International yoga day :

International yoga day :

Monday, June 21 is International Yoga Day, an opportunity for us to look back at the origins of this practice t and has brightened the daily lives of many people.

Yoga is the hype and trendy discipline of our decade. At home, in the studio, new practitioners have adopted the benefits of this practice as a daily necessity during successive confinements. More than a physical activity, yoga is a real way to escape, a lifestyle to adopt. Why does this discipline seem to be able to satisfy both body and mind of many followers?

yoga has a rich 5,000 year history and because it is a multi-faceted practice, which has in the past been intertwined with religion, philosophy and of course exercise, it has proven difficult to determine an exact origin.

The beginnings of yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. The Vedas were a collection of texts containing chants, mantras and rituals used by the Brahmins, the Vedic priests. Yoga was slowly refined and developed by Brahmins and rishis (mystical seers) who documented their practices and beliefs in the upanishads, a huge work containing over 200 scriptures. The best known of the yogic scriptures is the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, composed around 500 BC. The Upanishads took the idea of ritual sacrifice from the Vedas and internalized it, teaching ego-sacrifice through self-knowledge, action (karma yoga) and wisdom (jnana yoga). In the pre-classical stage, yoga was a hodgepodge of various ideas, beliefs and techniques that were often in conflict and contradiction with each other. The classical period is defined by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the first systematic presentation of yoga.

Written in the 2nd century, this text describes the path of RAJA YOGA, often called “classical yoga”. Patanjali organized the practice of yoga into an “eight-pronged path” containing the steps and stages leading to the attainment of Samadhi or enlightenment. Patanjali is often considered the father of yoga and his Yoga Sutras still strongly influence most modern yoga styles. A few centuries after Patanjali, yoga masters created a system of practices designed to rejuvenate the body and prolong life. They rejected the teachings of the ancient Vedas and embraced the physical body as a means to attain enlightenment. They developed Tantra Yoga, with radical techniques for cleansing the body and mind to break the knots that bind us to our physical existence. This exploration of these physical and spiritual connections and body-centered practices led to the creation of what we primarily think of as yoga in the West: Hatha Yoga. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, yoga masters began traveling to the West, attracting attention and followers.

This began at the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago, when Swami Vivekananda wowed attendees with his lectures on yoga and the universality of world religions. In the 1920s and 1930s, Hatha Yoga was strongly promoted in India with the work of T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda and other yogis practicing Hatha Yoga. Krishnamacharya opened the first Hatha Yoga school in Mysore in 1924 and in 1936, Sivananda founded the Divine Life Society on the banks of the Ganges River. Krishnamacharya produced three students who would continue his legacy and increase the popularity of Hatha Yoga: B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar and Pattabhi Jois. Sivananda was a prolific author, writing over 200 books on yoga, and established nine ashrams and numerous yoga centers located around the world.

The importation of yoga to the West continued gradually until Indra Devi opened her yoga studio in Hollywood in 1947. Since then, many other Western and Indian teachers have become pioneers, popularizing Hatha Yoga and gaining millions of followers. Hatha Yoga now has many different schools or styles, all emphasizing the many different aspects of the practice.

12 types of yoga
So the benefits of yoga are also widely documented and you can expect to improve your strength, flexibility and balance by practicing it regularly. Yoga also helps to relieve stress, calm your thoughts and relax you. There is a wide variety of yoga disciplines to choose from. However, it can get a little confusing if you are a beginner and don’t know your Kundalini from your Iyengar! To learn more, browse through 12 types of yoga and their benefits.

  1. Vinyasa Yoga

This is a derivative of Ashtanga that also involves a number of athletic yoga postures and each movement is coordinated with the breath. It is also a very physically demanding practice. The pace is fast and you won’t have to hold a single pose for too long. The key is to move from one pose to the next so that your heart rate picks up. Both Ashtanga and Vinyasa are excellent if your goal is to tone your body. They also work the core and upper body and give you a cardio workout. This practice has no set structure and often depends on the teacher, which may include meditations and chanting.

  1. Hatha yoga

The Sanskrit term “hatha” is a generic term for all the physical postures of yoga. In the West, hatha yoga simply refers to all other styles of yoga (Ashtanga, Iyengar, etc.) that are based on a physical practice. However, there are other branches of yoga, such as kriya, raja and karma yoga, which are distinct from the physical practice of yoga. Physical yoga is the most popular and has many styles. The practice involves holding a Hatha class pose for a few breaths and focuses a lot on meditation and breathing and correct postures. You will also learn some essential relaxation techniques.

