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Online Yoga Review

After a regretfully long abstinence from practicing yoga, I found myself talking about missing it more than I had actually been doing something about it. Could be laziness or lack of motivation, but something recently broke me out of that bad habit of wishing instead of doing.  I don’t think I’m the only one who has once been super motivated, only to find themselves reminiscing of how good or advanced they used to be at something, as if talking about the past could make it more real and identifying in the present.

Maybe it was the push of a friend. Maybe it’s the change of season, or the solar eclipse initiating change. But the advice of an acquaintance actually pushed me to look into this very cool website that they use called YogaGlo. Finally, something that could connect me with a motivating yoga class without having to be in a studio or gym. This was essential for my needs, as driving and paying for a studio membership just wasn’t realistic for me at the moment. However, having a group of people and a teacher leading me through a class is kind of what pushed me to do it in the first place. It just didn’t feel as creative and exciting to lead myself, and I’m not advanced enough to know the correct way to go through all of the poses in order to take me to the next level.

Long story short, YogaGlo comes at a super reasonable price per month with 35 teachers and countless videos to choose from. I just don’t think I’ll ever feel sold short with this site. The search engine is perfect for my needs, which separates classes by duration, level, style or body part you’d like to focus on. On top of that, you can choose classes based on focusing on the Heart, Mind, or Body. That pretty much covers all of my  needs on any given day. I can choose a class ranging from 10 minutes, or 2 hours and music can be turned on or off. 15 Days come free and I am sold on day two of my free trial. I can tell this is going to benefit me and get me back on track physically and mentally. Yoga has always been a huge release and benefit for me in all ways and I just had to share another option for those who might be in the same situation I was in.

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Remembrance

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In the summer of 2000, I told my mom I wanted a pet that “does more”. I went through a few fish, a frog, and had an English Budgie. When my mom walked into a bird store to get our first bird, Kiwi, some seed she saw a woman holding a beautiful little bird that looked like a miniature parrot and asked her what type it was. The woman replied that it was called a lovebird. My mom then proceeded to ask something to the extent of “Oh, what do they do?” The woman simply answered, “They love you.” My mom caved and Paulie came home with us that day.

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In honor of Asbestos Awareness Week (April 1st – 7th), I’m happy to share with my readers an inspirational couple who has beat the odds of mesothelioma, an aggressive and rare cancer that can kill within two years.

Heather and her husband Cameron have made it their mission to spread the word about mesothelioma, after facing the diagnosis at a young age of 36. Heather is the sweet woman who was faced with this diagnosis eight years ago, soon after the birth of their daughter, Lily. Heather was only given 15 months to live, and after undergoing a risky procedure she has beat the odds and has been blessed with more years to enjoy life to the fullest with the ones she loves, all while giving back to others in any way she can.

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The only known cause of this cancer is from exposure to asbestos. So, here are some facts that you may not be aware of, that could save lives, as knowledge is power.

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To watch Heather’s story click HERE.

 

As a blogger dedicated to natural living, I was compelled to rally up behind their cause which has affected them personally and to help spread the word. Heather and Cameron have also created a webpage HERE, dedicated to raising awareness about this deadly carcinogen and Heather continues to give speeches at conferences as a way to give back to others. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.

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I know from personal experience that many older homes (most made before 1979) almost always contain asbestos based products unless they have been removed. Sometimes removing it from a home is more dangerous than letting it be, as these fibers we cannot see are released into our air. It’s a costly and dangerous project. One thing that I ask myself is, why isn’t asbestos banned in the USA by now?!

FACTS

  • The U.S. and Canada are the last two industrial nations not to ban asbestos completely. (Let’s get busy people!)
  • Over 30 years ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared asbestos a known human carcinogen.
  • The Word Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos in the workplace
  • The Word Health Organization (WHO) also estimates that one in every three deaths from occupational cancer is estimated to be caused by asbestos, and it is estimated that several thousands of deaths each year can be attributed to exposure to asbestos at home (YIKES!).
  • In 2010, U.S. consumption (or use) of asbestos was 1,010 tons (that’s a LOT of asbestos!)

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