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How to start yoga practice?

I have been asked a gazzilllion times about how to start a yoga practice.

Do you have to be a yogi and retreat into the Himalayas to get into it or should you be so flexible that you twist and turn yourself into a pretzel?

I have had the pleasure of learning and practicing yoga in both, the western world and lately, in India.

My Story:

My first ever yoga class was at a local teacher’s class and at that point in my life, I did not know that getting a good yoga teacher is half the job done. Now, this woman was all heart but no skill. She mixed up online youtube yoga sessions with her version of jumping around the room chanting Om at the highest volume. Her incense filled room with intensive chakra art was enough to intimidate anyone. Needless to say, I never returned after a month of wierd zumbaish yoga classes and I was crushed.

I later got in touch with an Ashtanga yoga teacher and since was based up north in England and I was down south, our sessions were online and she would make pictures of poses for me to follow and I felt happy with my practice but i wanted to more.

During my last trip in India, I started looking up yoga retreats and classes and most of them were just out to cheat you. One woman asked me to pay up a huge amount of money first before even considering the classes. I felt like this was a bad money making business now and felt a tinge of sadness at not being able to learn yoga in India, the birthplace of yoga.

In the later years, I started lifting more and as I loved getting instant results or just hitting the iron hard, yoga took a backseat in my life.

I met some very funny and crazy characters during this phase. I was still looking for a good teacher and I met an overzealous religious leader who prescribed me to stop eating bread, lay off caffeine and ONLY eat vegetarian food to consider getting results in his classes, I ran for dear life. One woman preached to me about the intensity and greatness of Indian culture and Hinduism and as I am against ALL FORMS OF ORGANISED RELIGION I despised it.

Last month, my father found an Iyengar yoga centre in Delhi and as I was here, I did some research, found it credible and visited the centre.

It was like finding home.

For the first time, I did not feel the oppressive need to trying to prove anything. The teacher was someone who loved yoga for yoga and the only thing she asked of us was to not come hungover to her class.

She taught biology along with yoga with no religion added in and I felt whole with my mind and body.

She did not twist us or even put us in a headstand, she focussed on us understanding our bodies and after my 8 classes were over, as I went over to thank her, i felt so overwhelmed that I bawled my eyes out, crying about finding a good teacher in Toronto. I am lucky enough that she has agreed to help me haha!!

So, here I am, a bodybuilder and a lifter, I practice yoga and I am by no means an ideal yogini but I am so happy with the way my body and mind respond and the amazing amazing teacher I had that I have a new found love for yoga.

Even if lifting is still on the driver’s seat, yoga is right by it as a co-driver.

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1 K Subscriber Giveaway!!

I am so so happy and blessed that my subscriber count on youtube has crossed 1ooo subscribers!

And as a special giveaway I looked into my jewellery collection and found this amazing unisex Swarovski Crystal watch and I am giving that away as my contest ends!!

To participate:

  1. Watch the whole video and answer the question in the end in my comment section.
  2. Follow and subscribe to me on youtube and instagram.

I will do this for 5 videos.

THIS is the first video of my super giveaway!

A full body gym and HIIT workout!

Hope you enjoy the video.

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My Drunken Nights: Does Alcohol and Fitness Mix?

As it is Friday and we are all getting ready and headed off to drinks with friends, a session with wine and Netflix or plain simple house party. And we deserve it!

We have worked so hard the whole week that we need to unwind.

Now, alcohol haters will say there are other ways to unwind and relax and you do not need to intoxicate yourself. I beg to differ. I prefer days I can lounge and drink red wine and have a gossip session with my girlfriends. Or I like a strong pre-game night and club hopping with my friends and meeting cute guys over gin and tonic.

And my personal favourite? Getting sloshed on diet coke and rum and dancing away the night.

But, as I lost the weight and went deeper in the world of fitness, I realised how such nights, even one such night hampered my progress for almost a week. I would eat more, kill my diet, I would lie with a horrible hangover and I would lose my mental peace.

So, here I share a video where I talk about how Alcohol affects fitness.

WATCH THE VIDEO

On a lighter note I share some of my most memorable drinking stories. Do you have one? Comment with a fun thing that happened when you were pissed.

