Functional Fitness What is It & Why is It Important?

Uncategorized Mar 02, 2021

Functional fitness is the ability to perform everyday life activities repeatedly and with ease.  Functional fitness involves working many muscles groups together in ways that mimic everyday life activities (e.g., getting up from a chair, going up a set of stairs, going down a set of stairs, bending down to pick up something, reaching for something on a high shelf, carrying your grocery bags to the car, turning over in bed, etc.).  

Functional fitness weaves together many fitness components (i.e., muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, core stability & strength, agility, balance, and mobility).  

Functional fitness training involves doing exercises that are most similar to the activities in your daily life.  Functional fitness training helps you live your life independently and full of choices.  This becomes increasingly important as you age and is a key component of your life quality.

The fitter you are, the more...

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Uncategorized Oct 29, 2019

For me, equanimity is a mind quality that we are encouraged to experiment with not only during our yoga practice (on the mat) but also after our practice (off the mat) when we interact with the world.  What is an equanimous mind?

An equanimous mind is one that values all mind/body states equally without the judgements and the labels of "good and bad", "right and wrong", etc..  Equanimity is all about the balance of opposites,  vigilant re-alignment of body/mind/spirit, and letting go of the Ego and judgements.

Merriam-Webster says that equanimity is evenness of mind, especially under stress; balance.

Wikipedia says that equanimity is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind.

Play with concept and see what you come up with.

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Water Logic

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2019


Water Logic is dynamic, fluid, flexible, resilient and is associated with a "Growth Mindset".

Rock Logic is static, rigid, inflexible, fragile and associated with a "Fixed Mindset".

In a world in which change is inevitable and the pace of change increasing exponentially,  Water Logic may serve you better.  Test it out...

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Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2019

Tree pose can teach us so much.  It allows us to experience grace in uncertainty.  It teaches us (physically), how to root down in order to rise up, and using a mental image of a tree can help us become more tree-like.

Want to try this pose?  

Start in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) with both feet solidly rooted, weight evenly distributed through all four corners of both feet, feet hip-distance apart and all of your joints stacked from the feet on up.  

Think of pouring all of the energy from one leg into the other and mindfully take one foot off of the floor.  

Find a focal point for your gaze (drishti).  A laser-like focus of the gaze can really help with focusing your attention and being fully present; making balance easier.

Turn the knee outward, come onto the ball of the foot, gently lift the foot off the floor or ground and find a comfortable spot on the opposite leg to place  your foot.  This place can be below your knee or above,...

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What does, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" mean?

Uncategorized Nov 15, 2017

It means that you can not always control the landscape of your life and/or other people’s actions, but you CAN always control your response. You can learn to become more resilient. You can learn ways to re-balance, re-center, re-focus yourself anytime. Resilience and Stress Resistance can be trained and improved. 

My Vision, Mission and Brand (GAUYAFIT) are all focused on helping people, Midlifers (50 ish years of age) develop skills and practices which improve their ability to, "Surf the waves of live."  In these turbulent times, it is easy to get overwhelmed, overstressed, anxious and depressed. Most of us have experienced many life-altering challenges by this point in life. We have had health challenges, financial challenges, marital/relationship challenges, challenges related to the well-being of our children, challenges related to dealing with aging parents and role-reversal. The list could go on and on.

The point is WE have survived, but maybe Our...

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3 Easy Ways to Manage Stress in the Moment

Uncategorized Nov 01, 2017

-Focus you attention on your breathing. Breathe in fully through your nose and out through your mouth. When exhaling through your mouth, let out an audible sigh or “Ahhhh’.

-Close your eyes and silently repeat to yourself, “So” as you inhale through your nose and “Hahm” as you exhale through your nose.

-Place several drops of an essential oil or essential oil blend on the inside of your wrists, on your upper chest and under your nose and breathe in the aroma (Aromatherapy). Good oils to use are Young Living Essential Oils which are extremely pure produced using methods that render the oils with optimize effectiveness. Examples of oils to try: Peace & Calming, Tranquil, Stress Away, JOY, Lavender, Chamomile or Rose.

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Is Yoga a religion?

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2017

No, yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a eight-fold system for health and well-being that has be around for over 2,000 years. It involves, physical exercises that improve muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, core strength and functional fitness. 
It involves breathing exercises, meditation and practices for overall health and happiness. A yoga practitioner may have any spiritual beliefs that ‘work’ for them.

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