Fit, Lean & Beautiful #42

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #42

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A photo of a 30 year practicing yogi filled me with joy.  For many starting out it may be nice to study this book list, for others to study and enhance their practice.  Yoga is a very positive and spiritual experience that the whole world should enjoy!  Yoga is something good to make a habit of and find yourself 30-40 years later still lean, supple and limber.

 

Yoga Book List

Yoga for Beginners, Emily Oddo

Workout Labs Cards 1 & 2, Yoga Cards

Teaching Yoga Essential Foundations By, Mark Stephens

I Am Yoga, Susan Verde

Yoga Beyond the Poses, Adrienne Bible

Living the Sutras a Guide to Yoga, Wisdom Beyond the Mat   Kelly Di’Nardo

Ashtanga Yoga The Practice Manual   David Swenson

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali   Sri Swami Satchidananda

Learn to Meditate:  The Yoga’s, Chakras, Concentration Visualization, Liberation, Sujantra Mckeever

The Mindfulness Journal, Barrie Davenport

The Ultimate Guide to the Face Yoga Method, Fumiko Takatsu

The Art & Business of Teaching Yoga, Amy Ippoliti

Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy, David Emerson

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga, David Emerson

Hot Yoga Masterclass, Gabrielle Raiz

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga’s, Bernie Clank

A Systematic Course in ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya, Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The Heart of Yoga Developing a Personal Practice, T.K.V. Desikatar

Yoga Nidra, Karmini Dasai

Good Morning Yoga, Mariam Gates

Yoga Sequencing Designing Transformative Yoga Classes, Mark Stephens

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda

The Language of Yoga Complete A to Z Guide to Asana Names in Sanskrit Terms and Chants, Nicolai Bachman

Yoga for Osteoporosis, Loren Fisher

Tibetan Yoga, Ian A. Baker

Restorative Yoga, Sue Flamm

Yoga Fitness for Men, Dean Pohlman

Chair Yoga, Kristin McGee

Yoga of the Subtle Body, Tias Little

B.K.S Iyengar Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health, B.K.S. Iyengar

The Healing Yoga Deck, 60 Poses & Meditations to Alleviate Pain & Support Well Being, Olivia H. Miller

The Yoga Handbook an Inspirational Reference for Teaching and Home Practice, Stephanie Keach

The Inner Tradition of Yoga A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner, Michael Stone

Embodied Posture Your Unique Body and Yoga, Stacy Dockins

Yoga for Classrooms, Lisa Flynn

65 Yoga Classes, Tim Howell

Yoga Mindfulness Practices for Children, Jennifer Cohen Harper

Functional Anatomy of Yoga, David Keil

The Yoga Plate, Tamal Dodge

Yoga Resource Practice Manual, Darren Rhodes

Yoga as Medicine, Timothy McCall

Yoga Pretzels, Tara Guber

Restorative Yoga for Life, Gail Boorstein Grossman

Namaslay, Candace Moore

The Wealthy Gardener Life Lessons on Prosperity, John Sarforic

Reiki for Beginners, Jessica Fly

Little Book of Yoga Themes, Anjaney C. Handra

The Yoga of Eating and Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural, Charles Eisenstein

Living Your Yoga:  Find the Spiritual in Everyday life, Judith Hanson Lasater

The Fighters Kitchen 100 Muscle Building, Fat Burning Recipes W/Meal Plans

Yoga Bunny

Body Builders Kitchen, Erin Stern

100 Weight loss Bowls, Heather Whinney

Yoga for Healthy Aging, Baxter Bell

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar

Power Yoga for Athlete’s, Sean Vigue

The Path of the Yoga Sutras, Nicolai Bachman

Your Spine, Your Yoga, Bernie Clark

Birth Wisdom, Yoga Remedies and Journal, Julia Piazza

The Yoga Calm for Children, Lynea Gillen

Yoga Mind, Rev Mind from Inside Out, Suzan Colon

Yoga the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann

The Essence of Lightness Roadmap to Peak Performance & Self Mastery Also Historical Fiction Kung Fu, Tom Fazio

