Top Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is one of the most ancient forms of exercise meant for the body and the soul. Basically, yoga is an infusion of breathing exercise, meditation, and body relaxation. According to experts, maintaining regular yoga exercise can provide you with many mental and physical health benefits. Therefore, if you were wondering what kind of health gain you can get from yoga, then you are in the right place. The following are top benefits that are associated with yoga exercise:

Mother with little girl doing yoga indoors

Protects Your Heart

The human heart is one of the essential organs in the body. Fortunately, yoga exercise has been proven to prevent various heart conditions, including slow heart rate and high blood pressure. According to medical reports, high blood pressure is among the major causes of heart problems. Therefore, yoga helps you lead a healthy life free from chronic heart problems.

Eases Depression and Stress Disorders

Yoga is also a good natural mood stabilizer and antidepressant. The human body produces a stress hormone known as cortisol. When cortisol hormone is produced under varied circumstances, it makes one more stressed and depressed. According to research, however, doing yoga can help reduce the levels of cortisol, and increase the level of serotonin, the feel-good hormone. This thus improves your moods, happiness and eases mental disorders such as depression, anger, and many more.

Reduces Back Pain

If you are suffering from back pains, then you should think of having a yoga retreat. Since yoga increases flexibility and strength of the spine and muscles attached, it can prevent or manage various kinds of back pains. However, this benefit can only be realized if you practice specific stretches such as the cat-cow poses, cobra pose, and seated spinal twists. When done properly, these yoga stretches can easily reduce compression in the lower back hence minimizing pain.

Improves Breathing 

Breathing is an involuntary activity that allows your body to remove the unwanted carbon dioxide and let in oxygen. Practicing yoga techniques such as pranayama and yogic breathing is known to improve your breathing habits. This ensures that your lungs get sufficient oxygen. In addition, yoga also increases the vital capacity of the lungs. Therefore, its recommended for people suffering from lung diseases such as asthma.

Conclusion

Incorporating yoga exercise into your daily life can help bring several benefits. Therefore, if you want to remain healthy both physically and mentally, you can as well try adding yoga as your favorite exercise. Feel free to contact a professional trainer who will guide you towards achieving your fitness and health benefits goals.

How a Personalized Meal Plan Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals

Whether you want to lose weight or improve your diet, a personalized meal plan is a crucial way to reach your health goals. A well-planned meal should include nutrient-dense foods from all main food groups: proteins, vitamins, vegetables, fruits, and dairy. Rather than memorizing your diet rules and tracking your daily consumption, there are online platforms that make the meal plan an easy task. You can create a meal plan that works best with your personal goals with a personal macro coach. Their objective is to assess your metabolic rate and nutritional plans and educate you on maintaining your progress. Following a healthy meal plan has several benefits, and they are listed below.

Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is one of the significant causes of death in most countries. The dietary approach to minimize these deaths is eating lots of fruits and low-fat products, limiting drinks and foods containing added sugars, and minimizing sodium intake. Additionally, fiber helps boost blood cholesterol and lowers the risk of stroke, obesity, and heart disease. Reducing blood pressure also helps promote obesity and by limiting their salt intake.

Reduced Cancer Risk

Foods that contain antioxidants protect cells from damage which in turn helps minimize the risk of cancer. Foods rich in antioxidants include berries, pumpkins, carrots, and nuts. Also, a diet rich in fiber and fruits helps minimize the risk of cancer.

Increase the Health of the Rectum

Natural bacteria found in the rectum promote metabolism and digestion. Vitamin K and B are produced by bacteria types that are beneficial to the colon. Low-fiber, high-sugar diets harm the gut flora. This action leads to increased inflammation in the colon area. But foods rich in vegetables and fruits contain nutrients that help good bacteria to survive, that is, a mixture of prebiotics and probiotics.