  1. Iyengar Yoga

Founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, this form of yoga is ideal for those who want to work on injuries and joint problems. It focuses on correct body alignment and very precise movements. The postures are held while holding the breath and the duration of each pose increases with expertise. The perfect pose is achieved with the help of props such as traps, blocks and blankets. This practice greatly improves stability, mobility, strength and flexibility.

  1. Kundalini Yoga

The practice of Kundalini yoga is both spiritual and physical. This style involves releasing the kundalini energy in your body, which is believed to be trapped, or coiled, in the lower spine.

  1. Ashtanga yoga

Popularized by celebrities around the world, Ashtanga, or “eight-limbed path,” is very physically demanding. It is therefore not recommended for beginners or people in poor physical condition. It consists of multiple surynamaskars followed by standing and floor postures. There are six sets of postures that must be repeated in each class. This type of yoga is also called Power Yoga. In this style, you start with the primary series and move to the next level once you have mastered it. It takes years of practice to master this form.

  1. Bikram Yoga

Created by yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, the main feature of this practice is to perform a series of postures in a room heated to 41 degrees centigrade and 40% humidity. In a 90-minute sequence, there are 26 basic postures that are performed twice and two breathing exercises. The heat makes you sweat excessively, which allows your body to get rid of toxins, while the postures work every part of your body and bring oxygenated blood to all your internal organs. Drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate.

  1. Yin yoga

If you don’t like intense activity, Yin yoga is the practice for you. This slow-paced style allows you to hold poses longer, from 45 seconds to two minutes. It also includes many seated postures and emphasizes spirituality, inner peace and relaxation. By holding the poses longer, you stretch your connective tissue and make it more elastic. You also improve blood circulation and qi energy in your body. The props help you relax into the postures instead of keeping your muscles flexed and tense. This style is often practiced in a heated room to help your muscles become more elastic. You should not try this if you are very flexible (as you may injure yourself if you over-stretch) or if you have a connective tissue disease.

  1. Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga aims to relax you after a long day and ease your mind. This style focuses primarily on relaxing the body. Restorative yoga also helps to purify and free your mind. Restorative yoga is a gentle, relaxing and passive style that allows students to relax and release the body in a gentle stretch that can last up to 10 minutes. This style uses a wide range of props including bolsters, blocks, straps and blankets. The intention is to provide support in each pose, which facilitates complete release and is less physically demanding than some other styles of yoga.

  1. Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is carefully tailored to “moms-to-be” and is for women in all trimesters. Many say that prenatal yoga is one of the best types of exercise for moms-to-be because of the pelvic floor work, the emphasis on breathing, and the connection to the growing baby; prenatal yoga also helps moms prepare for labor and delivery. I also practiced my own form of prenatal yoga during my two pregnancies.

  1. Anusara Yoga

Anusara is a modern version of hatha yoga, very similar to vinyasa in that it focuses on alignment, but with more emphasis on the mind-body-heart connection. It was founded by John Friend, who created a unique system called “Universal Principles of Alignment.” He resigned in 2012 after accusations of sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement. Friend has since partnered with Desi and Micah Springer to teach the Bowspring Method.

  1. Jivamukti Yoga

Yoga is not just a workout but a deeply spiritual experience. If you want to experience this practice in its entirety, you should try the Jivamukti style. Founded in 1984 by Sharon Ganon and David Life, Jivamukti integrates Vinyasa-style postures and sequences with chanting, meditation, deep relaxation and pranayama. Philosophy, poetry and music are also emphasized. Jivamukti centers also offer classes in Hindu scriptures, Sanskrit and kirtans. Jivamukti practitioners are also expected to be vegetarian.

  1. Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is one of those mysterious yoga practices that is as spiritual as it is physical. This form of yoga is physically demanding and mentally challenging and involves a lot of meditation, chanting, mudras and breathing exercises. The goal of this style is to release the kundalini energy that is coiled in the lower spine. You will do a lot of quick postures with periods of relaxation where you will be taught to pay attention to internal sensations and the flow of creative energy so that you can tap into your kundalini-shakti. This style is for those who are looking for more than just a workout.

