Exercise is one of the components of a Healthy Lifestyle that make feel good hormones flow. We know the comments ‘runner’s high’ ‘yoga bliss’ – include exercise in your life just for the high or perhaps the scientifically proven benefits below.

Exercise to:

  • Improve energy levels.
  • Prevent and perhaps reverse heart disease.
  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Improve blood cholesterol.
  • 50% less chance of some cancers.
  • 40% less chance of getting diabetes.
  • Maintain optimal body weight or body fat.
  • Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints.
  • Relieve depression and anxiety.
  • Enhance feelings of well-being and self esteem.
  • Improve work, recreation, and sport performance.
  • Improve cardiovascular and/or cardiorespiratory function.
  • Decrease blood triglycerides.
  • Improve glucose tolerance and reduce insulin resistance.
  • Increase muscle, tendon and ligament strength.
  • Strengthen immune system.
  • Shrink fat cells.
  • Stimulate brain activity.
  • Improve balance.
  • Prevent dementia.
  • Relax.
  • Enhance libido.
  • Prevent osteoporosis.
  • Build core strength
  • Enhance self esteem
  • Alleviate insomnia.
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Manage stress.
  • Prevent or alleviate headaches.
  • Prevent or alleviate back challenges.
  • Improve menopause symptoms.
  • Improve focus and concentration.
  • Fight the effects of aging.
  • Lower health care costs.
  • Improve fibromyalgia.
  • Prevent or alleviate incontinence.
  • Look great!

No one type of exercise provides all benefits. A well-balanced exercise routine includes 1. aerobic exercise (e.g. power walking, jogging, cardio yoga, power cleaning, hiking, aerobics, martial arts, sports); 2. strength training (e.g. lifting weights, hiking, weight bearing exercises, kayaking, pull-ups and push-ups, biking, rowing, crunches); flexibility training (e.g. gymnastics, martial arts, dance, pilates, yoga). Experts recommend that adults get more than 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. It’s never too late to start. Even small things can count as exercise when you’re starting out – like taking a short walk, gardening or cleaning the yard. Try out different kinds of exercise to see which one inspires you.

Please consult your doctor before beginning any new diet, exercise program.


Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it’s much, much more. ” ~ Patricia Walden


Practicing yoga regularly can be of great benefit to all but especially students. Besides increasing energy; enhancing functional fitness and improving strength and flexibility – yoga can enhance mental prowess………..

The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.” ~Amy Weintraub


What is Yoga?
After 15 years of teaching yoga and almost 40 years of practicing yoga I have come to the conclusion that yoga has a different meaning for different people.


Now that yoga is so popular there is a plethora of styles of yoga and this expands the meaning of yoga even more. Over the next months we will explore different styles of yoga and different concepts of yoga. 


RESPECT to Martha Cuffy: Way back when I still taught classes at the Dominica Legion Hall Martha came to my class and we had a chance to talk. She was off to India for a 2 year MA  in Yoga Psychology;  then had plans to spend more time in Dominica. I had the privilege of being on her mailing list over the next few years as she sent out emails keeping her friends informed as her training progressed. Martha has manifested her goals and is now here on island. She has already opened many peoples minds here to the psychology of yoga ………… nuff respect.



Yoga Links

YogaJournal.comMy favourite yoga magazine for over 20 years. At Rainbow Yoga Studio; each issue is read from cover to cover by many people many times. Great web site with poses and information galore and they offer a email newsletter of yoga.


(List your event at  Visit-Dominica.com



SHAPE  AGM Thursday, December 4, 5 pm, Alliance Francais, participate and build heritage.


Lionheart Sister – Saturday, December 6, 8:00 pm, Arawack House of Culture, A play about Mary Seacole, the Caribbean’s Florence Nightingale; and her travels all over the world; fund raiser for Nurses Federation.


Please join in the public consultation sessions reguarding the finalized adoption of the DOAM Organic Standards. There will be 4 sessions: Springfield Guest House; Saturday, December 6th, 3 pm; Laplain Agricultural Training School: Wednesday, December 10th, 9 am; Portsmouth Cruise Ship Berth: Thursday, December 11, 9 am; Roseau Prevo Cinemall: Tuesday, December 16, 9 am