Vegetarian Protein Powders

Vegetarian Protein Powders

People that exercise often take protein powders to help optimize their exercise routines.  Protein is needed by the body to help build muscle and this is why it is quite effective when you exercise. The main problem for people who are vegetarians is that most protein does come from animal sources. The good news is that there are several vegetarian protein powders on the market today that are as effective as regular protein powder. Here is a little bit more about vegetarian protein powders and what you can expect.

Meets Dietary Requirements

If you are a vegan or a vegetarian you’re going to want to take protein powders that are plant-based. This is why the market has been open two more vegetarian and protein powders than ever before. You can find a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan protein powders to help you have a more effective workout.

Plant Based Protein Is Effective

Some individuals think that protein based on animal sources is just better but this isn’t the case. Plant-based protein is just as effective as regular protein in helping to build muscle mass. In fact there are many bodybuilders and others in the muscle and fitness industry that eat exclusively plant-based diets and they are just as fit as those that eat a more animal-based diet.

For many years plant-based protein was frowned upon because they thought it wasn’t effective is whey protein. The main reasoning isn’t many plant-based proteins don’t contain all the essential amino acids that you get when you consume way. The good news is that many plant-based protein powders contain a wide range of different plant sources so you’re getting most of the essential amino acids that you need.

Plant Based Protein powder What Its Made From

Plant-based protein powders come from a wide range of different plant sources. The most common sources are from soy because this is cheap to make. Other sources include hemp, pea, rice, and other plant-based sources. Other ingredients are also added to the powder to bump up the nutrition found in the plant-based protein powder.  You should look for a plant-based protein powder that comes from various sources as this will ensure that you get almost all of the amino acids that your body needs.

Supplement Your Diet

If you’re on a vegetarian or a vegan diet, you may be worried that you’re not getting enough nutrition and enough protein. We know that our bodies do require a certain amount of protein but many plants simply don’t have an adequate protein content to be effective for the body. By taking a vegetarian protein powder you’re going to be getting that added protein that you may be missing from some of the foods that you’re eating. By supplementing your diet with vegetarian protein powder it’s going to go a long way to improving your health. It can especially be effective you’re exercising and need more protein in your diet.

Bloating

If you’re new to protein powders you may experience a small amount of bloating. This can occur because your body needs to get used to the protein powder. This bloating sensation it should go away after a couple weeks at your body gets used to taking a vegetarian protein powder. If you do experience bloating, simply reduce your dosage of the protein powder a little bit and see how it impacts you. You can start to add more protein powder as your body gets used to taking the supplement.

Summary

If you want to improve your health and add more protein to your diet as a vegetarian or vegan you should try vegetarian protein powder. You’ll find a wide range of these products on the market now to meet all of your needs.

Take steps to become physically and mentally healthy

Take steps to become physically and mentally healthy

Physical and mental health may seem like two very different things, but they are not entirely separate. A balance of both is necessary to a balanced, healthy, fulfilling and productive lifestyle. It can be difficult to navigate both areas at the same time, but a combination of both mental and physical health is achievable for most of us.

Understand The Link Between Mental and Physical Health to be Healthy

According to the Mental Health Foundation, mental and physical health are intrinsically linked because factors that affect one often impact the other. For instance, depressed people are less likely to seek treatment for physical ailments and may have difficulty exercising. Similarly, physically unfit people may have issues with confidence and isolation, which could lead to mental health problems.

Everyone should have a basic fitness routine, a series of diet and exercise activities and behaviors to ensure they remain physically healthy. Similarly, it is important for everyone, not just those who have been diagnosed with mental illness to design a routine of self-care. This is defined as any series of actions taken to improve overall well-being and wellness that will help you achieve your goals.

Focus on Relaxation

Learning how to relax and minimize stress is essential to both physical and mental health. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S, affecting over 18% of the population every year. Meanwhile, stress can impact your body in a multitude of ways, from increasing your chance of heart attacks and type 2 diabetes to digestive problems and muscular pains.