Perfectly Imperfect:  The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice, Baron Baptiste

Ten Minute Yoga for Stress Relief, Lisa Shea

Yoga for Scoliosis, Elise Browning Miller

Preliminary Course for Beginners Yoga in Action, Geeta S. Iyengar

Yoga Notes How to Sketch Yoga Postures, Eva-Lotta Lamm

Marvels Marvelous Yoga, Yoga for People, Inspired by a Raccoon, Andrea Rumery

Self Massage & Joint Mobilization of Traditional Thai Yoga, Reusi  Dat Ton part I Handbook, David Wells

A Beginners Guide to Taking Your Yoga Beyond the Mat, Alanna Kaivalya

Yoga for Wellness, Gary Kraftsaw

Yoga Frog, Nora Shalaway

Hatha Yoga Pradipike, A.G. Mohan

Ashtanga Yoga, Gregor Maeble

Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, Sara J. Weiss

The Tibetan Yoga of Dream & Sleep, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

How to Read Signs, the Origin of Angels Signs and Symbols, Kaya & Christiane Muller

Insight Yoga, Sarah Powers

Yoga Bio Mechanics, Stretching Redefined, Jules Mitchell

Relax into Yoga for Seniors, Kimberly Carson

Yoga Adjustments Philosophy Principles & Techniques, Mark Stephens

Ashtanga Yoga Practice Cards, Keno MacGregor

Upgrade Your Breath, Logan Christopher

Yoga Games For Children, Danielle Berma

Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Darren Main

2,100 Asanas, Daniel Lacerda

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff

Yoga 40 Exercises for Beginners, Sophie Godard

Yoga for Everyone 50 Poses for Every Type of Body, Dianne Bondy

How Yoga Works, Michael Roach

The Practice of the Yoga Sutra Tigunait, Pandit Rajmani

Yoga, 4 Manuscripts in 1, Elliot Wood

The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long

The Poses of Yoga, Ray Long

On Yoga Architecture of Peace, H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatju

Goodnight Yoga:  A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story, Mariam Gates & Sarah Jane Hinder

The Teacher Appears 108 Prompts to Power Your Yoga Practice, Brian Leaf

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Deepak Chopra

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, Samadhi Padu

The Yoga Mind, Rina Jakubowicz

Yoga for Beginners, Cory Martin

Yoga Body & Mind Handbook

Yoga Dice, 7 Wooden Dice, 1000 Possible Combinations

Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses, Sage Rountree

The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book

Science of Yoga, Ann Swanson

The Yoga Bible, Christina Brown

Yoga:  The Top 100 Best Yoga Poses, Susan Hollister

 

 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #41

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #41

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Being “outdoorsy” may lead you down many roads including training to be a “Michigan Certified Shoreline Professional” (MCNSP) or a Lifeguard with CPR training from the Red Cross.  If you are on the water or near water there are many things you can do to protect the shoreline, the people near it and get licenses to enter it by boat or buy a ticket and enter it by cruise ship.

You may look into state parks, local nature reserves or venues like “Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy” or “The Leslie Nature Center.”  You can look into The Nature Conservancy, The Ecology Center, Inland Seas Education Association or Master Rain Gardeners.

 You can consult magazines like “Midwest Living.”  Another exciting thing to do is join “Michigan Photo Adventures” Meet Up, which travels to destinations in groups, to take planned photos of lighthouses and spectacular nature.

You may try “vacation learning” and run off to an art residency in Mexico or to a writing residency in Italy.  Research art residencies online or on the Creative Capital website https://creative-capital.org/  or

www.arquetopia.org/  in Mexico or www.widewalls.ch or www.artistcommunities.org/residencies or www.thebalancecareers.com or www.callforentries.com .   Research writing residencies on the “Poets and Writers” website www.pw.org.

Life can be full of “small adventures.”  Good cookbooks can lead to good picnics; a baton twirling can lead to a parade.