  1. As I mentioned in a video here. I once had two whole bottles of red wine and remembered the night. So, I had a major crush on this guy (who, I later found out was gay ) and was invited to a house party where he would be there. Now, in order to hide my embarrassment and my love for him, I started off with my house guest gift bottle and kept drinking, flirting as much as I could with him, thinking it was a successful night. I was the perfect faux hostess, handing out food, sharing funny stories and my love for Bollywood. I also made it a point to give an update to my best friend every 15 mins and needless to say, the next day and the few days later, I was shattered when I found out where his interests lay. Oh, and he had a serious boyfriend as well.
  2. The rum and coke night: A friend wanted to set me up with another friend of his. I was not too keen but it was a thursday and drinks would be cheap and I was tired from all the school work, so I sauntered off. I bought some drinks and some drinks were bought for me. I met the guy and did not think much of him. I met another guy who was married (My luck IS that good). We started dancing, the set up was sloshed on beer (light weight) and the married guy was chaperoning everyone (who gets married so young!!??) and then I met a guy who in my rum induced haze looked like Tom Cruise to me. I was a happy girl and my friends had to physically be around me all the time to prevent me from going and asking him if he was Tom Cruise (thank you for not letting me embarrass myself).
  3. The Vodka Incident: At a filmmakers mixer, I was a wingman for a friend who had it bad for another. Now, I don’t usually do setups but then they were both good friends and I genuinely thought she liked him. So I set up a date for them, sort of (I was third wheeling in my head) and kept buying them drinks and kept the conversation flowing and when she finally left the place, I thought it was a success. To celebrate, my friend and I went to another club pretending to be man and wife to avail a special discount, used my card again and again and the morning after had to call the father to get some money in order to not default.

Such is life.

It might seem interesting or a funny read but the pain of the hangover and the silly antics have put me off alcohol and the fact that now that I see my muscles and abs, I don’t want to run around with a beer belly or a red wine baby and ruin it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Benefits of pushups for women

Let’s face it, women have lesser mass on the upper body are and lesser muscle mass as well, the end result? Women tend to have weak upper body strength.

So, how do we make ourselves stronger? Pushups babay!!

Here I list out the benefits of pushups for women:

  1. Pushups enhance the strength of your biceps, triceps and chest. Which means that the flab on your arm is worked and you can actually drop a bra size.
  2. Core Stability: As we age, the core strength reduces which causes flabby stomach to appear and fat tends to be deposited on the belly. As the movement of pushups force you to retract your abdomen, you reduce the are and make it stronger.
  3. Overall toning: Don’t we all want a sculpted look with toned arms and shoulders to look good in a dress? (Yes, I also tend to get superficial). Pushups will help you with that.

 

SO, without further ado, head over the video HERE and find out the types of pushups you can do!

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Office Workout| Easy stretches

Sitting in Office all day long, staring at a big screen and working through mobiles and laptops mean that our spines have to work in a way it is not accustomed to.

The human spice is divided into three parts, the C section connected from the brain to the back, the second one from the back to the lower pelvis and the last from the pelvis to the tailbone. In these three parts, there is mobility, which has since time immemorial helped our ancestors chop down trees, hunt animals, build huge building like the Empire State Building and invent stuff.

But now, we sit and do not use our spine due to which it tends to become straight and results in severe neck pain, back pains and unnecessary stress to your back and head.

It is such a shocking statistic that almost 90 percent of us have back problems, we do not sit with correct posture and are harming ourself.

Ever since I lost 100 pounds, I have been working on improving my fitness level and did a bit of a biology class to understand the human skeleton and ways to improve our posture. This helped me understand how to reduce back pain and helped me create this liftlikeagirl workout wednesday special that works your spine and gives you a good stretch. Workout while you are at work so that there are no excuses for not being your best self.

Here is the video link.

 

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Carbs for building muscle

Carbs to build muscle?

Carbs bad for you?

The science behind carbs explained in this video.

For the longest time, carbs have such a bad rep that even now, all people who want to lose weight are advised to give up carbs.

Haven’t you heard of low carb diet? Carb cycling? or just giving up carbs all together?

Let’s get to the point, carbohydrates are made up of glucose which are present in so many food groups that you just cannot avoid them

As such, in order to use carbs to build muscles, you should not give it up. Carbs are one of the three main nutrients you need to live.

As a girl who lifts on a muscle building journey, I have been advised against carbs for the longest time.

In my 100 pound weight loss journey, I have read up on carbs and personally experienced all kinds of carb diets.

I have done carb cycling.

I have lived through low carb diet.

and I have googled all possible carb terms from losing weight with carbs to carbs to build muscle and this video explains the science behind why your body needs carbs.

And as a bonus, I share a low carb, high protein and totally delish recipe which I am using in my muscle building program.

HERE is the video.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

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Top 5 Vegan Protein Sources

Veganism: ( Def ) Veganism is defined as a diet in which no animal is harmed for any of its products.

A vegan person is often a product of his choice. No one is born vegan. At some point in the life of a vegan person, he decides to stop hurting animals for his food.

There are many reasons people switch to veganism and it is a noble cause.

