7 Reasons Why You Should Never Start a Yoga Practice

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Yoga sounds awesome. How many activities can you name that have a positive impact on your health, fitness, and stress levels? Even so, yoga isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. I'm not kidding. Here are seven reasons why you seriously shouldn’t start a yoga practice.

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1. Yoga will tame your ego.

Yogis and yoginis have a calm mind. The ego is the voice inside your head that never stops talking. Yoga allows you to access a quiet place. It will feel lonely at first. Sure, chaotic thoughts are confusing, but at least they keep you company.

2. Yoga will teach you to eat mindfully. 

Yogis and yoginis develop body awareness. They notice how foods influence their mood and energy levels. This knowledge is a curse in disguise. As soon as you realize how much junk food upsets your stomach, you’ll never want to eat a Big Mac again.

3. Yoga will turn you into a goody two shoes.

Yogis and yoginis tend to be upbeat. They don’t gossip. They don’t start rumors. They don’t argue for no good reason. They only speak when they have something nice to say. Your positive vibes will make friends and co-workers wonder what the heck happened to you.

4. Yoga will help you improve poor health habits.

Yogis and yoginis often meditate and keep a journal or diary. Self-reflection is helpful for people with addictive personalities. Reflecting in a journal can uncover triggers that tempt you to drink, gamble, eat candy, smoke cigarettes, or do whatever impulsive thing you like to do. Changing your habits is too hard. Don't bother.

5. Yoga will encourage you to be content with life.

Yogis and yoginis try to look on the bright-side of "bad" situations. They understand life is a roller-coaster including ups, downs, twists, and turns that can rock your emotional being. Yoga teaches you to be less reactive to any stressful situation the Universe throws at you. This can be really hard for control freaks to swallow. Trust me... I know.

6. Yoga will steal time from other pleasant activities.

Yogis and yoginis are devoted to their yoga practice. They have jobs, families, hobbies, and responsibilities just like you. There is no way to dedicate every moment of your day to yoga. Life is busy. Making sacrifices will be necessary. You might have to spend less time watching your favorite sitcom or soap opera (unless you are darn good at multitasking).

7. Yoga will reveal how your environment influences you.

Yogis and yoginis love how mellow they feel following a yoga class. They don’t like drama. It messes up their mojo. The more mindful you become, the more you will realize other people’s energy affects your mood for better or worse. Sound like a nightmare? Sorry, but it’s true. If you’d rather stay ignorant, please don’t start a yoga practice. It’s not worth the risk.

Note: I was being sarcastic.

Starting a yoga practice changed my life in surprising ways.

Some people learn best through humor and reverse psychology, so I chose to be silly.

If this post made you smile, please share on Facebook. You might encourage one of your friends to do yoga.

Want to learn how to start a yoga practice by the end of this week? Click the link in the last sentence to read about my beginner friendly yoga book: "Do Yoga Every Damn Day."

25 Cheap and Healthy Foods You Need to Know

Monday, October 5th, 2015

“I really want to eat healthy, but I’m broke!” Sound familiar? As a former college student and member of Club Broke, I know the feeling. Who says healthy eating has to be expensive? Get fit on your budget with these 25 cheap and healthy foods you need to know. :)

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5 Weird Ways to Sabotage Yourself (#5 Is Ironic)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Do you feel frustrated because you have ambition, but little to show for it? If so, you might be sabotaging yourself without even realizing it. Read ahead and I will reveal how self sabotage happens.


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4 Power Poses for Self Esteem and Body Confidence

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Hi. Please watch the watch the video to learn how power poses can develop self esteem and body confidence (and then read the blog below for examples from pop culture to help you with application). :)

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9 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Bad Day

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Even the hardest days contain lessons that will help you be a better person. Feeling down? Here are nine things to remember on a bad day.

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9 Surprising Benefits of Being Single

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

I’m convinced most people in long-term relationships are secretly miserable. Sure, it’s nice to have a partner to cuddle with, but relationships can also be inconvenient. If you don’t believe me, consider these surprising benefits of being single.

