Carin Maxey

Carin Maxey

Jacksonville, FL

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Carin Maxey is an attorney based in Jacksonville, Florida. For over twenty years Carin has focused on a wide range of legal issues. Outside of work she enjoys watersports and playing piano.

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What is Hot Yoga?

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Expectations – Even people who exercise regularly should keep low expectations of their first class. Each pose requires slow, tedious, and intense movements that can be difficult adjusting to. Don’t stress if you can’t keep up or need a break. You’re still learning!

Start Slowly – The best classes to start are obviously beginner classes. If you are already fit or flexible, you may think it’d be fine to skip ahead. While you might keep up with the class, you can’t guarantee you’ll hit the positions correctly. Save yourself time and hurt ligaments, start slow and learn the positions.

BIG Water Bottle – Dehydration is real, and heat plus exercise is a combo aimed right at making that happen. So protect yourself and bring a really big bottle of water. You’ll be surprised how quickly it’s gone.

Towels – Sweating is guaranteed. Extreme sweating. Bring a towel to wipe off your head and body between exercises and after class. It may also be beneficial to bring a towel to lay over your mat.

Clothing – It’s going to be really hot. So be ready. Forget leggings and sweats. The less amount of clothes and restriction the better. Also, pack an outfit for after the workout. While you don’t need it, by the end of the session, you’ll want it.

Food – Don’t workout on a full stomach. However, you might not want to workout on an empty stomach either. Try to avoid eating within the hour before class, but those with growling tummies might want to eat a light snack before hitting the yoga floor.

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Aug 15, 2018 17:00

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5 Common Reasons For Divorce

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It is a common misconception that our nation’s divorce rate is at 50% or higher. Some people rattle off this statistic as if it is a cold, hard fact. In reality, the divorce rate in the United States has been decreasing since 2015 making it the lowest it has been in almost 40 years. That being said, it is still between 42% and 45%. But, why is it so high? What is causing couples to walk away from marriage?

Here are five common reasons couples filed for divorce in 2017.

  1. Abuse

    A toxic relationship takes a considerable toll on both parties. Any form of spousal abuse, be it physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional, can cause a partner to question their role in the marital relationship. Although it may take some time, the degradation may eventually lead to a change in the status quo, forcing the victimized partner to protect their wellbeing by exiting the union

  1. Money

    Financial disputes routinely contribute to divorce cases nationwide. In fact, one study found that disagreements related to money “were a top predictor for divorce ‘regardless of their income, debt or net worth.’” Translation: financial harmony is more important than monetary wealth. If a couple has differing opinions on money management, it can lead to excess strain on the relationship in the form of arguments and resentment.

  1. Age

    Age plays a significant role when it comes to marriage. Couples that wed at a young age are often the victims of divorce. Current society standards are placing strenuous amounts of pressure on young adults to behave like their elders, and digital prevalence is allowing them to progress through the stages of a relationship faster. Unfortunately, adults in their lower twenties have not yet finished maturing. They are still figuring out their goals, attitudes, and interests. Frequently, the personality they develop as they age is entirely different than the one they had when first married.

  1. Identity

    Divorce due to identity trouble encompasses a whole breadth of potential marital issues. Things like midlife crises and personal growth fall into this category.  The discord builds on a feeling of inequality. Maybe one partner is evolving faster than the other. Perhaps one partner is not evolving at all. In either case, the other party is left feeling lonely, hurt, or angry. Change is a hard concept to grasp for most individuals, and even hard to comprehend as a couple.

  1. Children

    Conventional beliefs often dictate that many individuals stay in an unhealthy marriage for the sake of their kids. It seems, however, that this may not be the case any longer. Parents are becoming more conscious of the environment in which they rear their child. A home life that is considered “unhealthy” is a substantial determining factor in divorce.

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Jul 22, 2018 17:59