Restoring Bodies Fitness & Nutrition Blog

7-Years of Growing – what I’ve learned

Well, here we are, May 2022, and it has been a journey for this small business the last seven years. I never thought that after seven years, I would be writing a blog/newsletter like this one.  Some of you who are taking the time to read this, have been with me and Restoring Bodies for almost the entire time; and for that, I am truly grateful.  I can sit here and truly say without a shadow of…

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Yoga – an 8 limbed system – Part 5

By Chris Irrgang Continuing with our journey through the 8 limbs of yoga, we come to the 5th & 6th limbs.  I am combining these two limbs because they are so closely related.  The 5th limb is Pratyahara which translates to the withdrawal of the senses.  Doesn’t that sound mystical?  Actually, whenever we practice yoga postures or breathwork, we are practicing Pratyahara.  As a reminder, the five senses are touch, smell, taste, vision, and hearing.  When we…

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Let’s Celebrate Food & Nutrition

Can you believe it? March is knocking at the front door and if you open it, there it is.  March is an exciting month.  For some it means new life is emerging and the sun doesn’t set as early in the evening. For me as a Dietitian, it means the month that nutrition and healthy eating are celebrated.  This year, we are focusing on a World of Flavors.  This month, I encourage you to explore cultural foods…

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Yoga – an 8 limbed system – Part 4

 “The respiratory system is the gateway to purifying the body, mind and intellect.  The key to this is pranayama.”  BKS Iyengar So far in our blogs, we have covered the Yamas (social ethics), Niyamas (personal ethics), and Asana (postures.)  We move on now to Pranayama. Prana means breath, lifeforce or energy.  Ayama means restriction or control.  Thus, Pranayama can be translated as ‘breath control.’  In the US we rarely practice pranayama and if we do, we just…

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Help! I’m Burned Out. Overcoming Burnout (Part 3)

   Wow! Can you believe it is November already?! It’s hard to believe that we are in the final stretch to the end of the year. These last few months have been very difficult for our business, and our personal lives. There have been moments of despair, fatigue, and even moments of saying “we quit”! Good thing moments don’t last forever. This month we are continuing to understand the stages of stress and how they affect us…

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Help! I’m Burned Out. Overcoming Burnout Today (part 2)

           Surprise! Here we are on the 2nd article on the subject of burnout, and we’re on time and ready to get the party started. After writing the first article, I began to take what I was writing about seriously and started to apply it to my own needs. I refuse to fall victim to something that I am able to control, but for some it is not that easy or obvious. Part 2 of this article…

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Help! I’m Burned Out. Overcoming Burnout Today

As you have probably noticed; this month’s blog is late. We are usually prompt about getting our newsletter out by the first of the month. The sad thing about our lateness, is that I was responsible for writing it last month, getting it proofread by my manager, and correcting any errors she may have found.  My lackadaisical attitude isn’t due to obstinacy or not wanting to fulfill my obligation; it’s due to burnout. Burnout is defined as…

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Yoga – an 8 limbed system – Part 3

“My body is my temple and asanas are my prayers.” B.K.S. Iyengar In previous blogs I talked about the first two limbs of yoga – the Yamas (social ethics) and Niyamas (personal ethics).  We are now up to the limb with which everyone is most familiar, the postures.  In Sanskrit, this limb is Asana.  The word Asana translates to sitting or seat.  Historically, the postures were performed to prepare the body to sit for meditation.  Meditation was…

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Yoga – an eight limbed system – Part 2

In my previous blog, I discussed the first of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.  In this blog, we are moving to the second limb, the Niyamas.  The first limb, the Yamas, referred to the social ethics we, as yogis, aspire to follow.  The Niyamas refer to the personal ethics we aspire to.  Briefly, the Niyamas are personal conduct, diet and lifestyle.  But, like the Yamas, there are five distinct guidelines. The first niyama is Sauca.  Sauca refers…

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Recovery Reality

Oh, sweet recovery, come to me. This is hard. Harder than I anticipated. But slowly but surely I will get there. In December I tore my Achilles’ tendon. As much as I wish I had a cool story to go along with this, like I was doing a 10k for charity…I don’t. Reality is, I was trotting along behind my pug and I felt a pop. That’s how easy it was for my body to become injured.…

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