As the food industry grows and is no longer just about the food we eat but INDUSTRY becomes a big part of it, animals are often reared for their food products.

Chickens are bred just so we can eat them. They are more food than birds. Pigs are bred for bacon and cows for steak. These animals do not get to see and taste freedom.

Chickens are fed a specific diet not to make it healthy but improve the quality and size of its eggs. A cow’s calf is denied milk to cater to the dairy industry.

BUT

This is not the whole picture and I do NOT in any case advocate what diet a person should follow.

Many farms treat their animals well and food should be a conscious choice.

As a bodybuilder and a former fat girl, I love my protein and meats and it is hard for me to give them up. But, I try and get them from sustainable sources and from happy chickens.

I cannot tolerate dairy and with the dairy industry getting a lot of flak for its practices, I am glad I don’t consume much.

I looked up and read on and watched many activists talking against the dairy industry but what really swayed me was the fact that when I stopped drinking milk, my skin started clearing up and to me that was a sign that I could not tolerate dairy.

I went to a doctor who told me that I was partially lactose intolerant. So things worked out well for me.

In this video, I share some vegan sources of protein that i have personally used and found useful.

Also, as an Indian, I am a lentil curry expert, so if you want me to share my recipe and teach you how to cook lentils, don’t forget to drop in the comments.

Watch the video HERE

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5 Pro Fitness Tips to say fit this Fall\Autumn| BONUS: Diwali Fitness Tips| Liftlikeagirl

❤Comment with a fitness tip you have for the fall season?❤

🍔 And are there people who have lost the weight and feel guilty eating after I know I do and I need help.🍕

5 Pro Fitness Tips to stay fit this Fall is a way for me to show you that the coming cold months do NOT mean that you will gain some weight and lose the summer bikini bod you worked for all this while.

And as a bonus, since it is Diwali time in India and Halloween everywhere else, I am sharing this at the right time?

By a bikini bod, I mean a body you feel confident in while wearing a bikini. You can be any size or shape but that confidence in your own body comes from healthy eating, exercise and a good mental attitude which the media fails to show.

This fall, I will share some easy to do fitness tips, Diwali dos and don’ts to make you feel not guilty for enjoying the festive season.

You will be inundated by halloween candy and Diwali sweets but that does not mean you let go of clean eating habits and any good fitness tips that you have.

I would love it if you lifters share your fitness tips to keep healthy mind and body during the fall and autumn season when you have loads of hot chocolate and mulled wine to carry you over.

Indian Diwali is one of my favourite festivals, the lights and the atmosphere, the joy of giving, the sweets and the dresses. Diwali is such a colourful festival and is rightly called the festival of lights and as I have lost 100 pounds and don’t wan the weight loss to be a burden on my head, I usually follow these pro fitness tips and indulge during the festive season but then clean up my act to not hamper my weight loss and mental health.

So, without further ado, here is my video with an amazing saree.

FALL FITNESS TIPS

Hope you enjoy the video.

Find me on IMDB: Samridhi Kumar
Instagram: Liftlikeagirl13

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Loose skin After weight loss: VIDEO

After losing 100 pounds, I have tackled issues of loose skin, cellulite and stretch marks. It is not easy losing 100 pounds and is often recommended that you do not go and lose weight fast but make your weight loss slow so that you do not have loose skin.

My personal story of this 100 pound weight loss is a slow one, I started lifting and dieting and I was so scared of getting surgery for loose skin that I tried all possible remedies to get rid of my loose skin.

I was shocked to see cellulite on my thighs and stretch marks started cropping up in my flabby arms and back of my stomach, I looked up so many remedies to get rid of loose skin.

I tried creams and stretching exercises for my loose skin but I have realised that dropping 100 pounds has been such a monumental step in the direction of my health that I need to accept my body for it is and be body positive.

I look at how media represents weight loss and even extreme weight loss with after pictures of people who have lost weight looking so amazing with muscles and skinny legs but as a filmmaker, I know it is all because of perfect lights and cameras and editing softwares.

The point of this presentation is to increase my library of body positive videos and as liftlikeagirl, I show the imperfections in my body after my 100 pound weight loss.

You can be anywhere you want but just love your body and do not search for losing weight fast and easy but instead search for exercises and workouts and fitness tips to better you life and lifestyles.

VIDEO LINK

 

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Foods that burn Fat

When you embark on a weight loss journey, people inundate you with advice, drink warm lemon water or eat these seeds and you will lose fat.

DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM.

The science behind fat loss is this:

How to lose weight and burn Fat: When you exercise, your heart rate goes up. As your heart rate goes up, you breathe in more air and release more air. This rapid inhaling and exhaling is you actually exhaling OUT the fat.

