When did it become fashionable?
A couple of years ago I was in Santa Monica, CA. I packed my suitcase with what I thought was appropriate attire. Jeans, shorts, dresses. And one set of yoga clothes. I quickly discovered that the only thing I needed to bring with me was that one set of yoga clothes. No one in the LA area wore jeans. An occasional dress here and there. But everyone wore their yoga attire, day and night. To cafes, to the beach, and yes, to the yoga studio. In fact there were so many yoga studios and gyms that it wasn’t any wonder that they may have never changed into anything other than … their yoga clothes!
So today I decided to give it a try here in Rochester, NY. I wore my yoga outfit to Wegmans. Not a single person turned their head. At least none that I could see. I went from aisle to aisle, occasionally noticing some one else dressed in their work-out gear. Nothing. I was incognito. It was almost as if I was in LA.
What does this mean? Is yoga attire acceptable, trendy, fashionable? All over the US? What about the rest of the world? Here’s what I found.
Let’s start with who makes them. Athleta, Lulumon, and Prana are some of the leading brands. But Jockey, Calvin Klein & Nike offer a plentiful selection, as well. Yoga has become so popular that just about every brand is stitching up their own line.
This fashion trend is called Athleisure. And it’s not all bad. For instance, we’re not walking around in baggy sweats picking up sticky treats from fast food chains. In fact, Women’s Health says that “people who wear gym gear - like yoga pants - to places where one would normally not wear that kind of ensemble are seen as having a higher status since they ignore typical social norms.” (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/stereotypes-about-women-who-wear-yoga-pants)
A higher status? Now this is intriguing. I’m laying out all my yoga clothes for each day of the week. I’ll keep you posted!
To read more, click on this link and go to page 262
It's a hot sunny day. You're thirsty. For anything. A diet coke. An orange juice. Bottled water. Anything liquid. Bring it on!
But why? Why are you so darned thirsty when it's hot out? Perspiration.
When we sweat, we lose our body’s natural water. If we aren’t properly hydrated, we become de-hydrated. And that can be dangerous. Here’s what you can do.
First. Don’t get to the point of being thirsty. What???? That means, drink water periodically throughout the day. If you plan to be in the sun, drink even more.
Second. Pack a water bottle. This is the ‘how’ of drinking more water. Have it with you!
Third. Pay attention to your body. Some of the symptoms of dehydration are:
•dark yellow urine
If you experience several of these symptoms after a day in the sun, contact your health care specialist.
Four. Love & nurture your self! When we take care of ourselves, we notice when something’s not right and look into it.
Five. Stay covered. Use an umbrella, a wide brimmed hat, and sunscreen to prevent overheat, dehydration, and/or sunburn.
To read more, click on this link and go to page 140
What a Woman Needs to Know
Do men devote as much time to their mind-body-spirit connection as women do? Which area are they more focused on? And how do they handle the stressors of today’s demands? Here are a couple of guys around town who answer these questions from a man’s point of view.
Body Building By Leon
Personal training is one of the thing’s Leon McDaniel does best. Lifting weights is another. Fortunately the two compliment each other! He’s just beginning his practice and is filled with enthusiasm.
Physical strength and health are his inspiration. To get bigger and stronger. To look good and feel good. “Most people want that but they don’t know where to begin. They may not be willing to put in the time or they may not think they can do it.”
Leon admits that it takes commitment to body build. But “when you take charge of your body, you get totally charged”. He says anyone can become fit and healthy. Body building is like any sport. It takes practice.
And it isn’t just about the body. It’s a lifestyle that “prepares you for anything that requires long term determination and every day dedication.”
What does a typical day look like for a body builder?
To read more, click on this link and go to page 226
I was inspired. Let me tell you. I had no idea what I was in for when I signed up for Wisdom Rising back in January. It was my birthday, and I needed a tune up. That means a trip to Kripalu Yoga Retreat Center. It’s a magical place where I can let go of all my worries and be free. So that’s what I was planning to do … 4 months later … in April. Boy was I ready.
I packed my yoga attire and my hippie clothes. (Yes. I do have others - a few suits, Ann Klein, Tahari, etc. but no need for them here.) I was on my way on a sunny morning from Rochester, NY to the Berkshires, a mere 4 1/2 hour drive.
I love this place. Did I mention that? It sits on over 200 acres of sacred land. The building was a former monastery. It’s enormous with 4 levels sprawling in either direction. There are classes and programs from 6 am to 9 pm. The kitchen is pretty phenomenal, too. Especially if you’re vegetarian. Even if you’re not.
Sounds cool, doesn’t it?
“Calling all women for this life-changing meditation retreat and celebration of the Divine Feminine!”
Yes! Count me in.
“Learn to transform core emotional patterns affecting women today - anxiety, anger, inadequacy, depression, grasping, and compulsive doing - into living wisdom.”
This may not only help me, but the women I work with, too. Oooo! Maybe I can incorporate some of the tools into the Goddess Within Retreat.
To read more, click on this link and go to page 212
Every January the gym is crowded. There are no spots in the parking lot. All of the classes are full. And you have to wait to use the equipment. But by April, that’s not true any more. The thrill of New Year’s resolutions is over. You never really liked to exercise anyway. And summer’s still a season away. Why bother? Here’s why.
When you are active, you feel more alive. It may sound counter-intuitive but the more you move, the more energy you have. That’s why I don’t advise working out at night. It may keep you up. With that logic, wouldn’t it make sense to start your day off with a brisk walk, 15 minutes of exercise or a yoga practice? Yes!
You don’t need a new year’s resolution to inspire you. Just look in the mirror, and tell me what you see. More importantly, don’t look in the mirror and tell me how you feel. Often, one effects the other.
I think your body is beautiful. Do you?
Now I’m not about diets. Trust me. I’ve been on them all. From macrobiotic (that’s only eating raw vegetables and fruits) to gluten free, dairy free, count your calories… the list goes on. Here’s what I found. Nothing worked. No matter how much I watched my diet, sacrificed my favs. No matter how much weight I lost, it all came right back.
While exercise is really really important, (do not underestimate the importance of movement) it is of equal value to pay attention to your relationship with food. What? Yes. You have a relationship with food. After all, you spend enough time with it!
How do you manage this relationship? First by understanding it. That requires bringing awareness into your daily eating habits, otherwise known as ‘Mindful Eating’.
To continue reading, click on this link and go to page 156
This month recognizes women in history who have made an impact on our world. Here are three women who led significant change with their influence in the arts.
Marian Anderson was the first African-American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. She began singing in the church choir as a young girl and at the age of 89, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Isadora Duncan founded Modern Dance, and inspired many visual artists including Auguste Rodin with her creative style. You may remember the famous automobile scene in “Isadora” circa 1968 when her silk scarf became caught in the wheel of the tire, strangling her.
And last but not least, Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter whose physical limitations caused her to spend most of her life indoors painting, often self-portraits depicting emotional pain. She was the first Mexican artist to be featured at the Louvre.
All 3 made history not only for their creativity but for beating the odds. Each had courage, talent & a desire to express themselves fully. Let them inspire you to be your authentic self! Read more on page 226 https://issuu.com/kellybreuer/docs/rwo_march18
This comes with creative inspiration ~
Alana writes her monthly column 'Body Mind Spirt' for RochesterWomanOnline focusing on the balance of all 3 in a creative manner, filled with inspiration.
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