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Posts found under "Mind-Body" within Fitnovatives Blog

Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

By Lawrence Biscontini on Thursday, December 11, 2014


Signs of stress can include a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, nervousness, a feeling of general discomfort, nausea, and even irritability. Whether you experience symptoms in chronic or acute form, being able to recognize these signs early sometimes can be half of the battle. After that, two choices exist: management or reduction.




Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

By Lawrence Biscontini on Monday, November 24, 2014


From cycling to swimming to yoga, breathing is a common thread that runs through all fitness modalities. ACE Certified pro and renowned mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains several common breathing techniques, which he says can not only deepen one’s sense of relaxation away from the gym, but also enhance focus, visualization, relaxation response and even intensity during workouts.




Yoga for Clients Who Are Overweight or Obese

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, September 19, 2013


It is a common misconception that overweight and obese individuals should stick with gentler forms of yoga, rather than attempt more vigorous styles like Ashtanga or Iyengar. Yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar explains why standing asanas are far more effective for these clients and participants, particularly when it comes to enhancing flexibility and supporting weight-loss efforts.




It’s Not Wrong, It’s Different: A Modern Approach to Yoga Asana

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, August 08, 2013


There are, it seems, as many styles and approaches to yoga as there are instructors. But what do you do if your students learned their poses from instructors that followed yoga styles that are different from the one you are teaching? Go with the flow, says yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar, who urges instructors to take a more modern-day approach to teaching yoga by being respectful of other traditions and staying flexible with regards to what they consider to be right or correct form.




East vs. West: How to Choose the Best Yoga School for You

By Elizabeth Kovar on Monday, June 24, 2013


Have you considered expanding your yoga training, but aren’t exactly sure where to start? Elizabeth Kovar explains the different yoga training options available—from traditional to modern and everything in between—and how to choose the right program to suit your lifestyle and career goals.




Is Yoga Supposed to Kick Your Butt?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, June 10, 2013


While there’s no doubt that high intensity classes are meant to be difficult workouts, the purpose of yoga can sometimes be a source of confusion. For some, particularly those that love that adrenaline rush you get from hard workouts, it can be difficult to relax and appreciate the mission of yoga. In this article, fitness expert Chris Freytag discusses the different ways yoga challenges your mind and body, as well as tips to help you relax and focus so that you can reap all of its benefits.




How to Physically Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, November 15, 2012


Check out these 5 great tips from Jonathan Ross that will keep your clients engaged and inspired to work out, even when time is tight this holiday season.




The Real Benefits of Strengthening Your Core…Beliefs

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 17, 2012


As fitness professionals, we often spend so much time focusing on the physical aspects of health that we often forget the emotional side. Help yourself and your clients reevaluate their core selves by asking a few questions that will help them achieve their goals.




Body Image: What’s It All About?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 06, 2012


Hearing a client say they want to “tone up” or “get leaner” is nothing new, but going beyond that to explore any body image issues your client may have could be undiscovered territory. Check out some insight from Dr. Michael Mantell on some signals that your client may be experiencing body image dissatisfaction and how you should handle it.




Keep Your Brain Buff

By Jonathan Ross on Monday, April 23, 2012


Major degenerative diseases in the brain are all caused by one thing – mitochondrial decay in the brain. Scientists classify degenerative brain diseases differently based on their symptoms and which region of the brain region they affect, but they all have the same cause. Why is this a good thing? Because it means that what‘s good for preventing one disease is also good for preventing others.




5 Keys to Unlocking Your Business Potential as a Yoga Teacher (Part 1 of 2)

By Stacy McCarthy on Monday, February 20, 2012


Are you ready to take your yoga practice and profession to the next level? Do you want to thrive from your practice in every way possible – from managing and growing finances to ensuring your practice supports your lifestyle? Become empowered to grow your yoga business potential with these strategies for success!




Does Exercise Grow New Brain Cells?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, November 11, 2011


“I’d like to grow some more brain cells” may not be a fitness goal of your client's, but the statement is not as outlandish as it sounds. Studies have demonstrated that vigorous exercise fuels neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells — and slows neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Learn more about yet another benefit of exercise.





One Thing Leads to Another: Intelligent Sequencing for Yoga Classes

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, September 09, 2011


While there are an abundance of asanas (commonly referred to as postures or poses) in yoga, the foundation for a physical practice should focus on practicing postures progressively in order to enhance steadiness, alertness and overall comfort — qualities referred to as sthira and sukha in the Yoga Sutras. Learn important factors to consider when sequencing your next yoga class.