Posts Categorized: Yoga


Thanks to Courtney for sharing this follow-up to the Times article. Note that one of the sources personally vouches for the yoga mats in Chapel Hill!

On Clean Mats

This article warns of the dangers of sharing yoga mats. My student who’s a dermatology resident always wipes his mat with antimicrobial cleanser before sitting down. He’s practicing the first niyama: saucha, cleanliness.

Sage Yoga Training: Shoulder Stretches

Shoulder Stretches This series of shoulder stretches—great for swimmers and anyone with a tight upper body—includes optional leg positions to get your whole body looser. We begin with a shoulder strap sequence, for which you’ll need a yoga strap or a substitute—try a dog leash, a belt, or a necktie. Next we bring the arms… Read more »

Strong Enough for a Pigeon

If you want to see two beautiful photos of me looking silly, click over to Race Athlete and scroll down, or click here. The upper one was an outtake from one of Bear’s photography class projects. It looks to me like a deodorant ad, but the art of the photographer is evident. The lower photo… Read more »

Episode 7: IT Band Express

I’ve finally posted episode 7 of the podcast. With the girls home from school for the summer, it’s hard to get the house quiet enough to record the audio. If you listen through to the end, or use the chapters feature to listen to the closing credits, you’ll hear how tired I was by the… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: IT Band Express

IT Band Express This sequence of postworkout stretches targets the quads, hips, and hamstrings while engaging the upper body in arm stretches and spinal twists. Athletes with IT band problems will especially benefit from gentle, patient practice of Cow-Face Pose. If you feel like you can’t sit tall on the ground (i.e., if your pelvis… Read more »

Episode 6 Up

The sixth episode of the podcast is up, a series of stretches using the wall or some other vertical prop. Lily had to take some of the pictures, and she did a fine job—the camera is very heavy, but as she pointed out, she ate a spinach salad the other night. Off to the Latta… Read more »

Sage Yoga Training: Wall Stretches

Wall Stretches Great to practice after your workout, this seven-minute sequence uses a wall, a car, or a natural prop to help you stretch. Move gently into the poses, especially the arm stretches; take each to the point of pleasant intensity and no further. Music for this episode is the title track of Paul Avgerinos’s… Read more »

Leaping Up the Charts

I think I get the picture: it probably doesn’t take many hits to drive the number up!

Percolating Episode 6

Since I’ve returned the goth book, I’ve had time to tie up loose ends around the office. That also helps me procrastinate from the file-clearing that should get done—there are stacks of corrected manuscripts on the floor, soon destined for the preschool. (Reminds me of the great scene in The Corrections where Chip discovers his… Read more »