 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

One day one may wake up and choose to be “outdoorsy.”  The journey starts when you start to plan your outdoors life.  You may need a car with racks on top for example, to be able to transport kayaks.  You may look at RV websites for a Winnebago.  You may stop at the Secretary of State for a State Park membership and map.  There are local beach websites one may also research.  Then of course beach activities like bringing a volley ball or beach ball, Frisbee or aquatic shoes to the beach.  Some beaches promote artistic endeavors, where you fill your van with a table and an easel and paints then set up at the beach to paint the vista or boats or people.  You may venture off to lodges or remote locales that you arrive by boat and walk the nature trails etc.

It’s worthwhile to scout local, state, regional and national parks and locales and collect and study maps.  There are dunes and caves to be explored across the country.  Look in the book “Caves and Caving:  A Handbook and Guide to American Caves-from simply enjoying them to professional spelunking,” by Don Jacobson & Lee Stral.

The common things one needs to lead an adventurous and outdoorsy life are things like: tents, back packs, coolers, maps, kitted out van, cooking utensils, binoculars, kayaks, canoes, boats,  rig up for bikes on back of car,  simple outdoors clothing, art supplies, sporting or gaming apparatus, fishing poles, water sports equipment, books, and journals. It’s good to buy a car with possible trunk bike rack and roof boat rack.

You can look at magazines like Midwest Living to find out about remote lodges in Michigan.  You can look at the cabins and lodges for rent or sale on Craigslist.  You can purchase within a natural setting or on a lake or you can vacation in natural areas around the world.

You can picnic frequently or stay in tune with fruit harvests or flower bloomings. Travel to treks, mountain ranges, waters or forests.  You can engage in intensely beautiful studies and place on your calendar, perhaps weekly gardens. Convene around the fire.  Buy a kite.  Take a pilgrimage.  Pack up a back pack and go exploring around an area with picnic and snacks.  You can grill a variety of things even pineapples to serve with yogurt.  Travel down a coast and rent a cottage with good sunsets. Travel to a cider mill in season and go apple picking. You can use natural beauty products from www.iherb.com like Himalaya Lotion or rose water spray.

You can plant a garden and your own ecosystem.  You can bring the outdoors indoors and grow an indoor vegetable garden with pots and plastic trays or egg cartons.  You can buy windsocks or wind chimes, or sew a teepee, or put up a Bedouin tent in the backyard.  You can light a fire and sing songs.  You can go for long walks or runs.

You can tie and dye in the backyard or dye fabrics.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

If you find that your suits are not fitting well enough, you may need to define your muscles.

As do many bodybuilders, a man or a woman, but especially a man, men need muscle or bodybuilding powders to build and define their physique.  Suits may drape strangely on a man who has yet to define his muscles then pump up with weight training.  Muscular development may be a basic part of being a man.

One police officer said it is important for his position to be able to “run 2 miles fast.”  2 miles fast is a benchmark of good health and endurance.

Another important point to know with summer coming is that outdoor swimming pools absorb rays from the sun.  Tanning and slimming are therefore hallmarks of swimming pools.

It’s a nice time to get a “hard body” plan design.  Some people work out with the same personal trainer for even 30 years.  A good job is often one that you can turn into a later business and that affords good health and beauty.  What generally is good to include are liposuction, exercise weights, yoga, stretching, pool time and possibly a dog to get in enough walking.

The eyes really benefit from attention in the way of drops or eye gels.  It’s a noticeable experience to have creams and drops just for the eyes.  Try Oil of Olay Eye Gels. Other good products by Oil of Olay are “Regenerist Cream” and “Grapefruit Extract Facial Towelettes.”   You can also work on your eyebrows to better frame your eyes.

Spring is a good time to gear up with fresh and sweet designs for the warm weather.  You can purchase online madras, plaid or batik fabrics to make cool tunics for the spring and summer months with matching pull up pants.