Diabetes Management

A healthy diet helps prevent complications of diabetes, manage glucose levels, keep the blood pressure within range, and maintain a moderate weight. Diabetic people should limit their intake of foods with too much salt or sugar. The best diet for a diabetic person is fruits and vegetables, foods with a less glycemic index like brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, or wholegrain bread. Fiber is also present in such foods, a factor that helps with digestion.

No matter how you plan to modify your meal plan, ensure you think about your health in the long term. Furthermore, effective diet plans aren't simple, quick fixes. They're lifestyle changes that will help keep your body healthy and on track.

Can Your Psoas Muscle Cause Back Pain?

person touching lower back feeling muscle pain at the back.

Dealing with back pain is never an enjoyable experience. Ever minor back pain can create a large number of problems in your life or keep you from doing the things you once enjoyed, and major or chronic back pain can be downright debilitating. There is a wide variety of muscle, joint, bone, and other health issues that can lead to back pain, but today’s focus is on the psoas muscle and the role it can play.

What is the Psoas Muscle?

Located on the lower part of your spine and pelvis, the iliopsoas muscle group is responsible for helping you move and flex your hips. This group of muscles also works to help keep your hips and lower back stabilized when performing various activities and even when standing up and sitting down.

Unfortunately, the position of these muscles means that they can also be a major source of lower back pain. The biggest culprit is the psoas major muscle, which runs from your thoracic level 12 vertebrae down through your pelvis to your femur. This muscle is vital in flexing your hip and also aids in flexing the lower, lumbar portion of your spine.

The Link between the Psoas Muscle and Lower Back Pain

Most commonly, irritation of the psoas major muscle leads to hip and abdominal pain. However, it can also be a major source of back pain as it can pull on your lower back when the muscle is short and tightened. Essentially, this muscle can pull the lumbar portion of your spine forward causing a more pronounced curvature of your lower spine.

Everyone has a slight curve of their lower spine. However, this increased curve caused by the psoas muscle puts more pressure on the bones, muscles, and joints in your lower back, which can result in pain. In addition, a shortened psoas muscle may also pull your pelvis out of alignment and similarly lead to pain in the lower back and pelvis.

Managing and Treating Psoas-Related Back Pain

Back pain management and treatment start with diagnosing the specific cause of the problem. Unfortunately, the psoas muscle’s vital place on your lower back and pelvis means that it can often pull other areas out of alignment as well. Essentially, any muscle dysfunction can cause your body to compensate and thus lead to other alignment issues and mechanical changes in the body. As a result, it is necessary to not only deal with the original cause of the psoas muscle dysfunction but also any and all other changes that may have resulted from it.

Before self-diagnosing yourself, however, it may be a good idea to start with someone that specializes in back pain management. That way, you are able to get a clear understanding of what is causing the discomfort. For example, what you would do to manage a psoas issue may be completely different than how you would handle a disc alignment issue. Not to mention the additional damage you risk causing by trying to self-treat a psoas issue when it is actually a herniated disk. In addition, if it is psoas-related, it is likely that other muscles or joints need attention as well. A specialist may be able to help support you as a whole instead of one part at a time.

Psoas Releas and Exercises

There are professionals that are trained for what is called a Psoas-release, which is when pressure is applied to certain parts of the psoas and has been reported to relieve some of the pain caused by the psoas. However, this can be very uncomfortable and expensive. Before considering a psoas release, make sure that you have done your research about who to go to and ensure that they have the experience to diagnose psoas issues, not just completing a release.

The number one thing you can do on your own and while at home is stretching. Many hip opening stretches can be beneficial at extending your psoas muscle. One of the most common exercises is by kneeling in a lung position and rocking your body forward while maintaining your back leg position.

Many people who have psoas issues also tend to have weaker glutes or weaker lower back muscles. Because of this weakness, the strength of the psoas can pull the muscles more. By building your glute and lower back muscles, you can help support and keep your psoas in place. Common strength building exercises for the glutes and lower back is a glute bridge. This is where you lie on your back with your knees in the air and your feet close to your glutes. While keeping your head and shoulders on the ground, you raise your pelvis as high as you can and then lower it back down again.

