P.O.W # 9 (Power, Passion, Purpose)

“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health!

Greetings Leaders and Healers from around this beautiful planet,
My name is Anthony Cheam and I am so honoured to write a blog post for a dear friend and colleague of mine, Brit Mcquarrie.
To go along with the theme of Brit and Amandas “3 P’s” I am going to share something from my upcoming book, soon to be released in the summer, YOU 2.0. The basis of YOU 2.0 teaches a multi-dimensional approach to upgrading human software and hardware – mind, body and spirit. The YOU 2.0 system upgrade is powered by what I call the P³ Performance System – Claim Your POWER, Clarify Your PURPOSE, Cultivate Your PASSION!
POWER – Claim Your POWER!
The easiest, most effective and fastest way to claim your power is to utilize the power of your physiology. Your body consists of one hundred trillion cells all working in total harmony with one another and you don’t have to consciously get involved in any of it. Imagine if you could utilize the gift of all that power. Well…you can!
One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is what I call power breathing. Power breathing is simply deep diaphragmatic breathing where you engage and turn on your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for disposing of any garbage that is lurking around in your body. The problem is that the lymphatic system needs to be activated by deep diaphragmatic breathing. How often are you deeply breathing throughout your day? Unless you exercise at high intensities you are not activating your lymphatic system regularly, therefore, toxins may be slowly taking over your body. The more toxins and pollutants the less energy and power you will have. The more you cleanse your body through high intense exercise or power breathing the greater your lymphatic system will dispose of unwanted material.
How do you do this? Easy. Close your eyes. Stand up. Spread your legs and stand tall with your shoulders back.Take a deep breath in through your nose. Make sure you can hear the air going in. When you can no longer take in any more air immediately breathe out through your mouth. Again, make sure you can hear the out-breath. Do this at least 5x. Once you have a rhythm, increase the speed of your in-breath and out-breath until you are almost hyper-ventilating. Keep your eyes closed while you do this so you don’t feel too light-headed. This should only take 30-60 seconds. You won’t believe how great you will feel.
Do this at least twice a day or anytime you need a charge. It’s a great substitute for coffee or caffeine stimulants.
Claim your power!
PASSION – Clarify Your PURPOSE!
One of the best ways to clarify your purpose or reason or “why” for living or being on this planet is to start by “not-making-it-about-you,” but rather, making it about something bigger than you. And, that means helping others, serving the greater good, contributing your gifts, talents and capacities to make a difference in the world. Wherever you are and whomever you are, you have been blessed with life. I heard once, “God’s gift to you was ‘life.’ What you do with your life is your gift to God.” 
Make sure your reasons or purpose for life is about service. I know life can get tough, tragic and hard. But, it’s not the wounds of life that define you, but what you do with yours wounds. Some of the most beautiful things have been created and discovered out of major failures, disappointments and seemingly impossible odds. Is it not through pressure and extreme heat that a diamond is formed? Is it not through torrential storms and wind that a tree gets firmer and its roots go deeper? Is it not through struggle and pain that a human is strengthened and his or her character revealed and sculpted?
There is a Chinese proverb that states, “A diamond cannot be polished without friction nor man perfected without trials.”
Make your purpose greater than any circumstance or suffering in your life.
Clarify your purpose!
PURPOSE – Cultivate Your PASSION!
Cultivate your passion simply means doing what you love. I remember hearing a study that concluded that a whopping 80% of people hate their job.
Here’s something to ponder: Do more of what you love, less of what you tolerate, and none of what you hate.
What do you truly love to do? Are you doing what you are passionate about in life? Is there something that you have always wanted to do but have kicked it to the curb because of distractions or life circumstance?
One of my original mentors told me this: “Doing what you love not only brings more years to your life, but more life to your years.”
Life is too short to be doing the things you hate. There is one thing to be working three jobs to support your four children even though you may hate your job. Yes, those circumstances do certainly exist, and I honour and applaud your courage if you are doing this. However, even these unique and powerful individuals know that at some level they are doing this because the purpose of doing it is to put food on the table and provide a roof over their loved ones heads, and that in itself gives them meaning and a sense of love and gratitude for their job.
If you are doing something because you believe you are forced to, then, at the very least, bring more love to what you do. Don’t wait for things to bring you more joy and love, be the source of more joy and love that you bring to the things in your life. That’s the fundamental shift that makes the difference.
If that doesn’t help, then be bold, make the decision to leave and live life on your terms, according to the music that your heart hears. Go ahead, march to your own drum beat.
If it’s a book that your heart is telling you to write, then write it; if it means adopting a child from Africa, then pursue it. Whatever it is, listen to your intuition and the whispers of your heart. Trust it.
Cultivate your passion.
 