Discover Vino Yoga with Kirstie Nelson

Discover Vino Yoga with Kirstie Nelson

Roll out your mat for a VinoYoga class with Kirstie Nelson online ! We are discovering this week this surprising discipline with her ! As a yoga teacher, she gonna tell us all about her experience, her advices and her incredible way of changing your life with yoga !

“Wine and yoga, it’s surprising !”

You don’t have to have a crazy lifestyle or big budget to afford virtual fitness training. Gyms might be starting to open back up across the world, but that doesn’t mean people are ready to dive back into them yet. If exercising in an enclosed space where people sweat, breathe hard, and share equipment with strangers, I purpose to you this week, to discover with Kirstie Nelson, a yoga teacher located in Canada, a very unique way to practice yoga, with people coming from all over the world and online, the Vino Yoga !

Mixing beer, wine or cocktails with activities such as yoga, running, hiking, Zumba or spin class makes it more Instagram-friendly, of course, but experts say it also helps make the experience less intimidating.. Sure, people have been pairing beer with bowling, skiing with schnapps for generations, elsewhere, there are brunch runs, and even wine marathons (in France), but the latest iteration of happy hour, wine yoga feels like the bar has been raised, quite literally, on working out. In fact, fitness with an alcohol chaser is definitely flourishing, attracting the fit, the social, and the curious !

Kirstie Nelson, yoga instructor.

Discover Vino Yoga with Kirstie Nelson

– Can you introduced yourself and your activity ?
I’m Kirsty and I am 500 hours certified yoga instructor. I received my training back in 2013 through Modo hot yoga and I teach a variety of styles. Although I mainly focus on traditional style of yoga called Hatha Yoga as well as a long slow stretching take with yoga called the in spent. The last seven years is a skater with Disney on Ice. And I had the absolute pleasure of teaching yoga classes to all my colleagues as we performed and toured all over the world.

– How and why did you start Yoga ?
My yoga Journey started when I was growing up as a competitive figure skater. I use yoga as a way to complement my office training and to keep my mind and my body in Peak form and condition for competing. But to be honest I hated it. I was not a fan of yoga didn’t enjoy Yoga as a way to complement my office training and to keep my mind and my body in Peak form and condition for competing. But to be honest I hated it. I was not a fan of yoga didn’t enjoy it. It was just something I had to do, but it wasn’t until I graduated University and entered the corporate. Or that I rediscovered yoga and Developed a better world loving relationship. So we’ve had this wonderful relationship together for about the past ten years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed yoga has become much more to me than just a physical practice.

-What could you advice for the people that are intimidated to start Yoga ?
I know there are a lot of people out there who are intimidated by yoga and hesitant to try it out for the first time whether it be because they don’t understand what all those fancy crazy names are for the closes. Don’t worry. I don’t know what a lot of them are either or people who think that you need to have a certain level of flexibility in order to do yoga. I just want to see that that is not true at all in my classes. I welcome people of all shapes and sizes all levels and abilities. Everybody is capable of doing yoga. There’s absolutely no requirement to have any level of flexibility when starting Yoga Yoga is it’s a journey it’s not a destination and you know, you’re not going to come in one day not able to touch your toes and then They all of a sudden be able to touch your toes. No, that’s not the case. But it you know, it takes time but without ever, you know, regular practice, you will be amazed at the progress that you can make and it’s all about just being patient your body and trying to enjoy the journey. If you need a little help with finding that enjoyment video. Yoga classes are a great place to start because Cuz you know that takes a lot of pressure off of feeling like you have to be perfect and make those perfect looking shapes. Just forget about that. You can come and enjoy a drink or two. It’ll take the edge off and just make it more of a social activity in while still moving the body, but when you’re not focusing just on those poses.

– How is it possible to do online class while so many people think it’s necessary to go to a specific place for practice ?

During this crazy and I’m settling time in the world where most of us are stuck in quarantine can’t really leave our house. It is so important to take the time for a little more self care and yoga is a wonderful way to keep the mind and the body healthy during this time. The best thing is is Yoga can be done at home with no equipment. All you need is a little floor space practice on a mat or if you don’t even have a man in his blanket or a towel is perfectly fine. So you can really be done anywhere and as a teacher, I’m lucky in that, you know, although I can’t be teaching people face-to-face right now with the power of modern day technology. I’ve been able to jump online and teach live virtual yoga classes. And this has been wonderful. It’s such a great way to connect with people and again be able to practice yoga with people all over the world and you know interact when we can’t see each other face to face and you know the Vino yoga especially is a wonderful way to get the body moving while also, you know being able to virtually socialize Toledo little online happy hour. So it’s been great. You know, we can work out the entire body while having some fun at the same time. And yeah just giving ourselves a little extra TLC during this time, which is much needed and it’s been wonderful.

