October 10, 2005 |
As the 86-year-old teacher drew closer to the fans cordoned off with yellow police tape at Los Angeles International Airport, the cheering and clapping grew louder. The group of about 30 people, surrounded by six LAPD officers, had been eagerly awaiting the arrival -- the first in 12 years -- of the yoga master from Pune, India. When B.K.S. Iyengar finally walked up to the adoring group, many bowed down and touched his sandal-clad feet in adulation.
August 18, 1992 |
The '80s boom in aerobics videos brought us leotard-clad celebrities galore, frenetically bouncing to disco beats and exhorting viewers to "feel the burn." In contrast, the '90s are bringing along a new kind of fitness video--one that moves at a slower, calmer pace while emphasizing mental as well as physical well-being. The leotards are still there, but the music is tinkling New Age stuff, and the movements are fluid and controlled rather than fast and beat-conscious.
April 4, 2005 |
I first came to yoga a few years ago, while living in New York City. I was mystified by the number of different styles, so I sampled several of them: Kundalini, Iyengar, Anusara, some that were the unique recipes of the instructor and some that were closer to Pilates. Some styles struck me as too heavy on chanting, while others left me with severe back pain. I didn't go back to those classes. Eventually, I chose Iyengar as my favorite.
April 12, 1987 |
After a surge of interest during the consciousness-conscious '60s, yoga began to fall out of favor. Exercisers apparently lost patience with the activity, which offers slow but steady results, and turned to the fast pace and quick shape-up of aerobics. Now yoga is back--less mystical than in the past, less reminiscent of gurus in pretzel positions, and more attractive than ever to people who are interested in working out rather than working toward some spiritual goal.
March 6, 1988 |
WHEN YOU live in L.A. you occasionally run into people who have lost lots of weight, started exercising and suddenly look as though they've been run backward through a time machine--which was what must have happened to my old friend Karen. I barely recognized her when I ran into her at an art opening a few years back. But then, Karen had gone too far, for not only was she slender and willowy, she also seemed to possess something else--an alarming grace. Whereas I didn't even have a flat stomach.
May 29, 2006 |
ANUSARA students will tell you their style of yoga is more than just exercise. It's a community -- one of like-minded people who accentuate the positive as the route toward spiritual and physical well-being. Among the believers is B.J. Galvin, who last month drove six hours from Carefree, Ariz., with her two sons so that they could attend founder John Friend's weekend workshop in Los Angeles. The L.A.