To your continued upgrade and evolution!
 
Anthony

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P.O.W # 8 (Box jumps, Borage oil and Anthony Cheam)

“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health”

PHYSICAL: Box Jumps 

We absolutely love box jumps! We all need speed to bring our strength to new levels and box jumps are the quickest way to get explosive, express power and practice landing softly (sound landing mechanics take a lot of core strength, which is great because its easy to forget about keeping our core activated throughout workouts)

Things to be aware of while completing a box jump

  • Feet are flat while landing.
  • Knees stay neutral (they are not pointing out too much or buckling in)
  • Core is engaged.
  • Shoulders back and chest up.
  • When landing on the box, extend the knees and thrust the hips forward.
  • Eyes are always looking forward or up. You never want to be looking down because thats the direction you will go in.
  • Step back down off the box one foot at a time.

We know box jumps can be intimidating, so try practicing first by placing an object on the floor in front of you and jumping over it, tucking your knees in close to your chest. Once you’ve mastered this you should have no problem taking on the box jump!

              

POTION : Borage Oil (GLA oil) 

Borage oil is a natural substance that provides high levels of the fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a strong anti-inflammatory found in certain plant oils.

While gamma-linolenic acid is derived from extracts drawn from the seeds of plants like borage (Borago officinalis) and evening primrose, it’s not found in high amounts in the human diet. Therefore, taking a supplement is the way to go.

Borage oil is one of the most popular natural anti-inflammatory supplements because it has one of the highest amounts of GLA of all seed oils, a total of 23%! Whereas, Primrose only has 9% .

Benefits of using GLA Oil

  • PMS symptoms (I did notice less breast tenderness and skin breakouts but still felt cramping.)

       Bone loss and osteoporosis

  • ADHD Symptoms
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Ongoing Fatigue (I have felt less fatigued)
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Managing Diabetes

I have been using Borage Oil (GLA Oil) now for three weeks and I absolutely love it. Some call it a facial in a bottle and I believe it! Stay tuned for future updates.

PERSON : Anthony Cheam (Life Coach, Personal Trainer and Motivational Speaker)

I have known Anthony since I was 14 years old, thats 14 years! When I was 18 he started to train me. However, through working with Anthony I gained so much more than just a fit body. I was inspired, motivated and driven to be a better version of myself every single day. I couldn’t wait for our sessions together because I would always leave with more knowledge than what I came with. He shaped part of the individual that I am today. He is one of the reasons why I became a personal trainer and why I wanted to work with others to help them to be better versions of themselves.

Since I’ve known Anthony he has gone on to write two books, give a TED talk, hosts numerous teaching events about how to be the best version of YOU and SO much more.

Stay tuned for a guest POW from Anthony soon!

You can find all that Anthony does at:

http://anthonycheam.com/

  (Anthonys Book)

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P.O.W #7 Hydration, Peppermint oil and Foot Release

“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health”

 

 

PHYSICALHydration

This past week I (Amanda) had another kidney stone attack. This isn’t a first as it is a hereditary condition that I have had trouble with since my teens. Unfortunately, there isn’t much advice out there that is congruent enough to follow rigidly. Most people assume it’s from too much salt or protein in the diet but a majority of stones today are made from Calcium deposits. But don’t go thinking that means you have to limit dairy, quite the contrary.. some advise to eat more. It could also be a mineral build up from the unfiltered water you drink.  I’ve also read that high oxalate foods such as, dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, green tea, coffee, sweet potatoes and tofu are the culprit. Which is unfortunate since those are all super healthy foods I eat on the regular, and quite frankly I don’t intend to stop eating them any time soon. They could get a sample from a stone and tell you what yours specifically is made out of but it’s not the easiest process. Even then the causes are not completely known. The only consistent piece of advice I found was of course to drink more water. We all know we should drink more water but busy days get the best of us or our favourite beverage takes precedence . Not to mention how active you are and during the summer months we need to hydrate even more. I gather that albeit having to go through this pain that I think I have made a difference in the size of the stone that was lessoned by my diet and water consumption. My theory is my diet had broken down the stone rather than having it build up and become larger. So, I won’t become paranoid about the foods I eat I’ll just remember to always increase my water consumption to flush out and clean those precious kidneys of mine.