The fat gets “burned” as CO2. carbon dioxide and THAT is what you lose.

There is no food that burns FAT.

BUT

There are some natural foods that increase you metabolism boosting hormones, suppress appetite and basically help you push along in your journey.

They do not work alone and will always be an addition to good diet and exercise.

Today, I posted an old picture to instagram to show how a good diet and exercise routine and NO CHEMICALS can make you a different person.

I share some natural fat burning foods here.

CLICK HERE FOR NATURAL FAT BURNERS

Comment with any questions that you have and if you are on a similar journey, HIT ME UP!!!

 

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How I lost 100 pounds| Starting my Own Youtube Channel

When people talk about losing weight and sharing their journey with others, it is often construed as self service and shaming fat people.

There are vultures waiting around for you to fail and get on that binge and eat your own weight.

I keep insisting that weight loss is not just a physical journey but a mental one at that.

Here I share the levels of my weight loss journey that have helped me get to where I am and hope that it helps others going through the same.

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  1. Self Loathe: This was the most difficult level to cross as I would hate looking at myself in the mirror. I wished fervently to lose the weight but the willpower in me had died. I would eat and then fast for days and then eat some more. Eating made me feel good. I would have conversations with myself justifying my eating habits and lack of exercise thinking its all in my genes and I kept expanding.
  2. False starts: This continued for 2 years. I would decide to make a change (every monday!) and join a gym or an exercise program and then give up and eat my weight. Or I would run for an hour, feel exhausted with my body hurting for days later and then eat as much as I wanted. I would never really exercise regularly.
  3. Home workouts; I felt ashamed of myself and the laziness in me was so deeply rooted that I downloaded home workouts and would follow that. I tried this method for a good few months and when I started noticing some changes. Not many but my stamina was improving I felt good and then went off to eat.
  4. Food and diet: I realised I had an unhealthy relationship with food, so I put myself on a strict diet. All was well, as I weighed myself and was dropping pounds after pound a day. It was water weight but I was happy. I pushed myself to an extreme and would only eat salads the whole day and chug on green tea. When I did eat normal food, I would purge it all out. Not a very healthy choice but I kept losing the weight.
  5. Gym and Trainer: I had an on and off relationship with the gym. So, one day I waltzed into my gym and a trainer approached me. I was very skeptic of trainers since I never thought they had any good intentions (mostly money minting). But this one came to me and said he wanted to help me workout. I agreed. He seemed like a decent guy and I had nothing to lose. He slowly started putting me in body workout splits and encouraged me to lift. I did not pay him for any personal training but I guess he was that rare person who actually loved his job. He gave me diets to be followed and slowly I fell in love with lifting.
  6. Lift Life: After almost a year with this trainer, I put on a red dress and was shocked to see it fit! I was a size 4 and I hadn’t realised it. Maybe, I had but the point was that I was enjoying what  did.
  7. A new Change: I gained enough confidence to pick up projects that had me travel and I had to quit this gym. But I was equipped now. I interacted with many lifters, digested bodybuilding tips and workouts (many were for men and few for women!).

17512_10151684925016928_503718091_nThe point here is, I finally found something that I enjoyed and that empowered me. I have gained muscle weight. I look smaller than ever but weight more.

What I have realised is that women focus so much on dropping the pounds, on the number on the scale that we do not really experiment with what form of exercise we like. Exercise not to get a perfect shape, but to feel good. and when you feel good, you will get what you want.

I wanted skinny legs (thanks to my Indian hips) and I started doing squats and lunges and I still don’t have skinny legs but I have started loving the muscle definition in my thighs. I have strong broad shoulders and biceps and I love it.

I am stronger than ever. I am the luggage carrier of the family now. I beat guys bigger than me at physical challenges and for the majority of my life, my friends had dubbed me inertia (A body at a state of rest continues to remain at rest until an external force is applied.)

This prompted me to start a youtube channel, not to showcase my weight loss but to show women that there are ways to lose weight and love yourself, lifting is easy and maybe give it a try?

I want to share my mental struggle with ED and body dysmorphia and I am so thankful for the loving community I have found on youtube.

My channel link: LIFTLIKEAGIRL

 

 

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Fitness Fads and Rumours

When you are on a weight loss journey, you are inundated with facts and sure fire ways of losing weight and I have been guilty of trying them as well.

Surprise surprise! None of them really worked.

Except a good exercise schedule and mindful eating.

Now that I am in a muscle building journey and free to give advice to people who seek it, I am bombarded with such “facts” once again.

So, I had to make a video debunking them because there really is no substitute to exercise and clean eating.

What are some of the craziest fitness fads you have heard of?