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While traveling in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam I was able to experience the art that is Tai Chi. The instructor explained that there are 3 styles: Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. The Vietnamese version was supposedly developed by the people living in the mountainous islands. And there are many! They based the movements on the land and the animals around them. (I have since read that there are 5 styles of Tai Chi, but here I will explain it as I learned in Vietnam).
I went to the top deck of the boat in the morning and the master/instructor was sitting there meditating with traditional music humming in the background. When he was ready he got us started with what I am calling a "warm up." He led us through a sequence of circular movements that helped to lubricant the muscles and joints. It felt amazing after being on a long plane ride the previous day. The instructor then took us through a series of movements, repeating each until we had them down. For all the movements where you are moving forward or pushing away from the body you breath out and all the movements where you are pulling towards the body or moving backward you breath in. We eventually strung all the movements together for the full Tai Chi experience. I felt more aligned and relaxed.
The instructor explained that Tai Chi helps with overall mental and physical health as well as to strengthen muscles for balance. I can see how this would be a great practice someone who wants to keep the body moving, and aligned with out enduring heavy impact. I really enjoyed the experience and would certainly look more into it in the future. Like yoga it was calming. For me maybe even more so, and definitely not as difficult to quiet the brain as meditation. Tai Chi! check it out:)
I like to start each morning with a glass of warm water and lemon. Lemon juice has a positive impact on your overall health.
Squeeze half a lemon into the most pure water you have and drink up! I like warm water bc I feel like I am having a cup of tea. If you are not a fan have it room temp. Ice cold water is harder for your body to process.
Lemon is packed with tons of good stuff; vitamin-C, B-Complex, iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber and calcium. All of these substances make lemons’ immune-boosting and a digestive aid! Because lemon is rich in vitamin C, it helps with inflammation, your overall immune system and the body in fighting off colds and the flu. Which is especially great for this time of the year. Lemon as we all know is a citrus fruit, however when processed inside the body has an alkalizing effect, helping to increase the bodies pH. Having a proper pH balance helps to ward of disease and inventions that can easily grow in an acidic body. So not only does lemon help you in flu season, it helps to better ward of cancer and other more serious illnesses.
Lemon juice and your bodies natural digestive juices have a similar structure. Drinking lemon helps to speed up the digestive process and clean out your system more efficiently. Lemon also helps to reduce appetite. Certain fibers found in most citrus fruits create a feeling of fullness, therefore reducing the urge to eat unhealthy snacks throughout the day.
There are many other benefits to lemons, but these two reason are good enough for me!