Spring cleaning can be deeply rewarding.  Try to deep clean and clean carpets; replace mattresses, can openers, car, water filters and toothbrushes often.  Every spring cleaning try to at least replace your mattress-it will freshen your house tremendously.  It’s good to deep clean doorways and even spray clean your shoes with Windex or other cleaners so dirt is not tracked into your home.  Usually, salts and things linger in carpets and in doorways coming out of winter.   A good caddy improves cleaning as well.  You can carry around a bucket of cleaning supplies.  Be sure to dust with something like a swifter duster and clean thoroughly all the window sills where spider eggs are for later hatching.  In the spring, things do start hatching.  If you live in a brick house expect some ants.  Try to number your tasks.  Perhaps clean twenty things in a room.  Move out beds and furniture and vacuum below.  Clean out the vacuum too.  It’s good to replace all bulbs for good Feng Shui. Try to improve the light in your house.  Open the windows while you clean and let fresh air into the house.  Clean off cupboards, thoroughly dust artworks.  Get all your framing done and work on your art collection.  Get all your dry cleaning in and meditate on a clean home and spirit.  Try to professionally clean your house.  Know how to emergency clean it too.  Research cleaning, cleaning tools and agents.  Clean drapery and blinds as well.

Try to spiritualize your home and plan some “intellectual good times.”  You can spiritualize with music, core value books or spiritual readings such as “Don’t Look Before You Leap,” By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (OSHO).  Other books by OSHO:   “112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within,” “Madras for Awakening Chakras,” “The Book of Secrets,” “Love Freedom and Aloneness,” “Courage,” “Finding Your Inner Power and Your Potential.”

Intellectual good times may be dates to the library by yourself to research your career.  Check out books in your field or career choice or try to learn a new skill or do research.  If you are so inclined you may write a research paper.  What can be a quick thrill is to research books in a keyword search on the computer while there and order them online after.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

One of the best books you can buy on fitness is called “Stretching” by Bob Anderson and illustrated by Jean Anderson. You can order Stretch and Strength Charts for your home gym or exercise area from:
Stretching Inc.
Box 767
Palmer Lake, Colo. 80133
1(800)333-1307
http://shelterpub.com
shelter@shelterpub.com

Bob Anderson offers stretching charts for the following: Aerobic Exercise, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boardsailing, Bowling, Computer and Desk, Curling, Cycling, Equestrian, Everyday (general), Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Groin/Hip, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, In-Line Skating, Kids, Legs, Lower Back, Martial Arts, Motorcross, Neck/Shoulder/Arms, Over 50, Partners, Pregnancy, Racquetball/Handball/Squash, Rodeo, Rowing, Running, Skiing (Downhill), Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Walking, Weight Training, Wrestling, X-Country Skiing.
He also offers pocket sized cards for running, cycling, every day or travelers.

It’s beneficial to intellectualize your fitness regime and become knowledgeable about health simultaneously.  Good fitness may start in the brain!  See below Fitness Book List:

Fitness Book List

Stretching, By Bob Anderson
Stretching at Your Computer Desk, By Bob Anderson
Getting in Shape Workout Programs for Men & Women, By Bob Anderson
Alexander Technique, By Wilfred Barlow
Awareness Through Movement, By Moshe Feldenkrais
Bike Tripping, By Tom Cuthbertson
Breathing, What You Need to Know, By Ruth and Edward Brecher
The Complete Book of Running, By James Fixx
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, By Elizabeth Noble
Foot and Ankle Pain, By Rene Cailliet
Guidelines To Successful Jogging, By Rory Donaldson
Healthful Eating Without Confusion, By Paul Bragg
Helping Yourself With Foot Reflexology, By Mildred Carter
Hypokinetic Disease, Disease Produced By Lack of Exercise, By Hans Kraus
The Knee in Sports, By Karl K. Klein
Knee Pain and Disability, By Rene Cailliet
The Knees: Growth-Development and Activity Influences, By Karl K. Klein
Low Back Pain Syndrome, By, Rene Cailliet
The Massage Book, By George Downing
Mucusless Diet Healing System, By Prof. Arnold Ehret
New Aerobics, By Kenneth Cooper
Oh My Aching Back, By Leon Root and Thomas Kiernan
Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries, By John Pagliano
Richards Bicycle Book, By Richard Ballantine
Run, Run, Run, By Fred Wilt
Runner’s Medical Guide, By Richard Magni
Running Free, By Joan Ullyot
The Shocking Truth About Water, By Paul Bragg
Super Brain Breathing, By Paul C. Bragg
Touch For Health, By John F. Thie
Treatment of Injuries to Athletes, Don H. O’Donoghue
Track Technique, By Fred Wilt
Van Aaken Method, By Ernst Van Aaken
The Mindful Practice of Falun Gong, Meditation, Health and Wellness Beyond, By Dr. Margaret Trey
Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi
Light on Pranayama, the Yogic Art of Breathing, By B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar, His Life and Work, By Iyengar
Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan, By Richard Hittleman’s
Yoga for Women, Nancy Phelan and Nancy Volin

