It’s been over 3 months since I last did a Weekend Link Love. Yipes! Yoga teacher training really did consume about 99.9999% of my free time this past fall.
A Few Yoga Links of Interest…
How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body
First let me say, no, I do not agree with this sorry excuse for journalism. This is a poorly designed attack on yoga that is based on the behaviors of a few incompetent yoga practitioners. William Broad, the journalist, selects a few examples of obviously careless and/or fanatical yogis to reject nearly the entire challenging physical practice of yoga. An example: if you sit in hero’s pose (knees together, set back your heels, but option to go further and place feet next to hips so your butt is on the floor) for hours a day, yes, you will have issues. You will also have issues if you sit for hours a day, period. If you are not listening to your body, you are not practicing yoga. You are practicing some sort of ego-boosting physical exercise that will not get you any further towards enlightenment. To be honest, I’m surprised the Times ran this piece.
NY Times Unfairly Trashes Yoga
A rebuttal to the article above. Eloquent and based in fact, this quick counter to Broad’s exaggerated warnings is an informative, direct read.
Beautiful inversion practice by Briohny Smyth,
an Equinox LA yoga instructor (semi-NSFW). This is what I would love my practice to look like in… 2 years. (Also note that gorgeous apartment.)
Come to Yoga Vida’s 2-year anniversary class next Friday, the 13th, for a juicy flow and after party. P.S. I will be assisting with adjustments.
And some Food and Blog Links…
I recently bought this Lamb Jerky and Lamb Bacon at the Union Square farmers’ market. Delicious! It’s from the Catskill Merino Sheep Farm.
I used to read Roni’s Weigh ages ago when I first started blogging – back before there were thousands upon thousands of healthy living blogs. I came across it again recently and I’m enjoying it. She has lost and regained and lost and regained weight (not a lot, just the annoying difficult-to-be-rid-of last few pounds) and is currently trying to lose. She’s encouraging and funny and I just like to read her notes.
New Year’s Resolution Update (or should I say January Resolution Update) – I have not had any artificial sweeteners all week. Great confidence booster – I can achieve something if I set my mind to it. A few times I almost reached for a diet soda and then remembered my intention. I feel like a lot of “bad habits” that we do are really done completely unconsciously. Mindless snacking? So easy to “wake up” and realize you’re just eaten an entire chocolate bar without even realizing you started it. Going to bed late? You suddenly look at the clock and it’s 1:30am – where did the time go? We don’t set out to do these things that bother us; they’re part of our routines. So it’s important to find a way to remind yourself to check in and see if you’re really aware and in the moment. (For January resolution #2 – I have also been doing my daily reading.)
I feel like there were more things I read this week, but nothing is coming to mind. There have been far too many “10 superfoods you should be eating”-type articles because it’s the new year, but I don’t find them particularly interesting or useful. I know I should be eating broccoli, etc…, but 10 superfoods are not going to change my life. Health is so much more than focusing on 10 foods.
What are your finds of the week?
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