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Mikhail Baryshnikov-Dance This Way January 14, 2013

Filed under: Art and Movement,Beauty and Fashion,Body and Spirit,Yoga and Meditation — skyscraperyoga @ 11:30 pm


The dancer-photographer tells about the value of yoga and fitness, about his new books on photography and he discusses his passion towards portraying the best moments in global modern dance.

Mr. Baryshnikov left the Soviet Union in 1974, and since then he has lived mostly in the United States. He is famous for contributing and working for the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, where he also served as an artistic director between 1980 and 1989. Since its creation the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation has been a major promoter and incubator of modern dance.

For many years Mikhail Baryshnikov has magnetized audiences with his dancing. At the same time, his creative journey have taken him well beyond the world of ballet—into sophisticated social circles, international ad campaigns and a stunning assortment of film, theater and television roles. His passion for music derives from his family heritage and he can surprise you by playing his favorite Frank Sinatra songs on his Grand Steinway or by dancing to the tunes of this legendary jazz guru.

M. Baryshnikov believes that Yoga brings lightness as opposed to darkness and that yoga and gym exercise are important for everyday wellbeing:

“I do dance class every day, but now I’ve also started to do yoga and gym, just to get my muscle tone and especially my torso a bit more in tune. I feel lighter. I don’t drink milk, and I don’t eat bread, pasta or rice. But I eat a lot of meat, chicken, fish and salads.
”We would not ask Mr. Baryshnikov what kind of Yoga he practices because we assume that his “fitness/yoga program” might be as kickass and unique as his own personality.


Recently, Mr. Baryshnikov has put more of his talent and creative energy into photography, which has resulted in his solo exhibition “Dance This Way,” and a few books. For the first time, he displayed a solo exhibition of photographs of dancers from around the world, in Miami’s Gary Nader Art Centre in 2012.

You might be inquiring about what would drive such an accomplished dancer, a movie star, an administrator and choreographer to try to become a serious photographer?

“Interesting question,” said Mikhail in one of his interviews,  “Quatrième Jeunesse (a fourth youth)? To reassure myself that I’m still interested in dance? When I’m photographing this, I’m falling in love again with the dance.”

Well , good luck and  Happy Birthday to you.


How to stay fit after giving birth January 4, 2013

Filed under: Body and Spirit,Yoga For Family — skyscraperyoga @ 5:05 am

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Jessica Alba (31) an actress, mother and author of her new book suggested in one of her interviews that in order to stay fit it is better to do yoga before, during and after pregnancy. Currently, her daily exercise also includes cardio on the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike.  As we learned, in addition to her daily yoga practices she works many hours to get her body ready for upcoming film shoots. Here is Jessica’s description of one of her daily fitness sequences that she found easy to follow after giving birth.




Circuit 1 (repeat this circuit several times with a 30-40 second rest between each set)

  • 15      reps Incline chest flys (7kg dumbbells)
  • 15      reps (per leg) Single leg squats (holding 2kg dumbbells)
  • 20      reps Tricep dips from a bench
  • 35      Ab crunches focusing on lower abs /35 Ab crunches focusing on upper abs
  • 30      Oblique crunches

Cardio 2:10 minutes of high intensity cardio on an elliptical machine or treadmill

Jessica does not like to be on any specific diet and prefers to enjoy balanced and nutritional meals. For instance, she believes that eating a whole egg for breakfast brings a lot of nutrients into your body and eating a salad with fish at lunch would not harm your body either. As we know she likes to write and she likes to drink her coffee in the morning. Jessica recently finished writing her first book “The Honest Life”, a how-to handbook based on her mission of creating a natural, healthy and non-toxic life for her family. She will introduce the book to the NYC audience in the upcoming Spring 2013.

Here, we shared our thoughts on how some celebrities are trying to balance their diet, exercise, family life and career. But as we know by heart, everybody is different and there is no such thing as Yoga sequence that fits all or Fitness programs that will suit every personality equally.

As Henry Matisse ( a French-born painter ) said: “When I put a green, it is not grass, when I put a blue, it is not the sky.” And more of him: ” Why have I never been bored? For more than fifty years I have never ceased to work”.

So, happy creating, finding your favorite colors, patterns, and happy working, everybody.