One thing you can try is meditation and mindfulness, which can have a greatly positive effect on both mind and body. Find a quiet, comfortable, and distraction-free space in your home that you can dedicate to meditation. This can be as simple as setting a timer for 10 minutes and sitting in complete silence for that time, focusing on your breathing and visualizing the air entering and leaving your body.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Create an effective relaxation regimen that works for you. This should include getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Foster an environment that encourages deep sleep at night, including a fully dark room (no blinking electronics!) and a comfortable mattress and pillows. You could also consider a noise machine, or banning any smartphone and electronics from your bedside table.

Try Journaling

Journaling is having a bit of a resurgence with bullet journaling becoming a specific trend in self-care. According to Psych Central, keeping a journal can be extremely beneficial to both your physical and mental well-being. Also, it is a good way to combine the two and organize your healthy habits.

Your journal can help you plan your physical fitness routine, including what exercises to do and when. If you write these things down in as much detail as possible, you will be more likely to follow through. You can also create a fitness tracker, where you can record your progress as you go in a satisfyingly visual way.

Journaling is also a great self-care tool, as writing down your thoughts and feelings helps you process them. You can also keep track of your mental health progress by noting what days were worse than others, and what made some days better. Another great tool is keeping a gratitude log, where you commit to writing down one thing every day that you are thankful for.

Some people have trouble addressing physical and mental health needs at the same time, but the best way is to approach your health in a holistic way and understand that fitness is self-care, because it makes you healthier. Self-care involves being kind to oneself: sometimes, this means having a nap and sometimes it means forcing yourself to get up and exercise. Focus on balance, know how to relax and keep track of your goals, and you will be well on your way to physical and mental healthy.

Can also check follow These Easy At-Home Tips for Self-Care post and 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training certification.

Sheep wool yoga mats from Duncan, BC

Sheep wool yoga mats from Duncan, BC

I am really excited to share this new company that contacted me recently. I didn’t even know that wool yoga mat excited. I have a couple sheep skin at home and enjoy laying on them, enjoy reading about this local company.

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Sat Nam

Please allow us to take this time to introduce ourselves.  We are a manufacturer of sheep’s wool-pile fabric yoga mats from Duncan, BC.  We design, create and sew all of our products, which we make for everyone from cuddly babies to cherished grandparents, and pets!

Our yoga mats are made from a very high density 100% sheared sheep’s wool that has a 1” thick plush wool pile (850 grams of wool per metre of surface area).  We offer three sizes: 20”x34”, 28”x40”, 28”x72”.  Our 28”x40” mats are similar in size to large sheepskins.  Custom sizes are available upon request.  They are machine wash and dry; the more you wash them, the softer the wool gets.  We recommend using Eucalan, or an equally gentle wool soap (no detergents).

We were happy with how well received our yoga mats were at the 3HO Summer Solstice in New Mexico.  It was a great test market to introduce our yoga mats.  So great we’re continuing to spread the word!  We welcome retail and wholesale orders.  Wholesale orders are usually based on a quantity of 12 or more yoga mats (various sizes).  As an introduction to our yoga mats, we are pleased to offer wholesale pricing on orders of six (6) or more yoga mats (various sizes).  This is a great opportunity to get some fellow yogis together to take advantage of the wholesale pricing.

Please find a five-page PDF attached to this email.  It contains detailed information and photos regarding our yoga mats, including wool facts, yoga mat care, images, other product lines, our contact details, and a blank order form listing retail and wholesale prices.

We welcome your feedback and questions, and look forward to hearing from you.

Namaste

Warm Regards,
Anyes de Laat
Soul Comfort Sheepskin
www.soulcomfortsheepskin.com

 

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Robin

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Robin

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 7 beautiful women, like Robin, and also incredible to have 11 different instructors to come lead part of the training. I am hoping that this will be the first of many yoga teacher training sessions and I am already starting to plan and dream of the next one ! It has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling , I also invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

Robin Minty

Life Affirmation: “I am like a tree- grounding roots to stay healthy & strong, reaching out limbs to connect to others and inspiring magic into the world.”

Core Desire Feeling: Connection – Healthy & Alive – MAGICAL

Getting Grounded

When I was little, I created “The Robin Minty Show” which started at bedtime and went until my exhausted parents could settle me down as I spun and danced around, desperate to not go to sleep and rest. At 28, I was still doing pretty much the same thing; my parents had long ago given up telling me to “take it easy.” I spent most of my life spinning wildly out of control… so it wasn’t too surprising when I had a snowboarding accident and sustained major injuries which left me with severe chronic pain.

