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Beverly Hills Posture Yoga Teacher, Chelsey Charbeneau


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Yoga off Your Mat

by Chelsey Charbeneau

Beverly Hills Posture Yoga, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls California

The Tree Pose (image credit: Yoga Fitness Guide: http://www.yogafitnessguide.net/yoga-poses-the-tree-pose.php)

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you do not have to drive all over the city just to find yoga? Well now you know you do not have to. To make sure your body and mind remain in balance and harmony in-between classes, try taking your yoga practice with you throughout your day.

The definition of yoga is to yolk or unite. When we are practicing yoga we are trying to unite on a deeper and more conscious level with our true self. It is more important to have a yogic perspective throughout your day than it is to only practice good posture and smooth breathing once or twice a week in your favorite yoga class. Yoga is a way of living, not just a class here and there. I always compare yoga to brushing our teeth because we don’t just brush our teeth on the days we have time, it is a daily practice and habit. Yoga can be a daily practice as well.

What we learn in classes or private sessions are the tools for how to live a better life off of our mats. From there we are supposed to take those tools and incorporate them into our daily routine. This can be anything from evenly distributing the weight in our feet while standing in line at the grocery store to slowing down enough to listen to the messages our body is sending us.

These tools are so pertinent to long-term health and wellness but if we do not start living these tools on a daily basis they are useless. That feeling that we all like at the end of a great yoga class is something we can have all day, every day, as long as we are mindful of how we carry ourselves and of our breath. There are countless ways to practice yoga all day long.

Here are a few examples to start with and then get creative and add some of your own.

– Practice tree pose while cooking
– Use core strength to sit up straight at your desk
– Deep breathing while stuck in traffic
– Figure Four pose seated on the plane
– Mountain Pose while in the checkout line
– Hip openers on the floor while checking your email
– Downward dog on the wall anytime you need it

Now start finding your own yoga practice throughout your day and add to this list!

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.

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No excuses! Simple ways to stay on top of your health and fitness regimen while you’re on vacation

SummerVacation, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaSummer is always officially here when the 4th of July rolls around.  July also means summer travel is in full swing.

Did you know that the average person gains almost a pound a day while on vacation?  Most of the time extra pounds sneak up on you when you least expect it, so decide right here and now that you will not leave your fitness routine in the back seat of the car, on the plane or in the boat –while you’re on vacation.

All you have to do is have a plan!  So as you embark on your travels, here are  a few tips to keep you on track. If you remain mindful about your activity levels and food choices, you will probably come home healthier and stronger than when you left.

#1: Cut Back on the Vacation Carbs

Vacation days are notorious for carbohydrate rich meals, and it’s a well-known fact that too many carbohydrates will quickly add up to unwanted pounds. Combat this fat-trap by choosing low glycemic (low sugar) carbohydrates. Focus on fruits and veggies instead of the high sugar, lower nutrition value grains. Try to have at least one meal free of grains.

Breakfast: This may be the most effective meal to use the carb-less trick, since breakfast often involves breads, pastries or pancakes. Skip the toast and fill up on high quality eggs and lean breakfast meats.

Lunch: A great carb-less lunch is a salad with lean meat. It’s so filling and satisfying that you won’t even miss the bread.

Dinner: Since you’re on vacation, you don’t want to feel deprived, so dinner is the hardest meal to go carb-less. Stick with veggies and lean meats and fish. Depending on what part of the country or world you are in, you’re sure to have plenty of choices.

#2:  Stay Active

If your travels keep you too busy for a workout, or if your hotel does not have an exercise room, make a conscious effort to be active every day. Go on a walk or short jog before or after your day’s activities. This is a great way to see a new city, and also a great way to burn off extra calories.

Take the stairs instead of elevator in your hotel and any other buildings you visit. If your hotel has a pool, swim a few laps each morning or evening. It’s usually pretty easy to be active on vacation and it might get a tad bit boring laying on the beach or by the pool all day long.

#3: Indulge, but with Control

Eating out is a must while on vacation. Whether you’re visiting 5 star restaurants or fast food diners, you are faced with the same problem: large portions. While the easiest thing to do with a large portioned meal is to simply eat it all–you are on vacation after all right? It’s not the best choice (for your waist line).

When you order your meal ask the waiter or waitress to bring you a to-go box. Take half of your meal and place it safely into the box before you even begin to eat. This gives you no choice but to eat a healthy portion. If you would rather not carry around a to-go box, then ask that your entrée be made into a smaller portion.  If it’s dinnertime, ask for the lunch-sized entrée.

#4: Don’t Eat Too Late

One of the easiest tricks for preventing weight gain is to limit carbohydrates and calories before you go to bed. This is especially effective while on vacation. Skip that late night indulgence and wake up looking and feeling great!

#5: Choose Healthy Snacks

Have you ever noticed how travel days create the perfect opportunity for snacking? A coffee and muffin before your flight, a snack on the plane and then before you know it – it’s lunch time! Taking a road trip? This opens up even more opportunities for regrettable snacking –i.e. rest stop vending machines, gas station quickie marts and of course the never-ending string of fast food restaurants along the highway.

This summer cut unhealthy snacking off at the pass by bringing along your own healthy options. Dried or fresh fruit,  nuts with your own sea salt, guacamole or avocado, cut veggies and gluten-free crackers are a good start. By filling up on these healthy snacks between meals you will end up eating less when presented with a less-than-healthy meal.

#6: Avoid Fried or Greasy Foods

While fast food restaurants are definitely convenient, with their low prices and quick service, this convenience is not worth the additional pounds brought on by chips and fries. As you enjoy your vacation keep this in mind: avoid fried foods. While this is always good advice to follow, it is even more important to abide by while traveling.

