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January 3, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Practice this classic yoga posture called "reverse warrior" to strengthen your legs, stretch the muscles on the sides of your torso and open your hips. Remember to be patient with this pose. With regular practice, it will help ease back pain and improve your posture and gait. Begin with your feet parallel to each other in a wide stance. Turn your right foot out and your left foot in slightly. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle so that your right knee is directly above your right foot.
February 9, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
There are two possible policy outcomes to a severe drought like the one California is experiencing now. One is that the drought focuses the minds of political leaders and water users, prompting them to come together to craft a broad, comprehensive solution to a problem that won't be going away. The other is that the community of water users will fragment and turn on one another, with farmers lining up against environmentalists, suburbanites against farmers, and so on. Which way would you guess things are going?
May 17, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
One of the keys to good posture is core balance. With this simple move, you can improve your muscular balance so you'll stand taller, with your weight evenly distributed over both legs. Start on all fours with your hands below your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Pull your ribcage and navel in toward the spine as you use your abdominals to "brace" the spine. Slowly shift your weight onto your right leg as you straighten and lift your left leg behind you. Reach out through your left heel, keeping your shoulders, hips and knee facing the floor.
October 31, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Good for the Los Angeles Unified school board and Supt. John Deasy for agreeing - after several days of gamesmanship and high drama - that he should continue on as the schools' chief executive. Now, both sides need to work out a plan going forward that will calm the upheaval and allow the board and the superintendent to function harmoniously in the best interests of students. For the board, that means dropping the posturing, and learning how - and when - to question some of Deasy's more problematic ideas without obstructing the workable ones.
October 31, 2005 | Karen Voight
Do you remember how you sat cross-legged on the floor as a child? At some point, we graduated from sitting on the floor to sitting in chairs, which can encourage bad posture. As often as possible, take a seat on the floor and follow these guidelines to release tension in your hips and groin and strengthen your core muscles. Good posture supports your spine and helps to prevent chronic aches in your back, neck and shoulders. * 1 Assess your default sitting position.
October 18, 2010
Good posture used to be about standing up straight, but now it’s about how you use computers and laptops -- and whether they’re giving you a pain in the neck. The McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which provides a "Posture and Study Habits Guide" to students, says good posture is important for computer users to keep neck pain at bay. Among the tips: Put your laptop at eye level and use an external keyboard and mouse positioned at elbow height.
It's the posture preferred by short-skirt wearers, some leg men and tired desk-bound workers. And now, crossing the legs has gotten a thumbs up from orthopedic experts who say that the posture is "physiologically valuable." "Look around, almost everybody crosses their legs," says Chris J. Snijders, professor of biomedical physics and technology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He and his research team wondered if leg-crossing, which is so common, has any beneficial effects.
November 8, 2009
Re: Dan Neil's marketing column "Ad guys' book is self-centered, half-baked," Nov. 3: Neil's goring of the book "Baked In: Creating Products that Market Themselves," by advertising executives Alex Bogusky and John Winsor, was a delightful read. He might have added that such self-serving books are aimed not at the public but at potential clients. If they are going to get clients to hand over multimillion-dollar advertising budgets, agencies need to cultivate a sanctimonious posture of surefire marketing genius that -- fortunately for them -- never needs to be proved.
July 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Scientists are figuring out why a jockey's posture speeds up the horse. In more than 100 years of recorded race times, the biggest improvements in speed (5% to 7% in the U.S. and Britain) came around the turn of the 20th century, when jockeys changed their posture, a Royal Veterinary College team reported Friday in the journal Science. They found that the crouch lets jockeys isolate their bodies from the horse's movement -- the horse is moving up and down a lot more than its rider -- saving it some energy.
April 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
It used to be very simple: Catholics knelt, Baptists did not. But like so many other things, the posture of prayer has become so much more complicated in the 1990s. Prominent evangelical pastors are calling their flocks to their knees, while American Catholics are considering a proposal to make kneeling optional. Even Presbyterians who prided themselves on never leaving their seats have been lifted from them by folk guitar services and the charismatic movement.
October 18, 2013 | By Bernie Miklasz
Columnists and reporters from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have shared their views with Times readers during the National League Championship Series. Reality-TV America might not have liked it much, but the St. Louis Cardinals sent Mickey Mouse, the Goofy in right field and the whole Disneyland gaggle of characters back to Southern California to begin their off-season grooming. Main Street America is headed back to the World Series. The Cardinals made surprisingly swift work of ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in a 9-0 thumping in Game 6, putting an end to the National League Championship Series and the baseball culture war between the two franchises.
