I decided to devote more time and research and share some ideas, tricks, recommendations with you that will help you to take smart decisions, stay on track and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Once a month I'll try to post a blog article, where you can find relevant information to wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Let me know in the contact form what questions you would like to get the answers to, and I will do my best to research those topics with you. Let's explore together! Also, I'm running occasional fitness programs to help you reach your fitness goals and stay healthy.
July 21, 2022 - HARD TIMES TO RETHINK OUR ATTITUDE & LIFE CHOICES - Keep Reading Below
HARD TIMES TO RETHINK OUR ATTITUDE & LIFE CHOICES
January 6, 2022 - SHOULD ALL OUR DREAMS COME TRUE? - Keep Reading Below
SHOULD ALL OUR DREAMS COME TRUE?
December 20, 2021 - What do you think about indecisive people? - Read Below
Have you met a person or may be a couple of people in your life who can't make up their mind and constantly change their decisions? Today they decide to do one thing, the next day they forget about it and switch to a different thing? I am sure we have all been there at some point: either being indecisive or having met somebody who was blowing our mind with constant changes they wanted to make.
This is the moment I would like to talk about Chakras. In a yogic philosophy Chakras are the energy clusters - cycles that are spread around the body. They are centered at the important organs and can be associated with emotional and physical characteristics such as stability and balance or stress and some physical diseases in case of a blockage.
The first Chakra is located at the base of the spine, it is called the Root Chakra or the Muladhara Chakra. This Chakra is associated with the basic instincts: survival, safety, security, financial and emotional stability. It is important to balance out our basic needs first: financial, mental and physiological needs such as food and shelter.
A lot of people do not realize that our indecisiveness and lack of commitment are the results of mental and physiological insecurity we have. Our Root Chakra is blocked and we are so focused on material matters. Occurs this feeling of grasping onto something or someone, we get attached to things and people and cannot open our vision to the bigger world around us. The moment you take away those little things and people, we immediately become lost and our illusion of the world collapses. Does it sound familiar?
When people do not keep their promises, it is certainly frustrating for someone who expects them to keep that promise. The moment we stop expecting people to behave or respond a certain way, we become free of later frustration in case of a violation of that promise or a particular action. It becomes the problem of that person who cannot keep his/her word, first of all to himself/herself. It means that they do not take their own word seriously, they do not respect themselves. Notice how the level of committed people reflects on how reliable they are and how well they tend to keep their promises. This is all related to our mental, emotional and physiological states.
Remember that gaining reputation is a very hard work that is built for decades and that can be destroyed by one wrong step. People usually do not respect those who do not respect themselves. So, if you feel like you are lacking love, compassion and understanding and respect from others, and you basically feel like a victim, consider your own behavior, your own words and your own actions. Do not try to immediately blame the other person for not loving and trusting you. Do some digging and analyze your patterns, what behavior patterns lead you to this miserable state and situation? Detecting the problem is the first step forward. Try to be objective with yourself and others. Work on yourself, discipline yourself to keep your promises first of all to you and for your own sake. Fake it till you make it.
What differs humans from animals is our mind and ability to think (besides our anatomy and a physical appearance ;-) ). We should use our brain to properly program ourselves and constantly evolve from our ancestors. Do not just operate based on your basic instinct. Do not take important decisions emotionally, they will never lead you to the proper outcome. May be in the short run it will feel like you are satisfying your needs, but are they really your needs or you just your wants?
Today we have a lot of confusion about many words. The literal meanings of the common words are misinterpreted and changed to satisfy emotions. Find the true and objective meaning of the words and you will be surprised how twisted our mind and perception of things have become... ;-)
You can take rational decisions only when your Root Chakra is well-balanced and you ARE financially, mentally and physically stable (don't lie to yourself, notice: I'm not using the word "feel" here ;-)), otherwise you will always be shaking with the slightest blow of the wind and you will constantly change your mind. And as a result, you will not respect yourself and people will not take your seriously.
All Chakras should be balanced and the process begins at the basement. When the house basement is unstable the entire building is wobbly, right?
