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Yoga is a Great Way to Get Fit and Meet New People

yoga silhouette

yoga silhouette

If you are a single person wanting to improve your health, get a better figure and meet new people, then yoga could be a great idea for you. Not only will yoga classes introduce you to a new group of people, it is also one of the most popular and effective ways of getting fit. However, you may feel anxious about starting yoga classes if you’ve never been before. There’s no need to worry, this article will fill you in on all you need to know.



Yoga is a wonderful way to relieve stress, relax and get into shape. It is notorious for helping with ailments and injuries and is a wonderful and safe way to get fit, feel better and raise your energy levels. You will also learn how to become more flexible both literally and figuratively as you will practice the art of letting go, relaxing your mind and stretching your body. It is a comprehensive exercise that works every one of your muscles and you will soon become addicted to the sense of peace and relaxation that you achieve through the practice.

yoga headstand - get ready to position your body like never before!!!

yoga headstand - get ready to position your body like never before!!!

 For your first class, and onwards be prepared to position your body in ways that may seem strange or slightly uncomfortable at first. You will do a lot of stretching and will be utilizing muscles you never even knew you had, so make sure that you are patient, that you don’t force yourself to do anything that hurts or feels uncomfortable and that you ease yourself into it. If you are someone who is used to going to the gym and pounding on the treadmill for an hour as a means of exercise, then you will have to drastically change your conception of physical exertion as yoga can be incredibly taxing and difficult at moments but it consists of a lot of stationary poses and exercises.


yoga breathing

yoga breathing

You will begin by either chanting or breathing in deeply and exhaling and you will learn to breathe in the correct manner so that oxygen fills every part of your organs and you maximize the positive effects of something that so much of us take for granted. You will have to let go of any preconceived notions you have about being self-conscious, sitting quietly in a room full of people or feeling awkward. The practice of yoga begins with learning how to breathe correctly and you will feel that much better for it. 


yoga light meal

yoga light meal

Before your first class, try not to eat for an hour before hand

as you will be moving and posing and you don’t want to be doing so on a full stomach. If you must eat before hand try eating something light like a fruit or a yogurt so that you have the strength and agility you need to see the poses through. You should also wear exercise pants that are comfortable but not too loose as you do not want anything to get in the way of your fluid movements and positioning. Yoga is primarily done on a mat so that you aren’t lying directly on the floor. Most likely the studio you are going to has one for you to use but you might want to bring a towel with you just in case. Also, be sure to bring a water bottle with you as you will definitely work up a sweat and it is important to properly hydrate yourself. Most of all, enjoy the experience, the endorphins and the energy that you will have as a result, then continue meeting potential partners with a new-found confidence! 


Yoga at the beach

Yoga at the beach

yoga new found energy confidence

yoga new found energy confidence

About the author:

 Robert Boyd is the Managing Director of SportsEquip.co.uk, leading suppliers of ‘capital’ sports equipment and wet pour safety surfaces.


Sick of Pressing Buttons and going on Hold…

86-year Old Lady’s Letter to Bank

The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman.

Dear Sir:

I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years.

You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has  caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.
I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, — when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the  impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no  longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete.

I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative..

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history  must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.

I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button  presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further.


     Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.
By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.

Be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

When you call me, press buttons as follows:


#1. To make an appointment to see me

#2. To query a missing payment..

#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

#4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping

#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

#6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home

#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required.

#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry.

The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

      While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

May I  wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?


We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much too piss us off.

#10. This is a second reminder to press* for English.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

Your Humble Client

And remember: Don’t make old People mad.

Press 8 for Customer Service

Press 8 for Customer Service

Just goes to show – doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, man or woman, single or married  – I bet you’re still fed up to the back teeth with pressing buttons, being put on hold and rarely being able to speak to a real person. Let’s fight back – I love this. Pass it on and let’s give bureaucracy the boot!