The majority of the book list is extracted from the bibliography in “Stretching” By Bob Anderson pg. 189

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #37

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #37
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

An OB/GYN said that 50% of women have uterine fibroid tumors. Some have reported grape sized others have reported grapefruit sized. Wikipedia may be somewhere to curate a binder on technical women’s health. Try searching a variety of topics and printing pages for a binder.

It’s good to throw out old make up just like it’s good to practice culinary’s FIFO-first in, first out or just check your pantries sell by dates and rid of all your unsafe products and make up.

Drops in the eyes, such as Thera Tears and Refresh are a beauty secret that gives your eyes a twinkle and health. Drops also help lubricate and wake up tired eyes. Beware of eyes that get irritated by perfumes and can get bacterial infections. Heavy perfumes can be dangerous to the eyes.

You might want to try getting a large plastic bin and throwing all your mending into it. Some time you will mend and have all these old new clothes. You can darn favorite socks that get a hole. It’s nice to keep a sewing project going all the time. Try your local public library for good sewing and craft books. Try making a mouse puppet or a mola or a quilt. You can check books out then order them later at home on Amazon.com to build your craft library and start up projects. You can also turn closets or walk in closet or extra rooms into sewing nooks which can always be a good time. Add a little boom box or an IPOD and some little hard candies, have bins for fabrics and a tackle box for threads and scissors and bin for patterns. Fit projects into little bags to keep track.

Goodreads.com is a good place to search for books and classics ideas. It’s nice to start reading goals and record in a book log all the books you read. Some read even 388 books a year. 1 book through the week, one on the weekend and check out four at the library on a subject of choice.

Scarves are a nice way to quickly spruce up your look. Even wrapping your head in a scarf like a babushka is romantic and beautifying. Scarves around the neck add haughtiness. Earrings are another quick spruce. Always be on the look- out when traveling or online or in catalogs for nice earrings.

Doctors often when you’re in their office and say you have pain will ask you to pinpoint the pain to see if for example you have pain in your muscle or pain from your bone. It makes a huge difference for your back if you have maybe a worn out disk, or need a muscle relaxer for strain, or a steroid to build your spine up.

It’s also good to sometimes change to a doctor who specializes in some of your key issues. If you find you are having prolonged issues maybe you can talk to more doctors or see a different doctor for new advice. Some primary care specialize in orthopedic areas others in OB/GYN others in other things.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The best TLC for the blues is a haircut. If your pony tail is not thick and you are unable to make a bun, perhaps you have a fine hair and may look better in a bob or shorter cut. Thicker hair generally looks better long and can go into those pony loops, pony tails, buns, front braid, French braids and on and on.
Salons are the ultimate change agents. It’s interesting when one decides in a hairstyle or just a basic trim or classic look. Make sure you get the sharpest scissors for nice ends. If you by chance have fine hair, one stylist recommends blow drying it up, then coming down for volume. If by chance you want more volume, you can use a round vented brush and a thin stream direct nozzle to blow curling up ends then reverse and blow curling under the second time. What can also be nice for fine hair that can’t have too many products may be products like Infusium and a hairspray spritz like Aveda’s Witch Hazel. You can also try spritzing ends you are curling with hairspray for more hold or sometimes for straighter or smoother looks. Try Infusium and air drying for a natural softer fluffier look.  It works differently on different hair, but generally a good hair tonic for most hair.
The basic point is to really analyze your hair. Is it fine, is it thick, what complements my face shape, would bangs, would a friar cut or a China Doll cut, or a curly natural look? The best test is the pony tail test. Some buns that are too thin from fine hair can look really horrific. Sometimes that would suggest perhaps a medium length or a shorter cut?
It’s also nice if you’re growing your hair to prune back and thicken when taking vitamins like Biotin. To thicken prune back. Think about no style vs. style? There are also some very beautiful bouffant styles.
You can think back to bushy Yoko Ono hair circa the “Imagine” Album for good natural long looks.