– What are for you, the effects of yoga on the daily basis ?

Yoga provides me with so many wonderful benefits not only physically but also mentally off the mat in my everyday life. It teaches me to be more Mindful and to live life in the present moment and that it’s important to take a step back from the craziness that we call life and just to look around and be thankful for all those little things that we take for granted every day. Yoga constantly reminds me of Just how powerful the breath can be in dealing with stressful situations. So if I’m ever feeling overwhelmed or stressed out or frustrated, I just come to my mat and practice or if not just take a step back from the situation and take a couple deep breaths and that really just comes in mind relaxes the body and helps me feel more grounded and ready to take on the rest of my day

– How did you came up with the concept of Vino Yoga ?
I came up with the concept of vino yoga while stuck in quarantine. I just wanted to create something fun and unique and I love my wine very very passionate about it. And obviously I enjoy yoga and I figured why not super social non-serious class. We take a glass of wine or any other alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage and just drink and enjoy it as we move through a series of different yoga poses. So it’s a fun challenge to you know, try and balance the cup as you’re moving and not You spill a drop of wine. That is a big No-No, but yes, it hasn’t little element of Challenge and it also is a great way to just to just take the pressure off of people, you know beginner Yogi’s Let’s have a good time. Enjoy a drink or two heck you can sit on the mat and just enjoy happy hours of It’s just a lot of fun and it’s been wonderful way to socialize virtually during this time while also get the body moving, stretch and have a good time.teach live virtual yoga classes. And this has been wonderful. It’s such a great way to connect with people and again be able to practice yoga with people all over the world and you know interact when we can’t see each other face to face and you know the Vino yoga especially is a wonderful way to get the body moving while also, you know being able to virtually socialize Toledo little online happy hour. So it’s been great. You know, we can work out the entire body while having some fun at the same time. And yeah just giving ourselves a little extra TLC during this time, which is much needed and it’s been wonderful.

Vitality weekly column : 5 secret tips to drink wine like a french at home !

Vitality weekly column : 5 secret tips to drink wine like a french at home !

Why not doing a wine tour in quarantine ? This week I am gonna share with you all my french secrets and knowlegde to drink wine like a professional sommelier, where the wine come from and how to impress your futur guest with few tips easy to remember ! Enjoy, but with moderation!

Like baguette, cheese, fashion, perfum, and luxury, french wine have admirers all over the world. In fact, wine is integral to french culture and production in quantities are between 50 and 60 million hecto litres per year, so around 8 billion bottles !

Even in quarantine, we can smell and feel from the windows that summer is coming back soon ! The early bird are singing, the temparatures gets warmer, flowers and cherry blossoms tree are growing, to resume, everything to make us happy and free, except, we are again and again in quarantine ! Personaly, it make me feel a bit nostalgic of a time where we are supposed to enjoy night dinner with friends and family outside and, as a parisian girl, trust me I do miss my terrasse time with a glass of wine ! Here is few tips to make your homade wine testing like a professionnal !

Know where it comes from

1) Know where it come from

Nowadays nearly every region of France produces wine with the exception of the far northern regions. Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire Valley, and the Rhone Valley are the amongst the top areas. Top French wines command some of the highest prices in the world today from collectors with deep pockets, but even with lower budget, wherever you go in France, rest assured that a fabulous meal and equally wonderful wine are waiting to be enjoyed.
Historical records can trace the origin of viniculture in France to the 6th century BC when the Phoenicians cultivated vineyards in the south of France near Marseilles. Soon winemaking spread from France to other European countries such as Spain, Italy, and Germany. Wine soon came to be regarded as a fashionable drink, which complemented rich food.  Around the 5th century, eith the rise of Catholicism, wine grew in importance and medieval religious orders had a strong influence on winemaking. While the church frowned on over indulgence, it also was responsible for perfecting wines such as Champagne, widely attributed to the famous French monk, Dom Perignon.

