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4 Yoga Poses for Better Sleep

April 3rd, 2018

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Statistics show that at least 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. If the sleep pills and other forms of medication aren’t doing you any favors, then you need to turn your head and seek alternative solutions. One of the best ways you can use to deal with your sleep problems is by incorporating a few yoga poses in your sleep ritual. Yoga has numerous meditative elements that can help you deal with your daily stress. The good thing is that yoga doesn’t always have to be vigorous and time-consuming. A few poses in your Foster City apartments can go a long way in making you feel better. Here are some yoga poses for better sleep.

The Rock-a-Bye Ball Roll

This move will take you between seven and eight minutes. Lie flat, facing upwards, and bring your knees closer to your chest. Next, cross your leg ankles, and then slowly wrap both your hands around your shins while clinching them. Breathe in, and raise your whole body to the sitting position, breathe out and roll back. Repeat this for one minute, then roll back, extend your legs and arms and drift to a comfortable sleep.

The Child’s Pose

To perform the child’s pose, drop your hips back to your heels and move your chest between your thighs. Make sure that your toes are touching each other while your knees should be as wide as possible to ease your posture and make you comfortable, allowing you to breathe deeply. Rest your forehead on the ground or couch, and stretch your hands out in front of you. Roll your forehead from one side to the other on the ground to give yourself a face massage. Do this for about five minutes before you go to bed.

Fire Log Pose

This is another simple yoga pose that you can perform in your apartments in California. Start by extending your left leg straight out, then slowly bend your knee to a 90-degree angle. Slowly flex your right foot, and slowly place it on top of your left knee, such that your right shin stays stacked on top of your left. You should move your left foot closer to your pelvis if you feel some pain in your hip joint. Move your head forward as you breathe out, while slowly increasing the hip stretch. Stay in this position for about one minute and repeat the same on the other side.

Supine Spinal Twist

This is an incredible yoga move if your tummy problems have been denying you sleep. Roll both of your knees towards the left side of your body while pulling down your right shoulder towards the ground. Now turn your head to the right and press down your knees with your left hand. Stay in this position and count up to six breaths, and repeat the sequence on the right side of your body.

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3 Green Smoothies for St. Paddy’s Day

March 2nd, 2017

Green SmoothieLooking to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a green beverage but just can’t stomach the thought of downing a glass of green beer? Consider a smoothie instead. Instead of feeling hung over the morning after the festivities, you’ll be revitalized and refreshed from the nutritional goodness smoothies provide. Following are just three of the many great green smoothies residents of apartments in Foster City can make to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Simple Green Smoothie

This one’s a quick and easy way to get a delicious and nutritious smoothie without a lot of steps. Simply grab two cups of greens, place them in the blender with the same amount of water, and blend until they’ve reached the preferred consistency. If you like your smoothies sweet, add a bit of honey to mix, or if your tastes run in the other direction, tart it up with lemon. You can also experiment with using different fruit juices instead of water until you find the flavor profile that fits you perfectly. If it turns out too thin, you can fix that up by adding a few pieces of ice at a time until it’s the way you want it.

Spinach Smoothie With Apple and Avocado

If you like your smoothies on the creamy side but don’t do dairy, this spinach smoothie with apple and avocado is for you. The apples sweetens the pot, but you could also stray from the beaten path by switching it out for a pear or a peach. If the fruit doesn’t make it sweet enough for you, spoon in some wildflower honey and sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon. You can also opt for kale instead of spinach here, but keep in mind that kale often has a bitter bite that you don’t get with spinach.

Mustard Greens With Pineapple, Coconut Milk, and Banana

Give your St. Paddy’s Day smoothie a taste of the tropics by combining mustard greens with pineapple, banana and coconut milk. For a delicious twist, blend in a small amount of ground ginger, but be careful that you don’t add too much — a little bit of ginger goes a long way. You can also substitute collard greens for mustard or use mixed greens.