While vacationing you will likely burn fewer calories each day than you would burn at home, and you are consuming more calories due to your schedule of eating out. You are walking a fine line, and eating fried foods would throw you right over the edge. A gram of fat contains 9 calories as compared to the 4 calories that proteins and carbohydrates carry – so you can see that consuming fried foods will drastically increase your caloric intake.

If you simply cannot pass on the curly fries, keep in mind that heartburn and indigestion are never fun –especially while on vacation!

independence-day-39fireworks, SummerVacation, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaHappy 4th of July… happy summer and safe and health travels!

Remember to give us a call or log on to our Mind Body Online Scheduling system to book a few sessions with a member of the Beverly Hills Posture Team–who can help you get back on track  upon your return (as well as praise you for the great work you did on your own)!

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Fitness Equipment Everyone Should Own- {advice from a #BeverlyHillsChiropractor}

At Beverly Hills Posture, we’re all about helping our clients to maintain and enhance their rehabilitation and fitness goals–even when they can’t make it into our office.  In fact, there are many exercises that we often recommend our clients perform at home between visits. sit ups, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls California

While there is often no substitute for the exercise regimens done in our office, there are plenty of alternatives that people can do at home to support the work they do with their Beverly Hills Posture Therapist or Trainer.

In order to get the maximum benefit from home exercise, you will need a few pieces of equipment.  Fortunately, all of the following examples are inexpensive, take up very little room and most can be taken with you if you travel.

The variety of exercises that can be done with each type of equipment are too numerous to detail here.  We will often feature one or more of these in our future article and video series with specific instructions, so watch for them.

Inflatable Exercise Ball

If there is a piece of home exercise equipment that rivals resistance bands for versatility, exercise balls just might be it.  Exercise balls have applications across the entire fitness spectrum.  They have a critical use for rehabilitation work, for those just starting an exercise program, and for the hard-core workout veteran. Exercise balls allow you to both ease the stress of certain types of exercises and intensify the effect of others.  They help with stretching and core strength work.  They can also double as office furniture that helps us maintain good posture while sitting at a desk. As we continue to publish articles and videos about fitness solutions, inflatable exercise balls will often be featured.

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We aren’t sure if this actually qualifies as “equipment,” but a good yoga mat for use at home or while traveling is a great way to ensure a smooth, even surface to perform most exercises on.  It certainly isn’t a requirement, but may be helpful.

Resistance Bands

This might be the most versatile piece of home exercise equipment available.  It has a myriad of uses for all levels of user.  It can be used to support physical therapy work you may be doing in our office.  It can be used for simple stretching or as a key part of your training regimen.  The Beverly Hills Posture Yoga, Pilates and GYROTONICS team use resistance bands fairly often in the course of training their clients. There are many different types and brands of resistance bands available.  If you have any questions as to which will best suit you, let us know and we will be glad to assist you.

yogablocks, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaYoga Blocks

Yoga blocks are simply two blocks of dense foam that are designed to assist people with achieving the proper form and alignment in their Yoga practice.  In addition, they make a great all around piece of fitness equipment with a wide variety of uses. Yoga blocks also helps beginner fitness enthusiasts get into the proper position while they are improving their core strength. As always, the Beverly Hills Posture therapy and fitness team will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have about how to get the best results using these simple, inexpensive pieces of equipment.

Dumb Bells

One of the classic pieces of fitness equipment.  But we don’t include them on our list for the usual reasons people think of dumb bells.  We recommend a pair of lightweight dumb bells used mainly for high repetition exercises to focus your mind on proper form.  Simply gripping the dumb bells during various exercises can help stabilize the movement.

We are proponents of emphasizing proper form while exercising over the lifting of heavier weights.  Dumb bells can be a very important part of a rehabilitation regimen as well as assisting with your general fitness program.  As with many of the other pieces of equipment listed here, will feature tips on proper form and use of dumb bells in a dumbbells, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls Californianumber of our upcoming articles and videos.

Chin Up Bar

Any door way in your house may be converted into a chin up station or a spot to do exercises while hanging.  Chin up bars are also great for assisting with stretching. These types of bars also serve as a good anchor point for resistance bands. Most chin up bars available today can be installed without any tools.  Depending on how tall you are, they can be left in place as long as you don’t have to close the door.  While you probably wouldn’t take it with you while travelling, they are inexpensive and don’t take up much space.

There are a wide range of different types of pull up exercises that can be performed.  As always, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified fitness professional before you begin any exercise program.  Pull ups and other hanging types of exercises/stretches have a lot of value, but only if done correctly.  If you have any questions about these exercises, we’re happy to provide answers!

Specialty Equipment

There are tons of exercise products on the market today.  Many you will see advertised on television as miracle answers to age-old fitness problems.  Equipment that helps you do sit ups, push up, pull ups are all over late night infomercials. Larger pieces of equipment such as treadmills, all-in-one fitness stations and variations of equipment you find at a typical gym are marketed as cure-alls for your fitness needs.

Generally speaking, we are not fans of these types of fitness equipment.  That does not mean that they don’t have value if used correctly.  Some do, some don’t.  It is our experience that you can get the same, or often better, results by using some of the basic equipment already listed with the proper instruction.  We always emphasize the importance of getting the right information when embarking on a fitness program.  If you have a qualified fitness professional advising you on your program, you will get better results in a shorter period of time with a reduced risk of injury.  This includes the choice of equipment you might be using at home.
The amount and variety of home exercise equipment available is staggering.  The Beverly Hills Posture team subscribes to the theory that the simplest options are usually the best.  Many of the products on the market are designed to cure typical problems that many people have maintaining proper form.  Unfortunately, they don’t always accomplish that goal.  At times, the mere fact that the equipment is overcoming a form issue causes problems.  This is why the equipment that we suggest for our clients is simple, easy to use and gets the best results when used properly.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.