Paul Mitchell and Aveda both have good smoothing agents.  Try Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Shampoo, Lavender and Mint Moisturizer, and Lemon Sage Body building shampoo-all available online from ulta.com. 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

It’s good to first look at all the remedies you can try for a knee pain for example like: Steroids, exercises, insoles in shoes, joint juice, weight loss, Tiger Balm massage, ice or heat, aspirins, compression socks, sitting/standing/laying percentages, yoga, stretching overall body, stretching all parts of knee, physical therapy, Voltarin gels, and finally-if none of that works or does work in some ways, try surgery.

Surgery in the end can really remedy an acute problem and cure it. Sometimes there are perhaps 4 things wrong-maybe you have a meniscus tear, a dislocation, and arthritis or are overweight. Perhaps you have to pin down your problems and address each of them. Surgery can heal long term ailments.

Then of course there is the after-care following surgery. Wounds may bleed or drain and you can use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean wounds and to remove the blood stains from your clothes like one hardcore nurse for a menstruating patient.

What one may simply do is create a list for your loved ones to pick up for you like: canned soups, case of Vernos for the nausea, orange juice, Activa Probiotics, laundry detergent and bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, gauze, an Ace Bandage, Band-Aid bandages, Triple Ointment, crutches, aspirin for fever or pain relief or swelling, and numbers to reach on call doctors should you have any problems. A caring loved one and a list, can save a distressed patient after returning from the hospital. Good to have those kinds of “First Aid,” items on hand anyway.

You can also make up your own pretend hospital bed with white bleached sheets, which is always fun when you are healing to create for yourself a sterile and welcoming place to heal. Keep a set of sheets that are your home hospital sheets.

Part of extended after care can be to get your scars removed after wounds have turned into scars. You can see a plastic surgeon to have scars removed.

Once you’re back on the block and you decide to return to the gym for a light work out and do your rehabilitation exercises, what can be nice is to strap on a velcro waist support to start molding your waist line, low impact. The heat and tightening should show some results. It’s also nice to get some 18 Hour Bra’s as another “low impact” way to tighten the waist and lift the breasts-you can train your body, especially when you are just returning to working out. In these ways you’re working out, when you’re not working. Then once you are feeling committed and tenacious, you can draw up a fitness plan. Perhaps ease your way with your ailing part and work other areas, perhaps upper body.

Later on you can graduate into yoga and dance. One yogi was featured in a “Natural Awakening Magazine” as a 30 year practitioner and looked sun kissed, supple and deeply beautiful.

Finally what can really perk up one’s life is creating a “fantasy” for your life (eg. A writers life) and writing a “Life Guide.”
Include in your “Life Guide,” dates, career plans, transitions, education, businesses and long term goals and map out your whole life if you can? Many things you can plan and the more planning the more prepared. After you get older you may settle into a career trajectory or business and your life gels and forms. Try to put some fun things “on deck” and plan an interesting life for yourself.

Another wonderful thing to do in winter is pick up some Blistek Medicated Mint Balm in a little green tube, it softens lips nicely.

