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Fat Is Not the Opposite of Athletic

I have been talking about bodies and body image. I have been shopping online for clothes. I have noticed a troubling trend. Folks have been wanting to treat “fat” and other terms often used as euphemisms for fat — plus

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Slow & Steady Shoulder Practice

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I sleep curled up on my side — usually with one or two small dogs filling my empty spaces. As part of my job, I spent a fair bit of time bending over a

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Sports Bra Review: Lynx Zoom

Lynx Sportswear is a smaller — compared to big name bra brands like Freya and Panache — company that makes and sells its own design of sports bra. It advertises 3 models of bras — the Sprint, the Dart, and

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Asana Sequence: Short Power Flow

Not one that I’ve used for classes, just for my own purposes. Because there are days when I have a lot of energy but not a lot of time. Time: about 30 minutes Props: perhaps a strap for sunbird, perhaps

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Sports Bra Review: Panache Sport

I’ve worn this bra several times now, and each time I try it, my opinion is different. I think part of that is because when I was researching sports bras prior to purchase (and yes, this is a thing that

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The Perks of a Home Practice

Since I started practicing, I’ve gone through a number of shifts in where and how I practiced: When I was in college, practice was mostly in my school-based class (it met 2 or 3 times per week), supplemented by the

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Oh, crap, I made a core practice.

It’s actually really fun, in ways that hard physical work can sometimes be really fun. Additionally, because it’s a practice I used for my students, it’s one where I tried to make different options for different bodily needs. In class,

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And We All Fall Down

Given the number of times I declare my undying hatred of standing balance poses, it may be surprising, both that I put together a sequence — for my school students — building toward half moon and that I enjoyed doing

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Core Yoga: Back Roundup, Part 1

I know it’s been a bit since I got together the first half of the core roundup, but here’s the second. For the delay, I blame work other writing ideas getting in the way general holiday-style rush the dog. Latissimus

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Weight Loss Link Exchange

From time to time, folks — actual, responding people, not spambots — email me asking about a link exchange to their “health” or “fitness” site. Invariably, the sites include weight loss as an essential component. Usually, I respond with some

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Hating Gym: Liking Gym Edition

I have admittedly invested a lot of both time and effort in chronicling why I despised my ninth grade gym class: Scale Edition and the competitive BMI portion of my PE grade. Menarche Edition, complete with gushing and dodge ball.

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Yoga Month, Yoga Wisdom

Me in high lunge.

So, September is National Yoga Month. A lot of places — both brick-and-mortar studios and online spaces — are offering free classes. Not having access to good filming equipment (or, you know, a yoga teacher certification), I thought instead to

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Hip Yoga: Easy Hamstring Stretching

I know that a number of instructors sequence reclining big toe pose toward the end of a sequence, but I actually prefer to do it more toward the beginning. When I do it early on and with a strap, it

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Guest Post — Hating Gym: Guest Blogging Edition

Closetpuritan is a self-described nerd and skeptic who writes about fat at http://closetpuritan.wordpress.com/. She likes to involve her dog when running or hiking, and not involve her dog when swimming or doing yoga. She still doesn’t play team sports. Gym

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Playing with My Playlist 3: Your Mojo Is in Your Hips

You know how when you’re going through your stuff, you sometimes find things that make you go, “What made me think it was a good idea to own this in the first place?” I do not own it, but that’s

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Playing with My Playlist 2

I’m not sure how much I love this one for me, so I’m considering deleting it from my personal playlist. That said, nothing about it is terrible for me, so I don’t want to get rid of it entirely. Ah,

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Hip Yoga: Build a Stronger Butt?

Woman in downward facing dog with one leg raised.

First off, if you do any kind of YouTube, Google, or other Internet search for “yoga butt” — or even the somewhat more technical “yoga and glutes” — you will find a plethora of pages promising to tighten one’s butt,

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DVD Review — Total Yoga: The Flow Series — Fire

DVD Cover of Total Yoga: Fire

This DVD will not be up for giveaway. Given that I’ve reviewed the first 2 DVDs in this series, I figured it’s only fitting that I review Fire. However, this is one DVD I’m going to keep for myself —

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Hip Yoga: Is Ass Stretching a Thing?

So I’m looking at the gluetus maximus as hip extensors (accurate, though it has other functions as well), and I am starting to realize — I am not sure I have ever consciously stretched my glues before. I’ve had instructors

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Hip Yoga: Butts!

So, intermittently, I’ve been talking about hips, most recently, about the hip flexors. Now it’s time to talk about butts. Specifically, the gluteus maximus, a big ass (pun intended) muscle and one of the main hip extensors. (The other muscle

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