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Stay Safe, Relaxed & Healthy

Tips for staying healthy and relaxed during these challenging times

Be kind

These have been uncertain times, especially for some parts of the world where Covid19 has hit harder. If there was ever a time to react to others in kindness, it’s now.

Weraing masks while jogging

I’ve seen people trying to be safe by wearing masks while they’re jogging.

We should keep in mind that if we’re doing aerobic exercise and wearing a mask, we may not get 100% of our oxygen needs. So we may tire more quickly.

Consider walking instead, because it won’t compromise your oxygen needs. Or if you prefer to jog or cycle without a mask, try to find places with no people around.

But even then, have your mask available, just in case you unexpectedly come across a situation where you can’t avoid being around people.

Thoughtful exercising

Yoga asanas and tai chi are good exercises for most people because they don’t deplete your energy.

Other exercises, like jogging or running, aren’t ideal for everyone because they can cause exhaustion.

Fear

It's not a bad thing if you have some fear that you or your loved ones will become ill, because such fear will motivate you to take the actions necessary to protect yourself and those you care about.

Too much fear, however, is bad because it weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to sickness.

Today’s food is next month’s body

There’s a saying that today’s food is next month’s body! So there is no time like the present to take a step towards a healthier future.

If you’re having to spend more time at home, why not try some new recipes with nutritiously rich foods.

Being wise about our food choices means eating nutritious calories, not empty calories. This will satisfy our bellies and our bodies.

Washing hands

One of the silver linings of this pandemic is that we’ve all had to focus on properly washing our hands. This one good habit can spare us from a lot of sickness throughout our lives.

Strengthening the lungs

One way to help strengthen the lungs, oxygenate the blood, and simultaneously relax and invigorate the entire body is to practice a technique called Energizing Breath.

Stand with your feet together or a comfortable distance apart and turn your palms out. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose as you raise your arms out to the sides and above your head, joining your palms at the end of the inhalation. As you exhale audibly through your mouth, turn your palms down as you bring your hands back to your sides. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Then relax your arms, shoulders, neck, and face.

To deepen your practice, with each exhalation, repeat out loud “Nitai Gaur” for the length of your exhalation (Niiiiiiiiiiii----Taiiiiiiiiiii----Gauurrrrrr). Then, when you inhale, for the length of the inhalation, repeat the sound mentally to yourself for the length of your inhalation.

Garden

Now that summer is on the way, it’s time to start thinking about what we can grow in our gardens. There’s nothing better for our diet than eating fresh, wholesome ingredients. And the less we need to depend on the grocery store right now the better.

More and more people coming out

The last few weeks when I went out into the ocean, there was much fewer people than usual, so it was very peaceful and quiet. Now I’m starting to see more and more people coming out and it’s very nice. I’d much rather see people being out on the ocean exercising and having some fun, than having to stay at home. There’s plenty of fresh air to go around out on the waves.

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