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.
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.
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 |
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."
April 4, 1998 |
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.