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GENERATION IRON: IS IT A FREAK SHOW OR A SPORTING EVENT?

 

photo-17I went to the screening of the documentary: GENERATION IRON. In the above photo I am with Kai Greene one of the main men in the documentary. He was in second place for the Mr. Olympia title. Now,does he look in better shape than me? Me with my yoga body,he with his body builder body?

The documentary  was fantastic!!! It is about body building,the quest for greatness,big muscles, lots of money and particularly focuses on the Mr. Olympia contest, which is the loftiest title one can achieve in the body building world. Mr. Olympia, every body builders dream is to reign for one year,or more, and get the adulation of his peers and the world, mucho money and endorsements of sponsors that give him all that he need, and all that he needs never seems to be enough. When is big too big? How far do these men have to go to prove themselves and others that they are enough? Each year the muscles get bigger. The workouts more extreme. The competition gets greater which means that these competitors will go to any lengths to win…..how far is too far?

One of the questions that comes up in the documentary: is body building a sport or a freak show? Is it just ego and men gone mad becoming obsessed with their muscles and forgetting their health and well being.  Which brings us to another question: Is it healthy to build your body up to such an extreme level?  ( Or shall I say, blow it up, to such a level ) These guys do anything and everything to build their bodies up so they can win the Mr. Olympia title. Is it worth it?

As a health and fitness expert this is my humble opinion: I do not think that body building is a sport. It is a spectacle but then again,most sports today are spectacles……so, it’s more like a beauty pageant, with a little bit freak show thrown in, and the one with all the specific attributes wins.  I am not sure what you would call that but it is definitely not a sporting event.

Is health and wellness being depicted in this pageant of puffed up muscle mass? I must say a big NO on this question. I think it is very unhealthy to push the body to such extremes and using artificial means to do so. When your workout is unnatural and you are going against the natural order of your skeletal, muscle alignment, damage is going to be done and big time damage to the beautiful human heart,which by the way is one of the smallest muscles ( as big as a fist ) in our body. The heart takes on a heavy load when carrying around a body that is too big for its’ own good………..

When is enough,enough? Be balanced in mind and body. Be love. Be peace. Be power………

 

Get your yogini on!!!

 

 

insideOut fitness/wellness: because looking good just isn’t enough…….oh yeah!!!

I used to think that being healthy and fit was about having a strong lean body. I used to think that the outside of me was the important attribute to mold, shape and realign. I thought that if I was in good shape and if I looked good, I would feel good. But I learned from my own personal experience and after years of being a workout fanatic that health, fitness and over all well being includes the inside of me as much as the outside of me. If I do not have both in shape, if one doesn’t match the other, then there is a big piece of the puzzle that is missing. It’s like having a house that looks great on the outside but when you go inside it is filled with clutter, the floor boards are out of alignment,  the windows are broken, and the toilet won’t flush…..get the picture….?

Now don’t get me wrong, it is healthy to have a fit, strong, lean body. It’s wonderful to look good and fit into a great looking pair of jeans “ just right”  but health and being fit goes so much deeper than that.  A key component is: how I feel about myself?  Do I like myself? Am I happy? Do I sleep well? Am I content? Am I stressed out and do I have time to take care of myself? Am I nice to people? Are my thoughts positive?

For many years I worked out for 6 hours a day. I was in perfect shape and I looked good on the out side.I was a model and an actress, but I did not feel good on the inside. I couldn’t answer yes to any of the questions above.  I smoked too much. I was stressed all the time. I was completely neurotic about my body and shopped too much, yet everyone, including myself, thought that I was healthy because I looked “good” and nothing was further from the truth. I was that house that I wrote about in the beginning of my story…..

I didn’t know what to do to feel better and then I meet a woman who was beautiful, happy and free from debilitating habits. She was a success in all areas of her life and she became my mentor. She told me about a book that changed her life and it just might change mine: THE POWER OF INTENTION by Doctor Wayne Dyer. Thus began my journey of the WORK-IN.

