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'Tough yoga' method uses body as tool to improve itself: a Stretching Out column

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Yoga, for me, is synonymous with muddling. Every class I take, I spend the hour not so much enjoying the real benefits as trying to look like I know what the heck I'm doing.
What I need is remedial help, someone to slow it down and work one-on-one to address issues of flexibility, strength and stability specific to my body. Then maybe I'd be prepared to join the yoga masses. What I need, come to think of it, is a few more sessions with Colette Barry, owner of Healthy Fit Studio in Westlake. One round of her "Tough Men, Tough Yoga" program wasn't enough, even if it did expose just about all my physical flaws. The differences between Barry's place and a typical yoga studio are many. For one, you're never going to hear her utter the words "chi" or "chakra." Foremost, though, is that Barry, daughter of a chiropractor, is less interested in transcending gravity than using it to her advantage. In other words, she uses body weight as a force for stretching. Also, unlike so many of her peers, Barry is not averse to machines and draws liberally from principles of Pilates. She also incorporates walls into her routines, using vertical surfaces for stability and resistance.

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Bikram Yoga St. Charles provides unique classes

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Bikram Yoga St. Charles provides classes in this genre of yoga. Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises done in a room heated to 105 degrees with a humidity of 40%.

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Everything you wanted to know about yoga

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CONFUSED by all the different styles of yoga out there? Check out our expert guide to the disclipline and get tips on how to find the right yoga teacher for you.
Hatha.- This yoga term covers a broad range of disciplines. Derived from Sanskrit, “ha” means sun and “tha” means moon. The focus of hatha yoga is on balancing energy. It features sequences linked to the breath and gentle, slow-paced classes. Benefits range from developing inner strength to improved flexibility and a calm mind. Hatha is a good introduction to yoga and helps manage anxiety or depression. This style suits people looking for a gentle, restorative practice.
Vinyasa.-Another term incorporating a wide range of yoga styles, vinyasa means a flowing movement linked with the breath. Practitioners learn to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or exhale. Vinyasa has no single philosophy or sequence.Warming and purifying, this approach to yoga will have you moving smoothly from one pose to the next, to build a subtle flow of energy and increased stamina.
Ashtanga.-This is the strong yoga, featuring a vigorous practice popularised by Sri K Pattabi Jois.

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Andy Murray banks on yoga and Simon Fuller ahead of Australian Open final

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A new fitness regime including yoga and the influence of his new manager Simon Fuller are being credited with helping to propel Andy Murray into the Australian Open final. It was the new Andy Murray. Gone was the surly, wild-haired young man we saw at Wimbledon. In his place at the Australian Open last week was a smart, smiling and confident star-in-the-making, charming the media and winning a legion of admirers on and off the court. On Sunday morning the new Murray was fighting to change the record books, taking on Roger Federer and attempting to become the first British man for 74 years to win a Grand Slam singles title. Tennis insiders said Murray's transformation could be put down to several factors: his new manager Simon Fuller, the fitness regime introduced by Team Murray – including Bikram yoga – and the ending of the relationship with his long-term girlfriend, Kim Sears. Many in the game were surprised last year when Murray signed up with Fuller's 19 Entertainment rather than a global sports agency such as IMG, which boasts clients including Federer and Tiger Woods.

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Yoga Mat Dinner Party: Too Much of a Good Thing, or Just Right?

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Yoga studios are sacred spaces, but so is the wine and cheese fête that follows, right?,The New York Times reports that you might be trading "om" for "yum" after your next yoga class, according to a dinner party meets yoga class trend. Some might worry that it could be too much of a good thing, a move towards merging two worlds that might have yoga purists losing their appetite altogether. But let's be honest: Who wouldn't want an hour or more of sweat and stretch-filled zen, followed by an equally uplifting multi-course meal complete with wine and dessert? According to David Romanelli a delicious something to tuck into after trikanosanas is the best way to honor the community and peace that yoga class hopefully inspires. "The world is a better place if people do yoga. And if they come because chocolate or wine is involved, I'm fine with it," says Romanelli in the NYT piece. The yoga teacher has created a session called "Yoga for Foodies" taught in New York City and soon to expand to restaurants in Chicago, Cleveland and Dallas.

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Peace, Love, and Lowriders

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I'm still doing Bikram Yoga, and that means I'm still hanging out with scantily dressed people. Which means I've been spending a lot of time looking at and appraising tattoos of all sizes, colors, and shapes. Did you know that there is a movie coming out soon called "Hot Tub Time Machine"? You can catch the trailer online. I will probably see it, as not only does it star John Cusack, whom I adore, but they also go back in time to the 1980's! Wow! That was so long ago. I was but a wee thing back then. Actually, that's not true. I lived through the 80's as a teenager. I can tell you every single video that appeared on MTV for years. I had bangs. But let's go back to the early 1990's, where this story takes place. 1993. I was 23 years old and living in San Francisco, two blocks from the intersection of Haight and Ashbury. In fact, during the nearly 10 years I lived in San Francisco (except for 9, not brief enough months living in a loft in Oakland) I always lived near the Haight. And no, not just because I spent quite a few summers wearing Indian cotton dresses at Grateful Dead concerts -- although I did have an anklet bracelet with bells on it.

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