Yoga? Pilates? What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between Yoga and Pilates? 

We have been wondering the same thing as well.  So, we asked our Friend, Lindsay from Precision Pilates to help us out with this.  

  • Both gain strength and flexibility.  

  • Both utilize a mind body connection.

  • Both work lungs to fullest capacity. 

  • Both are awesome. 

 Pilates began in the 1920’s by a man named, Joseph Pilates. Pilates is a non-impact exercise system that emphasizes alignment and body awareness.  It sculpts muscles, increases flexibility, core strength and optimal posture.  It has been rumored that, Joseph Pilates once practiced Yoga and from that he created a system called “Contrology.”

“Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of exercises you progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” ~Joseph Pilates

Yoga began over 5,000 years ago, and has evolved into various styles and traditions. It’s exact origin is uncertain, but has been a holistic practice deeply rooted in ancient Indian culture with a spiritual connection.  

Postures and breathing exercises (pranayama) were created to move energy through the body so one could be calm enough to sit in meditation. The classes are balanced in the postures and counter postures bringing balance to the entire body and mind.  Yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body, increase flexibility, and promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the body’s systems healthy and balanced.

Breathing

  • Pilates uses Lateral Breathing, where the breathe is concentrated in the rib cage, and the breathe doesn’t travel down to the waist.

  • Yoga breathing expands the abdominal cavity with deep “belly breaths.”  Yoga also incorporates several different kinds of breathing (pranayama) to balance, cleanse and energize the body.

There you have it.  They are both awesome! 

See for yourself through December 31st, 2014.  Enjoy YOGA AND PILATES at Hagoyah and our friends, Precision Pilates for only $100 a month for unlimited classes.  

Please, only one class per day.  🙂

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, it’s real, it sucks….it really sucks!  

What is hyperpigmentation?  It’s a grown-up thing/battle. 

Let’s say you have the opportunity to spend the majority of your 20’s living in Southern California, driving a convertible, and really enjoying the beach; you get into your late 20’s and all of the sudden you have a permanent spotty-tan on your face.  UGLY!

Technically Hyperpigmentation is “the darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin.”

Preparing for battle, you have a few options.  

If you have loads of cash to spend on treatments, you can invest a few car-payments in peels, creams, lasers, etc.

If you are looking for something more affordable and less invasive, we have some weapons for you.  Please keep in mind, you didn’t get hyperpigmentation over night, and it will take real preserverance to win this battle. 

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Apple Cider Vinegar 

Use this as a toner DAILY.  We recommend diluting with water and using one that is organic, raw and/or unfiltered.  Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and Trader Joe’s are great brands to choose.  Apple Cider Vinegar is also great for treating acne.

 

Lemon

Straight up lemon juice is a natural sort of bleach.  It is also great for acne as well.  Sometimes I like to just take a slice, rub in around my face, tingle and rinse.  You can also make a mask using lemon juice and honey.

 

Turmeric

Make a mask using milk, lemon juice and turmeric.  You can get away with just mixing with some water.  We don’t have any real measurements here, just make it into a paste, apply and leave on for about 10 minutes.  (You may get distracted and leave it on for too long and find your face looks like an Umpa-Lumpa.  Don’t worry, soap, water and some Apple Cider Vinegar will take care of it.)

Turmeric is an anti-inflamatory and a great skin brightener.  Indian men and women have used it for centuries as a wedding tradition to have beautiful glowing skin on their wedding day.   

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Prevention is key.  Lots of sunblock, fancy-sun-hats, and shade.  

Arming yourself up on the inside is a great idea too.  Lots of vitamin C and B-12 are great weapons.  Vitamin C helps with collagen production and B-12 regulates your pigment production.

Yoga Posture to Try: Natarajasana

 

Natarajasana

Lord of the Dance Pose

King Dancer/Standing Bow

 

Balancing and back-bending posture.

Stretches the shoulders and chest, thighs, groins, and abdomen

Strengthens the legs and ankles

 

 

  • Come into Tadasana, Mountain Pose.

  • Find your center and ground through the outer edges of your feet.

  • Extend Right Arm out, palm facing up, inside of your elbow facing out.  

  • Bend Right Leg and grab foot/ankle without tilting your wrist.

  • Align Knees 

  • Extend Left Arm straight up, palm facing right.

  • On an exhale, charge forward as you pick up your right leg.  Take your gaze towards your left hand.  

  • Hold this posture for 30+seconds


Get Your Greens

You know this!  You’ve already heard this!                                                     We are going to share our version anyways.  

YES, you need lots of leafy green stuff everyday.   No, it doesn’t always sound good, and it isn’t always convenient.  But, that doesn’t mean you can just skip out on the good stuff.  

We have a couple of easy and convenient ways for you to GET YOUR GREENS.

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Let’s first share a few of our favorite reasons to GET YOUR GREENS.

1) It will make your skin beautiful and radiant.  The more live, raw stuff you put in your body the more it will show through your skin.  We promise!

2) Immunity-Vitamins-Minerals-Antioxidants-Immunity.  (I hope we don’t have to add to this one.)

3) Digestion/Roughage.  Cleans the gut and everything else.  You probably need to poo more than you already do.  There, we said it!  

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Here are TWO sneaky ways for you to easily GET YOUR GREENS.

Chlorophyll

Yep!  Kinda like the stuff we learned about in science class.  

 You can pick up a tincture or a jar at your local health food store. 

This is our biggest “cheat” way to GET YOUR GREENS.  “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”

This is kind of like the “essential oil” of green plants.  It alkalizes the body, fights infection, helps to extract toxins from the liver and detoxify.

   

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Green Smoothie

This is our favorite and most recommended way to GET YOUR GREENS.

All you really need is some greens, fruit, (anything else you want) and a blender.                                   

Here we have spinach, kale, frozen pineapple and a banana.

First, add your greens, add some water, and blend this first.

Then add Fruit and any other ingredients you would like.                           We’ve listed a few ideas below.  

And, yes blend it ALL up.

You can add more or less of whatever you want for flavor and texture.  

Some other fun things worth adding:

  • Flax meal
  • Chia seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Sweeteners like honey, agave, stevia
  • Protein Powder
  • Supplement Powders/Juice
  • Nut butters

 

 

 

There are lots of other options to GET YOUR GREENS.  

Please share with us some of your favorites.