Posts Tagged ‘tatami meditation mat’

Five ways to get fit & lose weight with housework

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

In a gym rut? Too cold to run outside? Unmotivated with your fitness? It happens. Fortunately, you can still manage to keep up with a yogic lifestyle, burn calories and get the heart pumping right at home — without exercising…yes, indeed with your housework! Here’s how to clean up the house and get chores done while working the bod at the same time.

Yoga-Inspired Chores

35 is known for not only being a yogi, but a yogi who practices yoga anywhere, anytime, even during housework. The wife of Alec Baldwin, yoga instructor and mom can be found posing around the home while cooking, ironing or doing laundry. And Hilaria shares all of it on her Instagram account @hilariabaldwin. In utkata konasana, Hilaria waters her plant in the sink. She loads the dishwasher with dirty dishes posing in a variation of vasisthasana. Even the dreaded ironing gets done while in gorakshasana. Give your yoga mat a break, and call yoga chores wellness multitasking at its best. Tackle the to-do list while relaxing the body and settling the mind? Easy.

Car Maintenance

Rather than spend $15 at the car spa to make your car look pristine, clean it yourself at home and burn some extra calories. Washing, drying and waxing your car by hand can get you moving and work up a sweat. Don’t forget to wash the windows and tires with special cleaners as well. “Wash your car regularly,” recommends The Art of Manliness. Using your biceps to clean car surfaces prevents corrosion from elements like sun, grease, grime, acid rain and dead bugs. Also, declutter, tidy up and vacuum the interior as a workout bonus.

Carpet Cleaning

To some people, vacuuming is practically a recreational activity and making straight carpet lines is like creating a proud masterpiece. To others, vacuuming is a dreaded chore that happens once every six months to a year, if that. Up and down the stairs lugging the vacuum. The dog barks and attacks the machine with such abhorrence. It’s laborious, and not a good time. But vacuuming can actually burn on average 238 calories, which is equal to the number of calories in a french fry order. Boost your calorie burn (and make your carpet look spotless) by removing stains and giving your carpet a deep clean.

Washing Dishes

You have friends over, which means it’s time to start training for this epic moment of the dinner aftermath! The dirty plates. The clean up. Washing dishes serves dual after-dinner purposes. Not only are you cleaning up, you’re standing up and moving around, which aids the food coma. Washing dishes can burn 85 calories in a half hour. In holiday dinner terms for example, 85 calories is most likely not much compared to how much you ate. But the chore can earn you an afternoon nap.

Chopping Wood

As you mimic Hilaria’s yoga moves around the house, invite your man to get fit with housework too. Greatist.com lists chopping wood as a heart-pumping way to strength train outside the gym. In time, the rugged outdoors and arduous task of wood chopping will transform him right into Paul Bunyan, really. Hauling and splitting firewood is a killer workout, and swaying the heavy ax just looks good. One hour of muscle-building lumberjack work can burn up to 500 calories. And wood isn’t the only thing getting carved. He’ll carve his core, arms and back with every piece of chopped firewood and your fire place will look stunning this winter!

By Abby Terlecki

 

Meditate More Comfortably with this Tatami Meditation Mat

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Tatami Meditation Mat Set

Tatami Meditation Mat Set

The ability to be totally relaxed and comfortable during meditation is extremely important. Without a comfortable place to sit, beginners often give up too soon.  If you plan to practice meditation regularly, you will need to create a separate space that is specifically set aside for quiet meditation. (more…)

Start the Year off Right with a Tatami Meditation Mat

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Tatami Meditation Mat

Tatami Meditation Mat

If you’re looking to start the year off right by dedicating more time to meditation and quiet reflection, now is the time to invest in a comfortable meditation tatami mat.  These traditional meditation mats have become a popular staple for those who practice Zen meditation.

When one sits down to meditate, creating an environment of peace and harmony is extremely important.  Meditation is most effective when you can remain still and focused for long periods of time.  Meditation sessions can be quite lengthy, and you won’t want to become distracted by soreness or discomfort.  While many people use a simple yoga mat, others find these are too thin and rubbery to provide the cushioning needed for longer sessions.

Bare floors and uneven cushions are not designed for long periods of peaceful reflection either. That’s why so many Zen enthusiasts recommend a Tatami Meditation Mat.  Sturdier than a yoga mat, yet without all the thick padding of a Zabuton, a round tatami mat offers just the right amount of support for meditation.

The best Japanese tatami mats are made from natural fibers and materials, like rush grass, cotton batting, kapok and buckwheat hulls.  Natural fibers maintain their shape better over time, and provide a more supportive surface than synthetics or bare floors.

The Tatami Meditation Mat shown here is made from woven Japanese rush grass, and is filled with dried rice straw.  Its round shape and brocade border make it a striking addition to your meditation area, without taking up too much space. This mat measures 24” in diameter and is 2 ¼” deep.  It is available in with either a red/gold brocade or solid black border.  Order a tatami mat for yourself or someone special in your life, and plan on sticking to your resolution to meditate more this year.