7 benefits of Bikram yoga

We know the well-documented yogic promises of improved flexibility, balance and core strength. But what’s the benefit of adding heat? Bikram expert Amy King of Bikram Yoga Victoria and Lucinda Mills of in Melbourne state their claims. The rest is up to you. Improve your » Weight Bikram Known for burning anywhere between 500 to 1,000 calories a session, Bikram yoga warms muscles to help burn fat easily. Hot Yoga Weight normalisation is about finding balance, and all the work we do on the mat helps you become exquisitely self-aware, but also wonderfully balanced and deeply content. This helps transform
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5 ways to re-train your taste buds

It takes just a few weeks for your taste buds to adjust to a healthier diet Most of us are unaware of how many chemicals and preservatives are in our diets, thanks to the highly processed foods we select from the supermarket shelf. Fortunately, we can retrain our tastebuds. Follow our step-by-step guide to healthy shopping: 1. Choose natural, unprocessed food Consuming natural wholefoods may taste bland at first, but with patience and perseverance your taste buds will soon adjust to the healthier diet. 2. Introduce new things into your diet, bit by bit “Tastebuds only take 14 to 21
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5 new squats to try today!

Take the squat challenge to the next level! Get more out of your squats with these five takes on the traditional move, provided by our PTs. 180 degree squat jumps Prepare to feel the burn. This is your standard squat jump but with a 180-degree twist. By adding a rotating jump you are challenging your legs to jump more explosively using more energy and more muscle power. How to: Engage your core to initiate this movement. Start with a normal bodyweight squat  remembering to keep your heels on the ground while bending at the hips, keeping your chest upright until your
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Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Nikki Fogden-Moore demonstrates the Triangle Pose/Trikonasana. Benefits: Builds strength and balance, creates space and stretching in your lower back – it is a wonderful pose to strengthen, lengthen and balance. Works: Knees, hamstrings, lower back and great for achy feet – overall balancing and rejuvenating pose How To: Start with your feet together in mountain pose – with arms by your sides – then take a strong wide step out to the side. Adjust your feet to step as wide as you can. Raise your hands to shoulder width. Stretch from fingertip to fingertip. Suck your belly in and push
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Why you should use a cleansing brush

 Washing your face is one thing, gently polishing it with a specially developed cleansing brush is completely another. According to dermal therapist James Vivian, “Cleansing brushes are generally designed to assist the cleansing process by removing more foreign accumulations from the skin while simultaneously stimulating the complexion to detoxify and bring oxygen and nutrients to the skin from the inside-out.” Pro purchase tips: Vivian offers a word of caution for those with a delicate décolletage : “For sensitive skins, I’d recommend the use of a cleansing brush that vibrates rather than oscillates, as this will produce less friction on the skin.”
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The Okinawa Principle

The theory: Based on the inhabitants of the Japanese islands of Okinawa, where people live long and relatively disease-free lives, the ‘Okinawa principle’ follows a simple 80/20 approach to the amount of food you eat: Eat until you’re 80% full because it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you’re full. For: “Eating a low-calorie or calorie-restricted diet has been shown to lower the risk of developing chronic disease and thus slow the ageing process,” says naturopath Sarah Stevens. “Okinawans tend to have a lower body mass index, resulting in a lowered risk of diabetes, heart disease and
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Why Do We Eat Eggs for Breakfast?

Poached or scrambled, fried or boiled, tenderly Instagrammed or inhaled via McMuffin, eggs are the undisputed workhorse of the American breakfast. As a kid who wouldn’t touch them—the smell alone made me gag—I spent a lot of time bitterly contemplating this fact while cobbling together strange restaurant meals from the forlorn “sides” section of the menu. Collegiate poverty would eventually cure me of my childish aversion, and I now eat eggs in all forms, but I still wonder sometimes about their automatic association with morning appetites. Why do we eat eggs for breakfast? RELATED: 8 Excellent Recipes for Hard-Boiled Eggs The
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Burpee to surfer burpee

A surfer burpee will not only challenge you physically, but will also improve mobility in your hips and back. This is an ideal exercise for surfers from beginner to expert level for helping to harness the explosive power and flexibility needed to get up on the board. How to: 1. Bend over or squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of you, just outside of your feet. 2. Jump both feet back to a plank position. 3. Drop to a push-up – your chest should touch the floor. You can also drop to your knees here to
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Single-leg pogo

This is a plyometric take on the single-leg deadlift. This move will tone your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves as well as improve your balance and cardio endurance. How to: 1. Start by standing with your feet together. Engage your left leg by shifting your weight onto it. 2. Tighten through your core and bend forward to touch your left toe with your right hand, extending the right leg behind you so that your body resembles a T shape (not a broken umbrella). 3. Keeping your balance, bring yourself back towards the original standing position and continue to drive your
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Natural born beauty

Cameron Diaz’s trainer, Teddy Bass shares the secrets to her toned physique With a background as a professional dancer, Teddy came to LA nearly 15 years ago to pursue a career as a video dancer. Instead, he ended up getting qualified in fitness at the University of Southern California (UCLA) and started training celebrities. Teddy was so great at his job that through word of mouth he started training all the big celebs like Christina Applegate, Rosanna Arquette, Sheryl Crow, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Kimberly Stewart, Lucy Lui and of course the world’s hottest bod right now, Cameron Diaz. The
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