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Yours Elena @elenasbarre
December 3, 2021 - How I can help you - Read below
TONE YOUR MUSCLES
Toning your muscles takes time, patience and consistent practice. There are no shortcuts, no fast results especially if you workout once a month or once a week. This is not enough for your body to develop MUSCLE MEMORY. Without regular exercises and without maintaining a healthy diet you will not get what you expect, unless you are happy with your current physical state. If you want to define your muscles in a natural way, you need to trust the process and stay on track with your regular fitness routine. It is recommended to workout at least 3-4 times a week and do a cross-training. (I'll talk about this topic in a separate article). If you want to see a visible change in your body, defined and toned muscles, start with a 21 day trial of consistent fitness routine. This is how long it typically takes to establish a habit. However, now, once you have established it, you need to make sure you keep it. ;-) Exercising should be your lifestyle. Ideally, you become addicted to it and crave it like some of us crave sweets or caffeine... Join my upcoming 21 Day Transformation Challenge! We are currently running one Challenge program. We will do it again, keep an eye on our schedule.
Losing weight can be a problem for a lot of people. And nowadays there is a LOT of contradicting information about this subject. You can research it, however I would like to warn you to be careful with diets that promise you the weight loss within a few days. Remember, chances are that the shorter the period of a diet, the sooner the result will disappear. ;-) You are not trying to find a quick solution, are you? You want the result of that diet to last, right? Otherwise what is the point of the diet? That is why it is important to convert your diet into a lifestyle. Avoid eating artificial sweets and sugary drinks. Just STOP buying them. It might take you some time to readjust yourself and your food preferences, but it will be so worth it. Eventually you will be able to replace candies and cookies with fruits and vegetables. Eat healthy food. Watch the size of your food portions. Your diet should be well-balanced and include all the elements: carbs, protein, fat, fibre, vitamins, minerals and water. High impact workouts are a great solution if you know what you are doing. They have high impact on your joints though and in some cases on your heart too, so the risks of injuries are pretty high. You can lose weight with low impact workouts that are safer for your body, yet they have a cardio component to it, which can make your heart pumping blood and make you sweat and lose weight too. ;-) These workouts are a very effective way to lose weight if you want to reach that particular goal.
ACQUIRE INNER PEACE & BALANCE
Taking a moment to just sit quietly and tune into your body can already be a challenge for many. Are you one of them? Do you feel like your mind constantly has this inside chatter and never gives you a break? Do not worry, we have all been there. How many people do you think can actually isolate themselves from the rest of the world, take a moment away from their phones and computers and just observe themselves from the outside? Do you want to learn how to do this? This is a skill. It can be learnt. Some people have a natural tendency to meditate more than others, it does not make them better or worse people. It means that this skill can be acquired, it just takes some time, practice and commitment. It will help you a LOT to deal with your daily life situations. You will learn how to become more aware of yourself, how to manage your emotions, how to make the right decisions that you will not regret later, how to be proud of yourself and how to actually do what you have planned without postponing and constantly coming up with the excuses.
GAIN STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY
Strength and flexibility is something we acquire over time if we constantly keep practicing. It applies to all spheres in life, not just fitness. You can become strong and flexible if you consistently work on it. Remember that what we practice becomes stronger. It applies not to our body, but mind as well. All our classes are very well-balanced: they all start with the proper warm-up to condition the body, then we strengthen specific muscle groups and we end each class with deep stretches that will help you recover after each class so that you are ready to nail it in the next class. You feel strong and flexible during and after our classes although sometimes we perform really high intensity exercises. These classes are a great combination of things that your body and mind need. Unless you really want to, you do not need to attend any other fitness classes if you take our 40- minute workouts 3-4 times a week. ELENA'S BARRE is all you need!
OTHER FITNESS GOALS
Before every class begins your instructor asks you if you have any specific goals that you would like to achieve. Each class is tailored towards your needs and desires. You can also mention your goals in the application/waiver form or answer to the questions on the website. Your instructor is very goal and result-oriented. She deeply cares what and how you feel and she wants you to be safe in your practice. Ask her if you have questions or concerns about movements. She is here to help you. She will lead you through your transformation. Let her know what your fitness goals are. It is O'K if you are not sure about your goals yet. She can set them up for you at the beginning until you build some body and mind awareness.
I look forward to seeing you in our super FUN classes regardless of the program you choose.
Yours Elena @ElenasBarre
November 21, 2021 - About 21 Day Festive Challenge Program - Read about the program below
November 1, 2021 - Breaking Down Success and Fitness Results - Watch the video or read the article below
The topic of today's discussion is the Success and Fitness Results.
I feel like this topic deserves more attention and truthfulness because, as we all can see, there are SO many fitness professionals and fitness programs that promise us fast results, such as do splits in 2 weeks or a headstand in a month and etcetera. But there is something they never say! They never really tell us how often we need to exercise to achieve those results, and they never tell us that every person has a unique body structure, and a lot of the flexibility depends on the individual's musculoskeletal and bones structure. Basic knowledge of anatomy is missing.