June 30, 2003 |
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.
June 19, 1997 |
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.
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March 26, 1997 |
Getting a day off to the right start begins before even getting out of bed, yoga teacher Het Heru tells her students. While lying on the back, lift one leg and extend it straight, she tells them. Flex it, pull the toes toward the body and count to 30. Do the same with the other leg. Then get out of bed, open a door or window and take 10 breaths. "Before you even go to the bathroom, open the window to get the fresh morning air and breathe deep," she said.
August 25, 2002
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is an expert on yoga ("Earth Mother, Yoga Star," Aug. 16). She obviously knows what she is doing to give mothers relaxation and serenity, and this doubtless has a positive effect on the unborn child. But she demonstrates the fatal flaw of many "gurus." Charles Lindbergh was an expert on aeronautics, but he expounded on (and was listened to about) politics when he had no more expertise than the person in the street. Gurus have an obligation to be careful about the spillover halo effect.
September 2, 2002 |
In my earliest memory of ballet class, I am sprinting out of a dance studio and into my mother's arms. I am 5 years old, and the clingy tights, constricting leotard and competitive brunette with a perfect bun are too much for me to handle. Nestled in my mother's arms, I decide I've had enough of ballet. Then one recent day I was cruising the Internet and stumbled onto a description for a class called "yoga booty ballet."
April 3, 2003 |
Just days after the war in Iraq began, a group of children are together for yoga class at L.A. Yoga Center in Westwood. Acknowledging that it had been a rough week, instructor Joy Marcus guides the group, ranging in age from 5 to 10, through a variety of dances, stretches and poses. From dog pose ("Make friends with your hamstrings!") to tree pose ("I'm going to water you and watch you grow"), handstands to headstands, the children stretch, purr, sing and dance with confidence.
December 15, 1989 |
Urging Catholics to distinguish between spiritual form and substance, the Vatican warned Thursday against substituting Eastern methods of meditation such as Zen and yoga for Christian prayer. In a 7,000-word letter to bishops approved by Pope John Paul II, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made a firm distinction between meditation as physical or psychic therapy, and spiritual enrichment.
September 29, 2003 |
The vast floor of the first yoga expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center over the weekend was a bazaar of spiritual products hawked to the masses by doctors, nuns, yogis and 21st century quacks. Befitting the times, these spiritual healers have gone high tech; the more than 400 booths offered a hybrid of technology and pseudotechnology married with ancient traditions from the East, packaged and priced for soul-starved, stressed-out, overworked urban dwellers.
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October 30, 2001 |
It's a sunny morning in South-Central Los Angeles, and former movie producer Tara Lynda Guber is breathing deeply. But as she begins her yoga class with a circle of attentive inner-city children, she first tries to grapple with a horror that all the higher consciousness in the world cannot banish.
March 31, 2003 |
Tova Joffe's morning commute includes tuning in to National Public Radio for news, but lately that ritual has lost some of its pleasure now that war coverage is virtually nonstop. "I'm getting a little sick of it," says the 29-year-old development consultant for the Children's Museum of Los Angeles. "I just have felt a lot of anxiety in general, and [yoga] definitely calms me down."