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5 Ways to Improve Your Health (all under 3 Minutes!

It is possible to be healthy and busy.

It is August. Possibly one of the busiest months, aside from the holidays. The problem when the busy times hit? Our health practices and self care go right out the window.

We have this idea that health living takes a lot of time and energy. Which it can and if we are feeling drained by making healthy changes then we might actually be going about it in an unsustainable way. 

Fortunately there is another way.

A way that takes little time. A way that you can still move forward while busy.

It is all about starting with small, simple steps. These small steps can help us reach our bigger goals by giving us more energy, clarity, focus, enthusiasm, and building capability. Not only do we experience the benefit from our new healthy habits, we also feel the power of actually implementing something positive for ourselves. Which gives us energy and encourages us to do even more!

5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Health:

  1. Drink a glass of water when you first wake up (best after you brush your teeth.) This starts your day with hydration, clean energy and detoxification: 1 minute max.
  2. Add leafy greens to the foods you are already eating. Why not put bok choy in your soup, kale in your smoothies, chard in your stir-fries and spinach in your enchiladas? Greens give us a light flexible energy, are detoxifying, purify our blood and make us feel great: 3 minutes to wash and cut/rip.
  3. Take deep breaths while you are driving/in transit. Taking deep breaths help us release stress, bring us back to the moment we are in and prepare us for our next task by giving us clarity, energy and focus. Best part: its free and always with you!: no added time.
  4. Exercise while getting ready in the morning: squats while brushing your teeth, lunges while brushing your hair, calf raises while reading the paper. Basically finding opportunities  throughout the day to move can help you feel more energized, strong, capable and ready for more movement: no added time.
  5. Take one minute after lunch to write a friend and tell them how amazing they are (really 2-3 sentences can make a big difference.) This not only supports connection with the people you love and respect (which of course is important in creating a healthy lifestyle), it also brings you more happiness through doing something kind for another person. Giving -time, money, energy, encouragement, support, love- is a huge factor in overall health, as it brings fulfillment. Without facets such as this we find other means of satisfaction, like food. 1 minute
Intentionally create your day by picking one of these to focus on for the next week. Then when you have the first down, pick another. Healthy living does not have to require a lot of effort and time!

Jenna Granger is a health coach and wellness educator living in Tahoe, but focus on support the health of those around the globe.  With over three years of experience, Jenna can be considered a therapist, life coach, nutritionist and physical trainer, drawing ALL aspects of life and health into one full integration.
She received her health coaching education from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, combined with a degree in Cultural Anthropology from UCSC and Art of Living Teacher, Jenna offers a very authentic approach to her coaching technique. Find more info and book your next coaching session at jennagranger.com

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A Moment at the Yoga Room

It's Tuesday at 6pm. As I enter the studio, the last of the Restorative Yoga students put away props, chat with Deborah and float out of the doors of the Yoga Room. Smiles are shared, hugs given and the conversations consist of epiphanies, questions and a sharing of experiences in the practice that preceded. Students gather outside the door to collect belongings, chat and make plans.
As the studio clears of bodies, what remains is the pure space of the Room. Warm light filters in as the intensity of our Sierra sun finds its calm. Outside the front windows, I see the water of our beautiful Lake Tahoe, which instantly grounds me on this warm day. A light, summer evening air brushes itself through the screens and against my skin.
Sounds of our community hum outside the windows as people gather for a movie at the Art Haus, meet at Uncorked Wine Bar and share the space of the Cobblestone Center. The voice sounds shift to a whisper of a soft breeze and singing of the frogs in the TC golf course pond.
I take a deep breath, take it in, and roll out my mat. I find the day's reading from Mark Nepo's Book of Awakening, and, as it was meant to be, the reading speaks to me with such healing. This is what brought me here. To learn. To teach. To share this healing. To collect in this human experience of life. I am no guru or saint and find solace in being a part of this family. Students begin to filter in, expressing hellos to me and fellow students. Chatting about everything from their day, and family to love and yoga pants. Two women braid each other's hair. I get goosebumps.
As we settle into our practice with closed eyes, a wave of contentedness tickles my skin. It's a moment, yes. But the more I practice, the more I teach, the more we share this community, joy, struggle, love, the more these moments merge and expand. This is why we are here, gathered in the Yoga Room. Simply to share, breathe and support one another on our path to contentment. Immense gratitude is here and it feels so real to me. Together, we share the sound of an OM.

Thanks for reading the Yoga Room blog, and sharing this online space with me. I am Jenna Minnes, founder of the Yoga Room, and with this blog I am to bring simple musings on my time at the studio along with health and wellness tips and recipes from local nutrition experts, yogis and guest bloggers. I hope you feel at home here.