Super Fit and Healthy with Yoga


Many people today don’t ever try to improve their health and wellbeing because they are intimidated by yoga and health in general. As an international yoga and wellness instructor there are three major misconceptions that prevent people from ever starting this incredible and easy endeavor. Let me point these three out.

1. People say: “If I can’t put my foot behind my head it’s not for me”. I am here to say first and    for most that yoga is not about this and never has been. Yoga is about relaxing the mind, body and breath in a very simple and easy way. If it is stressful and too difficult then you are not doing it properly. The daily and lifelong goal is balance, harmony, health, and joyful practice.

2. Guy’s usually say:  ” I don’t do yoga my wife or girlfriend does yoga”. The general male sector of the population is under this misconception because again they think you have to be flexible or have a certain body shape or image to be successful. This is totally incorrect.  By taking the time and courage to try something new, success and progress is guaranteed every day that you participate. Men need health and fitness benefits just as much as women.  If you start your journey into yoga without preconceived  judgment, your health and wellbeing will speak to you in every way possible and you will learn to love yourself and the new better, stronger and more flexible YOU.

3. People say: “I’m too old to start, or my body is to broken down and sore to begin this kind of thing” Again this is completely untrue. I have a saying when I speak about yoga and health. “It doesn’t matter how old you are whether you are eight or eighty years old. The day you start everything gets better.” I have seen this with my very own eyes. I get 50, 60, 70 and 80 year old individuals into my classes, workshops or retreats and within a very short time you can’t even recognize the person who started a few months before. I myself didn’t start yoga until I was almost fifty years old and my body and mind where completely broken and worn out. I had given up on life and all possibility of ever getting better. Then, I was so fortunate and lucky to find an answer. It doesn’t matter when you find the answer. Only that you listen and act. Just give it a go and let’s start life again anew. You’re not getting older you’re getting better and next time when someone asks you how old you are. Say to them, if you asked me how young I am, I might answer you. Then they will ask, OK, how young are YOU?  Then you can answer: “Why I’m ageless my dear.” Being ageless is about health, wellness, positivity and the ability to move on and grow in beauty over time with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Sincerely Yours:

Sheldon Grant Leon (Joyous Journey- Designing Excellence in Holistic Wellness )


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Exercise, Fat Burning, and Aging


One of the best things you can do for yourself is exercise. We have all heard this over and over however it is even more important to understand how age and exercise work together.

Often people begin an exercise program and approach it from the more is better direction. They begin by heading off to a gym and attempting to lift the heaviest weights possible and or begin a cardio jogging program where they associate a faster pace with being better.  Unfortunately this can lead to injury and failure as we age.

Most important is that before you begin any exercise program you should consult with your physician or health care provider.  Everyone’s health is different and is dependent on health related factors that may place some individuals at increased risk.

For many of us that are age 50 and over the amount of exercise needed to improve health might not be as drastic as you think.  Exercise level to reduce fat or induce weight loss is linked to increasing heart rate. The great news is that to control weight or induce fat loss an individual’s goal is to increase heart rate to 60 to 70 percent of maximum heart rate for your age.  If you increase the heart rate beyond 70 percent you may be improving your endurance however your body is no longer getting rid of excess weight or fat burning as efficiently as it would at the correct target heart rate.  In addition exceeding the correct heart rate for your age can make you burn up lean muscle and not fat. This is why this is so important.

Typically most people that are over 50 are surprised to learn that merely walking at a faster pace can easily put them in the correct target heart rate zone of 60% to 70%.  Most of us do not know that if we actually jog or run we actually exceed this heart rate zone and put ourselves at increased risk for injury.  Exercise level should always take into consideration both age and an individual’s current health status. Hence this is why this should be discussed with your medical doctor.

I attended a lecture given by Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC. She is board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine, and is the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.  She is also the author of a great book that I have had the pleasure of reading:  The Heart Speaks.  Dr. Guarneri mentioned that the best way to get your exercise is to walk. Yes walk, not run.  The goal is to walk 10,000 actual steps per day as measured by a simple pedometer.  Where do you get a pedometer? Well most of us already have a simple device, a smart phone that can download a simple app (application) to measure the number of steps you take each day. Start slow and work yourself up to 10,000 steps per day.  Pedometers do not have to be expensive a simple one should cost no more than $5.95.

Now it’s time to figure out the correct heart rate related to age.  As a rule of thumb, the predicted maximum heart rate, 100%, for a man it is 220 minus his age, and 225 minus her age for a woman. The number you get is 100% and you will recall from above we are looking for 60% to 70% of that to burn fat. So find a calculator and figure out what 60 to 70% would be.  This information can also be found online by doing a simple search.

