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review 2017-02-07 16:54
Softer Than Steel (Love & Steel, #2) by Jessica Topper Review
Softer Than Steel (A Love & Steel Novel) - Jessica Topper

As rock star "Riff Rotten", Rick Rottenberg has enjoyed all the perks that fame can offer, especially now that he's reunited with his former band mate, Adrian "Digger" Graves. But despite his success, Rick is a mess. Still reeling from the death of his wife years ago and terrified his demons will end his career, he agrees to seek help for his anxiety.
 
Burned by a musician in the past, Sidra Sullivan has closed her heart to love. So when Rick walks into her yoga studio, she wants nothing to do with him--until the bad boy shows an unexpected soft side.
 
As Sidra and Rick work through their painful pasts, they realize just how strongly opposites can attract. But when a crisis threatens the delicate balance they've forged, they'll discover if their love is strong enough to weather another storm or just too broken to survive...

 

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I liked so much about this book.

 

Topper's writing is perfectly pitched with detail, nuance, and insight. Her characters are flawed and lovable just the same.

 

The main characters here are like to stones striking a spark and that spark is this unexpected love story.

 

He is much older than her and changing his life. She is so much herself and yet settling into herself.

 

All the little moments and facets of the characters are what make this a great romance so I don't want to give those things away.

 

What held the book back for me, were little things, we never really address the hero's past before he reformed in any real way. We don't get to meet his kids with any depth. I would like more time in the HEA but this is a goooood book worth your time and money.

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video 2017-01-19 10:30

Yoga Science and Mindful Being Course. Mindful Being Course is the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training. This Net TV Interview with the author Nataša Pantović Nuit is about Yoga as Science or Mysticism and mindfulness training that has 100s of spiritual transformation tools designed to help the explorer live his / her highest potential. Discover why practice Yoga and what are the tools yogis used 1,000s of years ago for the benefit of mind, body and soul. How does meditation and yoga fit into today's world? Is there a connection between the development of Eastern and Western Spiritual Science?

 

Mindfulness Course on Amazon

Source: www.amazon.com/Mindful-Being-towards-Mindfulness-Training/dp/9995754037
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review 2016-12-26 20:54
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, The Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life - Guru Jagat

This is my first experience with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Kundalini Yoga is designed to raise complete body awareness.  There’s a lot of attention on the spine, the navel and breathing.  There’s no need to get into complicated positions and most of the exercises are fairly quick.  The meditations are mostly breathing with silent mantras.  Even practicing just a few minutes a day is said to bring you much benefit.

 

I did receive benefit from one I tried. When I was reading this book, we were having a particularly warm October and while it was cooling off at night, the house was still quite warm at bedtime.  To cool the body, breathe only through the left nostril, which will help you sleep.  I did feel cooler breathing that way.  There’s another one I want to try for sleep but I was just too tired to remember all the steps and the mantra.  It just doesn’t work well with the light on reading the instructions from the e-reader!  And it said you should sit with your spine straight and to continue until you fall asleep.  I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to fall asleep sitting up and when I fall over onto the bed, I’m pretty sure that will wake me up!

 

I’ve been doing the Cat-Cow Pose that they recommend because I know how important it is to keep the spine flexible. I’ve always heard that yoga moves should be done slowly but this one says that the more quickly you move, the more anti-aging benefits you receive.  I can’t say that I enjoyed doing this quickly.  Maybe it’s something that you need to get used to doing.

 

The book does seem to be geared to people who have a bit more yoga experience than I do, though it’s advertised for anyone at any age. It mentions several times “vibrating the mantra at the brow point” with no explanation as to what that meant.  I looked it up online and apparently repeating mantras creates an energy vibration.  One pose said “inhale, pull root lock, exhale and relax”.  It completely lost me there.

 

If you do try this book, I would recommend the print edition as it’s not easy going back and forth in an e-reader looking up the different yoga and meditations that you want to try. I also couldn’t read the photos with writing.

 

There’s quite a bit in here that has intrigued me so I’ll be dipping into this book again and try to work through some of my confusion with the instructions. I think it’s the type of book that you learn more from over time.

 

This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

 

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review 2016-12-07 21:00
Not just for seniors
Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief - Kimberly Carson MPH E-RYT,Carol Krucoff,Jim Carson PhD,Mitchell W. Krucoff MD

This is an excellent introduction to yoga. It’s geared towards seniors but I think it would be beneficial to anyone learning the poses and setting up a home routine for themselves. 

 

The book starts off with several chapters detailing the benefits of yoga, particularly for seniors. It talks about the vicious cycle of inactivity as we age.  Movement hurts so people stop moving.  Unused muscles become weak, which leads to more pain and immobility so people move even less.  Not moving leads to weight gain, increased pain, plus the increased risk of heart disease and other health issues.  The basic message of those first chapters is to keep moving and yoga is a great way to do that.  Those first chapters also delve into what movements you should or shouldn’t do if you have specific health problems, such as heart and circulatory problems, osteoporosis, joint problems and arthritis, joint replacement, lung disease, cancer or chronic pain.

