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Think of Yourself, Too!

By Lisa Cardoso

At Hip New Jersey, we understand that life is hectic! Balancing school, work, internships and most importantly ‘you time’ can be quite the juggling act. Often, we leave ourselves on the last line of our To-Do lists. Getting your work done to the best of your abilities relies on taking care of yourself. Having an all-work-no-play lifestyle can catch up to you and cause you to crash, something we cannot afford.

First off, I’m going to explain that having ‘me time’ is strongly necessary. If you’re giving all of your time to everyone and everything else, you’re going to forget to keep yourself healthy. Taking an hour (or two if possible) to be with yourself everyday, maybe taking a bath, a nap, or taking moment to sit, helps you collect yourself and thoughts. Our minds are constantly being filled with information. Having time to gather your thoughts and process the information will result in a calmer attitude towards your responsibilities.

New Jersey’s lifestyle is fast-paced and everything you’re doing today needed to be done yesterday. Saying no is an effective way to take care of your physical and mental health. Taking on too many tasks will clutter your life and will wipe you out. We’re not saying to say no to important tasks that could get you fired or hamper your grades, we’re saying that you don’t have to do everything you’re asked to. You still have to complete all of your school assignments and complete your work obligations, but any extras are not necessary. You are the most important person in your life and you come first.

Ways to relax yourself can be to take a bath. Baths are all the rage now with bath bombs that change the color, smell, and feel to your experience. Baths are not only for girls! Boys need to take this into consideration. Your body will thank you. The warm water will relax your tense muscles. Taking that time to sit with your eyes closed and your mind clear can help you feel like a new you!

Another way to relax is taking up yoga! New Jersey has hundreds of yoga studios and classes. Yoga is great for your body and increases bone health and blood flow. If you are sitting for long periods of time, spine stretches can help reduce the pain you may feel. Focusing on your health on the inside will produce energy and provide you with a happier day on the outside.

Take time to do the things you love! It could be anything. Doing things that make you, you and allowing yourself to feel joy is another way to be stress-free. Any hobbies you have shouldn’t get pushed into the dark. Doing the things you love regularly will lead to a happier way of life.

Some of us often forget to go to bed early and wake up at the same time everyday. Going to bed early is major when you have a busy day ahead of you. Being well rested will help you complete your day with minimal coffee breaks. A sleep schedule helps our body know when it’s time to go to sleep and when it’s time to wake up.

You’re your own best friend and no one is going to take care of you better than you can take care of yourself. Putting ourselves last on our To-Do lists is not a healthy way of life. If we can’t perform as our best self, then our performances are worthless. Remember that you are just as important as your job, your school and your internship!

Dr. Urvashi Puri

#HipNJ Welcomes Dr. Urvashi Puri From India

Hip New Jersey is honored to welcome Dr. Urvashi Puri from New Delhi, India for a special weekend of events at Pure Barre Florham Park. Dr. Puri is a Reiki teaching master, nutritionist, and yoga teacher who shares her knowledge all over the world!

Dr. Urvashi Puri

On Saturday, October 22nd at noon, Dr. Puri will be hosting a special discussion for growing families. This private discussion will uncover topics such as:

-Gifts of Pregnancy
-Nourishing your baby through your inner pharmacy
-Your experiences, emotions and feelings
-Emotional clearance & conscious listening
-Weathering the changes
-Understanding your experience in meditation
-Fatherhood fundamentals
-Healing the world, one child at a time
-And More!

Tickets are $50 can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Dr. Urvashi Puri

On Sunday, October 23rd at 1pm, Dr. Earn your Reiki Level 1 Certification with this special intensive workshop! In this eight hour course you will learn:

-4 attunements to start the flow of Reiki energy
-How to “tune-in” to Reiki
-Reiki’s history and the philosophy behind Reiki
-What is healing?
-See, feel, and work with Auras
-The Chakra balancing
-Energy cleansing techniques
-The 21-day clearing process
-The 27 hand positions
-How to conduct a Reiki self treatment
-How to give a Reiki treatment to others
-Reading the problem
-Simple steps to meditate
-Reiki and me
-The Reiki Principles
-Using Reiki in daily life
-Using Reiki at work
-Reiki FAQs
-As part of the course, you will receive
-Detailed course manual
-21 days support with distance healing
-And more!

Course sizes are limited to 15 people. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

If you have further questions about these two exciting events, call #HipNJ at 973-521-7159. For more on Dr. Puri, visit her website!

national yoga day

#HipNJ Celebrates National Yoga Day!

June 21st marks National Yoga Day! Here are some calming and simple yoga moves that can be done right from the office, as perfected by Robin Rose, a northern New Jersey-based (RYT 200) yoga teacher.

1. Cat and Cow
cat(catandcow)cow(catandcow)Start by placing your hands on your knees, and extend your spine. Open your chest and pull your shoulder blades back. Breathe in and look up. As you exhale, pull your belly button up and then roll your shoulders forward and exhale.








2. Seated Twist
seatedtwistPlace your left hand on your right knee, sweeping your right arm around to the back of your chair. Allow your gaze to follow your right arm, looking over your right shoulder. Make sure to keep both sitting-bones firmly on the chair. Repeat on the other side.

3. Seated Side Strech
sidestretchFor this simple pose, reach your arms above your ears. Inhale. As you exhale, lean to the right. On your inhale, come back to center. On your next exhale, lean to the left.



4. Eagle Pose
EagleBegin in mountain pose, standing firmly on the ground. Wrap your right arm under your left arm and touch the palms of your hands together. Lift the right leg over the left leg and hook your right foot behind the left ankle. This is a balancing pose. Repeat on the other side.

5. Standing Back Bend
standingbackbendBegin in mountain pose. Place your palms on your lower back for support. Press into the feet, pull up the knee caps, and squeeze the thighs and buttocks. Press the hips forward and begin to arch the torso backwards. Keep the head looking forward, or if it feels safe let it drop all the way back. Use the arms to support your weight and keep the legs and buttocks engaged and strong.