On March 24, New York Governor David Paterson signed into law a bill that exempts yoga and martial arts teacher-training schools from complying with state vocational school licensing regulations. The bill, A.8678-A/S.5701-A, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, was backed by the education department, which had initially requested that yoga and martial arts studios apply for licensure if they offered teacher-training programs.
The benefits of yoga go beyond more flexible hamstrings, a stronger core or relief from back pain. Yoga has the power to make you more resilient to stress. It reminds you of your inner strength. It can give you back a sense of joy and purpose in life.
Your April 2010 issue introduces the fitness world to a new Making News segment titled “IDEA Reader’s Choice: Fitness Find or Fitness Flop?” After reading the comparison of Jamie Oliver’s TV series, Food Revolution, and the new fitness marketing device, Shake Weight™, I was a little disheartened.
Are you a runner? Would you like to prevent or heal injuries and improve performance? Many runners are discovering that yoga can provide these benefits and transform running into a moving meditation. Kelly McGonigal, PhD, who teaches yoga, group fitness and psychology at Stanford University and is the author of Yoga for Pain Relief (New Harbinger 2009), shares how yoga can help your running.
Many Americans have misperceptions about yoga, and for some these may be barriers to practice, according to the 2010 Yoga Insight Survey conducted in December 2009 for the Yoga Alliance. Survey respondents’ most common misperceptions included the following:
Client: Keri Hehn
Personal Trainer: Kimberly Fowler, Yoga for Athletes®, founder of YAS Fitness Centers
Location: Venice, California
First Steps. Like many competitive swimmers, Keri Hehn dreamed of qualifying for the Olympic team. A member of the U.S. Swim Team, she spent hours every day in the water, struggling to improve her 200-meter breaststroke time. During the qualification trials for the 2008 team, Hehn’s efforts fell short by 0.2 second.
Rajashree Choudhury and her husband, Bikram Choudhury, creator of Bikram Yoga, are enthusiastic about establishing yoga as a competitive sport in the United States. According to The New York Times, Mrs. Choudhury has established two nonprofit organizations, the United States Yoga Federation and the World Yoga Foundation, and has been staging regional competitions throughout the United States that will culminate in a national championship competition. The ultimate purpose is to enable yoga to qualify as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.