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How To Heal Your Heart Chakra

Your heart chakra needs attention always, but maybe some extra attention during this season of love is a good idea. For everyone!

Your heart chakra isn’t just about romantic relationships – it’s about family, work connections, friends – basically, every interaction, communication, and relationship that you have can translate to something powerful and impactful for your heart chakra. 

Your heart chakra doesn’t only get out of whack if you’re let down or disappointed by an intimate relationship. Your heart can hurt due to something a sibling said, something a friend did, or something annoying that happened at work. 

Sometimes when you have a handful of these disappointments happen frequently or all at the same time, it can make you less open to giving and receiving love, thereby closing off your heart chakra. When this happens it creates an imbalance within you and makes you less receptive to love. 

Everyone deserves love in their life. Remember that love takes many different forms – the Greeks had 7 different words to describe love – differentiating between passionate romantic love, love for your team or collaborators, love for your family, and more. But, when your heart chakra isn’t feelin’ it – it can be a challenge to give or receive any of the many forms of love. 

Here are a few ways to open your heart chakra and get those loving vibes flowing again!

  • Forgive! Easier said than done at times, clinging to past disappointments only bums you out. By hanging on to situations that deeply upset you, you give the person(s) who hurt you continued power over your present day. Yuck. Get out of their dark shadow by forgiving and moving on. 
  • The color associated with your heart chakra is green – specifically emerald green. Maybe wear your cozy green sweatshirt or buy an emerald green succulent for your desk or kitchen!
  • Try to nip negativity in the bud. The more you focus on disappointing things, the more things you will think to complain about, and then it’s just a sad, sad spiral of critical thoughts. I’m guilty of getting sucked into that downward spiral, too – but when you notice it happening, it never hurts to just pause and get your thoughts focused on more positivity.
  • For the people in your life who you couldn’t live without – tell them thank you! Show your appreciation and support to those who support you – even if it’s just a quick hello, text, or email to let them know you love ‘em.
  • Hugging, smiling, exercising – all shown to increase endorphins and put some extra cheerfulness into your day. Don’t hug people without their permission of course, but smiling is appropriate – chances are a lot of people will smile back!
  • Do some yoga – preferably with me! Join me for my Heart Reset Flow, which has lots of heart and chest opening poses for every skill level.
  • If you’re looking to add some more balance to your life, check out Yoga Prehab™! I’ve developed a membership to target balance, overall wellness, and help you live your most comfortable life. My unique combination of Physical Therapy-Based Yoga, Body-Saving Solutions, and HIIT is designed to help heal aches and pains, as well as pass along vital wellness knowledge – to you!

 

Why You Should Make Pineapple and Papaya Your New BFF’s

Papaya and pineapple – aside from their notoriously tropical flavors, what’s the deal with these fruits? 

One of the reasons these fruits are super-powered for human health is due to their enzymatic content. Naturally occurring enzymes in these fruits get to work in your digestive systems by helping breakdown food effectively and moving food through your digestive system. 

Think about it as the enzymes infusing your body with a little extra “cleaning power” – helping efficiently separate nutrients from waste, putting the good stuff to work, and then motoring that waste right on out of your body. Helpful, right?

Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain which assists in breaking down proteins that you ingest and helps put them to good use as fuel for your body. Bromelain also helps sift out amino acids, which are useful for muscle growth and recovery as well as being essential for normal organ function. Helping your body break down and actually absorb the proteins is a huge benefit of digestive enzymes. 

The caricain enzyme in papaya has been found to be effective in breaking down gluten, making it potentially useful if you find yourself sensitive to gluten. The papain enzyme in papaya supports human tissue growth and naturally helps protects tissue and muscle fibers within the body. 

Papaya has a ton of fiber – also great for healthy and regular digestive function – as well as folate, and important B vitamin that supports the metabolic process, cell growth, and cell regeneration. In this way, joint health and tissue protection make papaya a great ingredient to consume for joint and muscle comfort and recovery, especially if you are maintaining an active exercise and mobility schedule. 

 In Thai cuisine, green papaya salad is a culinary staple. The green papaya is actually just an unripened papaya – still light green in color, not yet ripened and bright orange. The green or unripe papaya is actually even better for your digestion and even more full of enzymes. Papaya salad is usually consumed on an empty stomach or at the very beginning of a meal for maximum benefit! Still, a fully ripened papaya will still contain all of the excellent enzymes, but with a different texture and flavor. Ripened papaya you will find to be sweeter and softer than green papaya. 

Papaya enzymes are even becoming increasingly popular in skincare in mask form, as the enzymes work to exfoliate and clear away dead skin. Not only do these papaya infused masks gently scrub your pores and skin clean, they also smell amazing!

Papaya and pineapple are also chock full of vitamin C, helping boost and protect your immune system. Easy to incorporate into smoothies or as a post-workout snack, I highly recommend these powerful fruits to anyone in need of digestion support, joint protection, or extra vitamin C!