2) Talk about French wine Appellation classification
In 1855, emperor Napoleon III suggested the development of a classification system to identify the best wines in Bordeaux. In the 1930s appellation d’origine côntrollee (AOC)  was introduced in France. The distinctive characteristics of each region’s produce are protected and able to maintain their quality and prevent fraud. For instance Champagne can only be called Champagne, if it’s grown in the region of Champagne. Strict rules govern wine classification to this day. 

The lowest level is AOC related to a large place of origin, e.g. Appellation + Bordeaux + Controlee
The second lowest level is AOC related to a smaller place of origin, e.g. Appellation + Medoc + Controlee
The second highest level is AOC related to the name of a village, e.g. Appellation + Margaux Village + Controlee
The highest level is AOC related to the name of a chateau, e.g. Appellation + Chateau Lascombes + Controlee

An appellation may be defined with a place of origin only. For example, Bordeaux is not only a place of origin, but also an appellation. The place of origin may be large or small, ranging in order of region (e.g. Bordeaux and Bourgogne), community or village (e.g. Pauillac and Nuits St. Georges), and grapery (e.g. Romanee Conti). In the same area, higher-level AOC requires unit yield different from lower-level AOC and higher sugar content of harvested grapes, so the quality is generally higher.

Learn the basic

3) Learn basics to speak like a professional

The acidity, body, aromas, and flavors of wine are all factors to consider when searching for one to match a specific dish. These attributes mean different thing to different palates.

Acid: Sour and sharp notes of the wine will determine the acidity level. This is much like biting into a super sour apple feels on the palate as it hits your tongue with a sharp sensation.
Body: The body of the wine is established by the weight and mouthfeel when you taste it. It can be light, also called thin, or it can be heavy, creamy even oily. As with all wine attributes, the body is an opinion of the taster.
Aroma: The aroma, or bouquet, of wine, is about the smell. The nose of wine can be one or two notes or a complex mix of aromas that blend and change as the wine is swirled and exposed to air. Try to identify earthy, floral, fruity, and nutty notes, among many others.
Flavor: The flavor of the wine is mostly determined by its aromas; what we smell is what we taste which will be unrelated to the smell. For example, a wine may have a light, fruity bouquet, or deep, earthy flavors.

4) Pair your wine with food properly
The rule of thumb is to pair wine with food that equals its intensity.
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– The wine should be more acidic than the food.
– The wine should be sweeter than the food.
– The wine should have the same flavor intensity as the food.
– Red wines pair best with bold flavored meats (e.g. red meat).
– White wines pair best with light-intensity meats (e.g. fish or chicken).
– Bitter wines (e.g. red wines) are best balanced with fat.
– It is better to match the wine with the sauce than with the meat.
– More often than not, White, Sparkling and Rosé wines create contrasting pairings.
– More often than not, Red wines will create congruent pairings.
Suggestions for Excellent Food and Wine Pairings
• Sauternes with bleu cheese.
• Chardonnay with chicken, scallops, lobster, and brie.
• Sauvignon Blanc with shrimp, acidic pork, oysters, and whitefish.
• Pinot Noir with salmon, fatty fish, and duck.
• Zinfandel or red/white Burgundy with turkey, pheasant, and quail.
• Red Bordeaux with lamb.
• Beaujolais with traditional pork.
• Cabernet Sauvignon with beef, venison, and grilled meat.
• Burgundy with braised meat and game.
• White wine served with skate wing with brown butter.
Updated by Elaine Lemm]

The etiquette

5) Follow the Etiquette and good manners

– Never drink wine without food
For the French, wine and food go hand in hand which is why you will very rarely see a French person drinking wine on its own – in particular red wine. Even if you’re having champagne or roséas an aperitif before dinner, which is the norm, you enjoy it with some olives, canapés or baguette.
– Always toast with every guest individually
Raising your glasses for a toast is very important in France, but it’s important to do it the proper way, otherwise it could bring bad luck. The right way to do it is to wait for all of your guests to arrive. Instead of doing a big group toast, you raise your glass,“À ta santé” (to your good health) answered by “à la tienne” (to yours) – matching a “tu”or “à votre santé” (to your good health) answered by “à la vôtre” (to yours) – matching a “vous”or even just “tchin-tchin” (cheers), while you lock eyes with the person next to you and clink glasses, before you do the same ritual with every single guest. Never ever cross arms though.
– If you’re a guest, bring a bottle to your host. 75% of French people drink wine on a regular basis, so your wine will not be wasted. Wine is easier to put aside when you arrive, rather than flowers that need to be put in a vase and can create a bit of a panic for the host.
– Don’t assume the bottle you bring will be consumed in your presence. The host has often picked special wines to accompany the meal. Maybe they are serving fish and your full-bodied red won’t cut it. If you’re dying to try a certain wine, buy it for yourself and not for your host as you’re not sure to get to try the one you will bring.
– Don’t pour your own wine
If you’re a guest at someone’s house and find your wine glass is empty, don’t even think about grabbing the bottle and topping yourself up – it’s considered incredibly rude. Instead, wait for your host to ask if you would like some more, and she will pour you a refill.