Tips to increase water consumption :

  • Drink only water with your meals and when out a restaurants ( and add a little lemon too!)
  • Add fruit to flavour your water!
  • Use an on the go Brita water bottle to filter water where ever you are – No excuses! (I use this one )
  • Drink coconut water as well ( but don’t over do it as it is high in natural sugars but also full of electrolytes, potassium and magnesium)

 

POTION : Peppermint Oil

After being on heavy pain meds my stomach hadn’t been feeling so good. I was nauseous and felt I had heartburn 24/7 ( which I never get ) I was desperate to find relief and stumbled upon my peppermint oil in my cabinet. I read online I could apply it topically to my belly and throat as well as make a tea with one little drop. I applied it to my temples as well to sooth my aching head. Finally I was able to sleep! The cooling sensation calmed my belly and my mind and had me thinking why I hadn’t used that in the first place!

I used doTERRA Peppermint oil 

 

 

PROPS : Foot Roller 

Until my training was interrupted by my kidney stones last week, I was about to complete my certification in Fascial Stretch Therapy. My lovely lady Brit had received her certification back in Oct and I wanted to do mine with her but the timing didn’t work out. Fascial Stretch Therapy is a relatively new release therapy which enables a trainer or bodyworker to stretch the client in a realxed state that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, better allowing facilitation of the fascia, muscles and connective tissue . It also incorporates PNF ( Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation ) which has shown great results in increasing range of motion and flexibility as opposed to static stretching which commonly has resulted in either over stretching or just an ineffective stretch. It is also important to think of the body as having connection fascial lines or “nets” and all of these nets correspond at our little piggies. So releasing the tight fascia in the feet is a great addition to add before workout or before bed time! It has the ability to already increased flexibility by doing that alone. You can use a Lacrosse ball, tennis ball or a foot roller. Check here for how to!

 

 

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P.O.W #6 Yin yoga, Algae and Wayne Dyer

“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health”


PHYSICAL: Yin Yoga 

Yin Yoga is great for all levels. A perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga (hatha, vinyasa)  that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

When practicing yin yoga we have the opportunity to tap into our parasympathetic nervous system (our rest and digest system) through pranayama (breathing) A slow, deep, even breath will create a relaxed nervous system, allowing for a calm mind

Initially this style of yoga may seem boring, passive, or soft but yin practice can actually be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes! However 3-4 minutes is the go to hold times in most classes, unless you are extremely advanced.

You need to experience yin yoga for yourself to truly see what it is all about.

Namaste 

POTIONS Algae

Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is one of the most ancient food plants known on earth. Chlorella floats on the water’s surface soaking up sunshine and converting it into green energy power cells all day long.

Chlorella contains the highest concentration of chlorophyll (a potent green pigment) of any plant on earth.

Chlorella intake has a positive effect on blood cholesterol, blood sugar, appetite control and also has the power to remove toxins from the body.

Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is another ancient superfood plant containing an impressive 70% protein content!

Spirulina is also a natural source of minerals, including iron, calcium, and magnesium.

Spirulina contains high levels of B12 and plant-based protein, making it especially perfect for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Spirulina intake reduces blood cholesterol and inflammation.

Spirulina also removes accumulated toxins in the body.

PERSON: Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer has been someone Ive looked up to for years now. Reading his books on self improvement have motivated and inspired and I hope they can do the same for you!

“My purpose is to help people look at themselves and begin to shift their concepts,” he said. “Remember, we are not our country, our race, or religion. We are eternal spirits. Seeing ourselves as spiritual beings without label is a way to transform the world and reach a sacred place for all of humanity.”

Dyer was affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans.

His main message was “that every person has the potential to live an extraordinary life. What’s more, it’s possible for every person to manifest their deepest desires—if they honour their inner divinity and consciously choose to live from their “Highest Self.”

How are your going to live your most extraordinary life?

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P.O.W # 5 ” Inverting, Organizing and Success”

“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health”

 

 

PHYSICAL: Handstand Drills

Lately, we’ve been loving Handstand Drills! These drills are devised to strengthen the muscles needed for solid and stable free standing handstands that we hope to one day achieve (in the near  future). We must understand that things like this take time and continuous effort, but little by little your body (and more importantly your brain) remember each attempt and learn from each session. Handstands require a lot of internal “conversations” to the rest of your body which is also called “Proprioception”.  Rather than mindlessly kicking your feet over your head you must slowly (in your mind) but quickly (in your body) recruit all the necessary muscles to feel the alignment and centre of gravity all at once. Of course, we know when we do squats we need to focus on using our glutes and quads but when we’re inverting (which can be somewhat scary at times) sometimes all we focus on is getting our legs in the air which is just one piece of a handstand but not the whole pie! In these drills we focus on strengthening shoulders, back muscles and abdominals as well as feeling better/safer and more confident while inverted.

