5 Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Life

Go Yoga Asheville NC

We stopped over at GoYoga in Biltmore Park Town Square in south Asheville recently. While talking to Carrie, we asked about some of the wonderful benefits of yoga. She sent these reasons over to us. If you have any more, or if you have a story about how yoga has helped your personally; please comment about it below.

  1. Physical.  Yoga stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps you to stay balanced physically.
  2. Breath.  Yoga reminds you how important it is to breathe.   Intentionally breathing deeply and with movement, helps your body relax and restores oxygen to your muscles.
  3. Detoxing.  Yoga, especially with the heat, detoxes your body from harm chemical, germs and pollutants that end up in our system.  Flu season is looming and yoga will decrease your changes of catching the flu.
  4. Stress Relief. After a hard day at the office or a stressful morning getting the kids to school, yoga helps to relieve the stress that builds up in our daily lives.  You will also find yourself able to handle stress outside of the studio by breathing and calming yourself with the methods of yoga.
  5. Community.  At Go Yoga at Biltmore Park, our supportive commmunity promotes interaction among our students, so we deepen our circle of friends.  We, also, will reach out to the community for events, fundraisers and fun!

The Asheville Doctor Is In: Top 10 Medical Tips

doctor george ibrahim asheville

Aren’t you tired of lists? I am. But sometimes we all need one to remind us how to stay on track so that we live the 100 years available to us today! In no particular order, unless noted, are what current physicians are suggesting are the top ten medical tips that anyone can do:

1. Get a good night’s sleep! How easy is this? It’s free! Getting a good night’s sleep is probably the number one best tip you can do for yourself. A rested person is more active the next day, leading to better weight control, stress, and productivity. The results cannot be overstated.

2. Do you really need to eat that? Ask yourself this whenever you are holding that biggie fry box or 3rd donut? Really? Portion control is key. Don’t deprive yourself; you don’t need a nutritionist to tell you that 6 slices of pizza are probably more than you need!

3. Exercise. You know this! There are maybe two buildings in Buncombe County where you may need the elevator! The rest you can take the stairs. And please, taking the elevator down two flights! Walk, step, climb, do these little things daily, they add up!

4. See your healthcare provider regularly. You get your car serviced so as not to spend $$$ on repairs, right. Treat your body the same. Blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer screenings, etc. save lives. You take your pet to the vet for these things; take yourself to your physician so you are around to take care of that family.

5. Sun. Yeah, it is fun, but deadly. There is no such thing as a “healthy” tan. And we are too far north for the sun to do much for us as far as Vitamin D, you need diet and supplements for that.

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6. Stress. Do you really need to be checking work emails all day long? Are you getting paid for that? Whatever the cause, find a way to isolate what it is that stresses you, deal with it best you can, then leave it till tomorrow!

7. Smoking. Duh.

8. Drinking, in moderation.

9. Seatbelts. Always, before backing out of the driveway. I’ve been over Sunset Mountain 40 yards from home, wasn’t pretty hanging upside down, thank goodness for the belt.

10. Internal health. Make sure you are optimized from a weight, exercise, nutritional, and hormonal perspective. Your hormones play an essential role, and today we have real human enhancements. Be sure your tank is full and optimal.

You can find out more about Dr. George Ibrahim and the team on the Asheville Health Span MD Website.


asheville sleep therapy

Asheville is not a twenty-four hour city as of yet. It was kind of weird moving from the “City That Never Sleeps” to a place where crickets take over the night. Back in the days of the Beastie Boys, they had a popular song called “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and it is a restless piece of music to say the least. Not something you want to fall asleep to. One of the reasons that we moved from New York City to the Asheville NC area is because we needed some rest, an escape from the noise, maybe even a little sleep. And all of these have been met.

But there are still folks all around Western North Carolina who cannot get their much needed and deserved rest. There are many sleeping disorders including snoring, bad breathing techniques etc. Janet Bennett owns Asheville Speech Associates on Haywood Road. For the past 10 years, she has been treating snoring with a program she developed called IJustWantToSleep. It has a 94% success rate with stopping snoring and has been shown to help other things associated with not sleeping well. She’s had sleep studies completed and an official study to show these great results.

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It’s a 7-week program of tongue exercises. For the first time, she is starting to hold “Stop Snoring Seminars” where she trains the audience how to complete the program. They leave with the book of exercises, a DVD of the exercises, and her patented Tongue Stick that can help re-shape the tongue. If they don’t want to go to a seminar, they can still purchase the online program (book and videos are online) and be just as effective. They have tons of testimonials on the website and have sold over 1,000 programs.
Are you sleepless in Asheville? Our very own snoring expert! Asheville resident, author Janet Bennett of IJustWantToSleep® discovered a breakthrough treatment to stop snoring. The discovery happened right here in Asheville and now Janet is bringing it to the public via local seminars on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (One Resort Drive). 
Anyone can register to attend by going to their website  – IJustWantToSleep.com or call (828) 708-7035. This is a non-invasive process with no medications or expensive equipment. The cost for the 7-week program is only $129.00 … that’s less than $20.00 per week … 94% success rate. Register now as seating is limited.
You can see the “IJustWantToSleep” Video on Vimeo. AskAsheville readers can get 10% off the upcoming seminars or the online program by using the coupon code “askavl”. And hey, it has a 60-day money-back guarantee!