A lot of times what we write in emails, chronicles our lives and feelings. What’s nice is to get a spiral notebook and paste in emails and type journal entries for a little homemade journal, from more than one perspective. One is what you tell people, which may be candid and the other is your journal or diary to yourself. Try getting glue sticks and pasting in things. Many writer’s, enjoy journalistic development as one of their styles. Try a multi perspective style of pasted emails and write ups and other interesting memorabilia, even calendars from “Time and Date” to remember your life as it was at one special time. You can use it to piece together memoirs or autobiographies or histories later.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fall can bring out the warmest and softest clothing like a snowflake fleece favorite or a Pooh Bear sweater.  It’s interesting to contemplate new vs. old or crisp vs. eclectic.  Avoid the overly faded, unless that’s the look you’re going for.  It’s a nice time to look for a little capelet and go to an event or fundraiser.

You can almost one day sit down and figure out what will be your life’s work.  You can plan your talents and execute the plan.  For example you may like linguistics, music, art, poetry, and sewing.  You may become a pianist or a singer or a horn player.

Even giving can be something you may like to include in your trajectory.  Try to give regularly, it creates good karma and you start to live positively in people.  People may think highly of you and it creates respect for you.  When they think back on your “string” they will remember that kind thing you did for them and that becomes who you are to them.  When you give people associate you to “prosperity,” and think of you as having a surplus, not poverty.  Even after a period of impoverishment it may also be good for one’s own PR and self-esteem to give.  The people with the best PR give. You can easily give with Amazon or tips on blogs or donations to places you visit or to colleges.  Giving is always positive and good for you.  Try to remember birthdays and holidays as well.  Keep track of all your dear friends birthdays and send a personal, loving and caring gift.  You can send poems, recipes and a card with money-give! It’s good to  give to your children, so that when they grow up, they will also know how to give.

You can give your hands a peel with creams like “Salacyn.”  Salacyn can remove little rashes and things from the hands and peel the hands to deeply clean them of some disease and more clean in general.

Back pain is a common problem that sometimes occurs from arthritis, or worn out discs or a need for a straightening and to see a chiropractor.  It’s in your best interest to get an X-Ray and check for worn out discs and also to check for arthritis.  What can work are massages with Icy Hot, or a round of Steroids from a Spine Doctor and physical therapy, or a massage with Tiger Balm or an anti-inflammatory aspirin or joint juice and to straighten your spine perhaps with a velcro brace or corset style brace and whatever a chiropractor or spine doctor would recommend.  Also yoga can be good to have a nice elongated Kundalini as well as keep you young, supple and limber.

It’s really interesting the Vaseline that grows the skin and all those steroids that rebuild the bones plus joint juice.  Apparently over time it’s good to “rebuild” bones, joints and skin to look and feel good into old age.  Targeted steroids are really key for this for rebuilding.  I think the general idea is to keep rebuilding joints and bones that wear down.

 

 

 

 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A big part of beauty is managing life’s rough turns that leave you with physical and sometimes even emotional scars.  Apparently “Vaseline” may be an underrated little gem.  Vaseline can be placed on some burns; even those with blisters as a protective layer and heal in amazing ways (Dermatologist recommended).  Another step can be to see a plastic surgeon or surgical nurse for scar removals with perhaps what is called an IKON machine.  Some surgical nurses have little tricks where they might cut something out and turn it into a scar, like a tattoo for example, then after it has turned into a scar, use scar removal devices.  Part of beauty is maintaining clear skin and skin that is scar free-and it can be done!  Even stretch marks etc. can be removed.

The CPAP device also truly works wonders to restore the cells, the skin and the lips.  You can notice really dramatic changes to the face after using it.  It is so aerating it can give you gas, but the results are dramatic.  Especially if you were one of these late smokers who killed skin cells, discolored lips and fingers.  CPAP is a godsend.  It may help with swimming and sports.  Getting oxygen is just simply something great to give the body that it truly, truly needs.

Another good tip I found recently was not completely blow drying the hair but scrunching it with the hands to give it a hand perm, then almost dry it so it has some spring back from the drying process and gets more curl.  If hand perms do not work, or perhaps another thing to try, you can pin the hair in forms with bobby pins while wet and let it dry then keep or remove the pins.  You can pin the hair up or make easy waves or finger waves or 1920’s styles or bouffant styles.  Make long hair, short hair with bobby pins.  Droopy and ringlet styles, kind of school teacher looks.