Give these a try!

Scissor your legs one at a time off the wall to feel when your feet are over your hips.

Try 10 taps alternating each leg

 

Pike against the wall as close to 90 degrees as you can and hold for as long as you can!

 

PRACTICAL: WunderList App

A great APP that helps make lists easier, and more effective. You can share lists with friends, partners or coworkers so you can both check off what needs to get done and divide who does what . You can also make notes on each list item and reminder timers so you achieve the task by said time – no later. They have a smartphone app and a desktop version so it’s always accessible. It’s helped me daily with work, studying, and even grocery lists which my boyfriend and I can see who got which item in real time so we know when we’re out what there is left to grab. Try it out! It’s free of course so there’s no risk involved, just a more organized you!

WunderList App iTunes

 

 

POSTIVE THOUGHT:

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger 

You have to fail to become successful, there’s no doubt about it. No one gets into a handstand the first time they try as true as no one becomes a CEO the second they graduate. We can apply this theory to our physical goals as well as to our life and career goals. Patience is key as well as learning from our mistakes and realizing it’s only human to make them.

 

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P.O.W week # 4 Sunshine, Walking and Attraction”

“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health”

 

POTION: Light 

“The idea that light is a potent healer has been hidden in plain sight for thousands of years”

All life forms ultimately derive their energy from the sun. Sunlight is necessary for photosynthesis (the process of which plants convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose for energy.) Even organisms that do not conduct photosynthesis get their energy from eating plants or from eating other animals that do so. Ultimately, all growth in the planet depends on the sun.

Vitamin D is vital for so many things like a strong immune system, glowing skin, weight loss and increased energy. It also aids in the prevention of osteoporosis, many types of cancers, depression and diabetes. It has been linked to the very reason we get sick easier in the winter because we’re lacking in this essential vitamin. Many experts and specialists recommend supplementing up to 1000IU per 25lbs (11.3Kg) of body weight everyday!

Here are some articles to help guide you in finding out if you are vitamin D deficient

BulletProof Vitamin D

Vitamin D: So Much More than the Sunshine Vitamin

PHYSICAL: Walking

I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately, it all started when I got my boyfriend a Fitbit and we began challenging one another on who could get more steps. So, every chance I got I would hop on the treadmill ( I know, it sounds a little crazy!)

I forgot how amazing walking made me feel. The first 10 minutes are the toughest part but once you get going the time seems to fly by. Initially I would do 20 minutes and then I started to increase my time.

Here are some of the amazing benefits of walking

Strengthens your heart

Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent. Numerous studies show that a sedentary lifestyle is a significant risk factor not only for heart disease but also for cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative illness. 10,000 steps per day here we come!

Trims you down

Make walking part of your daily routine and you will shed the weight in no time. Watch your speed so you know that you are not slowing down. Increase the incline (or hike a steep hill)  your booty and legs will thank you for it!

Walking makes you happy! 

Exercise releases endorphins therefore, boosting your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants (in mild to moderate cases of depression) Next time you’re angry or feeling down, walk it off!

PONDERING: Can beliefs shape outcomes? ” The Law Of Attraction” 

“The mind is everything, what you think, you become”-Buddha

Well, this all depends, do you have a “fixed mindset” or a “growth mindset”

If you have a fixed mindset you will always stay content with exactly where you are but if you have a growth mindset you know that simply believing change is possible, makes change possible.

If we apply this in our minds we will find both success and happiness

Start imagining your life the way you want it. Create a picture in your mind and think about that picture all day long. BELIEVE in it.

Yes, you will encounter obstacles but don’t them discourage you. If you hold your picture of the life you want consistently in your mind, you WILL create that life.

Keep at it! You’ve got this.

 

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P. O.W week #3 Metabolism, Push-ups and Coffee

“3 P’s for Optimal Performance and Health”

 

POTIONS: Iodine

Iodine is crucial for proper thyroid function and metabolism. Your thyroid is a major factor in regulating your metabolism, and if your Iodine levels are low, you run the risk of having an underactive thyroid, and therefore a sluggish metabolism. Get your Iodine levels to a good place and you could see an increase in your metabolic rate. It also enhances immune function and prevents brain damage.  Iodine deficiency is widespread, so supplementation is wise**. Physically active people are at especially high risk for deficiency because you lose iodine through sweat. You can get some iodine from seafood, but unless you’re eating it with every meal, you probably won’t get enough.

