RIP Iyengar

BKS Iyengar, who helped provide yoga towards the Northwest, has died
The type of yoga called after him is becoming among the most widely used colleges of yoga in america. Unlike fast-paced or acrobatic designs like ashtanga yoga, presents in Iyengar yoga are held on correctly aiming and pupils focus…
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BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar was a huge force in bringing Yoga to the West. You can read more about him in this article in the New York Times. He lived to be 95, which is a glowing testament for his style of yoga, known popularly as Iyengar yoga.

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Hard Yoga Poses Made Easy

Noted yoga instructor and former model Tara Stiles shows you how to do hard yoga poses the easy way in this cool YouTube video. Go Tara!

In related news, Tara did a stunt in NYC earlier this year where she performed yoga poses in a glass box. That was, um, different. I haven’t decided what I think about Tara. She’s a great instructor, but some people feel she’s watered down yoga in an effort to make it seem more accessible. She’s done a good job of ignoring the haters.

 

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Every Simpsons Ever

Ay caramba! New Fox cable channel FXX just kicked off a massive Simpsons marathon called, Every Simpsons Ever. I’ve always been a huge Simpsons fan and if I can figure out how to find the FXX channel on my cable line-up, I think I’m definitely going to pop in and catch a few episodes.

Every Simpsons Ever

Forbes did a short write up on the business model, which is borrowed from NetFlix. The NY Times got some writers together to discuss some of their favorite Simpsons episodes.

 

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Some More Exciting Treadmill Workouts

Ugh. I hate running on a treadmill, but sometimes the weather leaves me no choice. In Winter in can get too cold and in Summer it can get too hot. And unless you live in a desert or a drought-stricken state like California, rain can stop your outdoor running ambitions.

The problem with running on a treadmill is that it’s just too boring. Really!

Treadmill Runner

So here are some good treadmill workouts to keep you sane. I use them all the time.

Turn up your speed

First, place the ramp to 1 percent of simple running for 10 minutes and do a warmup. Subsequently fix the rate to 2 minutes, that’s more rapid than your rate of simple jogging. This is just 8 minutes per-mile that is if you usually take 10 minutes per-mile to get a long and uncomplicated jog. Preserve that rate for Three OR Four minutes and change to strolling for Three OR Four minutes. It’s possible to replicate this Three to Five times. Astonishingly, this optimum aerobic effort will allow you to raise your easy speed.

The sprint away

Place yourself at an appropriate tempo and warmup for Three minutes. For 30 seconds, sprint as quick as possible and widen your speed around the treadmill radically. Recuperate by bringing the rate back into a cozy jog speed for around 1 to Three minutes even though first timers will need more healing depending on your degree of fitness. Perform repeats until you cool-down. This treadmill work out is interesting because you attempt to surpass the preceding amount of sprints done so don’t lose count of sum of sprints completed.

Progressive jog

Subsequently place the ramp at 1 percent and commence running in a rate of 5 miles-per hour. Increase the rate by 0.2 miles per hour every minute before you feel really exhausted. Outside of this treadmill exercise acquiring mental patience and fosteing maximal oxygen consumption, it’ll additionally incrementally and systematically enlarge your lactate threshold.

The run

Treadmill Runner GirlMany people are comfortable with this one. All that’s necessary to do is warmup and you’re set to go. Your work out time will probably be dependent on your rate. Constantly keep the rate consistent through the work-out. It’s more pleasure doing it outside. For better outcomes ought to be achieved to get a lengthy haul of 4 5 minutes to a hour. It is wise to select a level earth for the work-out.

Advancing times

Place the treadmill at 7 miles-per hour in an one-percent incline and run at a speed of sixty seconds. Subsequently, reduce the rate to an easy jogging speed and catch an one-moment rest. Increase the rate to 7.5 miles per hour and redo the sixty seconds running with a-one-moment rest at once as you widen the rate by 0.5 miles per hour after every rest. When you get to a place where you cannot deliver down the jogging time to 30 seconds together with sixty seconds of rest till you’re overtired, keep that swifter speed for the whole 60 seconds and can’t do anymore. As the work out progresses, you are able to carry forward the fatigue to the next time.