What is really great is maintaining all your new vitamin grown hair!!  If you ever tried  Biotin and Zinc, they form really interesting young newly sprouted hair!!  Be very gentle with your new hair.  Also to recap again to try to dry it partially not all the way and let it dry naturally as much as possible for the most beautiful hair.

One important aspect of health is having enough time to stretch.  A nice book to follow for home practice of yoga is Richard Hittleman’s, “Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan.”  There is an exercise at the beginning of Hittleman’s book where you bend your arms at the elbow and with palms facing outward to open the chest that is really wonderful.  Collect and learn stretching exercises from magazines, books, tapes, personal trainers, classes.  I would also highly recommend in car emphasized states to get a treadmill and spend some time walking or running.  Even simple hand weights and strap on weights then marching gracefully can do wonders.  One personal trainer uses steps and squeezing the buttocks inward with each step to firm the buttocks.

Actually holding the downward dog position in yoga works on the whole body and has some special magic this writer is trying to decode.  If you’re sick and have been bedridden try exercising right in bed or in your bedroom or collecting books and exercising alone.  One can be too sickly to go to a class after a long period of sickness and may produce gas in a yoga class from a sluggish colon.  Sometimes you can’t keep up with a class regimen and need to go at your own pace.  Don’t be afraid to get a file of exercises together by making copies etc. and just begin.  You might have a yoga book or try doing a few simple exercises you remember like downward dog, plank, chair, balancing, sun salutations, deep breathing. There are also personal trainers who can tailor things to your needs and are worth every penny.  It’s nice to designate space in your house for exercise.  Look for some place to walk or get a treadmill.  Be very careful to not never walk.  I heard about the Camino de Santiago in Spain that has a nice walking pilgrimage.  You may try taking a walking holiday of your own design or look for a good pilgrimage area.

A wonderful experience can be to work on the values that will guide your life.  To look at what will be others perception of you, but also what your life will stand for or be your life’s primary goal areas.  These are not daily or monthly goals but rather those things at the back of your head that guide you and become who you are.

What can really make or break a relationship can be what one’s perception is of you.  Perception becomes the “boxing in” of a friend or family member into a positive or negative idea.  Sometimes it has to do with a time period or the context of the relationship, one friend may see you as a revolutionary, another may see you as child or have known you in childhood.  Some friends don’t see you all the time and their perception may or may not enlarge in tandem with your growth.  You may want to steer clear of those you don’t feel have a very positive perception of you.  Two things to watch out for that impact your self-esteem are “perception” and “dimmer” qualities.  Some may hold you within an idea, whether it be astrological, work oriented, related to an experience, adventure, a particular skill, your looks, gift oriented, a sickness and others at times like to dim a person’s abilities to increase their own using a reductionist model.  Perception may also be one’s personal branding.  Those two items can impact beauty and one should be aware of them.  Something you can do is say not less, but more or invite them over-the general idea is to inform their idea of you, tell them about yourself a little so when they speak of you, your information is on a mental string, not a convoluted poor perception. High self-esteem-not ego, but quality, can serve you in these kinds of conflicts as well as sharing and being informative.  Keep up to date with friends and family and do not allow them to live in old perceptions without regard for your growth.

Last point, is about counter culture lifestyles or those who pierced and tattooed and desired to live in a subculture or choose an alternative lifestyle.  Some people will cross social taboos or lines and desire to be on the outside of those lines or choose a wholly creative path that is aligned with social and physical designs which I find interesting.  I may have desired it as a young woman with a nose ring and tattoos.  Even an actor may lead a counter cultural life style going from theater to theater, character to character.

You still find a lot of counter culture but you might find yourself wanting a nice supplemental work or a creative career and one that is more foundational.  You may work in education, and then take all your vacations in acting.  It can be really nice to find interesting ways to live a creative life or an imaginative life, or athletic life, or culinary and writing, teaching and engineering etc.  I am finding the transition in later life can be getting into duplicity and trying to squeeze in all the things you love into a life.