Monthly Archives: July 2018

Exploring Forward Bends in Yoga: 3 Things to Know

Exploring Forward Bends in Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or a more seasoned yoga student, you might be aware of how often forward bends are taught in yoga classes. However, forward bends can be complex poses that require a lot of strength and mobility. If you are frustrated with your forward folds, our yoga workshop at KareBoost Health on Sunday, August 5th at 12pm is just for you!

Here’s what to expect, and how this workshop will contribute to your current yoga practice.

  1. Strengthen to Lengthen.
    Muscle tightness is often confused with muscle weakness. If you have been stretching your hamstrings, but not much has changed, you may need to strengthen the tissues surrounding your joints. We will explore how to progressively build hamstring and glute strength, and how this can contribute to your forward folds.
  2. No pain, lots of gain.
    We will also explore how restorative poses are fundamental to forward bends. Learn how restorative poses can actually improve mobility, and why a restorative practice is so important for every yoga student.
  3. Learn modifications.
    Not every pose is for every student, and we will explore why in this workshop. We will cover modifications that you can use in your regular classes and explore how props can make forward bends much more rewarding. If you have ever wondered if an “advanced” student uses props, this workshop is for you!

If you have always wanted to learn more about forward bends, or you have just started yoga and want to understand these common poses, this workshop is perfect for you!

Join us on Sunday, August 5th at 12 pm. Register up to one week prior to save $10 off! Questions and discussion will be welcomed at the workshop- come join us!

Kara Unal JD, RYT
KareBoost Health

Fresh vs. Frozen Produce: Which Fruits and Vegetables are Best?

fresh vs. frozen produce

Let’s compare fresh vs. frozen produce as well as canned produce. If you are trying to eat healthier, you are probably including more fruits and vegetables in your diet. However, shopping for groceries can be confusing with the amount of selection available. This blog covers the differences between fresh, canned and frozen fruits, and what to purchase when.

fresh vs. frozen produce

1. fresh vs. frozen produce. Fresh is not necessarily better. Fresh produce is fantastic, but surprisingly, frozen produce is just as nutritious and may be less expensive. Frozen fruit is also a good option when purchasing fruit out of season. You can stock up on frozen produce when it is on sale. Just look for fruit frozen without any added juices or sugars, and for plain frozen vegetables. You can add seasoning while cooking at home.

2. Canned produce can be healthy. Canned fruit can often be a nutrition trap, if it is packed in sugar. Canned vegetables often have added salt. However, canned produce can be a good option. Just look for fruit with “no sugar added” or “packed in its own juices”. For vegetables, look for labels that indicate there is “no salt added” or that a product is “low sodium”.

3. Dried fruit as a healthy snack. Dried fruit can be a healthy snack on the go, but watch out for several nutrition traps. It is higher in calories, so try pairing a handful of dried fruit with nuts and seeds for a portable, filling snack. Again, look for dried fruit without any added sugar. If you are sensitive to sulfites, check the label for sulfite, which is often used a preservative.

When shopping for fruits and vegetables, keep these guidelines in mind. There are many options for fresh, frozen, canned and dried produce on the grocery shelves, and you can find fruits and vegetables that suit your family’s needs and budget. Use these guidelines to add more healthy fruits and vegetables to your day.

If you have further questions about this, you can meet with our Health Coaches and/or our Registered Dietitian.

Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach
KareBoost Health