It’s been just over two years now and I still live with that accident every single day. I began my Yoga Teacher Training journey to gain back fluid movement in my body and to find empowering techniques for pain management. I will continue this path of training so I can help others navigate the journey through pain. I understand the desperation that arises from chronic pain and the exhaustion from trying to learn the limits of a new, unfamiliar body. Daily living tasks become unbearable, social isolation ensues and the thought of any physical activity is overwhelming. It’s challenging to gauge your edge when you’ve been desensitized with a hyperactive nervous system and the pathways of pain are constantly firing. Less is more – an idea completely foreign to me until now.

It’s overwhelming when you first realize your body is no longer capable of doing everything you want it to. The key for using yoga as a tool for pain relief is to accept that it won’t “heal you” or necessarily take away your pain but it will equip you with empowering tools to embrace the way you handle the pain. Yoga strengthens the mind-body-spirit connection. You reteach your brain that movement is safe and accept the importance of deep breathing. The benefits of oxygen are so tantalizingly available yet when we’re in pain, breathing becomes superficial and we loose the healing power that oxygen provides. Relaxation techniques (tapping, breathing, meditating) help calm a tense, rigid body so that the body gets a chance to do what it does naturally, heal.

I’ve had my whole life taken over by pain and I’m just now able to move into a place of acceptance and understanding. It takes time. Sometimes we go through really rough times and when we come out of it, we’re wiser and more empathetic towards others. I’ve learned more in the past two years than I thought possible and I would love to connect with others on their healing path. If anyone wants to contact me regarding anything I’ve discussed, please do so at robinleeminty@gmail.com

Thank you to my beautiful, strong and inspiring sister Kendra who joined me on this training journey with her shining heart that’s as big as the universe! I couldn’t have done it without her and her joyful attitude just made it extra fun. Thank you to my parents for the love and encouragement and to my partner Adam for helping so much while I did this. Thank you to all my peers/ teachers in this training, to Danica, Chitos, Courtney, Geneviève, Cate and Kendra for giving me space to get through this and help me reach my next level of healing. You all inspire me so much and I’m blessed to have met you. And finally, thank you to Veronique, her encouragement and her gigantic heart (which is also as big as the universe) have made a huge difference in my life. Vero put together this teacher -training course from her heart and soul and it shows. This course has CHANGED MY LIFE and I couldn’t have done it without the help of this community. I aspire to bring this sense of connection, sharing and thriving together into my daily life. We have raised our consciousness and it will ripple out into this world…

 

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from coach Danica

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from coach Danica

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 7 beautiful women, like Danica, and also incredible to have 11 different instructors to come lead part of the training. I am hoping that this will be the first of many yoga teacher training sessions and I am already starting to plan and dream of the next one ! It has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling , I also invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

Danica Reyes aka coach Danica

Life Affirmation: I am the ocean stirring to awaken & calmly soothing so you may dance to your potential…
 
Core Desire Feelings: Joyous, Loving & Peaceful

Take a Break… Meditate!

To think you can give yourself a break by simply taking one. Turning off for a moment to clear your mind. How often we are so busy checking other people’s “status updates” that we forget to check into ourselves. We remember to check-in on Facebook but ignore the signals our body and mind provide so intuitively. We have the answers we seek, if only we take the time to listen.

“Sitting still is an opportunity to break the habitual cycle that has us continually running away from the slightest discomfort and seeking pleasure outside of ourselves. To sit still, no matter what, is not how we usually react to an uncomforatble situation. Yet if we try it, we venture deeper into ourselves, exploring our potential. We will come closer to the source of happiness.”

 -Jivamukti Yoga, Book 

There are certainly specific methods to follow? There are many books on “how to,” How do I sit? Where do I sit? What do I sit on? Why bother at all? STOP! Stop everything you are doing and thinking for just a moment of concetrated focus on your breath, on your mind, controlling it rather than reacting to it; you are the one in control and can simply take a break.

