September 10, 2010
As a sport, yoga is definitely not all about competition and progressing to a higher level, which is good, because it forces many of us to let go of our annoying tendencies to be competitive and drive ourselves to a higher level. Or so I thought. Semester by semester, I've been moving into a smug yoga zone wherein I started to believe I possessed core muscles that could support my actual body weight. Fortunately, last week I had a very Zen experience that brought me back to my center.
February 28, 2013
Alex Anderson tried to slowly rotate her body into a warrior yoga pose, but her legs began to tremble, her arms started flailing and she landed with a splash in the pool at MAC Fitness in Harbor East. The 29-year-old has slid into the position easily many other times, but that was before she tried it on a paddle board floating on water. She was among a small group of women at MAC taking "paddlefusion," a new class at the athletic club that combines yoga and Pilates moves on a board similar to a surfboard.
March 22, 2011
For 90 minutes, authorities say, Brittany Norwood sat inside her victim's parked car, concocting a plan to cover up the crime scene she had just created inside the yoga store where they both worked. Her colleague, Jayna Murray, lay dead, killed by items that Norwood took from a tool box inside Bethesda's Lululemon Athletica shop, prosecutors said. There was something tied around Murray's neck. There was blood everywhere. The plan that Norwood formed — as detailed in court Monday by Montgomery County's top prosecutor — involved planted evidence, phony injuries and a series of fabrications told by the hundreds.
June 21, 2007
Barbara Allen was just recovering from a long and serious illness -- fibromyalgia had incapacitated her for a full eight years -- when she decided to take up yoga as a way of "finding myself again." Allen, a former executive in the computer industry, appreciated it when her husband, Tom, an engineer, volunteered to try the practice, too. But, like many men, he wondered whether yoga wasn't basically "girly stuff." He felt more comfortable with a newer incarnation of the discipline -- partner yoga -- in which a couple tries out yoga postures and stretches as an intertwined twosome.
June 27, 2011
Charm City residents looking to tone up for beach season have a number of options. They can hit the treadmill, take up yoga or start dancing off the pounds with Zumba. But there’s another, more extreme way to get in shape that’s gaining popularity in Baltimore: training with cage fighters. At Ground Control Academy in Canton, where some of the area’s top mixed martial arts fighters train, owners are seeing an increasing number of members who never plan to step foot in a cage, but value what the intense MMA workouts can do for their bodies.
July 22, 1993
I am flat on my back on a blue vinyl mat in a gym that smells vaguely of yesterday's karate class, listening to haunting flute music, staring at the ceiling, exhaling breaths deep enough to fill sails, pressing my body into the earth and thinking . . .This is exercise?An hour later even my toes are trembling as I stretch oh-so-placidly to pose my body into positions that existed before some civilizations were born, witnessing my muscular tensions and my preconceptions drain away.This is exhilarating.