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About heather

Heather's background in nutrition and wellness only strengthens her work as a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor. This dedicated yogi has studied in India twice, and loves a Madonna-inspired workout mix.

Victoria Beckham’s Power Supplement is Sun Chlorella

Green is the new black. Especially when it comes to food. But as most of us know, eating your daily greens, whether it’s a salad or a vegetable-based smoothie, sometimes takes more time than our busy lives allow for. While we may not always heed the advice of health experts, when celebrities dish about their favorite health and diet secrets, we listen. When the makers of Sun Chlorella, an algae-based supplement, claimed that the newly-pregnant Victoria Beckham is a fan, the ears of many of us media-hungry and health-minded commoners were pricked.

Sun Chlorella is a green algae supplement that hails from a Japan-based company.

According to the company’s website, Chlorella is a single-cell green algae made up of 60 percent pure plant protein. Sun Chlorella possesses an astonishing quantity and variety of nutrients providing the body with the required daily dose of essential amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin D, folic acid, iron and fiber. In terms of iron content alone, it has the same amount of nutritional benefits as nine cups of spinach. (more…)

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha yoga is one of those commonly misunderstood and misused words in yoga. Unlike Ashtanga, Bikram or Iyengar, which are specific styles of yoga, Hatha yoga is the umbrella term for what Westerners consider to be yoga. In truth, Hatha yoga is the actual physical practice of yoga, or the postures. Therefore, all yoga that involves asana or postures is hatha yoga.

What it is

Hatha comes from two Sanskrit words: ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon. Implied in its meaning is the idea of uniting opposites, like the sun and moon or yoga’s specific meaning of yoking the mind, body and spirit together. (more…)

How to Become a Yoga Instructor

Becoming a yoga instructor is one of the most burgeoning careers in the health and wellness industries. Unlike becoming a personal trainer, which is very regulated, becoming a yoga instructor doesn’t require the tests, certification and training that is mandated by the accredited personal training profession. There is both good and not-so-good in that.

First, because teaching yoga is a relatively new, albeit popular, profession, in essence, anyone who wants to become a yoga instructor can call herself a yoga teacher. This can easily lend way to unqualified teachers who take a few weekend yoga workshops and call themselves a teacher.

On the other hand, because of the lack of regulation, experienced yoga instructors who have been teaching yoga for years, maybe even decades, don’t need to go back and take hours of certification classes with a bunch of novices and learn information they already know.

It is this lack of regulation that has led to the Yoga Alliance, a national education and support organization for yoga in the United States that provides yoga certification for teachers. In September 1999, Yoga Alliance established a national Yoga Teachers’ Registry to recognize and promote teachers with training that meets their minimum standards. Teachers who meet these standards are eligible to register as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®s). (more…)

Project Runway’s Tim Gunn Joins Forces with Weight Watchers to Inspire Health and Fashion

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Part of looking great is not just about the clothes you wear, but also about how you feel about yourself. Just ask Project Runway’s Tim Gunn or any Weight Watchers member and they’ll attest to this credo.

Therefore, the pairing of Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services and fashion consultant Tim Gunn is like a perfectly designed, seamed and fitted Versace gown. Together, these two forces are set out to  inspire people on their weight loss journey so that they can look great and feel great.  (more…)

Dr. Oz’s 28-Day Plan to Prevent a Heart Attack

Tune in this Friday, January 21 to The Dr. Oz Show when the country’s most famous doctor gives you a 28-day plan to prevent a heart attack.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans; every year, more than 600,000 people die from it. This year, nearly 800,000 people will have their first heart attack and as many as 500,000 will have a recurrent attack. But you don’t have to become one of them. You have the power to heal your heart with Dr. Oz’s 28-day plan to prevent a heart attack.

By following his 28-day plant-based diet, you are practically guaranteed to lose weight, have more energy and improve the biological markers that are associated with heart attack risk.

Check your local listings for exact show times.

Best Light Recipes on the OWN Network

Update: This episode of Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag will air again on Tuesday, May 31 2011.

Tune in this Friday, January 21 to Oprah’s OWN Network when a handful of the recipes featured in the cookbook, Best Light Recipe are tested and rated on the show, Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag.

On the show, you will find out if Best Light Recipe truly delivers lighter versions of classic fat-laden recipes such as cheesecake that taste every bit as delicious as the original.

Hosts Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic focus their efforts in the kitchen, putting popular cookbooks to the test. This week’s episode will look at Best Light Recipes. (more…)

Bob Greene on the Rachael Ray Show

Tune in this Friday, January 21 to the Rachael Ray Show when Oprah’s fitness guru, Bob Greene stops by to share with you his surefire tips to keep your weight loss resolutions active in the New Year.

Bob will do something that not many health experts do: share his own daily food journal. By seeing what Bob eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll get a sneak peek into what it’s really like to eat healthy and stay accountable to your health goals. (more…)

Carb Lovers Diet on the Rachael Ray Show

Update: This episode will air again on Tuesday, May 31 2011.

Tune in this Thursday, January 20 to the Rachael Ray Show to learn how the Carb Lover’s Diet can help you lose 40 pounds.

Prepare to be shocked as the creators of The Carb Lovers Diet share their strategy that includes eating pasta, bread and even dessert while following this healthy living and practical weight loss plan. Developed by the health experts of Health magazine, the Carb Lover’s Diet is a plan that makes High Resistant Starch carbs the cornerstone of the weight loss plan. They are your secret to losing weight without hunger or cravings. Resistant starch is a miracle ingredient found only in carbs like whole-grain pasta, sweet potatoes, legumes, bananas and more. (more…)

Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program on The Dr. Oz Show

Tune in this Wednesday, January 19 to The Dr. Oz Show when the famous doctor joins forces with the Weight Watchers PointsPlus program to bring you a weight loss program that will drop weight and boost your health.

Weight Watchers revealed the PointsPlus program in November 2010. The values take into account fat, fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. (more…)

Food Addicts on The Dr. Oz Show

UPDATE: This episode will air again on June 29, 2011.

Tune in this Monday, January 17 to The Dr. Oz Show to find out if you suffer from a food addiction.

On this episode, Dr. Oz will give five warning signs to anyone who has ever felt their dependency on food goes a bit farther then cravings for chocolate and hunger pains after a workout. You’ll hear from real women who have food addictions as well as one woman who once weighed more than 200 pounds and overcame her addiction to food. (more…)