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Thursday, January 28, 2016

National Yoga-Recess Day

Friday, February 26, 2016.

  • Yes, we need a national awareness day to focus on the benefits of yoga for kids and youth.
  • Yes, movement, breath and stretching have tremendous benefits for kids and youth starting with physical fitness, mental clarity and focus (guaranteeing better grades ...).
  • Yes, Friday, February 26 hundreds of school teachers will integrate yoga-type exercises into their daily teaching schedule.
  • Yes, yogis, parents and organizations nationwide will support Yoga-Recess-Day and help create awareness.
  • Yes, school teachers are ready to help their kids be healthier and fitter using yoga movements, breathing exercises and stretching.

What now? Get involved!

    International Kids Yoga Day on April 8, 2016 from 11am to 12pm

    100+ official ambassadors, plus countless others who are following along at home, will lead students through a 5 minute yoga routine at schools, homes, yoga studios, and child care organizations throughout the world.

    Our Mission:

    To raise awareness and ignite a passion for fitness and yoga for as many children as possible. Let’s inspire the next generation to love yoga and/or fitness as much as we do. Think about it - on the same day, at the same time, people will take part in something bigger and will be doing yoga all over the world, together. Pretty special!

    To participate in Kids' Yoga Day, please sign up at:

    Kids' Yoga Day is looking for Official Ambassadors. If you are interested in more information and to apply, visit:

    Or, if a business or organization you know may be interested in being a sponsor for Kids' Yoga Day, thus not only gaining lots of great visibility but also helping kids all over the world.
Ingrid Cheng
Let's Move West L.A

Monday, January 18, 2016

Reduce Back Pain with Yoga

According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is most commonly linked to diseases like arthritis or osteoporosis, or through muscle or ligament strains, bulging or ruptured disks from heavy lifting or awkward movements, including sports injuries. These factors are exacerbated by poor physical conditioning (sitting too long), poor nutrition, smoking, obesity an even psychological events like depression and anxiety. Back pain is also linked to skeletal irregularities that may have existed since birth or that formed over time.

Researchers found that ongoing exercise is required to be effective as a prevention against future lower back pain.

Exercise does not have to be extended periods of high impact, aerobic activities. Your back will thank you if you incorporate low impact exercise that supports biomechanically-correct movement and stretching, as well as proper breathing. Yoga is an effective means to prevent back pain and can be practiced in the privacy of your own home or in a social setting if you prefer to exercise in groups. Check out yoga for lower back pain to learn more about the value of this activity. And if your professional or personal life involves sitting for prolonged periods of time, you may want to read, yoga for people who sit.

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P.S - Most of our society is sedentary so if you haven't tried yoga, do so. There are many affordable or free yoga classes in Los Angeles. Find a class that you like with a teacher who focuses on form and breathing. Honor your body and do what you can.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Beyond Yoga

Visit eLOVate Vegan Kitchen in Santa Monica and tell them you support YOGA GIVES BACK when placing your order...eLOVate will donate a portion of the sales to YGB & they will treat you to their famous coconut magic bar!!*one magic bar per person w/ purchase of meal. Now through Sunday January 17

Yoga Gives Back is a 501(c)3 non-profit started in 2007 with a mission to mobilize the global yoga community to empower women and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods. In 2010, YGB developed "Sister Aid" to directly fund programs for education and the economic empowerment of girls and women in India. Since then, it has been able to double the number of fund recipients every year, now reaching nearly 700. YGB FILMS just released its brand new film "Gold in Hand", about YGB's new program a five-year "SHE" Scholarship for Higher Education. YGB funds nearly 100 teen students so that they can finish high school education and aim for college degree.

Ingrid Cheng

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year

2/8/2016 Is the start of the Year of Monkey

I intend to keep fit and healthy by exercising every day.

On the first day of New Year, I walked my dog and did some yoga.

On the second day, I did pilates @ Love for Pilates
On the third day, I stretched and relaxed with yoga

I've been keeping an Active Lifestyle Activity log that also helps me improve my eating habits

I know many people with excuses for why they don't exercise, but I will just quietly do what I love. Yoga and pilates make me feel and look good. I tell people to just try it because many of them have preconcieved notions.

Join me on this challenge for the year, it's never too late.

Ingrid Cheng