Single and Celebrating the 4th of July

Independence Day

Independence Day

Independence Day, while marking the birth of our nation, takes on a whole new significance for the single gal.  Yes, it does mean another holiday alone, but it’s also a great time to reflect on the fact that, like the United States of America, you have broken away from the authority figures of the world (parents, spouses, and all of the restrictions that inevitably come with them) and are a truly independent and sovereign nation unto yourself.  That is definitely worth celebrating!  Plus, you’re going to get a lot of invites to picnics and BBQs where you might just meet some other lone wolves looking for love.  But what’s the best way for a single girl to celebrate a holiday that is predominantly geared towards family gatherings?

Perhaps you feel that tagging along to family affairs will only make you a fifth wheel.  But try to remember that you’re not the only single person on the planet and you could end up having a lot of fun with your brother’s cute, available friends.  That said, family-centric gatherings can be uncomfortable and snooze-worthy (especially if Uncle Eddy insists on singing the Star Spangled Banner every hour on the hour).  And do you really want to subject yourself to recriminations from your mom and aunts about how your biological clock is ticking even though you’re only twenty-five?  Please.  You’re single and you love it!  So why not throw your own shindig for other singles?

Get together some guy and girl friends that are equally leery of family fare and set up a mixer for this 4th of July.  Take over a few picnic tables at the local park or camp out on lawn chairs in your front yard with burgers, beers, and some get-to-know-you games (a little dancing music couldn’t hurt either).  Better yet, take your revelry to a campsite and have guests pitch a tent for the night so everyone can have a good time without the worry of driving home (and just see how many tents trade partners!).  A singles mixer is a great way to have some holiday fun without trying to navigate those tricky familial waters.  And don’t let mom lure you with her wicked-good potato salad, either (you can pick up some leftovers the next day).

You could also take advantage of ridiculously good sales to get that new convertible you’ve had your eye on.  What do you have to lose?  You’re single and you should celebrate the fact that you don’t have to drive an SUV to accommodate kids, pets, a spouse, sports equipment, and fifty pounds of groceries every week.  So take a seat in the go-cart of a car that is the Miata (hard-top convertible, oh yeah) and think about how much you’ll enjoy driving solo.

Finally, there are the fireworks to consider (both in the sky and here on Earth)!  Nothing is more romantic than parking it under the stars and laying a blanket on the hood to watch the proverbial rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.  If you do manage to nab a date, you can ensure some sparks of your own by getting intimate under the soft glow of shimmery sparklers and the heart-stopping reverberation of combustibles going boom!  Being young and single certainly has its perks.

Guest post by Leah Darvis of Debit Cards where you can find a prepaid GreenDot card.

To Eat or Not To Eat: Should You Go Gourmet for the First Date?

A first date can be nerve-wracking for even the most confident of guys.  You want to impress her, but you don’t want to go over the top or appear too desperate or cocky.  And while you can plan an extravagant, event-filled evening, you certainly don’t want to put too much pressure on an already stressful situation.  This is why most first dates involve the getting-to-know-you standard of dining out, which allows for conversation (unlike a noisy bar or club) mixed with a functional distraction (focus on the food until you think of something witty to say).  So the question then becomes: do you cough up the dough for a gourmet meal, or go for cheaper fare?



There are many reasons why going gourmet is the proper choice.  First off, the majority of women like to be wined and dined.  My husband took me to El Pollo Loco on our first date and left me wondering if I was loco for going along with it (although he maintains, to this day, that it wasn’t a “date”).  I let him make it up to me, but you might not be so lucky.  In addition, most women won’t admit it, but we’re on the lookout for a guy who can provide for us.  Hey, don’t hate!  It’s our biological imperative to find a man who will stick around and take care of the family he creates.  Plus, we don’t spend two hours on our hair and makeup and try on everything in our closet just so we can scarf down some chicken McNuggets and biggie fries.  We work hard to impress you and you should return the favor!  Just keep in mind that a hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily equate to a suitable meal.  Lobster and crab may be expensive, but you certainly won’t win any points by selecting an eatery that requires her to wear a plastic bib and wield a hammer.  Finally, there is a reason men court the opposite sex.  You know what it is.  And while you might not get it anyway, substandard eats will pretty much guarantee you don’t get a second date, a goodnight kiss, or any other recompense (except maybe indigestion).

