August 14, 2016 |
In a drab meeting room in West Philadelphia, a group of aging veterans with chronic back pain gathered for a dose of what their teacher called "breath as medicine. " Psychologist Lisa Rambaldo led the mostly male group through a series of gentle yoga positions that improve balance and strengthen muscles that support the spine, along with breathing exercises that free the mind. While they lay on the floor hugging their knees to their chests, she told them to notice any tension.
August 2, 2015 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - On a warm Friday morning, a group paddled out from the Seaview Harbor Marina for a workout as serene as it is challenging: yoga - on a paddleboard. From Long Beach Island to Cape May, stand-up paddleboard yoga has gained popularity in recent years. Instructors say tourists and locals alike are drawn to the challenge of the exercise, as well as the relaxation that accompanies the meditation part of the classes. At the Seaview Harbor Marina, Kimberly Notarianni, an instructor with OC Paddleboard in Ocean City, leads the pack.
May 20, 2010
BALANCE - USE it or lose it. I found this out personally when I added yoga back into my overall fitness regimen. In fact, I was quite frankly shocked when I went to do the tree pose on the left side and could not maintain it. I was, literally, out of balance. That was a wake-up call for me. Just a few years before, I could do this effortlessly. But, letting yoga go by the wayside, I was now paying for my neglect of balance. Luckily, with practice I was able to improve my balance and can hold the tree posture again.
January 25, 2012 |
What's next for these 76ers? Chamomile tea breaks at noon? Well, if the results are similar to what they're getting from yoga sessions, why not? One day after beating the Washington Wizards for the third time this season (the fifth if you count the two preseason victories), Sixers coach Doug Collins felt comfortable enough to chat briefly with the team, and then leave them to stretch and work out the kinks in their bodies under the watchful eye of a yoga instructor rather than run a practice.
December 31, 1997 |
The fitness troika today is mind, body and spirit. You can't truly be fit in one area, if you are a sloth in the others. Or so advocates - many of them members of the scientific community - claim, backed by hefty research. Fitness trends reflect this growing respect for the M-B-S connection, so if you want to get with it in the New Year, look eastward toward the ancient, snf in some circles recently modernized, practice of yoga. Let's start with the '90s interpretation taught at the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Bryn Mawr.
January 18, 2012 |
THE INJURIES are starting to pile up for the 76ers. Yesterday at the team's practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, coach Doug Collins brought in a yoga expert so his club could work out some of the kinks it has collected during the blitz of an early season that has had them play nine games in 13 days. Gimping around the practice facility were Evan Turner (thigh contusion) and Spencer Hawes (Achilles' strain). Hawes has also been struggling with a strained back recently.
December 12, 2012
DO IT RIGHT This is a variation of the marichyasana ("ray of light") yoga pose, which massages the abdominal organs, stretches the shoulders and strengthens the spine. (Not recommended for those with spinal injuries, or high or low blood pressure.) Sit on the floor or yoga mat with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your knees (Indian-style) with both shins inward and left leg in front. Keeping your left leg bent, reposition the leg so that the left foot is flat on the floor.
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.
October 19, 2015 |
Byron Maxwell often can be found sitting in front of his locker with his legs crossed in a yoga pose. Amid the hubbub of the Eagles' locker room, Maxwell finds moments to stretch. He does yoga whenever he can - when he wakes up in the morning, in the hotel room on the night before games, in the idle moments between practice and meetings. He finds classes after the workday. During his four years with the Seattle Seahawks, Maxwell spent time at a local yoga studio that partnered with the team.
October 22, 2000 |
Jonathan Labman has managed a New York art gallery and studied to become a Presbyterian minister. He has been an actor and a masseur. All the while, Labman, 45, has tried healing: first himself, then others. Labman grew up in Yardley, attending public school until he felt forced to leave Pennsbury High School after the 10th grade, in 1971. He finished at a private school in Wales on a scholarship for which he applied. He recalls walking the halls of Pennsbury and hearing students call him "fairy" and "mama's boy. " "I didn't know what homosexuality was at the time," Labman said.