September 7, 2013
I fly internationally and am 6 feet, 5 inches tall. It was hard for me to get comfortable in any seat, much less to sit for 12 to 15 hours in coach, until I found AlignMed and its Align Therapy "posture shirt. " It is a must for flying. I call it a flight suit because it allows me to get off the plane and feel human. I am not wracked with pain or stiffness. It is a travel secret; I know pilots wear them, but they should be in everyone's wardrobe. Align Therapy posture shirt; (866)
March 13, 2013
New budget proposals this week from influential members of the House Republican and Senate Democratic leadership are the stuff of political caricatures. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), last year's Republican nominee for vice president, reprised the spending-cut talking points from his failed campaign with little change and no apparent irony. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), meanwhile, offered the outlines of a budget that increases taxes and spending, while doing little more than buying time on the entitlement programs at the heart of Washington's long-term problems.
December 15, 2012 | By Roy M. Wallack
What's more fun: getting hold of some of the coolest new athletic technology, or giving it as a gift? You could end up buying two of each of these noteworthy innovations. Smartphone golf coach SwingTip: A 2-ounce, 3-D Bluetooth motion sensor that attaches to any golf club and instantly shows you a video animation and metric analysis of your actual golf swing, so you can identify problem areas and make adjustments. Images are stored for later viewing. Likes: It works, showing you what your swing looks like and providing valuable analysis, including your swing speed, whether the swing was inside-out or outside-in or whether the club face was open or closed.
October 6, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
Are you having trouble starting your engine in the morning? This move, called the tabletop lever and derived from the Five Tibetans, a series of exercises used by monks or lamas for more than 2,500 years, helps to energize and strengthen your entire body in about the same time it takes to pour a cup of coffee. What it does Demonstrated by Jennifer Kries, who uses it in her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, this move is an important multi-tasker, sculpting the muscles of the shoulders, arms and back, while toning the glutes, hamstrings, calves and core.
January 15, 2012 | By Robert M. Sapolsky
Now that Michele Bachmann has dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, we are left with an array of the usual suspects in American politics β€” namely a bunch of men who seem to spend much of their lives bragging about how tough they are. We have Rick Perry waxing macho about the number of executions he's overseen in Texas and Rick Santorum threatening to bomb Iran. There's Newt Gingrich proclaiming that the race is going to boil down to being between "Newt and not-Newt.
So, my chiropractor's first little gem of insight wasn't about my muscles, my spine or my joints. In fact, it wasn't about my body at all. He told me I was wearing my wallet wrong. Yeah, you know, that fat piece of leather where I hide all my one-dollar bills. I was wearing it in my back pocket, sitting on it all day long, like placing one cheek on a James Michener novel for eight hours straight. And it was throwing my posture off.
July 27, 2008 | Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune
Ethan Coon was working to develop good posture and strengthen his core muscles, though from all his wiggling and giggling you would hardly know it. By the time he hit potty break, the 2-year-old and his classmates had bounced on a mini trampoline, rolled on their bellies on scooters and crawled through mazes. The children were participating in a park district class that uses preschool playtime to teach good habits in posture and movement and prevent sports-related injuries later in life.
November 5, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
Reporting from Cannes, France -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy convened a select group of European leaders here the other day for a private session in which he welcomed them and then promptly yielded the floor to President Obama. β€œHe said, 'What do you think, Barack?'” one Obama advisor said, recounting a meeting in which the U.S. president acted as panel chairman for a group trying to work its way through some messy continental politics. It was an unusual role Obama played while here for the Group of 20 summit of advanced and emerging nations, where the U.S. president usually spends most of the time in the spotlight by virtue of the power of the economy he represents.
October 8, 2011
The Labor Department released another lackluster jobs report Friday, announcing that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1% last month even though private employers added 137,000 positions. That's five months now with roughly 14 million Americans out of work and another 9 million part-time employees unable to find full-time jobs. Meanwhile, Congress teeters from one near-shutdown to the next as lawmakers posture to avoid blame for the sputtering economy. A good illustration of Congress' dysfunction is its response to President Obama's $447-billion jobs bill.
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