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In Your Own Voice May 3, 2013

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“Because the Internet is a Medium, it doesn’t care whether it transmits love or hate. It is what you build….We can build things that diminish    humanity or build things that bring us to human flourishing”. Caterina Fake.


What things do you build?


How to stay fit after giving birth January 4, 2013

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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.


Risky girl tests corporate business ethics. June 10, 2012

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Answer to one of my publishers and all of my readers:

Someone said:” Where is your smile in this writing, don’t you want to be less serious?”
By this writing I did not mean to entertain anyone, or claim a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, or preach about how to write an extraordinary article or poetry; neither did I mean to increase any website’s traffic by putting F* or B* words in my article. All I wanted to say is that serious matters require serious consideration and some real strength in your judgment. But if my article is contrary to your rules and if you dislike my writing style, know that my writing style is always improving and growing.
Because writing is just like music – it will never stop, and it might take a life time for all of us to clearly hear our own voices without any fear or confusion.


Brief Description:
The article is about the “risky girl” and how her noxious  attitudes permeate the fitness facilities she works in. Fitness facilities are not often viewed as havens of employee negligence, because they lack traditional corporate structure, and are not generally overseen by human resource departments capable of enforcing work place policies. In the midst of this lax environment, characters such as the one I discuss in the article have created an unsafe atmosphere for children, mothers, veterans, and all other demographic groups that attend these facilities for self-improvement and exercise.
The author discusses a topic that most fitness employees are afraid to bring up themselves. They fear backlash in the workplace from the very co-workers who are creating these hostile work environments, and do not realize that some of the situations they are being placed in may be against the law.

PS. This article is about to be published in an international Magazine, in English and foreign languages for its readers in the USA, London, Germany, Russia and other countries. Please look for my updates.



How much time you have to spend upside down while breastfeeding? March 27, 2012

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The answer is: not much, if any…
Here is a passionate advocate for breastfeeding, who initiated some discussion about the value of handstands and about the yoga “ treatment “ that helped her deal with her persistent problems. Even though this picture was removed from her Facebook, the discussion is widely open and as a new mom she shared her personal view (and the nude image of her body) worldwide: “I am a passionate advocate for breastfeeding. I don’t believe it should be hidden away, in a separate room, in the public toilets or under a cloth (because I can’t wrangle a cloth while I’m trying to breastfeed – it gets too complicated – props to those who can manage it – I just can’t). Whether you choose to, can or can’t breast feed, it’s a natural, every day, sometimes mundane, sometimes beautiful part of life” (Lexi Kentmann). (more…)


Yoga and Meditation, Part II, Refresh your vision. March 11, 2012

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It is not a secret that many people joined the yoga community to get rid of their physical, mental or emotional shortcomings and develop better stability and even better credibility within the yoga world. There is no harm in pursuing this path unless you want to prosper by destroying others.

A Few Tips on Daily Yoga Practice and Yoga Etiquette that will create calmness and free you from stress

1. Find time to practice yoga or any type of physical exercise daily. Do not forget to be creative, listen to music, or dance to the words of your favorite song.
2. Introduce yoga or fitness to your best friends, family and coworkers so that you can create a community of like-minded people.
3. Read good, quality books on alignment, anatomy, and proper food and diet choices for you and your significant people. (Feel free to read any books on yoga or scoliosis, but it will not bring your any mental clarity or improve your physical wellbeing and emotional stability until you will align your psyche to the universal principle of compassion and welcome some yoga “theory “ that is suitable for your personal needs). What books you choose to read is your individual choice; therefore do not rely on screaming “experts” and dominative yoga assistants with their questionable opinions.
4. Practice, Practice and Practice.
5. What should you do when you have sisters, brothers, nephews or cousins around your house while you are practicing your asana? Invite them to join your Sun Salutation and teach them some healthy poses rooted in proper body alignment and joy. (more…)


Giving Birth at 42 March 1, 2012

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It was very exciting news during a recent New York Fashion Show, where Uma Thurman appeared in public wearing colorful but  suspiciously loose clothing, and posed for photographers while carefully covering her tummy with her arms. Oscar nominated actress Uma Thurman, a mother of two, despite her age (born April 29, 1970) is preparing to give birth again. The publication Life & Style reports that Uma is pregnant with her third child! Isn’t that really beautiful? Such a courageous woman!

This will be the first-born of her boyfriend and longtime fiancé, a wealthy financier Arpad Busson. Uma is due in late summer and so far the name of her child as well as her child’s future religious affiliation is unknown. Uma’s father gave her a Buddhist’ upbringing and Uma is named after DbUma Chenpo. How this fact will influence the future of Uma’s third child is also not released to the media.

Thurman already has two children from her first husband Ethan Hawke: 13-year-old daughter Maya and 10-year-old son Livonia. Despite being 41, she ventured to have a third child. What keeps her going? (more…)


In Alignment with Good Voices, Part 1 February 25, 2012

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By Elena Shlychkov M.F.A /M.Ed

Many of us are aware that proper alignment and sufficient instructions are crucial elements and inevitable signs of professionalism in yoga and fitness. We would like to continue our discussion about this topic. Leaving aside the discussion regarding the recent Anusara conflict, we want to contribute our voices to the topic of the importance of alignment in daily practices. Since we do not want to “throw out the baby with the bath water” we will focus on the positive side of the method that was developed by John Friend and other influential and visionary teachers.

Here you can read my interview with an Anusara affiliated teacher Mary Barnes, who shared with me about her practical experience and her incitement. Mary Barnes is a New York based yoga teacher well-known for her Barnes Method of Yoga for Two, which includes pre-natal yoga and postpartum yoga.

E.S. Mary what do you think of the recent Anusara conflict and the debates within the Anusara community?

M.B: I strongly believe that it is not possible to leave Anusara, drop out of it or “resign “since yoga method and the business of yoga are two separate things. I believe that teachers who resigned from Anusara yoga will continue using the principles that John Friend has developed.

E.S. Have you met John Friend and if you did what was your impression about the meeting?

M.B: I met John Friend in 1999 when I took my first class with him. I immediately realized that his Five Universal Principles of Alignment were well structured, well-articulated and easy to comprehend. I taught yoga for several years before I met John but the impression and the results from my first lesson with him were extremely strong. I realized that he was the teacher that I had looked for. I felt that I wanted to learn from him and follow his workshops and classes regardless of the place or any other obstacles. (more…)