Posts Tagged ‘pure yoga’

Doubles Match

May 7, 2012

Do you ever do “doubles?” What I’m talking about is 2 workouts a day. They can be back to back, or once in the morning, and again in the evening. They can even be done at more than one location. Think it sounds a bit extreme, and that only athletes or swimsuit models do that? Think again!

Today’s New York Times Sunday Styles section documents the phenomenon, and it’s way more prevalent than you might think.

They talk about the 350-yard dash, from Barry’s Bootcamp in Chelsea, to Flywheel Sports located just across the street.  Or the run from Soul Cycle on the Upper West Side, to Pure Yoga next door, for a barre-method class.

The interesting fact is that most of these people are females who aren’t athletes or models. They are working professionals with fulltime jobs who just want to stay in shape and find the classes good stress busters.

These classes don’t come cheap. Most individual sessions run about $32 a piece, with a discount when purchased in bulk. Multiply that by 2 (sometimes 3!) per day, 6 days a week, and the cost is pretty hefty. And some of them maintain gym memberships as well.

Just as I was sitting there thinking that the women in the article were obsessive nuts, I glanced at the clock and realized that I was going to be late for my own Sunday morning “double.”

Although I am a long-term Equinox loyalist, I am guilty of doing doubles, when time permits. While I often mix weights and cardio into one workout for maximum efficiency, on Sunday, I do intervals in a circuit training class aptly called “Whipped,” followed by a spinning class. I too workout 6 days a week, but try to stagger my activities to work different body parts and intensities to avoid burnout or injuries.  I totally get what these women are doing, but I think it’s a bit extreme even by my standards.
It has been my experience, that once you start working out regularly and vigorously, your body stops responding the same way, and requires more intensity or frequency to get results. I don’t actually see the benefits of the 90 minutes or more of walking that I do for transportation purposes each day, but when I stop, I notice the difference in a negative way. These women (and I to a slightly lesser extent) are setting ourselves up for actually needing this much exercise, instead of just wanting it.

At what point does this morph from being calming and invigorating, to a dangerously unhealthy obsession?

photos: Glasshouse Images

Balancing Time and Passion

August 15, 2009

1188800230.JPGDo you have a passion you would like to pursue, but something is holding you back? Do you constantly say you would love to do something but you just don’t have the time? Toss away the excuses and meet Alexander Mays, a 14-year-old yogi, gourmet cook and aspiring ballet dancer who manages to fit his passions into his life as a teenager and student.

As an 11-year-old boy, Alex accompanied his mother to a yoga class. He immediately felt a connection to the practice, and began studying on his own.  At the age of 14, Alex has completed 200 hours of teacher training, and is now a certified yoga instructor. Originally introduced to a form of yoga known as Sivananda, he now practices mostly Ashtanga and Anusara under mentor and yogic follower, Patrick Creelman, at Pure Yoga in Hong Kong.

Alex also enjoys cooking, and prepares the family’s meals everyday after he has completed his homework and household chores. He enjoys Mediterranean and Moroccan/North African cuisines, which he finds interesting and colorful. Inspired by his Grandmother in Sweden who used to run a culinary school, Alex taught himself to cook, by reading and experimenting.
Says Mays: “I love how food can be so conventional, yet so sophisticated at the same time. All you need is fresh, wholesome ingredients and a creative mind, to have a good meal.”

Yet, amid all of this creativity and commitment, Alex has developed a passion for ballet.

On a recent trip to New York, Mays took classes, and was discovered by Alexandre Proia, of the Juilliard School and the Joffrey Ballet. His natural grace and flexibility from practicing yoga, has made the transition to ballet seamless.

Mays believes in pursuing something he is passionate about as a future career.
Always artistic, he has planned a future in the performing arts. He dreams of dancing with the New York City Ballet, while simultaneously getting a degree in political journalism.

When asked how he juggles school, yoga practice and teaching, cooking and pursuing dance, Mays replied: “it is quite challenging, but you have to learn to prioritize and organize your time. If you focus and concentrate on your goals, everything else will fall into place.”

Sounds like a plan to us!

photo:Glasshouse Images


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