Twenty years ago I was given a book on meditation called “Meditation for Dummies” chapter one reads, “What meditation is and isn’t” and had I read the whole book back then maybe I would have had a daily practice sooner? Although the journey of the pasty twenty years has lead to my current practice of 6 days a week. Combining asana and meditation I now direct my health rather than being dictated by it. I promise you it took me more than reading, I found that receiving instruction first in private and in a group setting to be the key which unlocked my abiltity to “take a break” when I need to, controlling the urge to react or judge a circumstance as “good” or bad” instead remaining equanimous and calm.

“Where motion ceases,” the Master said, “God begins.” 

-Paramhansa Yogananda on Meditation 

To sustain balance, I allow myself time to attune to mind, body and spirit through meditation which gives me the break I need, when I need it, where I need it, no matter what I am sitting on, and becuase I get to stop everything, I get clear, it’s really like hitting the refresh button on your browser, just clear your history and start fresh.

“Balanced sailing, weathers all storms.”

 -Coach Danica

Namaste

 
 
 
 
 
200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Kendra

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Kendra

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 7 weekends with these 8 beautiful women, like Kendra, and also incredible to have 11 different instructors to come lead part of the training. I am hoping that this will be the first of many yoga teacher training sessions and I am already starting to plan and dream of the next one ! It has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling , I also invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

Kendra GRACE Minty

Life affirmation: I am the universe, who’s kind nature inspires people to love one another.”

Core Desire Feeling: Empowering, Divine, and Majestic

A Spiritual Journey through Western and Eastern Medicine

Western medicine relies heavily on prescription drugs for providing preventives and cures for any health condition. As a society we have grown accustom to fully accepting and trusting this type of care. There is a lack of education, funding and options for alternatives. At twenty-eight years old I have experienced multiple adverse side effects from taking prescription drugs. With a near death experience, these drugs have tested my mind, body, and spirit. From a place of nightmares I have entered enlightening and awakening states. But before I get to that I will begin this recollection with my pre-prescription drug period, at the young age of sixteen.

On top of a large hill covered in blooming wildflowers overlooking an expansive range of forests, with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, I found my place of solitude for spiritual exploration. Located in front of my family home, I would run up the hiking trail to this scared spot and engage in my own free flow of yoga and meditation. I never received any training and this was a time before the explosion of social media so the asana and mediation techniques truly came from within. I remember entering into such deep meditation that I was able to float above my body and be able to observe this sacred location from a bird’s-eye view. I remember engaging in this intuitive yoga practice up until the age of seventeen, when I fell into a serious relationship. My focus for ten years was on this relationship and I lost my practice. My spiritual journey took a turn from this yoga practice to an unexpected form of enlightenment through a prescription drug reaction.

I was nineteen years old packing for a backpacking trip to Nicaragua. I was going to meet my cousin then spend the rest of the trip on my own, which was a big deal at the time because I had spent the last two years in a serious relationship. I visited a travel clinic to prepare for the trip, I received medication for any cases of diarrhea and the anti malaria drug, Novo-Chloroquine. I was required to take the anti malaria drug once a week, two weeks before the trip. I had left my packing to the last minute, so I quickly glanced over the prescription pill directions (which happened to be the ones for diarrhea) and ended up taking two pills for two weeks. I started to notice myself go crazy the night after New Years Eve, one day before my flight.

After staying up late at a New Years Eve party drinking wine with friends I found myself unable to sleep. I thought it could have just been from drinking and decided I could live with just one sleepless night. The next night when I closed my eyes to sleep I began noticing flashing lights. After an hour or two of trying to sleep through the lights flashing I started to hear voices… telling me, “you have been reborn.” This is when I felt a sense of panic and woke up parents. At first we wondered if someone could have slipped a drug in my drink at the New Years Party because there was some recreational drug use, but it was highly unlikely since they were all close friends. My mom then asked me what I was taking for my trip. I showed her my prescriptions and when she found out I mixed up my dose she called her sister who is a doctor. My aunt knew about the psychotic side effects from anti malaria pills and said I had overdosed and needed to go to the hospital.