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12 Things You Need to Know about Yoga: Benefits, Common Myths, and How to Get Started

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Yoga is a beginner friendly exercise that is scientifically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Mental health is awesome, but yoga improves your physical fitness too. Practice yoga every day and you'll develop balance, core strength, flexibility, and more. You'll definitely want to take a yoga class after you read this list.


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5 Fascinating Benefits of Meditation (#3 Will Move You)

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Meditation isn’t reserved for Buddhist monks.

Anyone can benefit from this ancient mindfulness practice.

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, meditation could ease the burdens that trouble you.

If you’re a busy parent, meditation could help you stay calm the next time your child throws a tantrum.

If you’re an ambitious professional, meditation could help you concentrate on delivering quality work that will impress your clients.

Whether you want to meditate for religious reasons, stress management, or productivity enhancement is irrelevant. A moment of silence serves you in so many ways it would be silly not to do it. Check out these fascinating benefits of meditation.

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15 Things Mindful People Do Differently (Introverts Will Love #10)

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Mindful people don’t worry about a future they can't predict. They live in the present, because that’s where progress happens. Check out these fifteen things mindful people do differently for a healthy and happy life.

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Be Successful with the Action Habit (Skip #1 at Your Own Risk)

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Here's how to be more successful in 14 tough (but necessary) steps. Don't be afraid. #7 will make the process of achieving a big goal seem less scary and intimidating. :)

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You Won’t Believe These Benefits of Yoga (Especially #4)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Most people connect yoga with flexibility, but there's more to the story. These four benefits of yoga might blow your mind (people with ADD will be happy to see #2).
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13 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

What is confidence? Here are my thoughts in the form of a list (#13... wow, what a plot twist).

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7 Empowering Mantras for Encouragement and Mental Strength

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Mentally strong people weren’t born that way. They probably used to doubt themselves just like you. To develop confidence in yourself, remember these affirmations that will help you be mentally strong (video game fans will love #7).

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6 Reasons to Try Yoga Today (Who Can Argue with #2?)

Friday, September 18th, 2015

There are many reasons to try yoga

This ancient practice is good for your mind, body, and soul.

You will be more calm and less clumsy (yoga balance balances poses boost coordination + concentration). 

Find out how this small but powerful habit can change your life (and get started today with actionable tips). :)

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13 Things You Can Do to Make an Introvert Feel Loved

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Extroverts and introverts have different needs.

Extroverts are social creatures. Introverts most certainly are not.

Extroverts love small talk, but introverts would rather do anything else.

It is important to be aware of these differences so we can treat others with empathy.

If you know an introvert, do these 13 things to make them feel loved (#3 is my favorite).


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Small Habits That Lead to Massive Success (#5 Is Simple but Profound)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Success in progressBeing a workaholic might be considered a virtue, but it isn’t necessary.

Why work to exhaustion when you could simply be more efficient with your time?

If you’d like to have more energy for the things that matter, implement these tiny success habits for massive results.

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5 Weird Reasons Why You Are Addicted to Facebook (#3 Explains a Lot)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Hi. My name is Daniel. I am addicted to Facebook. Or I was for a long time anyhow. Now it isn't so bad. Anyhow... (click to read more if you'd like to break your technology addiction like I did).

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15 Rants about Addiction Recovery and Other Stuff (an ADD List Post)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Did you know I am a bit ADD? It's true. This blog is a bit all-over-the-place (and tl;dr) but that's okay. If you're curious and like to read, check out these 15 deep thoughts about addiction recovery and other stuff.

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5 Super Helpful Health Tips for Busy Women (#1 Will Change How You See Food)

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

womens health tipsBuffy the Vampire Slayer shared this blog on Twitter once.

Ask me to show you a screenshot sometime (was that the least discrete humble brag ever or what?). 😉

Speaking of Buffy, I thought this quote was appropriate...

"There'’s no such thing as a supermom. We just do the best we can." - Sarah Michelle Gellar

If you'd like to be healthy (but are so busy that it's hard to find time for yourself), these women's health tips will provide a gentle shove in the right direction. :)  Continue Reading »

My Top 6 Favorite “Star Wars” Quotes and What They Taught Me about Life

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

"Star Wars" is one of my favorite movies in the entire Universe.

