Thursday May 16, 2013
Sorry Britney fans, but your girl's yoga poses from Shape Magazine (check the The Daily Mail for the pics) are making me cringe. Her warrior II looks super awkward. Her stance is too short, her torso is too far forward, and her front knee needs a deeper bend. In her camel, her hips are way out of alignment. I'd expect Shape to do a better job making sure her poses were looking as good as her bod.
Tuesday May 14, 2013
From the department of tropical paradise yoga with supermodels, we bring you this twisted lunge with Gisele Bundchen. Can't fault her form at all, so might as well enjoy the view. Here's how to do this pose if you want to try it at home. Bring your own island retreat.
Sunday May 12, 2013
Have you heard about the seven minute workout yet? In it, you do 12 different exercises for 30 seconds each as intensely as possible. After seeing it featured in the New York Times last week, I decided to give it a try. You see, I love to do yoga and will happily do it for hours at a time, but I hate to workout. Seven minutes sounds perfect to me. I've only been at it for a few days, so I can't really speak to its efficacy yet, but I will say that it's hard and left me sore in unexpected places. As a yoga student, the pit stops in plank and side plank felt almost like rest, especially when compared to triceps dips.
Thursday May 9, 2013
Hot on the heels of a lawsuit against the founder of Bikram yoga alleging sexual harrassment comes the news of two new suits in which women claim to have been raped by Bikram. (Thanks to Yogadork for bringing this story to light after it appeared on courthouse news.com.) The reactions from the citizens of the internet have been very interesting. Many have said that they are not surprised by this development, given Bikram's reputation. I have to agree, but just because we are not surprised doesn't mean that we should not be not horrified. Many others have said that the fall of Bikram the man does nothing to diminish their admiration for his yoga method. I find it harder to separate the two, especially since they are enmeshed financially. Maybe it's time to look into another style of hot yoga.