A Yogi’s Cleanse Story

Ever been on a cleanse? Try it. Cleanses are for all ages, body types and genders. Cleanses help eliminate toxins in the body, helping you to feel lighter, more alert, and in my case, happier! Yogi’s often participate in cleanses because it lightens the body and clears the mind.

And that is why I am writing today’s blog. I recently tried a new cleanse. To be specific, I took on the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. I am on day sixteen and I have never felt better! (I officially lost seven pounds, my mother a whopping fifteen!) Overall, my cleanse has helped me focus more on my yoga practice. I find that deep mediation is faster to achieve than before. My sustained energy has gotten my butt to practice more often, and my alertness has me moving through vinyasa flows with an intention I didn’t have before. My solution happened to be AdvoCare, but I believe any good cleanse can help bring you clarity and rejuvenate the mind and body.

So what is this challenge? The AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge consists of two phases. The first is the Cleanse Phase and the second is the Max Phase. The Cleanse Phase lasts ten days and has been my favorite part so far. It consists of taking three products – The Herbal Cleanse, OmegaPlex and AdvoCare’s Spark Energy Drink (all of these can be purchased separately, but come with your 24 Day Challenge Bundle) – and a healthy diet of lean meats, vegetables and fruits. I had to cut out dairy, carbs and caffeine (aka coffee, yikes!) from my diet, but it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. After ten days I lost five pounds of toxins, fat, waste and whatever else was sitting around in my body.

Now I am on Phase Two, or the Max Phase. This is by far the hardest part of the Challenge, however I think it is completely worth it. This phase is meant to fuel the body into a lean, high metabolism, fat burning machine. Between the Metabolic Nutrition System, Meal Replacement Shakes and Spark I have definitely feeling the burn!

I would truly be happy to discuss my newly developed and successful snacks, meals, work outs and more! Feel free to email me at uniqueyogaevents@yahoo.com. Any advice I can provide my readers with to help them achieve what I feel is a blessing. Also, check out some of the recipes that I have been using throughout my cleanse. (LOVE the oatmeal cupcakes!)

– Jamie Taylor

AdvoCare Products

24-Day Challenge Bundle (This the complete first timer package I bought)

Herbal Cleanse (comes with the Challenge, but you can buy it alone)

Some of My Favorite Cleanse Recipes

Turkey Burgers

Chicken and Spinach Paleo Ravioli

Banana Oatmeal ‘Cupcakes’

Zucchini Chips

The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

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As we get older, it can become increasingly difficult to incorporate physical activity into our daily routine. Common exercises such as jogging, biking or weight lifting might not be possible due to the physical limitations that come with age. Or perhaps you (or a loved one) is recovering from a recent heart attack or other ailment that requires rest and minimal exertion. Whatever the case may be, consider yoga for seniors who have the desire to stay active and healthy in body and mind.

At Unique Yoga Events we offer classes geared to benefit those age 65 and over. Instead of focusing on challenging poses, yoga for seniors is a relaxing way to maintain health and prevent injury while engaging in safe, physical exercise. Though some might consider yoga to be for the younger generation, there are plenty of benefits for seniors as well:

  • Increased flexibility– Yoga helps seniors maintain mobility by easing muscle joint and stiffness. Regular low-impact stretching exercises can also help to prevent osteoarthritis, a common joint condition, and ease the pain of existing bone conditions.
  • Improve circulation- Yoga has been proven to lower the heart rate and get the blood pumping. This is an important benefit for seniors with any kind of cardiovascular problems.
  • Stress Relief- No matter what your age, we can all benefit from some quiet ‘me time’ and relaxation. The spiritual and meditative side of yoga can calm the mind and help to re-energize the body.

For our senior students we offer meditation, chair yoga and gentle yoga classes. The staff at Unique Yoga Events is always happy to consult with potential students about the health benefits of yoga and whether or not it’s right for you. We emphasize safety as a top priority in all of our classes and we will customize each class to suit the needs of our students.

For more information about yoga for seniors in the North, South and Central New Jersey areas, contact us at uniqueyogaevents@yahoo.com or by phone at 973-820-8904.