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first_img3.  Of course, athletic performance is hindered when under stress, and meditating can help reduce the stress hormone cortisol. When less stressed your body and muscles can relax, oxygen can flow more smoothly, and you can optimize your skills.  Danielle Rottenberg has her Master’s in education and is a licensed massage therapist and Ayuvedic practicioner. She is co-Author of Activate Your Life Vol. 1 and 2, and founder of the Yoga Service Movement. Learn more at www.danielle-sangitawellness.com The sport I found most challenging and fell in love with immediately was tennis, and the first moment I picked up a racket at age 13, I knew this sport was the one. The feel of the clay courts under my feet and the sound of the ball hitting the sweet spot on the tennis racquet were sensations that mark my happy place. Playing top seed through high school, Division II and Division I tennis in college, I had found my passion. I thought nothing of training three hours a day on and off the courts, and I was filled with excitement every time I had a match. I pumped myself up like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky (cue the Rocky theme song) as he victoriously ran up those 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sports and athleticism can take you to new heights.  Happy meditating! I have played sports since I was five years old. I tumbled and flipped my way through gymnastics, played softball and track and field in high school, and I cheer-led in a bevy of sports. I love the idea of being an athlete and seeing how my body responds to physical challenges. Sports, in those developmental years, proved to be a great way to make long-lasting friendships, create team-building skills, develop discipline and focus, but it also taught me the importance of hard work, dedication, and concentration.  1. Meditation enhances your focus and concentration. Meditation can help athletes block out what may be going on around them or inside of them during a key moment. Eliminating distractions and meandering thoughts can make a huge difference in your performance. The beauty of meditation, even 10 minutes a day, can have great benefits. Working with your breath, sitting still in a comfortable seat and closing your eyes and ears from outside noise, can begin to calm the nervous system.  What I realized during those college years, however, was that the physical stamina, strength and sheer perseverance could only take you so far if you did not have the mental toughness to handle the competition. I can only speak of what I know, and with tennis, being in the limelight with spectators watching was a heck of a lot of pressure. Back in those days, there wasn’t as much attention being given to yoga and meditation. The ’80s and ’90s were very much the “no pain no gain” decades. It was about absolute will and pushing your physicality to new levels.  Learn yoga poses to help improve athletic performance HERE 2. Meditation can help improve sleep patterns. What happens if you don’t get proper amounts of sleep? Your body cannot self-correct and heal. Sleep is the time when your body is working the hardest to bring harmony and balance back to those aching muscles and strained ligaments. Without good deep sleep, those cells cannot restore and rejuvenate. With a good night’s sleep, you wake up happier. Sleep and meditation can also boost your immune system.  Another great option is to do a walking meditation. I have found this to be very effective before and after my activity of choice, but mind you, this walking is not for burning calories or for speed. This is a very slow-paced walk with intention on where your feet land on the earth with each step. While methodically walking, the focus should only be on breathing in and out through your nose. Do this for a few minutes, and then a few minutes more, and then a few minutes more!  Of course, meditation apps can also come in handy.  When I first started meditating, I found that it is difficult to sit for even 10 minutes with essentially nothing to do but “not think.” This can be frustrating and challenging at first, but don’t give up. A great way to ease into this concept and practice is to perhaps find an affirmation or a mantra that you can focus on along with your inhalations and exhalations. It can be something personal that you want to focus on or just a word that resonates with you.  Here are just a few reasons why meditation can help you achieve another level of your game: Now, as we have become more influenced by Eastern culture, we realize the importance of the combination of a physical and mental formula to succeed in competitive and non-competitive environments. Most times, our biggest obstacles come from what is going on inside of our heads…self-doubt, stress, negative talk, frustration, and lack of focus are just a few things that can throw off a personal-best race, climb, or ride. There is a lot of chatter that happens in our minds when we are trying to be in the zone:  groceries, to-do lists, weather, and what you’re having for dinner. Top athletes like Novak Djokovic, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant have added meditation and yoga to their training to help with stress, anxiety, and performance.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo October 07, 2010 It appears that the Sendero Luminoso group was destroyed, but such is not the case, that light is still lit, the membership of this group multiplies in the hearts of the revolutionaries and one day will reappear. A soldier and a member of the Maoist group Shining Path died in a clash in central Peru, the Armed Forces Joint Command announced Wednesday. As a result of the confrontation, “an unidentified narcoterrorist, who was carrying an AKM rifle and was one of the commanders of the column, was killed,” according to a military statement that indicated that Army Capt. Illich Montesinos also died. The military authorities use the term “narcoterrorist” to identify members of the Shining Path remnant groups that maintain an alliance with gangs of drug traffickers. The confrontation took place Tuesday in the Rondayacu Gorge, an Andean area of the Junín region. Several of the subversives are believed to have been wounded, in light of traces of blood and other evidence found by military personnel, for which reason military operations are continuing, the document indicated. The area where the clash took place, which is under a state of emergency and controlled by the armed forces due to the presence of Shining Path remnants, is a coca-producing area where drug traffickers operate. Shining Path, which was defeated in the mid-1990s, began an internal war in 1980 that ended after two decades with a toll of 70,000 dead and missing, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With their chief leaders captured, only isolated groups currently exist in the central and southeastern Peruvian jungle, and according to the government, they do not represent a danger to the country’s security.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Well, maybe SECOND coolest couple, amirite Eve?Anyway, one of Jay Leno’s silly skits took a turn for the awesome, as this Cali couple shines in the unexpected spotlight.And the best part…last_img

