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By : Brendan Mitchell, 01-04-2016
Yoga For the Whole Family
There is a common misconception that yoga is only for women in their mid-late twenties. This is just as false as the stereotype of the typical yoga-lover – a hyper-spiritual hipster obsessed with coconut water. Click here to find out more about the yoga options for your entire family.
Yoga For the Whole Family

There is a common misconception that yoga is only for women in their mid-late twenties. This is just as false as the stereotype of the typical yoga-lover – a hyper-spiritual hipster obsessed with coconut water.

For the majority of people that do yoga – made up of men, women, and children -  it really is just exercise; a fun, calming, and effective way to keep your body fit and healthy. It can also have positive effects for your mental health – just like any exercise, yoga triggers a release of endorphins inside the brain.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to be put off by the culture commonly associated with yoga, and many don’t realize that there are classes catered specifically to them. I’ve detailed below some of the yoga options for everyone in your family.

Yoga for Kids

The benefits of yoga to children are so numerous that many schools now offer it as a form of physical education. It’s easy to see why – unlike other forms of exercise you may find in the school yard, it is non-contact, non-competitive, and a great way to relieve stress. Children often suffer from anxiety and stress at school, and this could be exacerbated by sports that are competitive or physical in nature. Yoga’s calming, meditative qualities means it can help kids relax and stay healthy, which isn’t exactly a perk you get from football.

Yoga for Men

Yoga has a long and rich history, although only recently has it been primarily associated with women. In fact, it’s more common for men to practice yoga in India, where it originated. Convincing a modern man to take up yoga really shouldn’t be that difficult; it has proven to be effective at keeping you fit, improving your sex life, and relieving stress.  If there’s any man in your life not sold by those points, send him this article from Men’s Fitness that details 9 reasons why he should reconsider yoga.  

Yoga for Seniors

For many people over sixty, sports and exercise become nothing more than a memory. With an increased risk of falling over and injuring themselves, seniors can be hesitant to try anything other than walking to get exercise. Yoga is a great alternative for seniors who would like to keep their bodies fit without putting themselves at too much risk. You don’t need to be able to twist yourself like a piece of rubber to do yoga, although it will improve your flexibility. By keeping fit as you age, you give your body a fighting chance at staying healthy.

There are also plenty of yoga options for women, particularly mothers, in any stage of life, such as prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga, mommy and me yoga… The list goes on! Check out www.myezbz.com/category/yoga-classes to find out about the local options for you, and your family.

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By : Ashleigh Brown, 12-22-2015
My Journey Towards Natural Hair
For women of color that use a hair relaxer, the prospect of cutting off hair that you’ve committed a lot of time and money to can be frightening. A relaxer is a type of cream generally used by people with tight, curly hair that makes it easier to straighten by chemically “relaxing” the natural curls. This is an account of my journey from giving up hair relaxers to going all natural.
My Journey Towards Natural Hair

For women of color that use a hair relaxer, the prospect of cutting off hair that you’ve committed a lot of time and money to can be frightening. A relaxer is a type of cream generally used by people with tight, curly hair that makes it easier to straighten by chemically “relaxing” the natural curls. It’s not just that the multiple years and money you’ve poured into your hair have suddenly gone to waste, but rather, questions like, “what’s next?” What will I do with my hair now?” “What will the texture be?” that scare any woman contemplating natural hair.

At least, these were my thoughts whenever I thought about going natural. I’d never really had natural hair before because, like so many women of color, I had been having monthly relaxer treatment since before I could remember. I depended on relaxers so much so that, whenever I’d hit my monthly mark, or my edges weren’t laid to perfection, I’d go running to the nearest beauty salon.

It took a consultation with the right hair stylist – who specialized in natural hair and had beautiful, natural hair herself – before I was 100% comfortable with cutting off my hair. I will never forget the first time I walked outside with my new look, feeling equal parts nervous and liberated. It was refreshing knowing that I no longer had to depend on relaxers, but I was scared about how those in my personal and professional life may react.

The reality is, not everyone is going to support the decisions you make with your own body, especially if it is not what is expected or assumed. Hair plays a vital role in the culture of people of color, especially for women, and because of this it can be a sensitive topic to approach.

Throughout history, people of color have been discriminated against for all aspects of their appearance, including hair. The repercussions of this can still be seen in modern day society - women of color are still conditioned to hide their natural hair, even receiving pressure from within our own community.

I was grateful that, for the most part, I received positive reactions to my natural hair. There were some who did not understand, or had questions about the process, which I was more than happy to answer.

I noticed some of the other positives of natural hair almost instantly, like the money I saved from no longer having to pay for the monthly relaxer treatment – the average salon charges approximately $40 for this.  I also can’t count the number of times other women with natural hair have approached me for a chat about how we maintain our hair and the products we’ve tried, loved and hated.  I found myself noticing women that had natural hair more often. I even unexpectedly joined a supportive, loving network of women with natural hair. It’s been six months since I went natural, and I don’t regret a thing!

Going natural is just like any other decision you make about your body, such as losing weight or starting to work out. It takes time, and more so, lots of patience. You need to learn about your hair type, and the shampoos, conditioners and other products that will work best for it. In my personal experience, having a natural hair stylist to answer my questions and help me begin my journey was the best decision I made, and this is reflected in my beautiful, natural hair.

To find and connect with the local hair stylist that's right for you, submit a request to EZBZ today.
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By : Elizabeth Humbal, 09-11-2015
Hiring A Hypnotist

What are benefits of hypnotism and can it really help? This is one of the questions that most people ask themselves when considering hypnotism as a possible treatment to their problem. While there are some who totally don’t believe in hypnotherapy, there are also many who are curious about the numerous benefits of this old treatment practice.