Once you have the correct heart rate you need to know how to take your pulse.  Many diagrams are available on the internet but two of the easiest ways are to place your finger on the big artery (carotid) on the side of your neck.  The other way is on the inside of your wrist.  Typically I find that it is easier to find a pulse using the carotid artery on the neck.  In addition to the old fashioned way there is always one of the new electronic devices sold on the internet as a heart rate monitor.

The golden rule to remember is that you should always consult your health care professional before beginning any exercise regimen or program.

Jerry D. Cady -B.S. Biomedical Sciences, A.S. Business Management,-Fat-Burning,-and-Aging&id=7544937

There’s an App for that, Smart Phone App Privacy Alert

Medical apps aren’t covered by a federal privacy law, known as HIPAA, that controls how doctors and health care providers store and share patients’ health information.

Nancy Shute wrote an article that I believe all of us who use apps (applications) for smart phones or tablets should read. Initially I felt that an app to remind people to take their medication was a great idea. Shoot I even thought about trying to invest in creating such an app. 

After doing some research on such an application. What I found is that this has already been developed.  As more and more people over fifty purchase tablets that use these apps they should be aware that some of these apps may compromise important information while they may provide a much needed service.  The benefits of using an app to remind you to check your blood sugar or take your heart medication or any other medical service provided may obviously exceed the risk of your personal information being compromised as a result of user error “sharing” or loss of said device.  This article makes no inference that any app is maliciously disseminating any private information to the public.

The article was published at NPR and can be viewed at “Here”

Jerry D. Cady -B.S. Biomedical Sciences, A.S. Business Management

Five Tips To Cleanse Your Life

It’s that time of year again where everywhere you look there’s a new cleanse or detox tempting you to clean up and clear out your system.  With so much conflicting information available, it’s difficult to decide which plan is right for you. 

The first thing to do is try something that resonates with you.  If you see something that gives you a tight feeling in your stomach or makes you a bit queasy, don’t do it.  No matter how good the latest guru says it is.  Tune in to your internal wisdom.  The term “gut feeling” isn’t just a cute saying.  Our guts provide validation for things that will and will not work for us.  And that applies to everything – not just food.

Now that you know you have an ally in the form of an internal GPS system, how do you go about choosing a detox?  Well for one thing, food isn’t the only option when it comes to cleaning up our bodies.  Good health starts when there’s balance in all the major areas of your life – nutrition, relationships, environment, finances and career. 

Here are 5 different types of detoxes to noodle over.  Pick one and try it.  If it works – great.  If not, try something else.

Wake-Up Drink. Drinking 1 to 2 cups of hot filtered or spring water with the juice of half a lemon upon rising is an ancient Ayurvedic practice.  You can also add two pinches of cayenne pepper if you like. The lemon stimulates your digestion and prepares your stomach for food.  Cayenne is known to enhance circulation and blood flow.  Both are known for detoxifying the liver.

Contrast Shower. Try your own at-home version of an old naturopathic hydrotherapy practice. When you take a hot shower, follow it by rinsing with cold water (60 seconds). The “contrast” stimulates circulation, your immune system and your ability to detox via your skin which is considered the biggest organ of your body in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The blast of cold water will tighten your pores, and you’ll feel invigorated and ready to start your day.  This method really wakes you up on a cold winter morning!  Try it for a week or two.

Fever Baths. Add one cup of Epsom salts to your evening bath to soothe, relax, and detoxify your body. Increase the benefits of the bath by drinking 2 to 3 cups of hot tea while soaking to work up a sweat. Try this recipe: Simmer fresh ginger slices in water, and add in one tablespoon of dried yarrow flowers (used as a powerful healing herb to treat inflammation). Steep for 15 minutes, strain, and drink. Yarrow and ginger have been shown to stimulate sweating, which helps the body release toxins.

Spend Time in Nature. Take a break from your routine of being inside your home, office, or car, and venture out to your favorite place in nature or a new place you have always wanted to go. Bring a journal with you and start listening to your body. Record what it’s telling you or write down all the things that come into your head that have been bothering you.  When you return home, tear the pages into tiny shreds and recycle.  You’ll feel instantly uplifted.  Surrounding yourself with nature and all its negative ions (which act positively on your mood) will help you de-stress and tap into  the inherent wisdom of your body.

Detox Your Surroundings. De-cluttering and organizing your environment can help clear up stagnant energy and free you physically and emotionally. Let go of the mounds of paper, clothes, shoes and household items that you no longer use. This creates space and helps welcome in new energy.  Try cleaning up one room at a time to keep from getting overwhelmed.  You’ll love how it feels to walk into a space that’s physically and energetically cleared of clutter.

Cleansing your body and your environment is not only good for your health, it’s good for your soul.  You’ll have peace of mind, sleep more soundly, be more productive and your mood will improve.  And more importantly, as each of us becomes an example of good health and healthy habits, we can inspire others to make healthy choices to improve their lives.  Be well. 

Kathleen Ogar, CHC, Dipl. ABT, C.Hom. 

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