Here are my top six fave Star Wars quotes plus what they taught me about life. :)

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CrossFit Pros and Cons: A Fair and Balanced Analysis

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

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CrossFit – love it or hate it, you can't deny that it's made a huge impact on the fitness industry.

My hope is to offer a fair and balanced look at the "CrossFit pros and cons" to help you decide if this style of training might be for you.

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24 Ways to Be Awesome Every Day (#20 Will Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy)

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

I used to be a banker (hated it); now I'm a writer, actor, health coach, and yoga teacher (love it). 

I used to be crippled by shyness so severe that I couldn't even talk to a female without breaking a sweat; now I am (mostly) comfortable in who I am.

I My life used to be lame, but I've made it awesome (by "awesome," I really mean, "noticeably better," but we all have a tendency to exaggerate, don't we?).

That out of the way, I'd like to share the top twenty-four (!) things I've learned in my life adventure so far. If someone ever asks me how to be awesome, this really big list would be my answer.

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Should You Go to a Gym or Exercise at Home?

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Q: Should I go to a gym or exercise at home? 

A: It depends.

Click ahead and I'll offer two things you should definitely consider before making such an important decision.

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10 Weird Things That Happened When I Tried Intermittent Fasting (IF)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Intermittent fasting (a.k.a. skipping breakfast) is making rounds on the interwebz.

There are potential pitfalls (and surprising perks) you should know before embarking on your own intermittent fasting (IF) adventure.

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Batman Vs Bane: What Would Happen (and a Free Weight Lifting Plan)

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

A Guest Post by Dan Trongone 

Ah, Halloween. A time of fantasy when young and old unite to forget their problems, binge on candy, and dress in silly (or slutty) costumes.

Superhero costumes will always stand the test of time for man and young boys. There is something exhilarating about putting on a pair of tights and a cape.

My favorite comic book character, hands down, is Batman. Bats has a Rogues Gallery far more frightening than his comrades in the Justice League.

The Joker? Two-Face? Killer Croc? Yikes.
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Food for Thought: Four Life Lessons I Learned In Restaurants

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Note from Dan: I believe this guest post by my friend Kedric concerning some life lessons he learned in restaurants present some interesting food for thought that you should consider. Hope you enjoy! :)

You are what you eat!”

I hear this statement thrown around every time somebody tries to convince a person to swap french fries for a salad.

To a certain extent, it's true, but I’m not here to ramble about how eating fries will make you a blob of adipose tissue (maybe another time).

I bet eating out is an important part of your life. When you eat out, you're not just filling you're body with nutrients and vitamins; you're growing relationships with the people you care about.

In a way, your entire life resembles eating at a restaurant.

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Kaizen: How to Get 1% Better Every Day for a Better Body and Bank Account

Friday, October 19th, 2012

A Guest Post by Tarek Roumie

Unless you are Superman or Wonder Woman, chances are you have something to improve in some aspect of your life.

When first introduced to the term kaizen in “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, I was blown away. 

The term “kaizen” is Japanese for “improvement”. But the deeper meaning of the word refers to constantly thriving to improve in everything we do. Within this lies our eventual success.

Fitness itself is considered self improvement, yet most of us get lost somewhere along the path to our goals and kaizen begins to suffer. 

Let's look at kaizen from another perspective. The game of life. 

Without constantly improving, we end up going nowhere and are stuck fighting the diseases of mediocrity and boredom (Yes, boredom is a disease). 

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Be Weird (Why Aquaman is Cool Even Though He Talks to Fish)

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Be weird (and don't apologize for it).

I used to agonize over the slightest criticism:

  • Nasty blog comment
  • Back-handed insult
  • (Whatever the case may be)

I wanted everybody to like me.

But problem with that... you should only be dependent on one person for happiness (look in the mirror).

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My 3 Favorite Ways to Take a Break from Work (#3 Is Sweet)

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Here are my top three favorite ways to take a break from work (tell me yours in the comments).

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Easy Morning Habits That Will Help You Wake Up with Energy and Enthusiasm

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Wake up like you mean it.

If you have a crappy morning, chances are you're going to have a crappy day.  Too many crappy days = a crappy life.

This action-packed post reveals how to wake up like you mean it.  If you revamp your morning, chances are you'll revamp your day... and possibly your life.

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