Back pain can be caused by a huge number of different issues. Whether it be the psoas muscle or something else, it is vital that you consult with a physician in order to understand the specific underlying issues that are causing you to experience pain. Only through this will you be able to come up with a proper plan to help you manage, treat or eliminate your back pain altogether.

Prepare Your Heart for the Joys of the Season With Daily Advent and Christmas Devotions

Cleveland, OH, October 15, 2021  As one of our holiest, and busiest, times of year fast approaches, it’s natural to get caught up in the tasks of the season — shopping, crafting, baking, decorating and perhaps traveling. You can bring more meaning and clarity to all of your holiday experiences by spending just a few minutes each day in peaceful reflection. 

Father Dr. Maurice Emelu offers readers a daily, prayerful walk with God’s Word in his new, seven-volume series, An Encounter: A Daily Discovery in Divine Word. In Volume One, Fr. Emelu offers insights and Bible verses to accompany the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

“I wrote most of these reflections before the blessed Sacrament. In the presence of the Lord, I found the serenity and peace of soul that inspired more profound, prayerful sentiments within me,” Fr. Emelu said. “I then began to dialogue with God’s words.”

Drawing upon his West African roots, Catholic spirituality as well as his many years of pastoral ministry, Fr. Emelu combines the story-telling culture of Africa with a Western worldview to offer a unique perspective on faith-life and what it means to grow closer to the Lord. He communicates his sentiments and ideas in compelling, relatable ways and applies them to today’s realities. Each passage aims to heal, inspire, teach and encourage through the power of God’s Word.

The next two volumes in Fr. Emelu’s An Encounter series focus on messages for the seasons of Lent and Easter. The topics of future volumes will be announced soon.

An Encounter is suitable for both personal and group faith sharing — for anyone seeking a daily walk with God. It would be the perfect gift for your pastor or loved one. 

“Alone with God, the soul hears words that the noisy world often silences,” he said. “Call them a boost for the day or a spiritual companion for everyday life. They are empowering words meant to accompany readers on their own journey of life as they continue to discover the gentle Word of God.”

About the Author

Father Maurice Nkem Emelu, Ph.D., is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria, and the founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, Inc., a global ministry for cross-cultural Catholic evangelization and works of charity. He is an Assistant Professor of digital media and Communication at John Carroll University in the United States. The author of seven books, and over 700 blogs and professional articles, he provides robust cross-cultural educational programs through digital media. He is the host of EWTN’s The Faith with Father Maurice and the host/executive producer of Word for a Wounded World teaching series, plus numerous other television and radio works in the global Catholic network. He holds a Ph.D. from Liverpool Hope University, UK, focusing on digital storytelling, media aesthetics and theology, among other academic degrees. An encounter with the Lord when he was 14 changed him in fundamental ways, and today he describes himself as “passionately in love with God and His body, the Church.” 

For more information, please visit www.revemelu.com, or follow the author on Instagram (@mauriceemelu), Twitter (@revemelu), YouTube (Fr. Maurice Emelu) or Facebook (Fr. Maurice Emelu).

An Encounter: A Daily Discovery in Divine Word, Volume One: Advent and Christmas
Publisher: Bien LLC

ISBN-10: ‎0960109706

ISBN-13: ‎978-0960109708

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Celebrate Canada's National Shawarma Day Today with Osmow’s™ $5 Shawarmas

National Shawarma Day calls on carnivores and vegetarians alike to enjoy perfectly seasoned rotisserie-cooked chicken or crisp-fried falafels at one of 120 Osmow’s™ locations across Canada at prices last seen in 2001, the year Osmow’s launched.

Toronto, ON, Oct. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canada’s most popular Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fast, fresh eatery, Osmow’s™ is inviting Canadians to celebrate the second annual National Shawarma Day on October 15  in honour of the historic Middle Eastern street food. 