The alternator

This work-out must be switched between hills and sprints and it’s also interesting to do for about 30 to 4 5 minutes. In a speed, which can be cozy, begin by warming-up for Three minutes? Recuperate by bringing back the velocity into a cozy jog tempo of both 2, a Few minutes. Your selection will probably be decided by how healthy you might be. Switching to the hill, widen the treadmill’s ramp to some height that may still give you a cozy jogging speed for Three minutes. For retrieval, lower the ramp to the beginning degree of 1.0 and jog in a comfortable speed. Redo before the finish. The theory is sprint, subsequently healing, subsequently hill, subsequently healing and also you begin again in a sprint.

Mount Everest

This treadmill work out is normally about how high you’ll be able to go. It’s perfect for the day that you simply feel like burning a great deal of fat and you’re prepared to work more difficult for it. As normal, start by warming-up for Three minutes in a rate which is comfy. When Five minutes are up, lift the ramp by 2 placing you at an incline of 3 while keeping precisely the same rate. Keep expaning the ramp from Three to Five to 7 while nevertheless preserving the exact same rate and time interval. Yet, after Five minutes lift the ramp by 2, putting you at a ramp of 7 and then decrease your rate by 5.

The primary notion of the Mount Everest is always to keep a fixed jog. But should you’re feeling the requirement fix the rate in compliance with all the ramp, go ahead and do thus. Don’t forget that the purpose is to maintain it elevating towards the hill till you finish your designated work out time. Continue with the addition of 2 to the ramp before you reach your treadmill’s maximal ability incline and modulate the speed or you’ve finished your designated time. Mount Everest is greater than perspiration; you’ll truly want mental toughness in order to manage this work-out. It really is a terrific challenge worth striving for.

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Yoga Newbie

I’ve been feeling out of shape and very sore lately so I started trying out yoga at the urging of friends. One friend in particular swears by it. She does hot yoga, which doesn’t look like it’s for me. Too much sweating! But some of the other forms of yoga look fantastic and I decided to give it a go. Here are some basic tips and tricks I learned about yoga while doing my research on the Web.

Yoga HeadstandYes, I always research everything on the Web before trying it. It can be an annoying habit, I know. For more pose guides, check out Yoga Simple.

There are several styles of yoga, and finding the best one for you could be a intimidating task. Where do you start? How would you know which type is most appropriate for you personally? What Exactly Is Yoga?

Fortunately, as there are so many kinds, forms and hybrid vehicle of yoga to select from, you’ll be able to find a means of yoga that’s perfect and in the end tailor a yoga workout just for you. For example, if you’re a high energy, go-acquiring sort perhaps you are pulled to the more energetic, challenging Ashtanga yoga but a restorative, healing yoga might be what you really need.

The best place to start should be to learn the basics of yoga, and you’ll discover this is similar in most fashions, then grad onto different yoga courses. It might have been a very long time as you truly connected mind and physique, therefore be very tender and kind to yourself when getting started. Seems straightforward, but it is a good deal tougher than you think to only let yourself unfold, and when you do eventually recognize that sweet, harmless feeling that springs forth from within and provides you a heavy feeling that every thing is correct with all the world you’ll understand you have located your sort of yoga, and do not be afraid to pick and select from different styles!

Hatha

Best for anyone who feels pressured, tired or up-tight. Hatha is a great foundation for anyone new to yoga.Yoga KneelHatha signifies ‘dynamic’ and the focus is on the entire body, and moving energy through the body by keeping bearings and breathing into bearings. (This may seem unusual, but after several sessions you’ll notice the difference that belly breathing makes to your own practice).

Iyengar

Iyengar yoga is wonderful for those who love preciseness, arrangement and element. Iyengar will allow you to stretch deeply, educate you spinal alignment using props – blocks, and bolsters, seats, and ropes.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga is for the more sporty sorts among you who like to sweat, challenge the body and also anyone wanting to generate body tone. Ashtanga begins with Sun Salutations, a sequence of poses duplicated 7-8 occasions, and held fleetingly.

Anusara

This is ideal for those desiring a great, deep work out, together with the benefit of psychologically lifting you. It is a really energizing experience that can work the body deeply. You might also be asked to chant, do breath perform, and try meditation whilst listening to yogic audio. The positions are supposed to be lively and lighthearted but really successful.