That said, there are certain situations in which taking it down a notch is warranted.  The best reason is if you simply don’t have the money.  If you thought taking her to a cheap restaurant was a mood-killer, just imaging what will happen if your card gets denied and she ends up paying for an expensive meal.  If looks could kill, you’d be fricasseed boy-bits.  You can also go a bit more casual if you tell her ahead of time.  A jeans-and-t-shirt affair like dinner and a movie doesn’t require a four-star restaurant, and in fact, she might be uncomfortable if she feels under-dressed.  But at least spring for sit-down dining (shoot for a step above low-cost chains like Denny’s at the minimum).  If you’re worried about harsh judgment for your choice of cuisine, just let her pick the place (but be prepared to pay if you hand over the reins).



A first date can be an amazing, revelatory experience or it can seem like an eternity in Dante’s inferno.  But you can try to start things off on the right foot by taking her out for a nice meal at a classy joint.  At the very least, you will show your character and sophistication (you’ll be even more impressive if you can choose a fine wine, but don’t get too snobby with long-winded descriptions).  From there you just have to let the evening play out and see if your personalities mesh, but there’s no doubt she’ll be more inclined to accept a second date if she doesn’t have to wash her mouth out with soap after the meal.

Jamie Palovoy is a content writer for Gourmet Food where you don’t have to be rich to enjoy a gourmet meal.

Couples Massage: How Soon is Too Soon?

You’ve only been dating for a few days, weeks, or months (insert time-frame) but everything seems to be clicking.  You don’t want to jump the gun, but you’re beginning to think this person is THE ONE.  And so you’ve decided that it’s time to take it to the next level and organize a special treat for the two of you, something intimate, relaxing, romantic, and off the beaten path: a couples massage.  You love a good massage and you know they will, too.  So why not do it together?  It sounds like a good idea, but you’ve begun to second-guess yourself.  What if your partner thinks you’re moving too fast or that you’re some kind of creepy weirdo?  How can you tell if it’s too soon to do couples massage?

Couples Massages in a tropical wonderful

Couples Massages in a tropical wonderful

For starters, do you classify yourselves as a couple?  If not, it may be too soon.  If you’re not exclusively dating someone, if it’s just “casual”, or if you don’t even know their last name, chances are a couples massage is a bit of a stretch (as is the term “couple”).  You may want to hold off for a bit if you don’t want to get slapped with a restraining order for stalking.  If, however, your relationship has moved to next level (you’ve become intimate, met each other’s parents, keep toothbrushes at each other’s apartments, and have commenced to ignore/blow off your friends), you can probably assume that it’s safe to surprise your significant other with an afternoon of spoiling for two.Couples Massage

But if you’re still not sure, maybe you should ruminate on what, exactly, a couples massage entails.  In case you didn’t know, you’ll pretty much be naked (albeit under a sheet or towel).  You will also be on tables right next to each other, close enough to hold hands or gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes…as you are touched by two total strangers.  Uh-huh.  If the vibe sounds a little creepy, chances are it is.  It’s hard enough playing the get-to-know-you game without watching some Fabio wannabe touch your lady, or wondering what that cute little Asian girl with hands of steel is doing to your boyfriend while you’re face-down on the mat.  If you’re not quite comfortable watching your partner interact intimately with another person, you might want to plan something a bit more private, like the two of you massaging each other (it might be more fun to get a manual and do a little pillow-time at home anyway).

Couples MassageThe truth is, even people who have been together for years may find couples massage a little awkward.  After all, the idea is to relax and that may not be possible with another person in the room.  On the other hand, some people are totally cool with letting it all hang out, even if they just met you at a Poison concert the previous night.  So before you plan a couples massage, you should have a good idea of how your partner feels about it, whether you come right out and ask, or gauge their interest in another way.  After all, you don’t want to arrive at the massage parlor only to find that you’ll be alone in a room with two tables and masseurs while your partner reads a magazine in the lobby for an hour.

