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Jun

27

2016

Changing Into Summer

  No doubt by this time, you’ve put away all the winter clothes and have been enjoying your summer couture (especially if you live in my neck of the woods – the very hot, very humid St. Louis area). Have you changed into your summer lifestyle, too? Enjoying robust health means that we flow with nature and its changing seasons. The heat of summer brings...

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Jun

05

2016

My Story Of Depression

Friday, June 3, 2016   Every once in a while, an article comes across my Facebook feed linking exercise as the cure for depression. “Pilates Cures Depression” or “Yoga Cures Depression” is guaranteed click bait for those who suffer from it. Mostly, I find these articles glib and dismissive; for one, exercise in general is often prescribed for depression so really, there is nothing specifically...

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May

15

2016

Does Ego Affect Your Workout?

  When we hear an instructor tell us to “check our egos at the door,” we tend to think that what he/she is saying is don’t be a show-off. But the ego is more than just the desire to show off – a whole lot more. I use the word “ego” the same way it’s used in the classical yoga – as interchangeable with self-identity....

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Apr

24

2016

The Psoas: Key To Connected Movement

Saturday, April 23, 2016 This weekend, I had the privilege of attending a workshop by Liz Koch, author of “The Psoas Book” and all-around psoas expert extraordinaire. I first became aware of Liz’s work in the early 1990s as a student in the Laban/Bartenieff School of Movement Studies in New York City. I found the first edition of her book – which was really little...

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Apr

15

2016

Does Your Exercise Program Fit You?

Friday, April 15, 2016 As we age, we need to start looking more critically at our lifestyles to determine whether the choices we’ve made in the past are going to serve us in our future. While we have no control about aging per se, we do have some control as to how we age. According to Ayurveda, mid-life to old age (about mid-forties onward) is...

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Apr

10

2016

What Is “Fitness”?

April 10, 2016   What is fitness? Is it the numeric quality of a certain percentage of body fat, how many steps you can do in a minute, your VO2 Max or how far you can reach to your toes? If you fit into those numeric qualities, what does that mean exactly? Does it mean that you are also healthy? Not necessarily. If you are...

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Apr

03

2016

Doing Plank Pose – A Checklist

  Plank pose is one of my favorites – it builds strength in the core, the chest, and arms. I am certainly not alone as plank poses can be found in just about every fitness program on the market. Pick up any women’s or men’s fitness magazine and it is usually in the top ten of exercises one can do when one is short on...

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Mar

27

2016

Jesus and the Power of Forgiveness

March 27, 2016 Today is Easter Sunday, a day when Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a little Catholic girl, it was hard for me to understand what the significance was of this man’s choice to go against the system, get tortured for it, subsequently killed and then resurrected. It was told to me that all of this was done for...

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Mar

20

2016

Rufus, Yoga and Tolerance

March 20, 2016 This morning during my practice I put on a CD by Rufus Wainwright that I had not listened to in a long time. As “Going To A Town,” played, the physical sensations felt the first time I heard it came rushing back. There was the initial “Oh no, here we go bashing America again,” followed by disdain for the artist who was...

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Mar

09

2016

Being Comfortable In Your Body

March 9, 2016 Recently, I went to a class on social networking and website management for small business. One of the first things the instructor asked was if we attendees had a “brand.” Up until that time, I had thought that a brand was a logo, a product or, sorry to say, a gimmick, that was easily marketed. I find the whole marketing response to...

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