For just $5, Osmow's is offering its legendary Chicken Shawarma wrap or ROCKS™ at its original price, while vegetarians can take part in the day too with a Falafel Wrap or ROCKS™ for the same price.

Shawarma is a tender, fragrant, boldly spiced and marinated meat that slowly cooks as it rotates on a vertical skewer. At Osmow’s™, Shawarma is prepared a little differently. Once the marinated meat is delicately carved, it’s grilled to caramelized perfection and then served on ROCKS (rice), STIX (fries) or classically wrapped in a thin pita bread that’s then expertly grilled. Personalized with add-ons like fresh herbs and grilled vegetables, feta or house-made sauces means there are endless combinations of Shawarma meals bursting with delicious flavours.

A fan-favourite for a reason, be sure to add regular or NEW light and vegan garlic sauce! Only adventurous eaters dare to add Osmow’s™ Scorchin’ Hot Sauce!

“Last year, National Shawarma Day was a huge success!” says Osmow’s™ CEO & Head of Franchising Ben Osmow of the fast-growing Canadian QSR company. “We didn’t simply measure impact by the impressive number of national social posts and line-ups at our locations across the country. We also knew last year’s celebration was a hit because of rave reviews from both people who had never tried Shawarma before and Shawarma aficionados alike! Our National Shawarma Day made news across Canada and spread into the US. We are excited to build on this fun themed day.”

“When my parents opened the first Osmow’s in 2001 and started serving a dish they enjoyed since growing up in Egypt, no one could have imagined that we would be celebrating the official Canadian National Shawarma Day during our  company’s 20th anniversary year,” says Osmow’s™ President & CMO Bernadette Farag.

“The time for shawarma is now,” says Ben. “It’s clear that the popularity of Shawarma is on the rise, seen in our impressive growth over the past 20 years into 120 locations! Join us — and all Canadian restaurants serving Shawarma — in celebrating National Shawarma Day today.”

Osmow’s invites all other Mediterranean brands to celebrate October 15 as National Shawarma Day in Canada as this exciting flavourful food niche continues to grow, in the spirit of diversity and cultural exploration. To show your love for Shawarma, order yours today and tag photos, reels and videos with #NationalShawarmaDay, which will help spread word and support the fast, casual restaurant sector and local businesses. For more information about National Shawarma Day and Osmow’s™, visit osmows.com and follow @osmows on all popular social media channels.

About Osmow’s
Founded in 2001 by Sam Osmow, the first Osmow’s™ store was located in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada and remains a successful operation to this day. Over 20 years ago, as a recent immigrant to Canada, Sam saw an opportunity to bring his Egyptian roots to the Canadian landscape blending traditional Egyptian cuisine balanced with a North American palate. Filling a void in the current fast-casual culinary marketplace, Osmow’s flavourful dishes with signature sauces such as the fan-favourite garlic sauce keeps bringing customers back to satisfy their cravings. Osmow’s™ has grown to 120 locations and is expanding across Canada. Osmow’s™ invites all other Mediterranean brands to celebrate October 15 as National Shawarma Day in Canada as we continue to grow this exciting flavourful food niche, in the spirit of diversity and cultural exploration.

Board-Certified Washington, D.C Facial Plastic Dr. Michael Somenek breaks down the most dangerous Tik Tok beauty hacks that you should steer clear of.

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According to recent statistics, the viral app Tik Tok has reached over 1 billion monthly users. (Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/27/tiktok-reaches-1-billion-monthly-users.html) With several beauty trends going viral on a daily basis, it can be tempting to experiment with these DIY and less expensive solutions than in office cosmetic surgery visits. However, some of these hacks are at best ineffective or downright dangerous. 

Face-lifting patches

What is it?

‘Face-lifting patches’ are plastic adhesives used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles overnight. The purpose is to use tape to constrict the muscles in your face and limit their motion to minimize wrinkles. This is an overnight ritual that requires you to sleep with the tape on, keeping you from frowning or making any expressions during your sleep. Wearing it all night is also said to prevent creases caused by sleeping on your front or side. 

