March 16, 2015 |
Perhaps the 30,000 e-mails Hillary Clinton unilaterally consigned to electronic oblivion contained nothing more pertinent to the national interest than the then-secretary of state's yoga routine. And no one is going to the mat over whether the presidential hopeful and her swami typed sideways smiley faces while discussing the downward dog pose. The trouble is that Clinton's use of a private e-mail account ensured that the sole arbiter of her communications' public relevance was Clinton herself.
February 24, 2015
WHEN DID yoga pants become nam-nasty? For years now, school administrators nationwide have banned middle- and high-school students from wearing yoga pants and leggings, calling them distracting to male students. But now the negative tongue-clucking about the ubiquitous bottoms has shifted from teeny boppers onto adult women. This latest round started in earnest in January after an online post by a Christian blogger about her decision to no longer wear yoga pants went viral.
January 12, 2015 |
Unflappable and unstoppable in her neon green tank top, Lisa Duffy takes down all 20 Collingswood High School varsity wrestlers at once. The amiably unruly crew of teenagers at Anjali Power Yoga in Westmont is suddenly at her command. "Crank it up!" she says, or rather, shouts, striding through the sweaty rows of mats. "This is fun, right? We're here to sweat, right?" During the team's one-hour weekly hot yoga session, the studio heats up to 93 degrees, the soundtrack thump-thump-thumps with party tunes, and shirtless, noisy boys try to bust on each other.
January 9, 2015 |
Alene Brennan kept a revolutionary New Year's resolution: to create the career of her dreams. "I made my decision on Jan. 2, 2014," recalls the Mount Laurel resident, 35, who had been a corporate communications professional for a dozen years. "I gave my notice and put my house on the market. I quit, sold, and enrolled at the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan. I found an apartment in Union Square and lived there for six months. " The 2002 Rowan University graduate, health coach, yoga teacher, and freshly certified natural gourmet chef returned to South Jersey last summer.
November 16, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Marathon is the official start of the cold-weather running season, so in honor of the Olympian efforts sure to be on display next Sunday, we turn our attention to bold running/yoga tights - because at Mile 23, a little floral action goes a long way in lifting both spirits and legs. The trendlet Whether looping Kelly Drive or repeating squats ad nauseam at the neighborhood barre studio, you'll be sure to see your fair share of colorful and color-blocked running and yoga tights.
August 20, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Folk Festival last weekend wasn't the same without Dante Bucci. Dante, who died last Wednesday, had been taking his unique way of making music to the festival since 2001. His instrument was the "hang," a kind of drum in the shape of a flying saucer, balanced on the lap and played with hands and fingers. The music Dante produced with this odd device, much of it of his own composition, was unlike anything heard from traditional instruments. Its sound is usually described as "dreamlike" and "haunting.
February 27, 2014
NO DOUBT you have already heard that first lady Michelle Obama turned 50 last month - but did you hear that she was going to change her workout and do less weight training and cardio and do more yoga? "I'm seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff . . . and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible," she told People magazine in an interview last month. Hold up, Mrs. Obama: While yoga offers a variety of complements, including improving flexibility, yoga should not be seen as a replacement for strength training.
January 20, 2014 |
On June 21, I boarded Train No. 650 at 30th Street Station for a first-day-of-summer yoga escape. Destined for a pristine beach oozing tranquillity? An isolated mountaintop exuding transcendence? More like an island - the one immortalized as the city that never sleeps. I was Manhattan-bound; though not to a hip yoga studio, but to the hubbub of Times Square. An estimated 15,000 other yogis and yoginis and I were participating in Mind Over Madness, all-day outdoor yoga sessions at the "Crossroads of the World" - and a fund-raiser for the yoga-inspired charities Bent on Learning and Urban Zen. I arrived in the Big Apple in the afternoon, made my way to Times Square Pedestrian Plaza, checked in with a T-shirted event attendant, squeezed into a tight spot, unrolled my mat, and got ready to Zen out during NYC's Friday-evening rush hour amid wailing sirens, honking horns, accents familiar and not, crystal-clear images flashing frenetically from mammoth video screens, vendors hawking $20 "Rolexes," stilt-walking Lady Libertys, a man in a wheelchair holding a cardboard sign scribbled with his honest plea for "spare change for beer and pizza," and a frenzy of more sights and sounds.
November 17, 2013 |
On a perfect November Saturday afternoon when they could have been pumping iron at the gym or hanging out with friends over a couple of pale ales, half a dozen men slipped through the back entrance to a spartan yoga studio on the main drag of Westmont in Camden County. They were there, bravely and voluntarily, to spend two hours doing yoga. Never mind that the ancient Indian practice linking breath, body, and spirit was developed and taught by men. In America, yoga is a woman's domain.
November 14, 2013
CELEBRATED, controversial physician, alternative-medicine advocate and new-age guru Dr. Deepak Chopra says that he has found a solution to achieve not only permanent weight loss but heightened well-being and a newfound lightness of the soul. He shares his insights in the new book What Are You Hungry For? which he will discuss Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Branch of the Free Library, and in a PBS TV special airing at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 on WHYY12. Chopra, 66, is a study in opposites that attract.