Late summer often marks the time when we prepare to get back into a more structured routine undotted by swims in the sea, vacations and visits, growing gardens and gathering their fruits. We had a big event this summer when […]

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SPIRITUAL GANGSTER: those were the two words spelled out in white on letters on the black hoodie worn by our yoga teacher as she walked into the room. I did not know that this was the name of a new […]

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Four days per week, twenty high school students from the James Baldwin School on 18th Street walk to Integral Yoga on 13th Street to get credit in Health/Physical Education. They receive what every high schooler needs more than anything: the […]

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Finding Joy
05.12.15

It is ironic that joy is rarely grasped in the things the world tells us we must pursue in order to be happy: making lots of money, having power over others, having a showcase of a house or a family […]

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IMAGINE
01.05.15

Imagine 2 simple exercises that could unleash the potential of this brand-new year by helping you tap into a profound sense of well-being. Here they are: STILLNESS: Wise folk have suggested that if we don’t have time for half an […]

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I am back in the park, exercising. I have added small weights to my qigong workout because weight-bearing enhances the health of bones. During a hike three weeks ago, I witnessed my father, who is four months shy of 90, […]

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NO EXCUSE
09.09.13

“Come on, pretty boy, show me what you got!” So chides the brawny trainer in Hudson River Park. His client sheepishly smiles as he passes me, while I am focused on my own exercises. He probably knows he is sweating […]

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You know the feeling. Your shoulders start to climb closer to your ears. Your breath becomes shallow or, worse, you inhale and hold it for way too long before exhaling. As a result, your stomach might tighten, along with other […]

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B.B. King, Bob Dylan, and Mary J. Blige: we listened to these artists and many more as we warmed up yesterday at Diane McCarthy’s 12 p.m. Simonson Dance class at DNA (Dance New Amsterdam), I saw my friends Marcia and […]

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Treating the symptoms of a disease can be faster and often much easier than addressing its root. Any chiropractor with the required 300 hours of training to use acupuncture needles should have some success in alleviating pain. But to treat […]

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Someone snapped this photo of me (in yellow) giving a demonstration in “Exercise as Medicine” last night at the New York Open Center. It was wonderful to share my passion with so many. Next week, the five week class begins […]

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Here are four reasons to take the “Exercise as Medicine” class I will teach at the Open Center this fall: One: A fresh beginning. It is a new season—the start of the ‘year’, so to speak, that will bring us […]

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