– Don’t ask for a full glass
If your host is pouring you a glass of wine, chances are they will only fill it half way. If you ask your host to fill your glass to the brim, not only is that considered rude but you will be considered a lush. On the other hand, if you stop them when they’ve just poured a dash of wine into your glass, that will come across as rude and your host will think you don’t appreciate their wine. In other words, just gracefully accept what – and how much – the host is serving you.
– Don’t buy the cheapest wine in the store
If you are invited to dinner at a French person’s home, it’s customary to bring a bottle of wine or some chocolate. However, don’t buy the cheapest bottle in the store. Wine often becomes part of the conversation, so make sure you bring a wine you particularly enjoy and that you know something about. If you are feeling unsure of what to bring, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Champagne.
– For the girls, never leave lipstick stains on your wine glass
It’s considered rude even in restaurants to leave lipstick stains on your wine glass, so make sure you wear a smudge proof, long lasting lipstick !

Vitality weekly column : Quarantine and communication change

Vitality weekly column : Quarantine and communication change

It’s been few weeks now that most of the people in the world are in quarantine, waiting and trying to find a way to wait for the horrible storm to pass. I will show you this week how much communication is been a huge part of the human growing recently and that it is actually the best time to socialize while we are scoial distancing but most of all, for growing as a person.

Why social distancing bring even more people closer from each others ?

Abraham Maslow said : “The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.” I figured the past few days, how much it is important for me to have contact with people on a daily basis. I love to interact with others just cause, you never know, someone can change your life by a smile, a good conversation, or bright your day with a compliment or a nice advice. Quarantine is not normal for anyone. We are wondering how we gonna live our best life, work, take care of our general business with the distance. The question is, in dramatic situation, what do you typically do? Who do you typically call? We crave connection, and chances are, you have someone who supports and encourages you when you feel overwhelmed. In order to avoid problems such as anxiety, depression, or loneliness, we all need to feel accepted and supported by others. When we are able to develop strong connections with others such as friends, family, team members, and lovers, we are able to cope with distressing situations. Since everybody is not allowed to see each other, we can observe a lot communication change. We can actually say, that people take more time to communicate, take news of each other and share moment together. We can see in the news that lot of people are doing video call, for a friendly , job or school purpose but still very paradoxal considering the fact when people can actually have real human contact, nobody have the time due to job, life duty in general. The situation show that the human, need attention, need contact from each others, but why exactly ?

The impact of quarantine on the human being

Quarantine is of course, an unpleasant experience and can create dramatic effects. The american journal The Lancet, published a study case about it from the authors, doctors and professors Samantha K Brooks, Rebecca K Webster, Louise E Smith, Simon Wessely, Neil Greenberg, and Gideon James Rubin. The study prove that having a working mobile phone is now a necessity, not a luxury. The ability to communicate with one’s family and friends is essential. Particularly, social media could play an important part in communication with those far away, allowing people who are quarantined to update their loved ones about their situation and reassure them that they are well. There is also evidence to suggest that support groups specifically for people who were quarantined at home during disease outbreaks can be helpful. One other study  found that having such a group and feeling connected to others who had been through the same situation could be a validating, empowering experience and can provide people with the support they might find they are not receiving from other people.

For explanation, Abraham Maslow developed five stages of needs that motivate human behavior. The five stages in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in order from lowest to highest level include physiological, safety, social (love and belonging), esteem, and self-actualization. Each need must be met from lowest (physiological) to highest (self-actualization). The first two levels of need are considered basic needs, which are based on the need for survival and safety. The third stage is the social stage, not based on basic needs but instead on psychological or emotional needs. The primary source of behavior at this stage of development is the need for emotional connections such as friendships, family, social organizations, romantic attachments, or other situations involving interactions with others. If Maslow is right, if we’re right, if in order to be healthy, happy, and fully human we have to meet all our needs, then only the truth and nothing but the truth, discovered in warm, safe, loving environments that nurture self-esteem, encourage self-actualization, and support transcendence/connection, will do.

