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