Category Archives: Fitness

All Fired Up

2013/10/09 Fitness No comments

As the season turns and temperatures drop, there’s a need to stoke your inner fire to weather the winter to come. Beginning to incorporate more fire into your movements helps overcome a seasonal......

Practicing through the passage of time

2013/07/07 Fitness No comments

When I was young, my birthday parties were amazing. Blessed with a lake in my front yard, scores of summer playmates spilling out from the neighboring cottages, and our collective mothers creati......

Creating animal shapes to benefit homeless pets

2013/06/12 Fitness No comments

Meg and Pip in the Park(Lancaster Newspapers) A carnival of animals is inhabiting Buchanan Park this summer. Think panthers, gorillas, even komodo dragons prowling through the turfgrass. Leaping......

Changing your perspective

2013/05/28 Fitness No comments

Crow on the rowboat The first time a yoga teacher suggested I press my hands on the floor and lift up into a handstand, I thought she was joking. Until all around me, the whole class was turning......

Ready to Begin

2013/05/02 Fitness No comments

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki In yoga, we work to cultivate a beginner’s mind. Each day, when we sit to me......

Cultivating presence

2013/03/15 Fitness No comments

I freely admit it, I stink at meditation. Sitting down on the floor with my legs crossed, attempting to achieve some state of inner peace usually means my feet fall asleep, my mind wanders off t......

Open to Love

2013/02/13 Fitness No comments

In yoga classes, we talk about heart-opening poses. Physically, it’s a way to open up chests that become collapsed in our modern society as we hunch over our computers, our cell phones, even our......

What’s Up Dog? The playfulness of children’s yoga

2012/05/13 Fitness No comments

Any yogi may be familiar with Warrior III, a pose with one leg grounded on the earth, the other extending behind, and arms reaching forward. But in Michelle Newman’s yoga classes, the pose magic......

Props for props: enhancing your yoga practice

2012/04/19 Fitness No comments

Yoga teacher Kim Cherry travels everywhere with her bag of tricks. Need to deepen a lunge? She’s got two blocks handy. Ready to pull up into Dancer’s Pose? She’s there with a strap. Tight hips? ......

Spring cleaning: cleansing your diet

2012/04/18 Fitness, Food No comments

Warming weather brings with it the urge to cleanse. We want to shed winter’s heaviness and get lighter. Certainly there’s an impulse to clear out our closets and wash down our windows – it......