Showing posts from May 23, 2010

Strong blond content: getting caught up in Paris Hilton's paparazzi

A die-hard New Yorker pal points to Jack Kerouac's house on the next block, Ethan Hawke brooding over a banana crepe, Scarlett Johanssen perusing a condo across his street ... and tells me "New York never fails to redeem itself."

And sure enough, while strolling back from Union Square last night I came across a seething crowd, and in New York, that means it's either someone dead or  dazzling. In this case, whispers of "who is it?" were met by "Paris Hilton". When people asked me, I just repeated it and so it went around, like Chinese whispers, it could have been anyone in there ...

Seeing the crowd three times taller than me due to step ladders, boxes and other height advantaging tactics, I turned away, then couldn't help myself. Out came the Gal li'll digi camera, and in I went.

Turns out that you're not so disadvantaged if you're short. While everyone is trying to get upover, I went downunder. At around 2:43 on my video, the b…

My Easy Yoga class now ultra FREE: ShapeUpNYC

My Booma! Yoga is now being re-monikered to Easy Yoga. Yep, rather than "say it straight, then say it great" I'm going for "say it straight, then say it straighter."

I discovered last night that newbies and seniors are pretty close in their requirements ...

Apparently Doris, the Chelsea Parks and Rec mover and shaker, had spent the week strong-arming everyone able to bend at the waist to come to my class.

Bless her. I arrived to find the room already full, including the four kidz who stumbled in last week.

Most had never done yoga;  a handful had done "this much" - picture a raised thumb and forefinger pressed together.

Ages ranged from around 20, to an 83 year young gal who was game to try everything.

After teaching them a short dog and a simplified Vinyasa involving a short dog and a rock back to child's pose, the room was visibly sweating - who needs hot yoga?

"Never thought yoga was so hard!" cried a really athletic looking young ma…

Extreme Yoga: What you won't be learning in my class

My mother loves to send along intriguing things ... in this case, a clipping from the newspaper of yogis in India:

Last time she greeted me at the airport with an for poledancing.

While you can practice and practice and get more flexible, the kind of hyperflexibility in this photo is largely genetic. I've never been able to easily do back bends - Joschi told me that small people with small bones can experience a lack of room between vertebrae to enable the spine to bend - it's all a bit tight.

But keeping these images in mind does give you something to aim for and who knows?

See you Tuesday 6-7pm 5th Floor at the Chelsea Rec Center!