New Years Resolutions - Helmer
Happy New Year Everyone!
As the chapter was closing in on 2015 we began thinking of ways we could improve our minds, bodies and lives. Although having maintained a healthy lifestyle for many years, there is always room to improve, so, for our new year resolutions, we all chose a healthy habit that we wanted to adopt into our everyday lives.
Yoga, seems like it doesn’t need much of an introduction, but just incase you don’t know the great benefits that come with Yoga, here are a few. Yoga is all about slowing down, finding your inner peace, listening to your body’s needs and clearing your mind and body of stress. Yoga is a great means to gain mental and physical therapy. When practiced regularly, Yoga can help you keep the everyday stresses that occur at bay, by teaching you a relaxed and healthy approach to dealing with negativity. Yoga improves the state of your mind allowing you to lead you to live a happier, healthier and more positive life. In terms of the benefits for your body, Yoga is a great way to keep your body in shape and toned, and it can even help you loose weight. Read on to find out why Shevanne wants to get back into Yoga again:

“I have had the pleasure of practicing yoga for the last 6 years, so this is not a new discipline, however my lack of continuity in my practice makes it seems new every time I start again. My New Years resolution is my commitment to making yoga a part of my daily life. A recent quote that resounded with me says that “One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” – Unknown. I strongly relate to this as I know the numerous benefits from practicing yoga and I also know that by building a strong constant practice will result in having a strong, healthy and disciplined life.

Yoga is not only one of the best physical exercise that one can do and is the main reason for my toned body, but it is also a great therapy for overcoming ones fear and confronting mental, spiritual and physical blocks that we all have to deal with in our daily lives. I am making to the commitment to increase my practice from sporadic to consistent this year, knowing that I have now found one of the best yoga teachers that I am fortunate to practice with twice a week. I know that I will stick to this agenda simply because I am ready and because of the great pleasure that I get from doing it.” 1_020_1 1_009_1
Meditation, another ancient technique that has been proven to do wonders to one’s mind, body and soul. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar once said “The quality of your life depends on the quality of your mind”, and for 2016 we feel this fits our resolutions perfectly.

It is so easy to get carried away with work, deadlines, friendship dramas, relationship problems and the general stress of trying to keep everything on track, that we sometimes forget we can just stop and breath for a few minutes. By taking some time out of your day to meditate, you are able to cleanse your mind of your worries and gain a clearer perspective. Meditation is a great way of dealing with stress and anxiety, gaining confidence within yourself, opening your mind to become more creative and improve your concentration. Meditating regularly can lead you to live a more productive, positive and enriched life. Keep reading to find out why Danielle wants to take up meditation.

“My New Year’s resolution for 2016 is to stick to a routine (which I am terrible at) by starting my day with a 10 minute meditation and setting my intentions for the day.

I’ve been wanting to meditate for many years now but I never knew where to begin. Last year I started my first meditation series with Oprah & Deepack – Manifesting True Success, a 21 day meditation experience. A truly eye opening experience which now I am more than ready to embark on for life. As a beginner I am already enjoying the benefits of meditation, which is rewarding, as it’s not always easy to sit down and silence your mind for a few minutes. For my experience it’s a great stress release, but it also helps me to be more focused and in harmony with myself. Not to mention it’s so easy to follow with the great apps you can download on your phone, I personally like to follow Headspace and Omvana you just need to sit down and listen so there is really no excuse – we all have 10 minutes to spare for our well-being!” 1_003_1
There has been an explosion of juicing in the past year, with the like of Millie Mackintosh, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Jessica Alba and Kendall Jenner following this healthy trend.

Juicing is the greatest health trick there is at the moment, as it makes incorporating a number of vegetables and fruits in one day possible. Meaning, your body can benefit from all the nutrients and minerals these raw foods possess. Just throw in an array of colourful, vitamin packed fruits and veg into a blender and your set for the busy day ahead of you. It could not be easier, and with hundred of great recipes available at your fingertips – they’re tasty too! Juicing does wonders for you body inside and out. From giving you clear, glowing skin and shiny and stronger hair, to detoxify you body, providing you with long-lasting energy, boosting your immune system, and even reducing high blood pressure – the benefits are endless! Read below to find out why Michelle wants to embrace this new healthy habit in 2016:

“I’ve decided this year I wanted to be more conscious of what I’m putting into my body. Although I’ve always been quite careful of what I was eating in terms of calories I never thought of all the properties that food can have on your skin, body and mind. This year I want to start every day by giving my body only good nutrients and all the vitamins it needs all from natural ingredients. I just bought a cold press juice maker and I intend to make the most out of it this year. I am quite creative when it comes to cooking so I’m sure I’ll come up with some interesting recipes.

My main challenge which I guess is also for most people, is sticking to it. It’s all about making time and setting your priorities straight. In the end it’s really just up to you! How important is your body and well-being?” 1_008_1
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