Monthly Archives: August 2013

Abhyanga: Annoint the body

Anoint thyself
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on August 27, 2013

Oiling your own body is a sensual experience.

It’s called abhyanga, and it’s a practice of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. As you massage your own body with pure, organic oil, the oil penetrates the skin and offers more than just moisture.

The skin is an open door, so labels on skincare products should be read as carefully as food ingredients. This is a rule: If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. You’ll be eating it anyway. If you read the labels on your favorite moisturizers, you might get scared or at least confused by pronunciation.

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Reaquaint yourself with the floor

Reacquaint yourself with the floor
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on August 26, 2013.  Posted with permission.

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One of the most advanced yoga poses is sitting on the floor.

Try it for thirty minutes.

If you aren’t used to it, be prepared for pins and needles, tight hips and an awkward hunchback.

Why? People in the west use chairs to prop their bodies. Sitting has become passive. Hip flexors contract, tightening the lower body and constricting the creative energy centers.

As a baby, the floor was your world. You grew from earth to sky.

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Lenore Bishop: The inward journey takes you out

Let the journey inward take you out
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on August 13, 2013.  Posted with permission.

Power yoga delivers strength, endurance, balance, happiness and flexibility. But Lenore Bishop’s class is a beast.

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Lenore Bishop

Yogis follow their favorite instructors, and Bishop is certainly followed. She teaches with Ruby and Pearl’s in Ft. Myers and Bala Vinyasa in Naples. If you’re five minutes early to class, you’re really ten minutes late. It’s mat to mat and wall to wall.

Bishop teaches Baptiste style. The tradition builds strength and cultivates confidence. Through this a transformation to a stronger body and mind becomes possible.

The doors are shut. The AC is dead. It’s about 90 degrees. You’re sweating. A lot.

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