 

This is a six-week program so that yoga positions are separated into six sections. The first section describes the foundational practices that should begin and end each yoga session.  That includes the three-part breath and range-of-motion sequence that would start your session to relax you and loosen you up.  Also it describes the relaxation pose that you would end each session with.

 

For the remaining five weeks, you would start off with the three-part breath and range-of-motion sequence, then add that week’s poses, ending with the relaxation pose. Some of the poses require a chair, most don’t.  Each of the poses have very detailed instructions, including tips you should remember as you do the  pose and cautions that you should take if you have limited movement or a particular health issue, including a picture of the pose. The book ends with additional practices to enhance vigor and relaxation and also how to set up your own personal program.  I haven’t finished all six weeks yet but I haven’t come across any that I’ve found hard to do.

 

What makes this book unique from any other yoga book that I’ve had is ability to download audio guided practices. You should look through each pose explanation very carefully so you have a good understanding of what you will be doing in the session and then download that week’s practice and just follow the very calm, relaxing voice of the instructor who will slowly walk you through each pose.  The only thing I wish they had done with the audio downloads is to include the beginning and ending poses with each week’s new poses so you don’t have to first listen to the beginning of week one, switch to the week you’re on and then go back to the download of the first week to end.  I’m sure as you keep practicing, those beginning and ending poses will become routine and you’ll no longer need to listen to them.  These audio downloads are like having your own personal yoga instructor in your home.

 

Highly recommended to anyone beginning a gentle yoga practice.

 

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am under no obligation to write a review.

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text 2016-12-06 12:29
The Yoga for Weight Loss Diaries - How to Choose Yoga for Weight Loss
The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards - William J. Broad

If you're prepared to learn yoga there are a number of essential things you must learn before you begin. By enabling you to cut back the inflammatory reply to the stressors on your entire body, yoga will help to decrease your odds of having some stress-related ailments. It could surprise some people to be aware there are various sorts of yoga to pick from. Among the best means of staying fit naturally, power yoga was considered one.

Want to Know More About Yoga for Weight Loss?
The best method to start yoga is to look for v locally, as you will be demonstrated the yoga postures and get guidance and tips on holding them. All of it depends which sort of yoga you're practising with respect to how long you should keep a pose. Yoga has changed into a vibrant tradition through the years. As mentioned above, it is a continuous learning process. Although it is a great and relaxing sport, you need to avoid these three mistakes if you ever want to make your mark. To start with, when deciding on a kind of yoga for weight loss consider your current degree of health and physical fitness. In general yoga for wellbeing is a holistic approach towards achieving general health.

 

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Traditionally, there is just one type'' of yoga that's hatha yoga. To the western world, it has become just another way to exercise and the spiritual aspects of it have been lost. It is also an excellent way to shed weight and boost energy and vitality. Practicing yoga regularly, can help you to cut back stress response inside your body. It also helps to get fluids flowing in your body. It is not prescriptive and does not dictate how you should live your life. Because, it doesn't matter whether it's yoga for beginners or yoga for master, it's not almost performing yoga.

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An individual can meditate, without so much as practicing yoga. It looks like everyone knows someone who's doing yoga today. Yoga is appropriate for folks of all ages, including children. It offers something for everybody, no matter what age you are. Since it uniquely involves the training of the mind as well as the body, you will begin to overcome bad habits and learn control that applies to many aspects of your life. When you begin practicing yoga the most suitable way you can experience true health benefits. Bikram Yoga needs to be absolutely the most well-known sort of yoga practiced today.

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Should you be new to Yoga, you will also delight in these advantages. Step one is to work out why you would like to practice Yoga. With the evolved technological Earth, yoga is readily accessible to us. Therapeutic yoga will be able to help you overcome negative circumstances and attempt to accomplish your goals set in daily life.
If you've just started practising yoga, then you may have a couple questions which you're searching to reply. It has been shown that the yoga poses are extremely useful in regards to keeping up a high degree of joint flexibility. Yoga is similar to a tonic to your wellbeing and is helpful for your health. Yoga for beginners could possibly be somewhat challenging in the beginning, but when you've gotten used to the different yoga poses and techniques, it'll be an enjoyable, continuous learning practice.

The Birth of Yoga for Weight Loss
For people who are simply beginning yoga classes, there are a few vital things that you ought to know. Whether you choose to have a yoga class or start in the contentment of of your own house, if you start off slow and simple, you are going to be off to an excellent start. Our yoga classes can help you relieve the strain within your body but also teach you how you can use your body and mind in a unified way. It really is a web-based yoga class that will be very useful and beneficial to busy individuals who rarely discover the opportunity to spend on yoga activities.

Type of Yoga for Weight Loss
The advantages of yoga are tremendous and it's suited to individuals of all ages. The physical advantages of yoga can't be overemphasised, yet they're only a single portion of the picture. Among the many advantages of yoga is improved flexibility.

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