Dana Rivas enjoys writing about the benefits of massage for her website Portable Massage Tables.

5 Fun Dates You Never Thought Of

Dating can be both fun and frustrating, especially if you’re the one coming up with all the plans.  You’ve done dinners, movies, concerts, sporting events, and even a romantic walk on the beach.  You hit rock bottom when you resorted to taking your date to a party with all of your friends (in which a rousing serenade of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by your beer-swilling buddies actually saved the night).  But you’ve found that your coffers of ingenuity are empty and you simply can’t produce a new and exciting date night to keep your love interest, well, interested.  So here are a few off-the-wall date ideas that you can use to spice things up a bit.

  1.  Go for a ride…in an airplane.  Every little kid dreams of flying, so make the fantasy a reality by scheduling a flight lesson. 
    flying lessons - another fun date idea

    flying lessons - another fun date idea

    You can probably find an instructor locally or in a nearby town, and although it’s expensive and you may have to go through several hours of initial lessons, it will all be worthwhile when you gun the throttle and pull a barrel-roll.  If your significant other isn’t the adventurous sort, you don’t have to scrap the plan entirely.  Go for a ride in a hot-air balloon instead.  It’s a bit more relaxing, but still spectacular.

    Here's a fun date idea - Sand Boarding

    Here's a fun date idea - Sand Boarding

  2. Check out a roller derby.  What could be better than a little mayhem as scantily-clad beauty-school dropouts shove and stumble their way around the track in an attempt to obliterate the other team (all while precariously balanced on roller skates)?  This fleshy take on the classic mash-up derby is both awesome and engrossing.
  3. Drive to the border and spit on another state.  Nothing says you love your home state better than defiling your neighbor.  Check out the Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives website to find a fun local eatery along the way and don’t forget to plan ahead by making an appropriate road-trip mix for your iPod.
  4. Build a backyard fort.  Use anything and everything (lawn furniture, blankets, pillows, Christmas lights, a painting of dogs playing poker) to build and decorate the best fort possible, then have a picnic inside and camp out for the night.  This is a great activity because it is both physically and mentally stimulating…and a secluded little cave might really get your partner in the right mood.
  5. Play sexy bingo.  Create a set of cards that is covered in steamy suggestions like “foot massage”, “striptease”, and “whipped cream bikini”.  The winner then gets to choose from the stamped boxes on the card which activity the loser will perform.  Just make sure you have all the accessories you might need on hand.


Bonus: If all of the ideas mentioned above seem a little too out-there for your taste, try something a bit more tame by learning to cook a new kind of food, whether you’re rolling sushi, spicing it up Thai style, or getting saucy with Fondue.  Trying something new is always fun and it could be delicious.

All the best dates share some common traits.  They must be unique, interesting, and above all, fun.  But it’s not easy to keep coming up with new ideas.  So if you find yourself in a quandary as to what to do on a Saturday night, consider something that will be a learning experience, check out the local events page in the paper, get out of town, think back to the ingenuity of childhood, or take a new twist on an old classic.  Whichever you choose, you’re sure to come up with something that will wow your partner and make a great story for your future grandkids.

Patrick Mickz is an avid Bingo Player and he enjoys playing fun and educational games. You can visit his site Printable Bingo Cards.

Help Please – Fashion, Beauty, Dating, Love, Relationships, Competitions – Your Say

Are you Single? Looking for a relationship? Like dating? Love fashion? Enjoy beauty treatments? Want help with you finances? Enjoy competitions and giveaways… The list could go on…

Well, SHI Symbol needs your input on what YOU would like to see changed, added or deleted from the SHI Symbol International Emag – AND you can WIN big time.


SHI Symbol's International Emag for Singles - May 2010 Edition

SHI Symbol's International Emag for Singles - May 2010 Edition

Peruse it, note your likes, dislikes and any suggestions. Then:

Please send Comments to this blog or send email Jan at SHI Symbol and we will try to incorporate your suggestions.

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