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5 TIPS TO BOOST ENERGY & BRAIN POWER NATURALLY
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 20, 2017
Mind-body Medicine Tags: stress responsestress managementStressmindfulnessExerciseenergybreatheBrainpower

WHY DO YOU HAVE LOW ENERGY WHEN YOU ARE CHUGGING CAFFEINE?

I find my high-performing executive clients and I share a similar struggle.  Balancing meetings, travel, and some semblance of a personal life can drain our energy reserves.  How about you?

Are you drinking several cups to a pot of coffee but still not quite feeling energized? Why does that happen?

When we're consuming large amounts of caffeine, we get a temporary high and focus and then crash really hard. Consuming excess amounts of caffeine boosts our inflammatory chemicals in the body and the brain. We tend to crave sugars, have difficulty focusing, and it just fuels the busy brain problem all over again. If our coffee is sweetened with sugary flavors, we experience the sugar high and crash much more quickly. It is okay; I am not here to judge, I am stoked that Pumpkin Spice lattes are back in season.

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CONVERT HEALTH RESOLUTIONS INTO REALITY
Written by Dr. Romie on Jan 5, 2016
Mindful Living Tags: Exerciselife coachlife coach orlandoNutritionSelf-Empowerment

Resolutions? Word of the year? Intentions? Goals? SMART goals?

Now what?

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TALES OF AN IMPERFECT YOGI IN TEACHER TRAINING
Written by Dr. Romie on Jan 21, 2014
Mind-body Medicine Tags: YogaMindful LivingExercise
Photo: shutterstock

Join me every Tuesday as I share my yoga teacher training tales as an insider in the 200RYT teacher training at Guruv Yoga Studio under the guidance of Tymi Howard.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”  Zen Proverb.

Have you seen ads for yoga teacher training and wonder what is all the hype about?  Are you curious about what really happens in yoga teacher training?  Have you wanted to join, but feel like you are held back by worries of your flexibility, age, or that you be joining some sort of cult?  

Let me be clear, I am not the girl you picture in a yoga ad, in fact I’m far from it.   I’m 5’4 without the high heels, and I don’t have a dance or gymnastics background.  I almost didn’t join because I still can’t do handstands, headstands, and I'm not even sure that I want to balance on my sacred brain.  How did I get here, again? (yes this is my second teacher training).  

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HOT YOGA OR A HOT MESS?
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mind-body Medicine Tags: YogaExercise
Photo: R. Mushtaq, Yuma, AZ

I always get the same questions from students and friends. What do you think of hot yoga classes? There are three Dr. Romie personalities to answer this question: the physician, the yoga teacher, and just Romie.
So let’s rise above the confusion or controversy. My answer is always the same, but probably not concrete enough for most. You don’t have to do “hot” yoga to be considered a yogi. The practice of yoga is a journey inside you. It’s not my place or any other yogi’s place to tell you where your journey should take you. We as teachers have the honor of introducing you to our style of practice. There are so many different types of yoga classes taught at yoga studios. Try the different classes to see what suites your physical capabilities, your goals for yoga practice, and most importantly the type of practice that brings you joy.
As a yogi, my teacher training was in Hatha style yoga, and I enjoyed the room at Prana Yoga Center La Jolla being warmed to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It allowed for more flexibility for my muscles. Personally, Romie will honestly tell you, that was my temperature limit. I was “that student” in class. You didn’t want your yoga mat next to me because the flood of sweat flowing on to my yoga mat created a hot a mess. By cool down time, our teacher Gerhard Gessner would gently walk by, towel under his foot, and try to mop up the pool surrounding my mat while his gentle voice never missed a cue to our inhalations and exhalations. By that time I was too exhausted to let my ego care. I was also in that “Romie Zen Zone”, so I didn’t notice the offensive odor reeking from my clothes.

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