Excerpted from Raising a Team Player: Teaching Kids Lasting Values on the Field, on the Court and on the Bench By Harry Sheehy, Danny Peary
Youth sports seems to be facing an overwhelming national crisis of conscience. What can parents do to make a difference?
It is overwhelming. For a problem this large, the natural tendency is to look for a large solution. Unfortunately, I don't think that there's an easy systematic answer. If we want youth s
Excerpted from Toning for Teens: The 20-Minute Workout that Makes You Look Good and Feel Great! By Joyce L. Vedral, Ph.D.
The first thing I want you to do is to realize that you are beautiful right now. You are the same adorable, miraculous human being that came from your mother's womb. To make sure you understand this, I want you, right now, to do something that may seem foolish. I want you to go ask your mother for a baby picture of you when you were first born, and s
Excerpted from Yogababy: Exercises to Help You Bond With Your Baby Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually By DeAnsin Goodson Parker, Ph.D., Karen W. Bressler
When you and your baby do yoga together, it is about two people getting in harmony so that each feels better connected to the other. What I call "relationship yoga" is an ideal method to learn how to parent intuitively. Relationship yoga is a way to share fun and quality time between parent and baby while building
By Margarita Nahapetyan
According to the findings of the new three-year study, carried out by West Virginia University, individuals with chronic lower back pain who do yoga, improve their mood and do better at overcoming pain and depression, when compared to those who use conventional medicinal treatments for back pain.
Patients who were assigned to take yoga for the period of 2 months reported a 29 per cent reduction in functional di
Excerpted from Power Mudras: Yoga Hand Postures for Women By Sabrina Mesko, Ph.D.H.
You have a secret hideaway in your world of nature.
It is a lush grass meadow filled with wildflowers.
Be adventurous. Take off your shoes and feel the life force beneath your bare feet.
The grass will tickle you, massage you, poke you, and soothe you. The unusual feeling gets
Excerpted from Yoga for Health By Richard Hittleman
This section contains exercises that are known in Sanskrit as asanas, meaning postures or poses. The total series of asanas is designated as Hatha (physical) Yoga, A select, highly effective group of these comprises the basic exercise program of the Yoga For Health system. This program is presented in the following pages.
In undertaking the practice of Hatha Yoga, you are joining millions of pe
Excerpted from Yoga Zone Yoga for Life: An Intermediate Guide to Health, Fitness, and Relaxation By Alan Finger, Al Bingham
Everyone experiences stress-it is a phenomenon as old as the human race. The fast pace of twenty-first-century life provokes the stress response-and exacerbates its negative side effects - probably more than any other rime in history. Never before have people experienced so many pressures in the course of a single Jay. pressures to earn money, be s
Excerpted from The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners By Suza Francina
Our Changing View of Aging
We need to change our idea of what aging is. If I know my biological potential is 130 years, then I don't consider myself middle-aged until I'm 65. . . . One of the great principles of mind/body medicine is that expectancies determine outcome. If you expect to remain strong in old age, you will. - Deep
Excerpted from The Little Yoga Book By Erika Dillman
Elements of Practice
In order to maximize yoga's benefits, practice regularly and design an all-body routine that improves balance, flexibility, stamina, and strength. A well-rounded practice includes the following types of poses: abdominal strengtheners, backward and forward bends, balancing, spinal twists, and poses that stretch and strengthen the legs, hips, arms, shoulders, neck, and back.
Excerpted from The American Yoga Association's Easy Does It Yoga : The Safe and Gentle Way to Health and Well-Being By Alice Christensen
Almost every Yoga exercise includes a specific breath pattern, which is an essential part of making the exercise work for you. Note also that each technique usually begins with three Complete Breaths. This focuses your attention on the breath, which will help to insure that you keep breathing throughout the exercise.
Excerpted from Triathlete Magazine's Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide: Plans, Scheduling Tips, and Workout Goals for Triathletes of All Levels By Matt Fitzgerald
There's an amusing story about how Bruce Jenner trained to win the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal for the United States. As you probably know, the decathlon competition comprises 10 track-and-field events ranging from the shot put to the 1,500-meter run. By way of preparing to compete against the world'
By Margarita Nahapetyan
Individuals who think that a good day's workout will give them a good night's sleep, appear to be wrong, if the latest research is to be believed. According to new findings, by making you more tired, a good exercise will keep you awake, rather than send you off.
