Posts tagged "yoga"

12 Doggies Doing Downward Dog

A week out from Hurricane Sandy, the East Coast has been hit by a new storm -- a snowy, slushy Nor'easter. Dear Mayan Prophecy, we get it! We get it! It's with that in mind that I think all of us over in these here parts (and heck, just about everyone) would benefit frm adding…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 8, 2012

Girl Talk: Yep, I’m A Fat Yoga Teacher

It usually starts with widened eyes and a slight lift of the eyebrows. As I walk over to greet a new student, they slowly stick out their hand to meet mine. "Hi, I'm Anna. I'm so glad you're here!" "Hi," they say back. “You’re the ... teacher?"…
By: Anne Guest-Jelley / October 25, 2012

Note To Yoga Teachers: Do Not Glare At Facebook Employees

Most yoga classes start out with a request to turn off or silence your cellphones, and a tacit understanding that if you do pull out your wireless device during class, you're going to get some disapproving looks from the teacher and your classmates. As was the case during a lunchtime yoga class at Facebook headquarters,…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 12, 2012

Girl Talk: Nightmare In Yoga Class

I was late to yoga, and when I walked in, carrying too many things, everyone was already on their mats. Yoga is still really new for me. It still feels awkward and difficult, and I’m still at the point where I feel really proud of myself for going. Look at you, being all healthy! I…
By: Kate Fridkis / May 25, 2012

Yoga’s Mental Benefits? Maybe None.

Bad news for those of you who assumed yoga was curing all that ails you: A new study found no evidence that yoga's mental effects benefit the body. The good news is that yoga does help to relieve lower back pain, the Wall Street Journal reports. However, stretching was found to be equally as effective…
By: Newser / May 19, 2012

Tao Porchon-Lynch, 93, Is Now World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

To say Tao Porchon-Lynch is an extraordinary yoga teacher isn't a stretch, considering she has fans all over the world. But what makes her truly amazing is the fact that she can support her whole body on her hands -- even though she's 93.Now she has another accolade to add to her list: Guinness World Record…
By: The Huffington Post / May 15, 2012

The (Alleged) Goings On In John Friend’s Wiccan Yoga Sex Coven

For those of you who don't know the name John Friend, he is the founder of Anusara yoga -- a form of Hatha yoga that focuses on the universal principles of alignment, life-affirming philosophies and heart-oriented expression -- who found himself at the center of a highly publicized sex scandal last year. There…
By: Ami Angelowicz / April 17, 2012

Downward Dog Your Way To A Better Sex Life

One surprising way to boost your sex life will have you putting down that "101 Best Sex Tips" guide and whipping out the yoga pants! In a recent article in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers revealed that women who were once unsatisfied with their sex lives but began to practice yoga and “Eastern techniques of…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 2, 2012

Bad Excuses Not To Go To Yoga

So, this morning I posted a lengthy essay about my history with exercise and my determined desire to commit to going to yoga three times a week. And then this appears on my Tumblr dashboard. At first,…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 10, 2012

My Sad History With Exercise, Plus A Plea For Advice On How To Motivate To Work Out

There are a lot of things in this world that I am interested in learning how to do. Play my ukulele! Become fluent in Italian! Floral arrangement! Learning to appreciate the music of Phish! I'm generally adventurous. But there has been one thing I just have never been able to get down with. I absolutely…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 10, 2012

10 Tips For Getting Fit In The New Year

Most people greet the start of the New Year with a vow to get in shape ... Every. Year. And every year the gym is crowded with "resolutionaries" who show up, sweat all over everything for a few weeks, and then are never seen again. The best way to avoid that is to figure out what usually…
By: The Stir / January 2, 2012

Woman’s Body “Swallows” Breast Implant During Yoga

Attention, womenfolk, something new for you to fear: your body eating your breast implant!  While stretching during a Pilates class, 59-year-old woman's implant slipped through an incision from a recent heart valve surgery and lodged itself near her lung. Her doctors had cleared her for exercise after the heart surgery when the boob job strayed.
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2011

Have A Prosperous Practice

Colder weather makes me want to eat ramen and ramp up my yoga practice. My old mat is getting a little, well, nasty. This Gaiam prosperity yoga mat should bring renewed focus and enthusiasm to my practice, not to mention something lovely to focus my drishti on while I flow through my asanas. Namaste.
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 24, 2011

What Is A Yogasm?

On Tuesday night, I went to a yoga class. Truth be told, I really enjoyed it. But on the way out of the studio, I couldn't help but overhear another student in the class say to her friend, "I feel so connected to the universe after that." As someone who recoils at new agey…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / September 28, 2011

Watch The Worst People In The World Do Yoga

Jessica and Hunter are a couple of LA airheads looking for spiritual guidance. So they've decided to sign up for an ashtanga yoga class -- whatever, Gwyneth Paltrow's doing it. But can they actually handle the intensity of an ashtanga yoga class? And can an ashtanga yoga class handle them? (Probably not.) [YouTube]…
By: / July 6, 2011

This Is What Lady Gaga Wears To Yoga

Surely you didn't expect her to wear some Lululemon stretchy pants and a tank with built-in bra? I bet she sweats glitter. [Buzzfeed]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 5, 2011

Yoga Poses That Are Easy To Memorize

I have been an on/off yoga practitioner for a number of years yet I've never been able to remember the majority of the traditional names for the poses, er, asanas. No matter. From now, I'm using this handy chart when referencing my favorite yoga poses in conversation. For example: "You know, I love to do…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 23, 2011

Miley Cyrus Strikes A Pose

The lace body stocking is a little weird and Cher-inspired, but Miley Cyrus does an enviable Dandayamana-Dhanurasana. That's "standing bow pose," by the way, and I suck at it.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 20, 2011

5 Things I Plan On Doing With My Time Now That I’m Not Dating Or Drinking

Here's the thing about drinking -- it's a multi-tasking activity and it makes lots of things even better. Here are just some things I really enjoy doing with a glass of wine in my hand: Taking a hot bath while reading a gossip magazine Liveblogging award shows and "The Bachelor" Cooking and eating Playing fetch…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 13, 2011