Thank You for Farting in Yoga

As farts go, it was pretty impressive. There was a bass quality to the sound, a short, trumpeting blast rather than a wimpy, vibrato-y drawn-out whistle. In the quiet yoga studio, all of us studiously working our downward-facing dog, its existence was nearly impossible to ignore. Because I have an inner 15-year-old boy, my first reaction… Continue reading Thank You for Farting in Yoga

Assessing Risk in Sport – What is “Safe”?

The woman unfurled herself from the silk rope, dropping gracefully as she unwound over about 10 feet. The movement was so controlled and sinuous it appeared effortless. She twirled there, some 20 feet off the ground. I was at an interview for an article on Austin’s Blue Lapis Light, a site-specific aerial dance company, watching rehearsal… Continue reading Assessing Risk in Sport – What is “Safe”?

5 Truths (and 5 Tips) about Working Out on Vacation

Ah, summer. One of life’s greatest pleasures is checking out from the daily grind and spending quality time at the beach. I’ve been very lucky this year, hopping from one vacation to the next: fishing on the Texas coast and enjoying the good life on St. John, USVI. By the time summer ends, I’ll have had… Continue reading 5 Truths (and 5 Tips) about Working Out on Vacation

Yoga — Workout or Supplement (or Both)?

Recently, I posed a question on Facebook. I asked my friends: The reason I asked was that I’ve noticed my yoga practice gradually increasing, while my regularly scheduled workouts remain the same. It came to a head on the day when I realized I had a short road run in the morning, followed by yoga… Continue reading Yoga — Workout or Supplement (or Both)?

Using the Treadmill (When You Hate Running Indoors)

I can almost feel the algae growing on my skin. In Texas, we’re not used to a rainy spring. Oh, sure; there are some April showers and whatnot, but weeks of daily drizzle punctuated by thunderstorms and downpours? That’s out of the norm. Normally, we’re either on the cusp of or marking a first 100-degree… Continue reading Using the Treadmill (When You Hate Running Indoors)

Kickstarting Change with a Cleanse

Springtime in Austin means bluebonnets. For my fun workout group, it also means a bluebonnet run. Each spring, one of our founding members always puts together a route from her home followed by a lovely group breakfast. One of the beautiful things about our group is its athletic diversity–younger/older, runner/triathlete/walker, experienced/newbie. You don’t always see… Continue reading Kickstarting Change with a Cleanse

#TBT–I’ll Try Any Workout, and That Includes MotoGP

Over the last years, I’ve had to do take-backs on two activities I used to dismiss: boxing and motorsports. Getting a taste of each as a participant made me eat those words. I’ve been boxing for two years now and love it. But set that aside for another discussion. Today, I want to revisit my… Continue reading #TBT–I’ll Try Any Workout, and That Includes MotoGP