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Yoga teacher, practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2003, writer/translator, global soul, world traveller (and sometimes beyond), passionate about eastern philosophy and western psychology, especially its application in mind-body practices such as yoga and somatic movement therapy, deeply in love with life, knows that our greatest teacher lies within, also sometimes a total mess - it's part of the package!

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    Beetroot juice for boosting stamina

    Friday, August 6. 2010

    I've recently started running every morning. I know ... some readers out there might now say running and yoga are at the opposite end of the exercise spectrum, but the two need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, I found that while yoga teaches the cultivation of body wisdom, presence and deep intuition, running teaches us to challenge ourselves and overcome preconceived physical and mental personal limitations.

    Patience is no doubt one of the most important lessons I have learned from my morning struggles to get out of bed before sunrise - after all, until then, I was only used to rolling out of bed onto my yoga mat ... whereas now I am rolling out of bed into my running shoes (!) but more about that later, in another blog.

    Back to beetroot juice...

    To boost my stamina there's nothing better than a simple glass of beetroot juice. A glass early in the morning allows me to exercise for longer before tiring. It also lowers my blood pressure, boosting my heart's health.

    Besides this, my research shows that it is also an excellent source of anti-oxidants and is known to help lower cholesterol. But this is not all! Beetroot also contains the minerals magnesium and silica, both of which help to utilize calcium effectively and maintain healthy bones - very important for runners!

    For more info, see the beetroot juice report from the Queen Mary University of London.

    Or the findings in the Journal of Applied Physiology from the University of Exeter.

    My mom was right: Eat your beetroot and do not spit!
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