Hypnotism has been known for years to have various benefits with proven results that would make you want to potentially consider turning to hypnotism. Below are some of the benefits derived from hypnotherapy and hopefully make you to hire a hypnotist:

Hiring A Hypnotist

What are benefits of hypnotism and can it really help? This is one of the questions that most people ask themselves when considering hypnotism as a possible treatment to their problem. While there are some who totally don’t believe in hypnotherapy, there are also many who are curious about the numerous benefits of this old treatment practice.

Hypnotism has been known for years to have various benefits with proven results that would make you want to potentially consider turning to hypnotism. Below are some of the benefits derived from hypnotherapy and hopefully make you to hire a hypnotist:

Can help you change your behavior

If you are that type of a person who has quick tamper over nothing or one that feels easily irritated by something then you should try hypnotism as such kind of behavior can easily be treated. Hypnotism treatment is able to identify some the main issues that makes you to react that way. This way you will be able to work on those issues that may even include some of your friends and family members. Not only will the therapy help you with your behavior but also help in benefiting those people who are close to you.

Can help you to overcome addictions

Addiction habits range from smoking, alcoholism to gambling and drug. There are different hypnotherapy ways that can help you to combat your addiction by enabling you to control your thoughts and avoiding relapses. 

Can help you to overcome grief

Sometimes you can be experiencing sadness in your life that can lead to can cause serious illness like stroke and sleep disorder. Other forms of treating your sadness like exercising and taking medication may not work. You may want to try hypnotism as it will put you in a relaxed by helping your body and mind relaxed and recover and the body will then heal itself .

Can help you recover from past traumatic events

There are numerous past events that may seem to haunt you up to now. These may include abuse, accidents or loss of a loved one. Such events may affect your current life negatively leading to low self esteem and how you associate with people. Such events may also cause you to make bad decisions in your life. Hypnosis can really help you to overcome such traumatic events by focusing on good and positive things about yourself.

Can help you overcome anxiety and depression

This is especially important when you want to overcome depression and anxiety and you are trying to avoid any medication. The medication is known to be addictive and one can easily become dependent on them. Hypnotism is a drug-free treatment that basically eliminating anxiety triggers and treating depression symptoms effectively.

Can help you recover lost memory

You are able to regain you memory that you may have lost due to an accident so as to help you know yourself again. Hypnosis is also important in helping to know the behavior pattern of a person by regaining part of their buried memory. This will enable you to understand why that person is acting the way he/she is acting now.

If you're interested in finding a hypnotist, you can always submit a free search request to www.myezbz.com.

 

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By : Margaret Hansen, 08-07-2015
The Benefits of Foreign Language Study
While over 50% of the world's population can speak more than one language, in the US, only 25% of the population is multilingual. Learning a language can be time consuming, hard, and frustrating, and perhaps that is why there are not more people who can speak more than one language. However, the benefits of foreign language study far outweigh the negative aspects. Learning a foreign language can make you more hireable, sharpen your mind, and improve your academic and professional performance.
The Benefits of Foreign Language Study
While over 50% of the world's population can speak more than one language, in the US, only 25% of the population is multilingual. Learning a language can be time consuming, hard, and frustrating, and perhaps that is why there are not more people who can speak more than one language. However, the benefits of foreign language study far outweigh the negative aspects. Learning a foreign language can make you more hireable, sharpen your mind, and improve your academic and professional performance.

Foreign language study and mastery of another language can improve your chances of getting hired, and even drive up your starting salary. In this global economy, many employers looks for employees who are bilingual. Some positions pay more if you have are fluent in another language, and some open jobs may only be available to bilingual prospects.

Your location and your field of work will have a lot to do with what language will benefit you most professionally. In some locations, a conversational grasp of spanish will help you communicate better with many clients. This will make you seem more desirable to employers, and can even tip the scales in your favor when comparing your application with similar applicants who only speak one language. However, for business professionals who must travel for their work, learning a language such as Mandarin may be more beneficial. A language learned specifically for your profession will definitely make you a more attractive option for prospective employers.

Another reason to learn another language is the fact that it sharpens your mind. Some studies show that individuals who are bilingual or multilingual tend to be less likely to develop Alzheimer's or dementia. Studies have also indicated that foreign language study improves your memory, as the complex process of learning a new system of rules for grammar exercises your brain. Another way that studying another language can benefit your mind is that it can improve your ability to make complex decisions. Learning another language typically also improves the speaker's first language, making you more conscious of its rules and structure. 

It has also been shown that foreign language study can improve academic performance for students, and on the job performance for professionals. In one study, students were provided with 25 minutes of Spanish instruction per day, while a control group of students continued to study their regular curriculum. As a result, the students who received foreign language instruction subsequently received higher scores in both math and grammar than the control group. These results have since been repeated in numerous studies, and the same proves true for working adults. Adults who speak more than one language overall experience higher performance in the workplace.

Foreign language study can be time consuming and difficult, but it is certainly rewarding. Learning another language has so many benefits for an individual, at any stage of life. It can improve your brainpower, increase your hireability, and sharpen your performance in academics and at the office. Beyond that, mastering another language opens up the world. It makes people more receptive to other cultures and ideas, and may open up travel opportunities and experiences you never thought possible.

To find a foreign language program or tutor near you, submit a free request to EZBZ's online concierge service.
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