Photography

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog. I’ve been buried deep into photography lately because I want to turn it into a business in the near future. I’d appreciate you liking/sharing my Facebook page to help me get started!

https://www.facebook.com/katiechasephotography

And if you’re in the Chicagoland area, I’m still building up my portfolio, so I’m open to shooting for free. ­čÖé

Simplicity

Simplicity

We take so much for granted. Is life really that bad? Are you homeless? Do you have a terminal illness? There’s no excuse if you don’t fall into such categories. Even at those points I see humans being grateful for everything. We’re blessed with so much. It’s time to appreciate what you do have because you never know when your last breath will be.

Benefits of Yoga

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We all know yoga increases our flexibility when we practice often. But there’s a lot of people who don’t know the other benefits, which are much more important than just being flexible. These other benefits not only are physical, but also mental. I found an article on yoga from the American Psychological Association that talks about practicing yoga. Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, a┬áneuroscientist, commented about the practice:

“I believe if everyone practiced the techniques of yoga, we would have a preventive aid to a lot of our problems,” Khalsa says. “There would likely be less obesity and Type-II diabetes, and people would be less aggressive, more content and more integrated.”Image

We all have our own reasons for practicing yoga. Flexibility, strength, lower stress, find your calm, etc. When we commit ourselves to practicing on a regular basis, we’ll start to see us reach our goals, plus more.┬áIt’s incredible to see what yoga can do for us if we commit. It becomes such a big part of our lives because it leaves us feeling almost invincible. Below I’ve listed just a few of the benefits for both physical and mental. There are many, many more benefits!

Physical benefits:

  1. Improved flexibility
  2. Stronger muscles
  3. Helps prevent arthritis
  4. Helps prevent osteoporosis
  5. Improves energy
  6. Improves athletic performance

Mental benefits:

  1. Handle stress better
  2. Quiet the mind
  3. Focus on breathing
  4. Encourages positive thoughts
  5. Encourages self-acceptance
  6. Builds awareness of your body, feelings, and others around you

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/11/yoga.aspx

If All You Do Is Wait…

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You’re going to waste your life if all you do is wait for that specific moment to happen. Live in the present moment. Don’t look back and regret why you never did what you wanted to do. And don’t look too far forward into the future to plan everything out. Looking into the past and future has a way of ruining your current mood — and life.

Be spontaneous. Try something new — something you have always wanted to try. For example, a new workout program you have been back and forth on trying. Go for it! It will give you something to do, get you into better shape, and shift your mood into a better one instantly. This is the same with yoga and meditation — even after one practice it will leave you in a much better mood and your body feeling rejuvenated. Although, even if we do hate routine, it’s important to make this practice part of your daily routine for two reasons: it will get easier to do with each day that passes, and you’ll also eventually look forward to what you’ll be doing the next day. It could be that you’re working up to a new pose, or that you’re going to try to meditation for 20 minutes instead of 15, or you’re going to add in a little extra to your workout to burn more fat and/or calories.

Instead of waiting until a certain day to start, why not start now? You’re just procrastinating. You shouldn’t dread starting a new workout or program — you should be excited and looking forward to the outcome. You’d be surprised about the benefits that come out of what you accomplish. So instead of delaying whatever you’ve been waiting to start, start┬átoday.┬áI call your bluff if you say you “don’t have time”. Take 10 minutes out of your day to meditate, or 30 minutes to start a new workout, or 20 minutes to start a new yoga sequence. It’s all about starting now and building it up as you go. Start out small and watch how your mind improves as you get deeper and more serious about making your life better.

React With No Reaction

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The way you react determines everything. Life is filled with many obstacles, selfish people, and unfair disadvantages. How do some people stay happy through everything — even when it’s so bad? Their reaction. It’s your own choice to react the way you do. Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction. It’s just not worth the effort. Just let it go and move on.┬áHow are you going to enjoy life when your reaction is negative? Change your thoughts and you’ll change your life. Don’t fret about the small things — it’s a waste of a worry. If you start to react in a positive way, you will start to see a positive change in your life. I believe everything happens for a reason. If something doesn’t go according to plan, something better is out there for us. Be patient. Find the good in every situation — because it’s always there, no matter what.

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