Why you should steer clear: 

Tape considered strong enough to stay in place throughout the night isn’t made to be safe on the skin and can cause redness, irritation, and acne breakouts. The adhesive has to be incredibly tight and therefore, uncomfortable to use for an extended time to hold the muscles still. There is even a risk of ripping off a layer of the skin as you pull off the piece of tape. This can cause a tear in the skin barrier, and the trauma could result in underlying pigmentation or leave you at risk for a bacterial infection that could potentially scar. In theory, these facial patches should work as they keep muscles in place while you sleep, not allowing them to wrinkle as you move throughout the night. However, they can have the complete opposite effect when it comes to reducing fine lines and wrinkles. When you tape your face to hold muscles still, you’re preventing them from working, while adding resistance. In doing so, you’re training your facial muscles to work harder and, in turn, become more powerful. As they get stronger, it accelerates the formation of those fine lines and wrinkles you were hoping to avoid. 

Pore Vacuuming

What is it?

This is an at-home device that is put out by various different companies. It gained traction during the pandemic when many people could not visit doctors for elective treatments. The goal of these tools is to extract dirt, debris, and sebum from the skin in order to reduce blackheads and pore congestion.

Why you should steer clear:

If you have seen videos, it is evident that users saw instant redness. If you don’t know how to set the device appropriately for your skin, putting the volume up to higher settings won’t necessarily remove more blackheads, but it could leave your skin looking as if you just got a hickey. Those with skin issues such as rosacea especially need to proceed with caution. The vacuum can exacerbate these conditions and cause untoward side effects like broken capillaries and bruising. This can even occur with those who simply have sensitive skin. Even if the device is effective, the pores will eventually re-fill again, and preventing this from occurring via this tool is too much wear and tear on the skin.

Sunscreen Contouring

What is it?

The original viral video has a resurgence this past summer. Model Eli Withrow posted a TikTok video where she has sunscreen applied on different parts of her face.  She states: “Haters will say it doesn’t work. I’m convinced that if you put a base sunscreen of SPF 30 on, and an SPF 90 on all the spots that you would put highlighter on, the sun will contour your face where you’d put bronzer, and you’ll be natural snatched all summer.” 

Why you should steer clear:

There is no way to predict how the sun tans various parts of your face. All areas of the face don’t get the same amount of sunlight. Attempting to control your sun ray exposure through mixing SPF levels is illogical.  Radiation bounces off sand, water, and cement hitting the face at different angles.  Not only might you not get the “J-LO glow, but you could also get patchy sunburns. While the idea is meant to use tan lines to contour the face, you are risking your skin from a cosmetic standpoint and health-wise in the form of skin cancer. This is not worth the quest for a temporary (at best) contour.

DIY Lip Filler

What is it?

Once again, another pandemic-fueled aesthetic trend. One way people attempt to do this at home is through at-home kits to inject their own lip filler through tools called Hyaluron pens. These use pressurized air to force filler into lips instead of needles which are used in a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist’s office.

Why you should steer clear:

The lips are filled with nerve endings and they swell and bruise very easily. More worrisome than that is improper injection can result in blocked blood flow. Non- physicians don’t have the skills to treat these complications before they lead to serious damage.  In addition, since this is not regulated by the FDA, you have no way of knowing what products you are putting into your lips. Even without a substance going into your lips, other methods that use suctioning tools to create a temporary bigger pout can be dangerous as well. 

About Our Client

Michael T. Somenek, MD

Board Certified Washington, DC  Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Somenek received an undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Miami and a medical degree at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He stayed on at this prestigious institution for 5 more years of postgraduate training in otolaryngology or the study of the head and neck. He then completed an intensive fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery under the tutelage of world-renowned facial plastic surgeons Dr. J. Regan Thomas (past president of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) and Dr. Dean Toriumi at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Somenek is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As an author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, and presentations at national meetings, he has contributed extensively in his field.

