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Believe it or not, yoga hasn’t always been about perfectly toned buns and sparkly outer space leggings: The practice has only recently been connected to materialistic culture and image. Up until about six decades ago, yoga was non-existent in the Western world, but it has roots dating back to before 500 B.C.E. Originally, yoga developed under the guidance of vedic priests and mystic seers called Brahmans. The central motifs were Karma Yoga, Wisdom Yoga, and “the sacrifice of the ego through self-knowledge. Read More
When U.K. agency Sport England found that many women are not participating in fitness activities due to fear of judgment and stigma about their bodies, they decided to do something about it: January 12th saw the launch of brilliant campaign #ThisGirlCan, which encourages  women of all shapes and body types to go out there and get their sweat on. Research by the Sport England showed that women between the ages of 14 and 40 are less active than their male counterparts—and not because “sports aren’t for girls. Read More
In recent nifty gadget news, tech industries are releasing more and more products marketed towards women. Unsurprisingly, these new toys are mainly health and fitness trackers designed to be prettier and thus more appealing. Here’s where that aggravates us: First off, making your new fitness trackers look pretty for women because you think a couple of crystals will win us over is dumb. Utility products should  be about utility, not how much you can bling something out. Read More
Working out shouldn’t have to feel like a chore. I am a firm believer that if you’re not getting an emotional boost from exercising, or if it leaves you feeling tired and blah rather than proud and pumped, you’re doing something wrong.  As a kid, I could spend hours (yes, hours) in the ocean or running around with my friends in the school yard. I was always on. Now that I’m older, I have to make a conscious effort to get a decent amount of exercise in. I wondered if it could be as fun and effortless as it was when I was younger. Read More
Yesterday I ran away with the circus.  Let me rephrase that.  Yesterday I left work a little early to take the 20 minute PATH Train ride to Aerial Acrobat Entertainment in Jersey City.  There, I took an hour-long Lyra & Trapeze class, taught by Guinevere DiPiazza.  I’ll admit that I was a little nervous—I can’t remember the last time I attempted anything that requires upper body strength (unless typing on a computer counts as exercise), and I was secretly convinced that, with my unbelievably un-muscled arms, I’d be laughed out of the studio. Read More
Health blog "Wellfesto" recently published a list titled "10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out" and it is everything the world needs to be thinking.  In the piece, Brynn Harrington, a mother, questions the way we view exercise and the way that view is reflected in the culture of the next generation. Her revelation came in the middle of an exercise class when the instruction encouraged the class to picture themselves in "that dress."  That dress, Harrington says, represents our skewed view of physical activity. Read More
A couple corners of the internet are up in arms over the blog Skinny Gossip's nasty post about up-and-coming model Kate Upton, known to many as the blonde babe performing the "cat daddy" on Youtube so lusciously that the website actually temporarily removed it for its content. She also recently landed a smoldering spread in GQ. This spread prompted a friend of mine to say that if she opened up a booth where she charged for hugs, the economy would bounce back. With a body like hers, I can kind of see it. Read More