Raw Food, Flexibility & Supplements

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Elizabeth Asks:

I received my supplements back last winter, but stopped taking them. I am now taking them again and keeping them in the refrigerator. Is it okay to keep them in the fridge? Do they lose their effectiveness after being opened and kept on the shelf for a few months?

That’s a good question for supplements in general actually for nuts and seeds and oils in them. Pretty much everything stays fresh when it’s cold. There are certain things that don’t do great in a refrigerator and those are dry ingredient especially in capsulated ingredient and if you keep them in a bottle with a lit on very tight it should be fine and it will extend the shelf life. And keep in mind that the average nutritional supplement has about 3 years shelf life unopened and once its opened about a year but mostly it’s about 6 months. If you put it in the refrigerator it will definitely extend the shelf life. The important things you need to refrigerate are nuts and seeds, oils and especially probiotic which are beneficial bacteria – because they are living, they are bacteria if you keep them in a refrigerator, its slows down their metabolism, they live longer, they die slower. The more active they are, the more live they are, the more benefits you get.

Glen asks:

I have just received my first order of Yogabody supplement. I am already taking a magnesium supplement, which is for migraines, and it has reduced the number of migraines I have markedly. Can you offer advice as to the magnesium content of Yogabody please.

Magnesium is another very interesting mineral especially for yoga students. Magnesium is the relaxation mineral. If you have troubles sleeping, if you have muscle tension. Magnesium can also be found in dark green vegetables.
Yes, you can take magnesium, make sure you are taking really good magnesium, not a cheap one – they can be toxic for your body. Try to get magnesium from natural sources. You can definitely take it with the YOGABODY Stretch, no problem at all.

Manuela asks:

For the raw food diet, how often do you eat per day? 3? 5 times? Does not matter? Is almond milk or rice milk a diary product?

Raw food is very powerful for yoga, for your health, for healing. In terms on how often to eat you will find people telling you all kinds of rules but the truth is your body can acclimate to any eating schedule you want, naturally people tend to eat 2 – 5 times a day. Everybody’s a little bit different. What I will tell you that if you eat smaller meals more often your body tends to run hotter. So when you eat less and less often it’s very calming of course depending on what your activities are. All these milks have to do it with a culture, almond milk is great, I’m not a huge fan of dairy products – it can cause your stiffness, your breathing is not good, your yoga is not good. I’m not a huge fan of rice milk either.

Daniel asks:

As a college student I have been helped by several of the stretches you teach. But there is one place that I have a lot of trouble with tension and I don’t know what to do to stretch it – my back in between my shoulders. Positions like The Hangman help to open the shoulders, but in the wrong direction – I need something to spread my shoulders apart rather than push them together, to stretch the muscles close to my spine. Do you know of something that could help me?

The best thing I would recommend is to do daily practice of Sun Salutations, Sun Salute and Sun Salute B. If you don’t know what those are you can search on our website, we also have free videos for that. I would do that everyday – 5 of Sun Salute A, 5 of Sun Salute B. If you did nothing in yoga except Sun Salutes you get amazing benefits. If we are dealing with the muscling balance, tension in your shoulders, dynamic movements with Down Dog holds are really going to be helpful for you.

Susie asks:

I am new to Yoga and my body is very stiff! I suffer from lower back pain. I ordered your Yoga Trapeze® and am looking forward to trying that! Was wondering what info you have available for beginners – I would like to increase my flexibility and strengthen as well – please advise!

Lower back pain is really common. Everybody at some point has some back pains. The back pain is caused of all kind of things and that’s great about yoga – we try to give your body the balance. To get rid of the lower back pain I would start with the YOGABODY trapeze for sure, spend few minutes a day just to hang there upside down, it’s good for your spine and it just feels great. It’s going to be a big benefit for you. Just try to work daily stretching every day, even just 15 minutes a day – that will make a big difference.

Bill asks:

I am now 53-years-old and workout and run but I’m frustrated with my lack of flexibility and stiffness. I don’t want to perform superhuman feats. I simply want to be in good enough shape to enjoy life pain free and be as flexible as possible. I have always been intrigued by yoga but also intimidated by my lack of flexibility and feel like I will never reach even a basic level. I welcome any thoughts you might have on how I could get started with yoga.

It happens with a lot of people – many people who have been working out for a long time are in great shape but they start to feel old or older and that happens because of muscling balances. In yoga we talk about Ying and Yang – to find the balance. So when working out – spend at least 25% of your time dedicating to stretching. The risk is if you don’t do you will slowly become stiffer and stiffer to the point when you often have injuries.