Since February, I’ve felt a nagging sensation in my posterior right knee after sitting in virasana. I feel fine during the pose, but it can be downright excruciating when I straighten the knee. In a minute, my knee feels fine again. Bending my knee to 90° in virabhadrasana II and other standing poses is fine.…… Continue reading Traumeel: medicine or myth?
Listen when a yoga class does its first trikonasana of the day. Pop, pop, pop! You’ll probably hear a chorus of hip joints cracking. The spine is just as prone to making sounds, especially when doing neck rolls and supine twists. Even simply lying down can readjust the sacroiliac joint with a little click. We…… Continue reading Snap, crackle, pop
In a prior post, “Sugar, sleep, and Steve Nash,” I mention my resolutions to get more sleep and to eat less refined sugar. Here’s an update on sugar: Steve Nash wrote here that if you stop eating refined sugar, you stop craving it. He is absolutely right. My tastebuds are extremely sensitive to sugar now,…… Continue reading Sugar update
My friend Eve, yoga teacher and writer, tries to limit her consumption of carbohydrates. High-protein foods, such as fish and poultry, don’t seem to add fat around her middle as carbs do. I’ve heard this claim before. But I’ve always eaten carbs with no ill effects. I grew up eating Japanese sticky rice and soft white…… Continue reading What’s your “work”?
In a March 1, 2010, New York Times article, “Old Age, From Youth’s Narrow Prism,” Marc E Agronin, MD, examines our conceptions (and misconceptions) about old age. He’s often surprised when his geriatric patients contradict his expectations. He writes, “All of us lapse into such mistaken impressions of old age from time to time. It…… Continue reading Does 55+ yoga make sense?
Last week I got a massage for the first time in nine months. I needed one. My back, my legs! My body craves deep pressure, verging on unbearable (no swirly Swedish stuff). The massage therapist, Janet, found my muscles very taut and tight. With two clients who practice yoga, she quipped, “Now I’m afraid to…… Continue reading Yoga, muscles, and massage
Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash credits two things to his excellent health and performance at age 36: avoiding refined sugar and getting enough sleep. See Nash’s sample daily diet here. (In case you’re clueless about pro basketball, Nash is a superstar and two-time NBA MVP who grew up in Victoria, BC. He was among the final five torch bearers…… Continue reading Sugar, sleep, and Steve Nash
In the New York Times article “When Chocolate and Chakras Collide” (January 26, 2010), yoga practitioners debate the yogic diet: Should yogis eat meat? Drink alcohol? Indulge in sweets and spices, onions and garlic? Traditionalists hold that ahimsa requires vegetarianism, and that one must avoid strong flavors, caffeine, and alcohol, which overwhelm the senses. Revisionists…… Continue reading Sense, Sensuality, and Sensibility
A recent Harvard study found that barefoot running causes less impact (and bodily harm) than running in high-tech shoes. Apparently, shod runners land hard on their heels, while shoeless (or minimally shod) runners strike the ground on the springier fore- or mid-foot, which cushions the impact. Even before this study was published, a small movement…… Continue reading Barenaked feet
In the February 2010 issue of Yoga Journal, Jessica Berger Gross wrote “An Honest Meal,” about how yoga changed her relationship with food. It’s a neat summary of her memoir, enLIGHTened, which I reviewed in my second blog post, “Do yoga, lose weight,” last August. (I recommend reading the whole book, which more satisfyingly details…… Continue reading Yogic eating
In the November 9, 2009, New Yorker issue, staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert discusses vegetarianism and factory farming in “Flesh of Your Flesh,” in which she reviews Jonathan Safran Foer’s nonfiction book Eating Animals. Kolbert’s review (which reads as effectively as a full-fledged article, as the best reviews always do) struck me in the way the CBC…… Continue reading Addendum on vegetarianism
I recently watched part of a CBC documentary, The End of the Line, about the catastrophic collapse of global fish populations—due to our insatiable appetite for seafood. It’s based on Charles Clover’s 2008 book, The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World and What We Eat. Once plentiful, Atlantic cod and Bluefin…… Continue reading Ahimsa versus sashimi