first_imgOfficials in Marion County have arrested a 64-year-old man who reportedly housed a 13-year-old boy for sex trafficking.Frank Calabria was arrested earlier this week after an investigation found he “hired” a 13-year-old boy for sexual deeds after giving him a place to stay.Detectives also found that Calabria provided the minor with drugs such as Xanax and eventually asked for sexual activity in return.Calabria was previously arrested last month after he brought minors to his room and supplied them with drugs.He now faces additional charges of Human Trafficking, sexual battery, Attempted sexual battery and Lewd and Lascivious battery.last_img read more

first_imgAnes Haurdić, football player who’s currently playing for Czech team Jablonec is coming to FC Sarajevo.Haurdić will probably end the contract with Jablonec and sign a new one with FC Sarajevo.He was born in 1990, right midfielder player, and according to Transfermarkt, his price is 250 000 EUR. Haurdić went to youth school of FC Sarajevo.last_img

first_imgShare21TweetShare4Email25 Shares August 20, 2015; Center for Budget and Policy PrioritiesMany of your younger colleagues might shrug at the mention of a program called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), but that was the formal name for “welfare” support for families. Nineteen years ago, the federal welfare reform legislation of 1996 that came out of the Republican Congress led by Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Democratic White House under President Bill Clinton replaced AFDC with Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).Like much of social policy caught in the scrum between the White House and a gridlocked Congress, TANF hasn’t been formally gone through a full reauthorization since 2005. Rather, it has chugged or stumbled along on with short-term extensions since 2010.The two nonprofit sources of essential information on TANF—its problems, prospects, and current status in Congress—are the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Writing for CBPP, Liz Schott calls on Congress to make some improvements in TANF because the program “serves few poor families with children and hasn’t provided an effective safety net that could give poor children an opportunity to succeed in school and life.”The notion behind the welfare reform transformation from AFDC to TANF was supposed to be a focus on work, but Schott points out that “in reality, states invest few TANF funds in preparing parents for work or helping them obtain good jobs. State efforts related to work activities often focus on documenting and measuring participation in a limited set of activities—those that often are a mismatch for the skills employers need and the training and education that could help TANF families most.”Schott’s several recommendations for TANF reform include:“Shift the focus from engaging recipients in activities to improving employment outcomes.” By this, Schott is referring to the generation and use of measures that look at whether TANF recipients participate in activities that help them get and keep jobs, not simply whether they are simply engaged in a requisite number of hours in employment-related activities.“Put basic education and skills training on par with other work activities.” Schott observes that “many TANF recipients lack basic skills and education to compete in today’s labor market”—that is, the skills that employers need. She indicates that the current TANF work participation rate measure “discourages states from allowing and supporting successful participation in basic education or skills training programs.”“Support alternate pathways to work for individuals with the greatest barriers.” By this, Schott is recognizing that “many TANF recipients face significant barriers to employment, including mental and physical health issues that limit their employment prospects,” but there is little in TANF that addresses their personal or family issues.“Redirect staffing resources from documenting participation to helping parents be successful at work.” Too much of TANF is focused on complex and confusing work and verification requirements when TANF recipients and TANF staff would find their time better spent “providing real assistance to families seeking to move from welfare to work.”“Shift incentives from reducing caseloads to providing access to TANF to ensure opportunity for all.” In the current political environment, it seems that politicians and program administrators like to show reduced caseloads, even if it means pushing people off the TANF rolls, rather than demonstrate success in helping TANF recipients deal with the hardship of poverty. Schott notes that in 2013, the ratio of families in poverty receiving TANF cash benefits was just 26 for every 100 compared to 68 out of every 100 poor families in 2006, and in 10 states, fewer than 10 out of every 100 poor families receives TANF cash assistance. She argues that Congress shouldn’t simply reward states for reducing TANF caseloads no matter how they do it.“Target state and federal TANF funding to core welfare reform purposes.” Schott argues that “core welfare reform” areas such as support for child care and other work supports and basic assistance account for less than half of federal and state TANF assistance and only 25 percent or less of TANF expenditures in eight states. She suggests a 50 percent minimum floor requirement on TANF expenditures on theses core welfare purposes.This CBPP analysis has significant areas of overlap with the testimony from Elizabeth Lower-Basch of CLASP submitted to the Ways and Means Committee on TANF reauthorization. Much of what Schott recommended actually reflects her analysis, shared by Lower-Basch, that TANF should be brought into better alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Lower-Basch also recommends other improvements to better connect TANF with other programs, specifically the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBC). Her testimony includes concern with states’ efforts (and Congressional endorsement) for caseload reduction aimed at reducing cash assistance caseloads regardless of need and other incentives that do not lead to programs that are more effective in helping TANF recipients deal with and overcome financial hardships.Congress will be debating the elements of the TANF reauthorization when it returns from its August recess after Labor Day. Changing the rules and regulations of TANF may be important, especially with the inclusion as members of Congress seem to support, with more focus on crafting individual opportunity plans for TANF recipients. However, as Charles Lewis of the Congressional Research Institute on Social Work and Policy notes, “the basic (TANF) block grant—set at $16.5 billion since 1996 has not been increased and as a result has lost one-third of its value due to inflation.” In the hands of a budget-cutting, Republican-led Congress, TANF needs more than changes in measures and procedures, and nonprofits concerned about low-income families have to make sure their voices are heard.—Rick CohenShare21TweetShare4Email25 Shareslast_img read more