Thursday, April 22, 2010

91-Year Old Yogini

To what do you aspire? What do you picture yourself doing you are 91?

Tao Porchon-Lynch teaches yoga. She's quite a dancer, too. See for yourself on this CNN video. The savasana she leads her students through is quite beautiful.

Monday, April 19, 2010

These Shoes Were Made for Walking

Walking can nourish the cardiovascular system, improve brain function, reduce stress, and strengthen muscles large and small. But not if the foundation of the gait, that is your shoes, isn’t up to the task.

Improper shoes create muscle tension and inhibit your stride and its effect throughout the body. How do you choose the right shoe?

Karin Edwards, a Rolfer from Portland, has written an excellent article with four simple tips for choosing shoes. They should be flexible and lightweight so you can feel the ground through the soles, with a neutral heel and wide toe box. For more details on shoes and how to walk once you’ve found the right pair, read the entire article on her website.

Give your feet the freedom of shoes that allow their full potential, then each step can spread from toe to head.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Exercise of the Month: Head Waggle

You can do this exercise anytime, anywhere to release tension at the back of your neck and head. The head waggle is a side-to-side movement (not a yes or a no, but an interesting maybe) of the head on top of the neck. This video shows you how to do it and some other undulations that will make it easier.

A colleague who lived in India for a while observed this interesting culteral movement and surmises that it is the reason why Indians have more fluid structure than Americans.