Dr. Somenek also performs a variety of minimally invasive procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. Surgical options include facial liposuction, the endoscopic brow lift, and the S Lift. These techniques require only very small incisions but can have a dramatic effect on a person’s appearance in the hands of a qualified surgeon with a trained aesthetic eye such as Dr. Somenek. Dr. Somenek’s intensive training in the complex structures of the face, head, and neck make him stand out among plastic surgeons in Washington, D.C. He is a trainer and teacher to other physicians across the country on all injectables and frequently sees patients that need an expert opinion. Even for less invasive procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, he can use his broad knowledge to administer precise treatments that exceed each patient’s expectations.

Focal Healthcare and CIMTEC Sign Licensing Agreement for a Suite of 3D Ultrasound AI-Based Technologies

The collaboration allows Focal Healthcare to develop a smart 3D ultrasound imaging platform for point of care use.

TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2021 /CNW/ - Focal Healthcare, known globally as a leading innovator of image-guided prostate cancer technology, is diversifying their product line by developing an AI-based 3D ultrasound imaging platform. Focal Healthcare has licensed patents from the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC) that will be used in 3D ultrasound-based point of care diagnostic and monitoring systems. The technology will be used at the patient's bedside to image joints, organs and blood vessels.

The product will offer advantages of being small, portable and affordable and conduct non-invasive and rapid 3D ultrasound imaging in any point of care setting. The system is enhanced with leading AI-driven organ-specific analysis targeted for a wide range of age-related chronic diseases. Some of the first applications to be commercialized include scanning carotid arteries to assess the risk for stroke, the thyroid and breast to determine whether detected nodules may be malignant, and even assessing and monitoring osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in the knee, wrist or other parts of the body.

"CIMTEC is very excited about the licensing agreement with Focal Healthcare as it will provide a vehicle for translation of its point of care innovation to the world. Focal Healthcare, with its capability to distribute imaging products globally, is well positioned to productize CIMTEC's point of care systems and integrate them into health care systems," said Aaron Fenster (PhD, O Ont, FCAHS), CEO of CIMTEC. 

The Focal point of care imaging hub is ideally suited for integration into existing telehealth and telemedicine infrastructure. The platform will expand and modernize telehealth by adding image-based diagnosis, monitoring and eventually therapy capabilities. Focal is now looking for leading telehealth and telemedicine providers for trials and pilot programs.

"Focal looks forward to enhancing the medical care for remote communities and long-term care facilities by merging point of care smart 3D ultrasound technology with telehealth," said Chicuong La (PhD), CEO of Focal Healthcare. "Aaron is a pioneer in 3D ultrasound and brings over 30 years of expertise and clinically proven technology to our collaboration. We are excited to be working with him."

About Focal Healthcare

Focal Healthcare is a Canadian-based MedTech company committed to improving the lives of patients and their families through technical innovation. By developing imaging tools that emphasize accuracy, efficiency and accessibility, Focal Healthcare strives to advance prostate cancer diagnosis and management, as well as disease prevention, in clinics and hospitals of all sizes. Focal Healthcare designs and manufactures all its products at its headquarters in Toronto, Canada.

About CIMTEC

CIMTEC is a not-for-profit corporation that exists to facilitate the commercialization of important and world-leading medical imaging technology, so that Canadians and patients around the world can benefit from the health and economic benefits of these innovations. CIMTEC is partially supported by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) through a grant. 

SOURCE Focal Healthcare

Let Go of Limitations: Create a Life of Abundance, Wealth and Joy

Los Angeles, CA, October 14, 2021 — Do you struggle to pay the bills? Is your vision board hanging by a thread? It might surprise you to know that your own beliefs about money could be costing you the prosperity you deserve. 

“We are such powerful beings. Whatever we decide, we create exactly — not one bit more, not one bit less,” says author and transformational coach Esra Banguoglu Ogut. 

