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August 27, 2001 | Benedict Carey
Midnight basketball, weightlifting, kick-boxing--many of the programs meant to keep young men off the streets also feed the machismo of gang life. Now there may be an exception. A community center in South-Central Los Angeles sent out fliers last week seeking gang members for "Yoga in the Hood."
Practicing yoga might be soothing for the soul, but running a yoga studio can be downright stressful. Christine Iannone is learning that lesson firsthand, four months after she acquired Brentwood Yoga. "I've always been a risk taker so I'm jazzed to do this, but it's not easy," said Iannone, 34, who previously taught yoga privately and ran a much smaller yoga studio in West Los Angeles. "There's a lot to think about."
February 6, 2012 | By Connie Stewart, Los Angeles Times
Who knew yoga could be so dangerous? Or is the risk overblown? A woman falls asleep in seated forward fold and damages both sciatic nerves. A man sits on his heels for hours (over a period of days or weeks) and deadens nerves in his lower legs. A woman practices Kapalbhati — forceful exhaling — and collapses a lung. A woman attempting the wheel — essentially, making the body arc like a croquet wicket — balances on her head, bends her neck backward and suffers a stroke. Author William J. Broad, a yogi since 1970 and the chief science writer for the New York Times, remains devoted to the practice.
October 11, 2004
Here are two ways to strengthen your lower body muscles using traditional yoga postures. Practicing them regularly will also loosen tightness in your hips, hamstrings and middle and upper back. Start with Triangle pose because it is a basic posture; then move to the more challenging Half Moon pose when you are comfortable. -- Karen Voight 1 Triangle pose: Position your feet approximately four feet apart. (Instructions are for the mirror image of the photos.
January 3, 2011 | By Judith Lewis Mernit, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Going to yoga was part of my goodness project," writes Claire Dederer in her memoir, "Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses. " In the liberal Seattle community where she begins that project, it's also the thing to do: Doctor, neighbors, even a homeless guy tell her to get on the mat, in part to heal a bad back after having a baby. But goodness as it turns out is elusive and not terribly interesting for the same reason most books about yoga are unreadable: No one wants to hear about how good you are. We want to hear about how you tried to be good and fell short.
February 4, 2012
Thunder power forward Nick Collison blogged for GQ about rookie hazing: "We make sure our rookies this season — Reggie Jackson and Ryan Reid — wear their pink Justin Bieber and 'My Little Pony' backpacks and carry their oversized teddy bears on all road trips. Kendrick Perkins says in Boston they made a rookie go out in a foot of snow and do 100 push-ups in only his spandex shorts. " The Magic's erratic play has raised questions about Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy's future.
February 17, 1988 | BETH ANN KRIER, Times Staff Writer
Swami Beyond Ananda, a comic said to be a cross between Ram Dass and Haagen-Dazs, was addressing the crowd of legitimate yogis and yoga teachers gathered for the Unity in Yoga conference over the weekend at Murrieta Hot Springs. Getting around to the latest in yoga, he reported a startling variation big in New York: "punk yoga--that's where you stand on somebody else's head."
It's noon on the lot of Paramount Studios and yoga instructor Debbie Lehwalder Nietert is helping Paramount employees become more relaxed people--and better workers. "Allow the brain to become quiet, turning the focus inward. Allow the body and mind to become one," Nietert says to her class of about 20 yoga enthusiasts. Denise Scheerer is one of those. She goes to Nietert's yoga class on her lunch hour, she said, because yoga helps her handle the problems of her job as a manager at Paramount.
On weekend mornings on fashionably casual Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, the best way to disappear in the crowd is to carry a vitamin-fortified juice smoothie in one hand and a rolled-up rubber mat under the other arm. The mat is a giveaway that its owner practices yoga, an activity that has made a steady comeback in the '90s and is now shifting into higher gear as a business. Stylish, airy yoga centers--including at least one franchise chain--are opening throughout Southern California.
June 30, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
Yoga is touted as a stress reliever, and there's growing biochemical evidence to support that belief. For one week, 16 young adults who had not done yoga more than once took a 50-minute class with a traditionally trained teacher, co-investigator Vijayendra Pratap of the Philadelphia-based Yoga Research Society. For comparison purposes, the volunteers spent 50 minutes resting in a quiet room the day before the class began.
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