Restorative Yoga

Yoga Leg StretchThis is good for those who want and desire some serious rejuvenation of head, body and spirit. Restorative yoga counteracts anxiety and really provides body and your brain a holiday letting you feel refreshed and restored.

With this particular practice, positions are supported with bolsters and blankets to allow greater launch to the body, the breath to deepen and this enables the nervous system substantially by providing you an idea of reducing and calm. You ordinarily do 4-5 poses that are held for short and/or longer periods of time.

This is all about letting the body to yield, soften and launch by offering help and aware breath to it.

Become a yoga butterfly, transfer from yoga practice to yoga practice taking something from every one to tailor make your own personal perfect yoga fashion. There are really no rules, and remember you’re unique, so that your approach to locating what is most suitable for you will probably be too!

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Pottermania

One of my not-so-secret obsessions is Harry Potter. I’ve long been a fan of both the books and movies and I was very excited last year when I became a beta-tester for Pottermore, the online web site (it’s not quite a game) that takes place in the Harry Potter universe. I read up on all the tips and tricks and set out to adventure in the world of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

It’s a fun site, but the adventure is fairly linear and simple. It follows the narrative structure of the book pretty closely, so there are no real surprises. You kind of know everything that is going to happen before it does. But you do get to do all the cool stuff from the story, like obtaining your very own wand and being sorted into your House at Hogwarts as part of the sorting hat ceremony.

There are ways to interact with other wizards. You can earn house points and compete with other players in wizard’s duels. I think Pottermore will get a lot better when they release more of the stories, and perhaps allow you to deviate from the original plot a bit more. It’s supposed to come out of beta testing this month and perhaps more players will also make it a bit more fun.

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RIP Whitney Houston

The Web and Twitter are filled with memorial messages for Whitney Houston, who died on Saturday in her hotel room. The official coroner’s report is not yet out but the word is that she died from a combination of prescription drugs (Xanax) and alcohol. It can be a devastating combination.

Even more devastating is the loss of Whitney, one of the most impressive singers we’ve ever had. Her voice was angelic and powerful and she carried herself on-stage with a commanding presence. Off-stage was another story. She had a troubled life and turned to drugs and alcohol, which only made her problems worse. In the end, it led to her undoing.

So many singers and musicians, it seems, come to an early end at the hands of drugs and alcohol. It makes you wonder if the price that fame extracts is too high. Whitney was signed to a recording contract very early in her life and her success was meteoric. She knew nothing other than fame and fortune and through a combination of stress and bad influences, she went down a dark and lonely path, culminating in a sad and untimely death.

I saw the news this weekend while I was surfing the Web for some ideas on family vacation destinations for the upcoming holiday in April. One of the places I was thinking of taking the kids was to Beverly Hills. They’ve always wanted to see the Walk of Fame. I even briefly considered staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, which is where Whitney met her unfortunate demise, but it’s too pricey for non-celebrities like me. We may very well go to LA to see Whitney’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Playing a Lot of Facebook Games

Been busy playing a lot of Facebook games lately. I know this is really a huge waste of time but I’m kind of addicted and am enjoying myself immensely. I never really got into FarmVille or any of the other Zynga games but now I’m really looking forward to the new game called Adventure World. It’s kind of like Indiana Jones and you’ll travel around the world exploring lots of different places and finding treasure and other secrets. I’ve been brushing up on some cheats to get a head start once the game is out. Any other games you think I should try? A lot of my friends are playing Diamond Dash and Bejeweled Blitz but I like the story-driven games much more than just the old match-3 style block games. What do you think?

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Something About Nothing

Hello and welcome to my blog, which is really something about nothing. At times I’m fairly random in my thinking with little point or reason. I tend to ramble on a bit and I have a deep affection for cheese and garlic. But that’s not really so much the point, is it? It’s been said before that the windows and doors to the soul are the eyes, but sometimes I think it’s the big toe. But to be honest, I’m not really sure anymore. I do think about this a lot. I ponder. I ponder some more. Then I have a snack. Usually cheese.

My biggest accomplishment of the moment is that I found a great coach diaper bag on sale last week in NYC. I hope it’s genuine. It’s so hard to tell. But it looks good anyway and it holds all the baby gear I really need.

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