October 28, 2002 |
One look around the "yoga flow" class at Yoga Works in Santa Monica and it's obvious this is no regular workout crowd. No saggy sweats and stained gym T-shirts here. Instead, there are lots of skimpy camisole tops and fitted tanks decorated with Buddha images or tie-dye patterns, and body-hugging leggings worn mid-hip to reveal intricate lower back tattoos.
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October 18, 2006 |
Three months after declaring he was a victim of harassment by city inspectors, yoga magnate Bikram Choudhury agreed Tuesday to have his company plead guilty to three criminal counts of building and fire code violations. The plea deal allows Choudhury, whose signature brand of heated-room yoga is popular with many celebrities and has spread from Los Angeles to six continents, to avoid criminal charges personally. But, reached after the deal was announced, Choudhury did not sound penitent.
August 13, 2001 |
With standards for yoga instruction evolving, enthusiasts need to ask questions before plunging into an asana with an instructor they've never met. Here are some questions experts recommend: How long have you been practicing yoga (aside from teaching), and what is your own practice like? You want someone who practices-not counting the classes they teach-daily or every other day, says Rama Berch, founder of the Master Yoga Foundation in San Diego.
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May 1, 1996
Girls at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles have an unusual class option to traditional physical education. Since the start of the school year, students have been able to take Hatha yoga--a style that incorporates stretching and breathing exercises. A class of about 15 girls meets for 50 minutes at a time. "A lot of them are taking the class because they want to feel less stressed out," said Judit Sekler, the yoga teacher. "They have a really demanding academic schedule.
November 6, 1990 |
It was in the early 1970s that Geo Takoma lost sight of himself as he battled the hellish nightmares of running bird dog patrols in Vietnam. Within a few months of his honorable discharge, the former Marine sergeant took a long, hard look in the mirror. The frightening image staring back--an abusive, overweight alcoholic--shook him back into reality. Takoma stopped resisting what Vietnam had given him, the desire to live in a peaceful world, and set immediately to work re-creating himself.
November 24, 2003 |
It may be the classic L.A. yoga story: Man meets yoga teacher, man is inspired by yoga teacher, man commissions a sculpture of yoga teacher. Andrew Altshule is the man, Vinnie Marino is the yoga teacher and, yes, Altshule is well aware that, even given the enormous popularity of yoga, most people think he's a little nuts for spending a year immortalizing his instructor in bronze, at a cost he won't divulge, saying only that it is in the five figures.
October 5, 1998
Unfortunately, when I became pregnant, I was already 10 pounds overweight. Though I had always in the past tried to eat sensibly, indulging my every edible whim for nine months resulted in my gaining nearly 50 pounds. I began walking. Pushing Daniel in the stroller almost every day. This, along with limiting sweets and fats, helped me quickly shed the first 20 pounds. Then I reached a plateau. So I tried yoga. While Daniel took his morning nap, I would pop in a video and spend 30-40 minutes performing strength moves and flexibility stretches, and to my delight, my body looked better and my energy was up. KATHLEEN FELESINA Los Angeles
August 27, 2001 |
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."
January 10, 2001 |
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."
January 3, 2011 |
"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.