I read the book and followed the instruction of Dr. Dyer and it literally did turn everything INsideOut for me. I began to use my mind as a vehicle to enhance my inner body. I started with positive thought and reached for higher consciousness through meditation and yoga.

After “working in”, I began to feel good on the inside. I quit smoking and drinking. I found a calm center. I don’t shop too much anymore. I changed my entire eating habits and dropped weight while working out less.  I have found balance of body and mind. I really believe that looking good just isn’t enough. I need to feel good about who I am and walk through the world with ease and grace. As I love myself, I will love the world around me.

The “work-in” is what truly changed my life and continues to do so on a daily bases.

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THE YOGINI MOUNTAIN POSE POWER PROTEIN SHAKE IT UP SHAKE

Get empowered! Get healthy from the Inside out from what you drink to what you think and how you walk through the world…….

The Yogini Mountain Pose Power Protein Shake It Up Shake is so darn good and it’s easy to make and gives you a lift of energy all morning until the afternoon. Or make it at night and have “it” for dinner. Whenever and wherever, get your source of protein, and HEMP protein is definitely one of the best ways to do that. So shake it up and get your yogini on and drink up! CHEERS!
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1. Hemp Protein
2. Peanut Butter ( organic )
3. 1 Banana
$. Soy Milk ( plain or vanilla )

Put all ingredients in a blender.
One cup soy milk
One Banana
A heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
4 tablespoons of hemp protein powder
A couple of ice cubes ( your choice )
Blend in the blender and there you have it! Super power in a super protein shake.

Be healthy and honor your body from the Inside out.

THE YOGINIS HAVE GRADUATED AND I MISS THEM!

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We completed the Yogini Project 40 day focus group of weight loss,higher consciousness and empowerment program and I am thrilled to say IT WAS A SUCCESS!
All three yoginis who participated, lost weight,grew stronger in mind and body and all three reached their individual goals, as they documented in their journals.
It was so fun and fulfilling for me to work with these women and help them change their way of being and get them on a program that enhances their lives and then the lives of all who they know.
I love sharing with them what worked for me and helped me change from the inside out because for years I looked good but did not feel good about myself. The gift is feeling good about who you are and shining your light as an empowered,strong women who is physically fit in mind and body.
I told them when they look in the mirror,they need to know that they are their greatest teacher,I just gave them the tools and helped awaken which is already inside of them: their own power,their own insight their own ability to change their body and their mind…….they are their greatest teacher……YOU are your greatest teacher……..
These women committed to change and they did IT! You cannot change unless you do the work and they did and I am so proud of them.
I love you and hope to see you soon!
THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME FIND OUT THAT MY PROGRAM REALLY WORKS AND HELPING ME BECOME A BETTER TEACHER……

GET YOUR YOGINI ON!

YOGINI LINDA GAINS STRENGTH IN MIND AND BODY AND FEELS MORE SECURE IN HERSELF AFTER WORKING THE 40 DAY YOGINI PROJECT PROGRAM

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This is the last day of the Yogini Project. It’s amazing how much change has occurred in my life since I started this. Of course I had no way of knowing what the future would bring when I started, and even if I had known, it wouldn’t have influenced my decision to participate.

What I’m thinking about now is how my participation in the project impacted the way I handled events in my life.

I would say that these past forty days have given me physical benefits. My skin looks a lot better. My muscles are more toned.
But I anticipated that. I expected that to happen.

Since the beginning of this project, I have experienced a some loss. There was a death in my family to name one… Other things occurred as well. How would I have handled it all if I wasn’t in this process? I have no way of knowing for sure.