Her new book, Money Does Grow on Trees: The Myths We Create and Live By, is not about “the nine steps to being wealthy,” or “how to meditate so all your financial problems go away.” It’s about awakening to any self-imposed limitations, cultivating prosperity consciousness and finding the inner power to choose a new reality. 

Ogut is part of a new generation of prosperity leaders. Her unique approach to manifesting abundance and dismantling self-imposed limitations travels to the core of who we are and why we make the choices we do. 

She awakened to her own power to create prosperity when she finally realized that she was unconsciously going out of her way to limit it. At that moment, it dawned on her that abundance is a matter of choice for each of us. People choose it or reject it based on what they have come to believe about money. 

In Money Does Grow on Trees, you will find stories — both successes and failures — from her life and many other examples from clients she worked with over a decade. 

She encourages us to take responsibility for having created our own limitations, which is the first bridge to finding the true inner power needed to transform them … ultimately giving birth to our sovereignty. 

About the Author 

As a transformational coach and yoga teacher, Esra B. Ogut has helped people worldwide discover their power to live the life they choose. She shows them how to experience their own abundance through one-on-one coaching and workshops. Along with her husband and business partner, author and transformational coach Aykut "Ike" Ogut, Esra pioneered transformational coaching in Turkey. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Turkey’s Bosphorus University and a film and television certificate from UCLA, and she is also a certified instructor of kundalini yoga. Esra resides with her husband in Los Angeles and Kauai, where they work online to train coaches around the world while continuing to write. 

For additional information, please visit www.ikeandesranow.com.

Money Does Grow on Trees: The Myths We Create and Live By

Publisher: Ayra

ISBN-10: ‎1735593419 

ISBN-13: 978-1735593418 

Available on Amazon.com

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Simple, Effective Ways to Boost Your Mood and Make It A Great Day

TORONTO/NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2021  The self-help shelves are brimming with advice about what we’re "supposed to do" to feel better, think better, live better — you name it. But seismic shifts can be overwhelming. Do we really need to climb a mountain to live purposefully and be genuinely happy? 

“I am going to share with you a few small ideas that you can use that will make you feel awesome, so that the next time you're looking for ways to improve your day or mood, you'll be able to do just that,” said author Jarrett Robertson. 

In his motivational, upbeat book, Make It A Great Day: How To Feel Awesome So That You Can Help Others, the former Hockey pro turned consultant explores the “why” behind the things we can do each and every day to cultivate positive energy and use it to impact those around us. Between the covers of Make It A Great Day, you’ll find practical information and strategies you can act on immediately, including:

• Small changes you can make every day that can lead to big results

• How our moods create chemical reactions in the brain

• Factors that can sap or fuel our positivity

• Your instinctive need for significance, growth, contribution and more

• How to improve your Emotional Intelligence and why it’s more important than IQ

• Ways to develop your self-awareness, empathy, social skills and so much more

“Like anything in life, you can research more, dig deeper, go further, climb higher,” Robertson added. “But what I have learned is that it’s the littlest things that we can do every day that will actually help us take control so that we can give back, help others and make it a great day!”

About the Author

Jarrett Robertson is a former pro hockey player and physique competitor who continues to draw upon everything he learned about overall health and wellbeing to inform his approach to life. The Brown University graduate has been a financial adviser for more than a decade and continues to run his firm in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a consultant at Canada Life. With Make It A Great Day, he brings his message to the masses, helping more people achieve greater success through mastering their own human potential. Robertson strives every day to project positivity and aims to help motivate others to do the same by reminding us that, “Life is not too short, but life is extremely valuable. Make it a great day!”

For more information, please visit www.makeitagreatday.ca, or follow the author on Instagram at @_makeitagreatday.

Make It A Great Day: How To Feel Awesome So That You Can Help Others 
Publisher: 10-10-10 Publishing

ISBN-10: ‎ 1772774081 

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1772774085 

Available from Amazon.com and https://www.makeitagreatday.ca/

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