yoga helps them achieve fine motor coordination and muscle strength. Kids learn how to focus and develop self-control. They also learn how to relax. Focused, relaxed kids that can control themselves do better in school and will do much better out in the work force when they grow up.

Children Who Take Yoga Classes Learn Healthy Stress Relief Methods

Learning the healthy lifestyle practice of yoga is fun for children. They can release all of their pent up energy in a safe, fun environment. Classes may involve stimulating games and poses that teach them about nature and human anatomy. They learn an important lesson about stress relief and relaxation that can help ward off diseases caused by stress in later life. Kids who learn how to breathe correctly and calm themselves have a built-in buffer against some of the harmful stress relievers that many teenagers turn to like alcohol and cigarettes.

Kids Learn Lifelong Lessons From Yoga

Yoga is not only fun, it promotes self-discipline and inner strength. Children grow in character and self-respect. It promotes a feeling of well-being and confidence in a child. It helps them grow in respect for other human beings and for the life found in nature. This is much more than one could expect from any other kind of physical exercise program for young people. Yoga is more than just physical. It encompasses the whole person.

Not only do kids who take yoga have more stamina, balance, strength and flexibility, they will be able to control stress and anxiety better. Their minds will be clear and focused. Sleep will be more restful. That alone might get parents signing their kids up for classes as soon as possible.

Yoga can be practiced throughout their lives for maximum health and wellness. Classes of this type for children can create a whole new future generation of healthy, happy and well-rounded adults.

About the Author

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging for three years. In her free time, she likes to help teens study for their DMV test and, as a mom, she loves finding coupons at savings.com.