February 21, 2013 |
Trade bad karma for good next month at the International Yoga Festival in the Garwhal Himalayas, India. The March 1-7 event, organized by Parmarth Niketan ashram , includes 70 hours of yoga classes, evening discussions with spiritual leaders and other activities. “Yoga continues to grow in popularity as a source of building inner and outer strength and for rejuvenating the spirit and soul," said Ian Cambata, director of Greaves Tours , which has scheduled a 12-day tour “to introduce travelers to the enriching experience at the festival.
January 26, 2013 |
If lower back pain, sciatica or stiffness is slowing you down, steal this move from yin yoga, a gentle style of practice known for its longer-held stretches. This stretch, demonstrated by fitness expert and yogi Jennifer Kries and used in her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, will melt away tension, ease pain and clear your mind. What it does The shoelace opens and loosens your hips, stretches your lower back and legs and relieves stress. What to do Start on your hands and knees.
January 12, 2013 |
When my editor assigned me a story on balance, I wondered if it was some sort of sick joke. I am a full-time working mother of two who is running so hard my head spins for an hour every night in the dark making compulsive lists of what I have to do for job, kids, husband, school, soccer, piano, life. On weekends, I run to exhaustion to quiet my monkey mind. People talk to me about balance and I laugh. I know I am not alone. Life is getting faster, and people are expected to do more and more at higher and higher speeds.
January 12, 2013 |
Have you ever seen a yogi with a paunch? Yeah, I thought not. Yoga moves, like these yogi crunches - a variation of the popular boat pose - challenge the core muscles, giving practitioners flat abs and a supported back. The crunches are demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica's Yoga Collective and the yogi behind the "Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners" DVD. What it does This super-effective exercise will work your core muscles from top to bottom.
January 2, 2013 |
Every time I come to Santa Barbara, I find something new to like. Not exactly secrets, just favorite things, and I'm not talking about raindrops on roses, though they probably have those too in that golden town 90 miles up the coast from L.A. Here are some of my choices: A night on the town The popular, long-running UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures series ( 893-3535, http://www.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu ) gets star billing on the town's cultural calendar, bringing Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Geneva Ballet, new documentary films and talks by authors, journalists, actors and directors.
December 28, 2012 |
For 2013, the Wanderlust Festival will abandon the mountains and snow of California's Squaw Valley for the sand and surf of Oahu 's Turtle Bay Resort . The festival, which runs Feb. 28-March 3, blends yoga with great food and wine in what's billed as a one-of-a-kind festival inspired by nature's beauty. “It's always been a dream to bring [the gathering] to the beach," co-founder Jeff Krasno said in a news release. "Wanderlust Oahu will be unlike any other festival we've thrown.
December 22, 2012 |
Jane Fonda has led many public lives. There's Fonda the antiwar activist; Fonda the fitness enthusiast, grapevining her way across a studio in a tiny leotard and tights; and Fonda the actress, who has starred in more than 40 films. Now, the 74-year-old Renaissance woman has added to her résumé by releasing the sixth in a series of home workout DVDs geared toward baby boomers. "Jane Fonda: Prime Time AM/PM Yoga for Beginners" features several short yoga workouts to be done in the morning and the evening.
December 14, 2012 |
Hell Bent Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga Benjamin Lorr St. Martin's Press: 312 pp., $25.99 The sweaty, two-year odyssey Benjamin Lorr chronicles in his new memoir, "Hell Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga," begins as so many great journeys do: with a drunken, late-night slip on a patch of ice that results in a separated rib....
December 12, 2012 |
Hotel Casa 425 in Claremont offers a retreat from holiday stress and scrambling: a free yoga class followed by a wine party. The point is to unwind a bit, on a mat or with a glass. The deal: Treat yourself to a free hourlong class of Vinyasa yoga , also called flow yoga. Nicole Schwander Riel of Claremont Yoga leads the session in which postures and breathing are performed quickly, making this technique aerobic as well as relaxing. After the class, the wine flows, starting at $5 a glass.
November 8, 2012
Re “ Parents distressed by yoga ,” Nov. 7 The parents of children in the Encinitas schools who are concerned about the dangers of religious indoctrination resulting from the introduction of a yoga curriculum shouldn't worry too much. The acceptance of soccer, volleyball and even lacrosse in schools has caused some students to stray from the baseball, basketball and football religions, but - come playoff season - they'll be back. John Hennessy Culver City As a person of faith but not a Christian, I need to get this straight: Those with “Christian values” have no problem with Christian prayers before and after football games, school sport banners with biblical sayings, Christian invocations at Little League games, Christmas pageants at public schools, the Ten Commandments at courthouses and crosses everywhere to commemorate everybody and everything.