Dose: 150 mcg to 1000 mcg (1 mg) / day

We use this brand by Trophic

**It’s always best to get your levels checked before assuming supplementation is needed

 

PHYSICAL: Push Ups

A classic, fundamental exercise movement that targets the whole body! You can do them absolutely anywhere, anytime and at any fitness level. The variations are endless and so are the benefits. Wide arms target more chest and shoulders while a closer stance targets your triceps. Check out this tricep/plank variation in our how to video below! This will have you doing full push ups in no time!

Push up

PODCAST: Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast

Dr.Bubbs is a Canadian Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in enhancing athletic performance. He is the Sport Nutrition Lead for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team and Strength Coach. He was introduced to us by fellow fitness enthusiast and health/fitness blogger @Ulitmategrityyz 

This week we’re loving this episode of Dr. Bubbs Podcast as he and Nanci Guest discuss the effects of caffeine consumption, how it differs depending on your genetic make up and how it could benefit ( or inhibit ) your athletic performance. We’re also loving the “lay up” note he includes in the Podcast show notes. This episode features;

“Lay-Ups” in This Episode (quick, simple, actionable items)

1) Drink no more than 2 cups of coffee per day, before noon, to reduce your risk of CVD.

2) 50% of people are slow “caffeine metabolizers”, meaning caffeine levels in the body take 8-10 hours to drop by half. Slow metabolizers may not feel “stimulated” but the caffeine is still blocking the “calming” effect in their body.

3) For the general public, coffee before training is all you need (save your money on “pre-workout” caffeine supplements).

Caffeine “Performance Hacks” from This Episode

1) The most effective dose of caffeine is 3-4mg/kg bodyweight (there’s no additional benefit once dose is greater than 5mg/kg).

2) 10% of population are “ultra-slow” metabolizers and will have WORSE performance when they consume caffeine before training.

3) The more elite the athlete, anhydrous (i.e. supplemental) caffeine is ideal because the caffeine concentration in coffee is highly variable.

 

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P.O.W (P’s of the week) Breathing, Pulling and Vegan Brekkie

PRANAYAMA: Adham Pranayama (Abdominal breathing)

Here is a description of how to start practicing Adham Pranayama, abdominal breathing.

Sit in an upright comfortable position. Shoulders back and chest up with a nice elongated spine. Begin to breathe in through your nose feeling your belly rise and fall. Feel the movement. The diaphragm muscle move down onto the digestive organs during inhalation and back up into the chest during exhalation.When the air is expelled the diaphragm is pulled in as well, the navel being drawn in towards the spine so as to squeeze all the air out. This movement of the diaphragm muscle provides a massage for all of the organs in the lower body area, stimulating better function of those organs, improved circulation, digestion, elimination and healthier sexual functions. Many physical disorders below the rib cage can be prevented through this form of breathing. This includes all the digestive organs, down to the intestines, bowels, reproductive organs and prostate gland. Abdominal breathing also has a positive effect on the kidneys and adrenal glands.

“Oxygen is, by far, the most vital component humans need to live. We can go weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without air?”- Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/deep-breathing-for-lung-cleansing/

PHYSICAL: Pull ups

Pull ups are one of our fave exercises but man, are they hard! However, we keep practicing because consistency and frequency are what help us achieve our ultimate goals, in this case, One. Freaking. Pull Up. :p

This is a great video by Charles Poliquin on how to improve your pull ups. Now, the woman in this video has been practicing pull ups for quite some time but none the less the 24-30 seconds of time under tension she is doing is great for pull up progression. Use a bench to help you grasp on to the bars and go! You could always as ask a friend to assist you as well. Happy pull up-ing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2rDdhR3ils

PLANT BASED: Vegan pancake recipe

Our obsession with meat and its low cost has led to HUGE scale factory farming around the globe in order for the industry to keep up with the demand. Now, about 70% of poultry meat, 50% of pork, 40% of beef and 60% of eggs are factory farmed. In factory farms these animals often endure dire conditions that can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing. Factory farming is currently the #1 cause of animal cruelty. So if you do choose to eat meat try to buy ethical, good quality meat (organic) and eggs that come from organic free range farms. The only way us as consumers can have an impact on this is through our choices when we shop, the market will match the demand, and if we stop buying cheap and inhumane products they will produce less of it. These less cruel products are often more expensive, so eat less of it! try having meat/eggs only once per day and have a couple of meat free days!

