Meditation Notes #4: Zafu and Realities

April 3, 2019 I asked my sister to buy me a zafu for my birthday last year. The reason being that despite regularly exercising my core, I found difficulty sitting in meditation positions for more than five minutes at a time. Getting that pillow was one of my best decisions last year. The buckwheat filling…

On Doing What’s Best for Us

January 7, 2019 Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Saturnalia, Yule, or any of the many winter festivities, I hope you had a lovely time as we entered the new year. The topic of today’s article has been on my mind for some time, and I’m glad to finally write it…

Discussing “Body Positivity” (Again)

October 1, 2018 My plan is to keep this one short and sweet. Some of you may be aware of an obese model named Tess Holliday, who was recently featured on the cover of Cosmo magazine. I mention her obesity because that’s her selling-point as a self-proclaimed “fat activist.” While I’ve never been a fan…

Run Lift Breathe’s Anti-Illness Checklist

October 21, 2018 As autumn settles in and the air grows colder, I’ve noticed quite a few people around me exhibiting cold symptoms. I was surprised to see people already feeling under the weather, and was under the impression that they were not taking care of themselves. Because the college environment can be physically and…

Why Exercise?

August 28, 2018 This seems like a silly question to ask. But I found myself thinking about it a few days ago following a workout. The exercise wasn’t particularly brutal, but it was challenging and left me with a post exercise high. During those highs, I tend to contemplate various topics related to myself, health,…

Why a Fitness-Oriented Lifestyle Must Prioritize Sleep

August 12, 2018 Americans have a sleep issue. Numerous factors such as addicting technology, blue-light emissions, and a culture of overworking has lead to the average American adult’s sleeping hours decreasing from around 9 hours in the early 1900s, to 6.8 in 2013. Given that it is 2018 as of me writing this article, I…

Meditation Notes #3: To Be Alive

July 23, 2018 Towards the end of the day, I stared out the dining room window while eating dinner. Recently, I decided to lean away from the habit of using my phone around the table. Using it steals my attention from my food, and I miss out on fully appreciating the wholesome experience of eating….

Tips for Eating Right during That Time of the Month

July 20, 2018 What you eat > how often you eat Some women experience increased appetite during their periods. While some can fight and overcome their desire to eat more, that is not the case for everyone. Ignoring the need to eat usually creates two outcomes. The first is feeling irritable and hungry, which impedes…

How I Accomplished my 2K18 New Year’s Resolution*

*Edit: May 16, 2018: turns out I lost 8 pounds, not 5! Weighed myself in the morning when I returned from university. May 1, 2018 I’m happy to report that I accomplished one of my New Year’s resolutions: I lost 5 pounds! At the beginning of the year, I weighed in at 159 pounds. Because…

How I Effectively Adjusted My Health Routine

February 19, 2018 This semester, I’m taking rather difficult classes. Because of this, I had to reduce the number of days and amount of time I spend exercising each week. Initially, I was upset due to my love of exercise. I was also worried that I would lose muscle mass and fall short of my…