I remember the sinking moment at the hospital when the doctor told me it would take a month for the drug to leave my system. Which meant instead of a trip I would be going through a month of flashing lights when I closed my eyes, hearing voices, and the possibility of things getting worst. I was given a strong sedative to help me sleep and sent home. At the time I was living with my boyfriend, but with the state I was in I moved back into my parents home. That night the sedative did not work. I went through multiple prescriptions for sleep that included anti psychotics. After days of no sleep and being on a variety of drugs I entered into a zombie state. I began hallucinating shadow figures and hearing loud crashing noises. My weight dropped to ninety pounds very rapidly and I lost the ability to drive or wright. I began noticing my senses heightening, my vision sharpened and I could hear sounds coming from the other side of the house.

With the inability to sleep and my brain function heightened I became a prisoner trapped in my own mind. This is where my spiritual journey truly began.

I spent a lot of my life being very critical of myself and developed a condition later diagnosed as body dysmorphia disorder. I had conditioned myself to hate everything about my body and mind. Trapped in my thoughts for days without sleep I began digging deep into my past. I began going back to my childhood to nurture the little girl I had grown to hate. I held her hand and went into every memory of doing harm to others and forgave myself. I then went to every memory of harming myself, even with a thought and forgave myself. I let go of a thick build up of layers that weighed me down mentally and began to feel free. I went through a total of eight days on sedatives with no sleep to enter into a state of enlightenment.

On the eighth day of no sleep and going through the process of letting go of a lifetime of negative thinking I entered a blissful state. In the middle of the night I went into the bathroom to sit in front of the mirror. When I looked into the mirror I saw a beautiful angelic figure, my whole body was glowing and I felt a burst of joy run through my body. Then I could hear a voice from above say, “you have done what you needed to do in this life and are ready to move on.” I had this overwhelming urge to completely let go and enter a new stage of life. Then the voice made it clear to me that if I agreed to pass on I would be leaving my parents with my body. It was incredibly hard not to fall into the state of pure bliss, but I could not leave my body behind in that state knowing the harm I would do to my loved ones. At that moment I woke up my parents and told them I needed to go to the hospital.

We quickly rushed to the hospital, I remember seeing myself turn blue as I glanced at my reflection in the side mirror, and I felt myself fading. When we arrived at the hospital, they assumed from my appearance and mental state that I was on Crystal Meth. My heart started shutting down and they needed to resuscitate me. I remember seeing my parents shocked faces and fought to stay alive. I had made the choice to stay and was able to stabilize and go home that day. I finally got some sleep and slowly began noticing the side effects beginning to subside. After a month I finally began to function normally again, however I experienced long-term effects of sleep anxiety.

This drug reaction had a profound effect on my life. As I returned to my normal state, I began to build those layers of insecurities up again. Over the next nine years I experienced many other adverse side effects to prescription drugs such as anti-anxiety medication, sleeping pills, and an antibiotic. This year my anti-anxiety pills sent me into another weeklong period of insomnia where I worked at letting go of all my negative thoughts. When I was able to fully quiet my monkey brain I felt myself be fully present in the seat of consciousness. I then experienced myself as pure light and was able to interact with someone close to me that had recently passed away. My body, mind, and spirit were in complete harmony and I could feel my chakras activating, starting from my sacral to my throat chakra. I went to a psychic who thought I might be experiencing a Kundalini Awakening, but without a strong yoga practice I was not mentally and physically prepared for it. Once I realized my anti-anxiety pills were putting me into this heightened state I went off them in order to get sleep. Slowly I returned to my normal state and felt my old negative thought patterns return. These drug reactions led to the understanding of my spiritual potential but I knew I needed to find a natural approach to get there.

I decided to take this yoga teacher training as a way to re-root the strong yoga practice I had nurtured as a teenager. The knowledge and practice I have gained from this course has helped me to reconnect my mind, body, and spirit. Unfortunately during the course I experienced another adverse reaction to antibiotics that caused sleep anxiety, however, I was able to seek a more Eastern approach to care that included acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, and meditation. I believe I started my spiritual journey at a young age, but allowed the ego to consume my spirituality. Adverse drug reactions have pushed me into deep spiritual states that haven’t been able to survive.

To truly be in an everlasting state of bliss one must live yoga by practicing asanas, meditation, and have unconditional love for oneself.

Namaste XO