The findings are based on an analysis of an experiment that involved 14 adult individuals. All the participants were asked to wear actigraphy armbands
Excerpted from The Ultimate Body Rolling Workout: The Revolutionary Way to Tone, Lengthen, and Realign Your Body By Yamuna Zake, Stephanie Golden
The basic principle of Roily Rolling is creating space. Just as people exclaim, "I need my own space!" every part of your body needs its proper space to I unit ion at its best. Pain or discomfort due to a sprain, muscle spasm, or pressure on a nerve is the result of compression-meaning lack of space-in the painful area. Lack o
Excerpted from The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week By Fredrick Hahn, Michael R. Eades, M.D., Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
Most people think of strength training as something just for body builders and, absent any desire for a sculpted, rippling physique, not something of particular interest to the rest of us. But this common Perception has recently begun to change. Lately, we've begun hearing about the impor
Excerpted from The Little Strength Training Book By Erika Dillman
Building a Better Body
Once considered an obscure sport practiced mainly by competitive athletes and vain bodybuilders, strength training has become one of the most popular fitness activities in the country, with more than twenty million participants.
Why are so many people including strength training in their fitness routines? Because it works. Improving
Excerpted from Training for Life: Walk Your Way to Fitness and Weight Loss in 14 Days By Debbie Rocker
True fitness isn't just physical. Training for Life will get your body into dramatically better shape, but the physical changes will be just a small part of a much bigger transformation. Our real goal together is something bigger: total fitness.
Total fitness is an entirely new way of thinking about the concept of fitness. It's not just about g
Excerpted from The Little Butt& Thighs Workout Book By Erika Dillman
Let's face it. Before you can get the legs you want, you have to address your cellulite situation.
We all have it. We all hate it. We spend millions every year on creams, pills, and spa treatments "guaranteed" to get rid of it. We try the latest diets and buy exercise equipment designed to help us "burn the fat," and still, most of us seem stuck with our dimpled, flabby thi
Excerpted from Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes: Lose Up to 2 Sizes in 4 Weeks Workout By Teresa Tapp, Barbara Steinberg Smalley
T-Tapp's Basic Plus Workout is designed primarily for beginners and to help the lit get litter. It delivers inch loss as well as improved health and wellness. Tills quickie workout tightens and tones, strengthens and stretches, de-stresses and energizes-plus saves lime. It takes just fifteen minutes to complete, yet still provides cardiac condit
Excerpted from Leslie Sansone's Eat Smart, Walk Strong : The Secrets to Effortless Weight Loss By Leslie Sansone
There are constant new companies that stand to make a lot of money by contusing you about weight loss. Their hopes of getting you to buy their diet foods and pills rest on convincing you that good nutrition is a complex science, that you'll need experts and special help to achieve weight loss.
The diet-food industry has been abetted b
Excerpted from Lean, Long& Strong: The 6-Week Strength-Training, Fat-Burning Program for Women By Wini Linguvic
In case you are wondering, I'm here to give you some answers:
Yes, you can be strong and be graceful.
Yes, you can get fit and still have time for the rest of your life.
Yes, you can enjoy a workout that makes you feel energized and balanced, and sculpts lean, long muscles.
Excerpted from The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner By Michael Stone
FOR YOGA, these are the best of times, yet in some ways, these are the worst of times. The explosion in information technology is bringing people and their cultures, ideas, languages, religions, and businesses together at an exciting and disconcerting pace. So far, no one culture, no one religion- no one government is able to define an absolute frame
Excerpted from Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Soul By Brooke Boon
In today's culture, Christians of different denominations are opening up to worship styles from other traditions. Many believers are newly interested in traditional spiritual disciplines such as meditation, fasting, solitude, and simplicity. Ancient rituals such as prayer labyrinths, in which Christians pray to and praise God while enacting a metaphorical journey to Him, are becoming more
Excerpted from The World's Fittest You By Joe Decker, Eric Neuhaus
I hate using the word exercise. Although you'll see the word used a few times in this book, I like to refer to exercises as activities. Exercises makes you think of something you don't want to do. That's why you'll see my program is completely different. It's not about exercising at all, it's about activities, things you'll want to do, things that are fun, and won't take up lots of your time. If you're o
By Margarita Nahapetyan
It has recently been discovered by U.S. scientists that Tai Chi, a slow-moving form of Chinese martial arts that is often practiced for health benefits, may prove an effective treatment for individuals who experience dizziness and balance issues, known as vestibular disorders.
Dizziness can become a major problem for any person who suffers from the effects that interfere with balance. Dizziness, loss of balance
Excerpted from Runner's World Guide to Cross-Training By Matt Fitzgerald
We runners are notoriously reluctant to strength-train. A typical runner has about as much interest in hitting the gym as the average powerlifter has in hitting the track. The three reasons runners commonly give for resisting resistance exercise are fears of "bulking up," a perceived lack of time and energy to devote to it, and the belief that strength training offers no particular benefits to runn