Vitality weekly column : COVID19, when sport doesn’t rhyme with sedentarity

Vitality weekly column : COVID19, when sport doesn’t rhyme with sedentarity

Par Sarah Barreiros Rédigé le 25/03/2020 (dernière modification le 24/03/2020)

In our quarantine situation, lot of politics around the world are talking about the fact that everyone have to stay healthy. This week, I am gonna talk about the benefits of sport activities at home and how you can do it everyday, with the help of a personal coach, Nicholas Fernandez.

Take the opportunity to start

Nicholas Fernandez, personal coach. (c) Nicholas Fernandez.

Winston Churchill said : ‘’ The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’’ You probably know what I mean when I talk about this feeling of accomplissement and happiness after a good workout session. After 30 minutes of intense workout, when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. Regular exercise can positively impact serotonin levels in your brain. Raising your levels of serotonin boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being. It can also help improve your appetite and sleep cycles, which are often negatively affected by depression. Regular exercise also helps balance your body’s level of stress hormones, such as adrenaline. Adrenaline plays a crucial role in your fight-or-flight response, but too much of it can damage your health. To be clear, you get the feeling to become Superman everyday when you pratcice. And nothing is better than that when you are in quarantine ! The only problem is to find the motivation ! Even if being in quarantine is not the best life, it is an opportinity to take, so you can finally take time for yourself, focus on what is important, breathe from the stressfull life we all have nowadays.


As a professional figure skater, I can say that the fact to workout is a big part of my life. It is very difficult for me to not doing it everyday. Thru the years, I saw my body change, improve and getting stronger. I think sport is a big part of personal development in life. But nowadays, sport are not very an option due to a lot of lifestyle factors. In fact, most people living a sedentary lifestyle are unlikely to be meeting the national physical activity guidelines. Research suggests that only 21 percent of adults are meeting the physical activity guidelines, while less than 5 percent perform 30 minutes of physical activity per day. So why is it that we are more sedentary now than we were just 50 years ago? The main contributing factor to our increased sedentary lifestyles is technology. Technology has brought about more inactive modes of transit, caused an increase in sedentary desk jobs and has developed more activities that can be done while sitting (i.e. watching TV, surfing the web, playing video games). Overall, sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950 and physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of our workforce, which is 50% less than in 1950. Additionally, our average work week is longer. Americans now work 47 hours a week–164 more hours a year than 20 years ago. In a world where everything goes to fast, having time for ouself is a priceless gift. And it take just 3% of a journey so no excuse to procrastinate !

Nicholas Fernandez, personal coach.

What we purpose to you, with the help of the personal coach, Nicholas fernandez, is a way to do sport, even if you are stuck at home without gym and gym equipment. The best to practice without any pressure and keep the motivation up during those hard day !

- Can you present yourself and what are the benefits for you of working out at home particularly
with the current situation and COVID19?

My name is Nicholas Fernandez from Sydney, Australia & am a figure skater & a personal trainer.
As most of us are sitting at home in quarantine wondering “I wish I could be at a gym” or “how can I do my workouts at home without any gym equipment’s” etc.
Easy! Some of the greatest benefits of working out at home during this time are:

1. Convenience – Once you have a little gym set out at home, you will never want to leave your place again. Remember that one of the most important aspects of working out is consistency, never missing your workouts & it will never lead you to anymore excuses to not going to the gym such as timing, weather, feeling lazy and so fourth.

2. Saving Time & Money – This also links up with convenience too. Think about how long it takes you from once you prepare yourself to the gym until you step foot back in the house (5 mins to get dressed, the drive to the gym, situate yourself, workout, drive back home and etc) & all of this saves money too such as petrol for your car, paying for weekly gym fee’s etc.
So think about the money you save and the extra time you get to extend your workouts.

3. Freedom – This is the best time to be in your own zone without anyone around you distracting you during your workouts. Also, not having to wait in line for the next equipment that someone is using, especially those that love to be on there phones during rest periods & get side tracked. You can blast your own music in the house because you know nothing is greater then listening to your on tunes that gets you motivated to push that last rep and you get your own privacy and no judgemental zone. We don’t like to do a certain exercises next to someone who you are intimidated by because you don’t want to look weak or feel embarrassed as I imagine a lot us do at times. You never want to feel self-conscious about trying a new workout.