But this is something that I do know for sure. I was completely aware of what was going on in my life and how I felt about it.
I handled every event well. What I mean by that is that I never over reacted and yet I was able to express myself clearly. I felt that I was able to be fully engaged every time it was necessary for me to be present. And I was able to let go and rest whenever I needed to do that. I felt a kinship with the other people in the group. Little words of encouragement came to me from them when I needed them. Just when I felt like I couldn’t really do any more – we would meet for our scheduled workout session and the group energy helped me power through fatigue and keep going physically (plus a certain amount of peer pressure – which can also help sometimes) (just kidding)…

So to sum it up, I’ll say that I am stronger. I’m physically stronger and mentally stronger. And more that that – I feel more secure in myself somehow.

I didn’t have much experience with yoga before this Yogini Project so I had no idea how it would affect me. But I’m very glad I did it. And since it’s been forty days, I’m pretty sure that it’s become a habit that I will continue. It started as a tool and now the tool is in my mind and in my muscle memory and I’m going to keep using that tool.

Thanks to everyone involved in this and especially Molly Basler who created the concept and fostered us through the process.
I had a marvelous experience.

YOGINI GINA HAS CHANGED HER LIFE, HER BODY AND HER MIND WITH THE YOGINI PROJECT 40 DAY PROGRAM. IT WORKS, IT REALLY DOES. OH YEAH!

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Gina’s Testimonial:

It has been 40 days since I joined the Yogini Project to finally change my health from the Inside out. During these 40 days i followed a Yoga strength training program with meditation and a vegan diet. I also cut out all Television for 40 days. Before I joined the Yogini Program I suffered from depression, stress, back pain(from a back spasm), wrist pain (from multiple fractures), headaches, insomnia, emotional eating and drinking too much. I was overweight and unhappy. I had family problems and tried resolving them with alcohol. I was disconnected with my own life. As soon as i started the Yogini program i began to notice changes in my sleep, attitude and body. Every morning I would meditate and focus on”Faith”. At first it was difficult to stop my racing thoughts but with consistency I found my love, passion, faith and strength through being still, and centered. I began being grateful about what I did have instead of what I didn’t. I began connecting with my body, mind, family, friends, animals, thoughts, life. I slowly began to drop away everything that caused negativity. I no longer felt the need to dwell on things that would upset or anger me. I no longer gave energy to negative thoughts, and I no longer emotionally eat or drink alcohol to block out my sadness. I began spending time with people who only brought me happiness.
Because of the Yogini Program I am physically and mentally strong. I am no longer depressed, i have no back pain, I have no wrist pain, I sleep 8 hours a night easily, I am full of energy, and cut out junk food and obtained a healthy vegan lifestyle. My relationships are stronger and I’ve attracted many blessings. I have lost over 15 pounds and gained muscle. I feel confident and connected. I am a changed woman. Thank you Molly Basler, for being an inspiring and supportive coach. Thank you for inviting me to open my eyes to infinite possibilities. This is just the beginning of my new life. I now look out into the world through the lens of a believer. Thank you:)

YOGINI STEFFANY COMPLETES THE 40 DAY YOGINI PROJECT PROGRAM AND THIS IS WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY:

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Thank you again, Molly, for all your time and teachings! This program has bettered me in several different ways. I have learned to slow down and take time in each day to focus, meditate, and exercise. I believe I have become a more grateful and patient person, by instilling yoga into my daily routine. I was able to change my diet by adding kale, chia seeds, and vegan dishes. My physical focus was to tone up and strengthen my abs, which I believe I accomplished. I definitely noticed I got stronger in some of the holds and push-ups. I really enjoyed you putting recipes up on the site to give us new ideas. It is also nice that you provide weight, mats, and yoga balls. It’s great to recommend watching The Secret, as you did with Gina. I happen to watch it during our time and found it to be very inspiring and resourceful. I suggest you print out the routine before the focus group starts, and if you had some pictures that would even be better. I will continue to focus on my mantra FAITH in my daily activities. Good luck with you book and future focus groups. You are really making an impact!

The Power of Who is by Bob BeaudineJ

Take care and enjoy the holiday!!