Share your preferred pineapple and papaya recipes with me on Instagram

And if you’re looking for a longer-term solution to your daily aches and pains, look no further! Yoga Prehab™ is a proven combination of Physical Therapy-Based Yoga, Body-Saving Solutions, and HIIT created to help your body heal, get fit, and prevent potential injuries. 

5 Reasons You Need HIIT Training

HIIT is…what exactly?

High intensity interval training, of course! And yes, it has the potential to maximize the time you spend working out in a very, very real way. Plus, it is easy to do  – pretty much anywhere and everywhere – making it a sustainable exercise routine for anyone. Bodyweight exercises, bursts of cardio, and dynamic stretching in a HIIT workout create a quick boost in your heart rate and energy output while providing the results you want to see from your dedicated hustle!

Stimulates fat loss, maintains muscle: Losing weight might be one of your goals, but having muscle melt away is probably not. You want to stay tight and toned. But keeping your muscular strength in place while also losing weight can sometimes be a challenge. 

This is one of the great things about HIIT – you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other – no trade-off involved. Whereas certain exercises, such as running every single day, may cause some muscle groups to shrink – burning calories, but also burning muscle – HIIT doesn’t present the same risk. Your heart rate and caloric burn will increase, but HIIT training is more successful in maintaining muscle while minimizing fat, especially in those more dangerous fat storage areas around your organs. 

High caloric burn: The interval training and variety of exercises involved in even just 20-30 minutes of HIIT training gets your heart rate going and increases the number of calories that your body is burning. Typically, as you build your strength, these workouts can become faster-paced, with little to no rest time. All of this helps you maintain your caloric burn and may also help prevent plateaus in weight loss and muscle building. 

Beneficial for heart health: Getting some diversity in your heart rate is actually great for your cardiovascular system! Elevating your heart rate during exercise can have long term benefits in lowering your resting heart rate and blood pressure over time. The duration and range of intensity in HIIT workouts has been proven to be more effective in increasing cardiovascular strength when compared to high endurance intensity training alone. 

Increases metabolism: Research shows that with HIIT, our bodies may resort more quickly to burning fat, as opposed to carbs, in the body while also increasing metabolism. The diversity of body weight and cardio in HIIT workouts boosts metabolic rates for a longer period of time post-workout, meaning that you’re benefiting from burning more calories throughout your whole day. 

It’s like getting the benefits of 2 hours in the gym in just a 20 minutes session. 

Convenient: HIIT workouts and exercises can be done anytime, anywhere. Using just bodyweight you can complete a short, but powerful HIIT workout that will maximize calories burned while maintaining strength and muscle gain. 

Be sure to stay tuned, tribe! I’ll be launching the Yoga Prehab with Tristan Gatto membership in a few weeks, which will include Physical Therapy-based workouts, yoga flows, and HIIT that will help YOU get all of the benefits of quick, body-saving methods in the comfort of your own home (or hotel – I see you, business travelers)!

How to Stay Energized (even if you’re already exhausted) 

Tristan GattoThe holidays can be exhausting for everyone. Actually, life can just be downright tiring! 

Getting to a place where you can feel energized and maintain that energy is key to avoiding burnout, staying passionate about what you love, and bringing your most creative and vibrant self to your work and your hobbies. Sounds great right? 

You can’t just rely on coffee alone to get these results though. You need to energize and nurture yourself in more ways than just caffeine (don’t worry, I’m not trying to take away your coffee, or matcha, or pumpkin spice latte – GASP!)

Part of staying energized includes consuming the right fuel. As delicious as the ice cream is, you can’t expect to only eat ice cream sundaes for days at a time and then feel amazing and energetic (but wouldn’t that be freakin’ awesome?). You need a good combination of fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. Making sure you have enough fluids, especially water, tea, and herbal infusions will greatly benefit our levels of energy. Being dehydrated basically causes all of your organs to shift into slow motion, so getting at least the recommended 1 liter of water per day will have great added benefits for your overall well being. 

Don’t forget that during a workout you sweat and lose fluids, meaning that if you do hot yoga or work up a sweat doing some HIIT training, you’ll need to replenish with additional water!

Getting your joints and muscles actually moving can work to wake up your body. As your body moves through both powerful and gentle asanas (yoga poses) and your body builds heat, your nervous system, lymphatic system, digestion, and cardiovascular will respond by activating, waking up, and sending energetic signals throughout your whole body. 

Try committing to doing a yoga flow designed to give you that much-needed burst of morning energy each morning. See you how you feel on day-one, after a few days, and within the week. I guarantee you that you will feel more energized in the morning and will maintain that energy in a more sustainable way throughout the course of your day.  

If you have a job where you’re sitting a lot or camped out at a desk for the greater part of each day, or you find yourself doing a lot of holiday travel, getting up and stretching periodically will have tremendous benefits for beating developing tension. 

This will work to once again wake up and activate some of those muscle groups that might be tempted to slip into sleep mode. Taking a break from your computer and phone screens, giving our eyes a rest, sipping on some tea, or taking a quick walk are additional ways that we can wake up and feel a bit refreshed during even the busiest of days. 

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