Here is a tasty plant based breakfast recipe for you to try out by Angela Liddon (who is amazing and has SO many incredible, plat based recipes on her blog check her out!

http://ohsheglows.com/

Vegan & Gluten-Free Vanilla Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha), ground into a flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium ripe banana, diced
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (optional)
  • Directions:
  • Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  • In a blender, blend the buckwheat groats on high speed until a fine flour forms. Place into a large bowl. Now whisk in the rest of the dry ingredients (rice flour, cornstarch, baking powder).
  • Pour in the almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk the batter until no clumps remain.
  • Fold in the diced banana and scraped vanilla bean. If using fresh blueberries, mix them in now.
  • Lightly grease skillet. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto the preheated skillet. If using frozen blueberries, sprinkle on a heaping tablespoon of blueberries. Cook until many bubbles appear and then flip and cook for another couple minutes. Repeat for the other pancakes.

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P.O.W ( P’s of the week ) 1 leg Squats, Spices and Yoga Props

Hey Y’all!

Each week we will be providing you with tips, tricks, hacks and useful knowledge all pertaining to health, fitness and wellness. This weekly list will be unique and current to what we’re testing out at the moment or to share a result of a consistent trial that has produced a profound effect on us. We hope this list will help you on your journey to better health as we sieve out the best of the best to ensure you achieve your goals in no time!

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PHYSICAL : Pistol squat

This week we’re loving the pistol squat! The Pistol squat is a one legged full range squat where you keep one leg elevated as you slowly bring your bum to your heel. It’s a great workout targeting glutes, quads, hamstrings with core and ankle stability. There’s many variations and modifications. Learn more by watching below!

 

POTIONS:  Cayenne powder.

Just a pinch added to coffee, tea, water or foods can aid in digestion, improve circulation and rev up your metabolism. Our favourite way to consume it is in our coffee with cocoa powder for a spicy mocha, in guacamole, or on chicken or tofu with coconut oil and sea salt.

Cayenne Pepper Benefits Your Gut, Heart & Beyond

 

PROPS : Yoga wheel

Similar to a foam roller this wheel can be used to roll muscles and assist in stretches. However, the biggest difference is the unique circular shape ( see below ). The wheel helps open the chest by elongating the fascia and muscles which in our modern society have become tight, short and stuck. It also allows for wider range in shoulder mobility by lengthening the serratus anterior and triceps and it safely supports the spine so the back muscles don’t over-work on your way into full extension. I find this very useful if you’re looking for better form in your wheel ( straighter arms and more flexible thoracic spine) or would just like to stretch and open up before practice. Using this daily can slowly and safely prepare your body for deeper back bends rather then pushing into such an intense posture when your body may not be ready.

We use Yoga Dev

Here’s Amanda using it before teaching a class at Whole Life Balance

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Amanda and Brit xx

Finding Balance and reaching our goals

Pulse Pump Prana is all about BALANCE and we truly want to live up to that this year.

It’s easy to get caught up in doing the same active thing day after day. I spend most of my days training people so when I have an extra hour to myself I hit the gym and try new workouts that I can use with my clients.

However, lately my muscles have been feeling a little stiff and I believe its my bodies way of telling me to slow down and add a little yin to my very yang lifestyle.

Both Amanda and myself have made a promise to ourselves and one another (because it’s always great to have someone other than yourself to be accountable to) that we are going to commit to more yoga and meditation this year and now we are telling you.

A fantastic way to commit to something is investing. It’s great to be emotionally invested but once you are financially invested you are more likely to achieve your goals. Sure, a yoga membership or a gym membership can get a little pricey but let us remind you that you are investing in YOU. Health is Wealth people!

It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take hard work and consistency but we know we can do it and we know YOU can do it too.

Here is what we want from you – a little challenge. We would love for you to share your goals for this year with us. Share your weekly progress, monthly progress and so on… Take a photo or video and send it our way so we can repost it. You will not only be inspiring us but you will be inspiring others who are following along with this challenge.

Heres we want from you:

  • Follow us on Instagram @pulse.pump.prana
  • show us your progress and how you find balance by tagging us in your photos
  • hastag #PPPbalance

We’re in this crazy life together, so lets make 2017 the best year yet!

*Also, don’t forget to come check out our Pulse Pump Prana class at Whole Life Balance on king west!