The above recipes can all be tweaked to accommodate individual needs and preferences. For instance, almond and other nut milks can be used in the place of coconut milk or even water for a different type of taste sensation. If you’re looking for an amazing kitchen to whip up all these smoothies in, give us a call today.

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Finding Your Zen: 3 Ways to Destress Naturally For a Better Life

May 19th, 2016

Study after study proves that stress is bad for us. From raising blood pressure to causing ulcers, too much stress can have serious consequences. But how can you destress naturally to regain your health and start enjoying life again? Here are three great options to consider.

3 Ways to Destress Naturally For a Better Life

  1. Take in a Zen garden. Countless studies have found that getting out into nature helps quickly and effectively lower your perceived stress levels.  By combining this with the simple beauty of a Zen garden, you have an environment that is conductive to deep thoughts, introspection and real growth. Whether it’s participating in garden care, simple meditation or just enjoying the great outdoors, spending time in these beautiful gardens provide you with a wonderful, relaxing place to release your daily burdens.
  2. Become one with stillness. Whether it’s sticking to a regular bedtime or stopping to meditate and focus on what is upsetting you, taking time to simply be is vital to destressing your life. A busy life makes it easy to stay up just a little later in the interest of accomplishing all you set out to, but losing sleep is related to significant health concerns. Meditation gives you the opportunity for deep introspection and consideration of your problems, your stress triggers and potential solutions you may not have considered, giving you a solid sense of accomplishment. Set aside a few minutes a day to simply listen to yourself and your own thoughts.
  3. Give yourself space. When your schedule doesn’t have any margin of error or you’re in a situation where you can’t back off to discover what’s stressing you out, stress becomes a way of life. In our busy lives today, it’s almost a competition to be busier than other people. We rush around trying to accomplish so much that we miss the really important things in life and don’t have time to think about where we are in our lives and how to make meaningful change that will improve our individual situations.

By removing stress, you can get more enjoyment out of life while enjoying better health. If you want to keep stress down in your life, there are few apartments in Foster City, California that do a better job than The Plaza’s luxury living. To see what relaxed luxury looks like, please contact us with any questions, for more information or to schedule an appointment to see our beautiful community.

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5 Undeniable Reasons You Need A Massage Today

April 1st, 2016

Stress is everywhere in our lives. We all have never-ending responsibilities and tasks that need to be completed throughout our day. In order to manage this daily stress, it’s a good idea  to take an occasional time out and get a professional massage. Some professional massage therapists will even come to you, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your apartment here at The Plaza. Massage may seem like an expensive luxury but it’s important to maintain both physical and mental optimal health. There are several significant health reasons to get a regular massage.

5 Important Reasons For A Massage

  1. Simple touch will improve your mental health by reducing your anxiety and create an overall feeling of well-being due to the release of the  “feel good ” neurotransmitters in your brain. So massage does make us happier!
  2. Having a massage done by a professional on a consistent basis will improve the quality of your sleep. Obviously, who wouldn’t want to sleep better at night?
  3. Massage has the potential to reduce headaches caused by tension and has a positive impact on your immune system in general. No one likes being sick; so any activity that will boost your immune system is paramount.
  4. Due to the daily wear and tear people place on their bodies at work, poor posture is a problem for many people, as well as tight muscles. A professional massage will improve a person’s posture and loosen those tight muscles.
  5. It’s good for the blood! Regular massage will lower your blood pressure, having a positive impact on your nervous system. Why is that important? One in four people die of a heart attack in the United States every year.

After Completing Your Massage

Once you’re finished with your massage, drink plenty of water. The water will help to flush any toxins which may have arisen during the massage and rehydrate yourself.  Consider focusing on your breathing for a few minutes, keeping yourself in a calm and meditative state for a little while longer. Once completed, continue with your day.You will feel refreshed and ready to handle any task that comes your way. Again, massage therapists can be found anywhere, there is even an app now to locate mobile therapists who will come to your apartment in Foster City. Make an appointment today!

 

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