Simple Meditation — A How-To Video

February 6, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, returns to the guidance of one of New York’s top yoga instructors, Laleh Nader, to share the value of meditation.

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Fitness Saturday: Why Do Yoga? A Yoga Teacher Explains

January 30, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, interviews one of New York’s top yoga instructors, Laleh Nader, about why she started to practice yoga and what it has to offer to women over forty.

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Fitness Saturday: Mind Your Back to Health

January 23, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares five basic mind/body exercises to help establish a better connection to the core muscles and prevent back problems.

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Snowshoeing — A Great Way to Get Exercise

January 16, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

The exercise benefits of snowshoeing.

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Fitness Saturday: How to Keep Your Hands Happy

January 9, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shows us five things that can help relieve stiffness and pain in the hands as the weather gets colder.

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Three Things To Do for a Fit and Healthy 2016

January 2, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, expands how sleeping more, keeping a food diary, and exercising with a friend can enhance your health.

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Big Muscle Mystery — How Does it Happen?

December 26, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Perhaps you’ve seen a person walking around with large calve muscles, but with an otherwise normal sized body. Or, you’ve noticed someone with large trapezius muscles on their shoulders, yet not anywhere else. As someone who works with people’s bodies everyday, I see this kind of muscular imbalance all the time.

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Lifting the Rear — Exercises to Tone the Gluteals

December 19, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

One of the most difficult muscle groups to train effectively are the gluteals, also called the buttocks. This could be because we sit on them a lot of the time and the nerves which activate the muscles become deadened. Today I’m going to show you some exercises that I do in my Barre classes that will very effectively isolate your glutes and help give you a firm and lifted rear.

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Holiday Gifts for Fitness Enthusiasts

December 12, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

For your family and friends who are into fitness and health, it’s not always easy to find the perfect gift. To help make the searching easier, I’ve put together a list of gift ideas for those active people on your list, and you might even like them for yourself!

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The Benefits of Meditation Are Many

December 5, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

In my professional and personal life, I have always sought to optimize my performance and well-being. Research shows that meditation can re-wire your brain to be more efficient, help prevent disease, and even promote natural healing.

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Fitness Saturday: Three Ways to Correct Posture

November 28, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, returns to the importance of posture and shares three simple techniques to correct bad posture.

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Fitness Saturday: Healthy Shoulders — Relaxed, Stable, and Strong

November 14, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares exercises to maintain strong and healthy shoulders.

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Anti-Sitting Exercises — Remedy for Modern Living

November 7, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares tips on a holistic strategy on how the body can respond after sitting for long periods.

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Fitness Saturday: Sitting Can Be Scary

October 31, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Some people have called sitting “the new smoking.” Because it is impossible to go through life without sitting, often for long periods of time, the question is more about how we sit, and for how long.

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Healthy Hips — Move It or Lose It

October 24, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla

Here are four exercises to help keep your hips healthy and mobile. The key is to balance mobility, flexibility, and strength and not overdo it.

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