4. Hygiene – We all know the gym is germ paradise. We all know that one person who doesn’t wipe down there equipment after an exercise, sweat left on the bench (even though wipes and towels are provided and signs all over the gym to inform people to clean after yourself), guys lifting weights way to heavy then they can actually lift and cutting there hands leaving potential blood stains and so on. Being at home means you are in the cleanest environment keeping you away from all the germs and not spreading it to anyone around you.

– Do you have some tips to motivate people to start working out in their place
while most of them think that you can’t work outside of a gun environment?

Of course! Use this time in particular to work on yourself mentally & physically.
Remembering that some of keys of working out is building your own physical strength, core stability, flexibly & mental rest/relaxation. So if you can’t do fundamental exercises with your own body weight, how will you try to lift weights that are too heavy for you leaving to injuries that can set you back, therefore, leaving you unmotivated to work out again.

– Can you give us few exercise to do and where we can follow you for more?

Definitely, I will give you an exercise to work on each body part.

Chest – Push Up
Back – Superman Towel Row
Shoulders – Pike Push Up
Biceps – Doorframe Rows
Triceps – Triceps Dips
Abs – Sits Ups
Glutes – Squats
Quads – Lunges
Hamstring – Bridges
Calf – Standing Calf Raises

Vitality weekly column : COVID19, the end of the world, or almost !

Vitality weekly column : COVID19, the end of the world, or almost !

Par Sarah Barreiros Rédigé le 18/03/2020 (dernière modification le 19/03/2020)

As most of us around the world are currently stuck in quarantine ,in order to protect and prevent the virus spread for the safety and health of everyone which is the top priority right now and for the next couple of weeks, I purpose to to you my weekly section. I am gonna talk about this problem around the world, different point of views, my experience in France and how to deal with it in a fresh, light and sympathetic way !

Creating joy for others but with safe comportments.

Sarah Barreiros in Seville. (c) Sarah Barreiros.

Leo Buscaglia said ‘’It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of person, kind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely’’. Watching the news this week, my country, France is slowly getting in a home quarantine situation for an undetermined time. I am not really sure what to think about everything. First of all, everything seems so unreal just like when you woke up from a dream and you are like wait what’s happened tonight ? When you are touring like me as a professional figure skater around the world, most of the time you can get stuck in such a bubble that you can’t really realize seriously what’s happening outside. Basically, the only concerned is to see what is to do in the next country you gonna travel and I’m privileged to live this amazing life. Also, Lucky me as I choose to be a journalist,  I could keep a step outside but even tho, I couldn’t understand fully the situation till it’s happened to the group of people I skate and travel with, the cast, my family and me. As any problem in the world. But anyway, I was really concerned to see that the people and most of the population had a very unconscious, and dangerous way to deal with the problem. The government clearly ask for a minimum contact between everyone and closed most of the stores and restaurants. After this announcement, people run to those places in order to celebrate ‘’the last moment together’’ like the virus gonna give them a break during this lovely time. Well, not true. My only hope then, was to see everybody take care of themselves and stay safe, caring and supportive.

A ‘jungle’ grocery store experience.

Unfortunately a day after, I figured that lack of civisme is spreading faster than any virus. I went to the grocery store, obviously preparing for the tonight government announcement of our 45 days quarantine. It was quite a jungle and a funny time, at least for me because I was laughing at the non sense, non respect, non education of most of the people. It was like watching a TV show. To resume, arriving there, I had a hard time finding a food cart, found one in the middle of the parking stuck between two others that, was disgusting. Enter the store, hundreds of people, got rolled on my foot and bumped on my hips 3 times. I also went to the rice, water and toilet paper section, empty section. So, people make food reserve like it is the end of the world without thinking that it will be actually smarter to do every week grocery like, normal (because we are allowed to do that) than being monster fighting over a box of food. We all experience many freakish and unexpected events  like the virus  today. The philosopher Schopenhauer talked about how out of the randomness, there is an apparent intention in the fate of an individual that can be glimpsed later on. Sometimes, we’ll be down on our luck and need some help such as, a chance, or an opportunity. Sometimes, we just need someone to show us compassion and kindness. If you’ve ever had someone help you in your life, remember how it felt and keep that feeling in mind when the opportunity for you to help someone else comes up.