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Bikram Yoga guru accused of sexual assault

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Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury is being sued by a woman who alleges he pushed her into having sex with him when she was 18 years old and learning to be a teacher of his craft in 2012-14.
'LOS ANGELES — Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury is being sued by a woman who alleges he pushed her into having sex with him when she was 18 years old and learning to be a teacher of his craft in 2012-14. Jill Lawler’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges sexual assault and battery. She’s seeking unspecified damages in the suit filed Thursday. A representative for Choudhury could not be immediately reached for comment. Before she started learning to become a Bikram Yoga teacher, Lawler took her first class at age 17, according to her court papers. “Jill Lawler remembers being hooked on Bikram Yoga from day one and almost immediately fell in love with yoga,” the suit says. Lawler dropped out of college the next year to become a Bikram teacher, as she “felt that Bikram Yoga was her calling and that her purpose was to share it with as many people as possible,” her complaint says. The training classes were demanding, according to the lawsuit. “Unbeknownst to plaintiff, Choudhury referred to them as ‘one big brainwashing session,”‘ the suit says. “Jill had left everything and everyone she cared about behind: her college studies, her family, a boyfriend whom she loved, all so that she could spend what had been her college fund on becoming a certified Bikram instructor.” Over time, Choudhury became sexually aggressive toward Lawler, despite her objections that she had a boyfriend she hoped to marry one day, according to her court papers, which allege that Choudhury told her, “If you don’t have sex with me, I will die.” Choudhury eventually overcame her resistance, the suit states. “He had complete financial control over her and was stronger than her,” according to her court papers, which allege Choudhury “continued to demand sex from Jill as a price for remaining within the Bikram family.” In July 2014, suffering from crippling depression and other psychological harm, Lawler taught her last Bikram Yoga class and took a steep pay cut to work as a waitress and stay away from Choudhury and his followers, the suit says.'

Stretching Supporters: The 5 Best Yoga Mats For Men

Yoga and Meditation SPY

As a man, you may need a longer and wider mat than the average yogi.
'For the majority of men, the idea of practicing yoga is met with an almost pre-programmed response –  “I’m not flexible enough.” Yet the reality is, as you know if you’ve already spent time on the mat, yoga isn’t about already being flexible. It’s about improving your flexibility as well as building strength, maintaining your well being, relieving daily stress and a whole lot more.  It’s no coincidence that yoga is becoming a popular activity among both men and women . In our busy lives, it can be a lot easier to find 20 minutes to workout on a mat at home than it can be to find an hour for the gym. Yoga also has social benefits as it’s easy to practice with friends or in a group setting. Plus, you can practice anywhere, in your basement or in a place with an inspiring view or relaxing atmosphere.  Whether you’re already a master on the mat, or are ready to give yoga a try, you’re going to need a yoga mat. We’ve put together a list of the five best options from Amazon. Each mat sports a larger-than-average size, which is ideal for accommodating larger frames. There are also options for users who regularly travel, desire a little bit of visual stimulation during practice or want a bit more thickness under foot for added protection.  Begin your yoga adventure today and give your body and your mind a workout at the same time. 1. BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Yoga Mat THICKEST If underfoot comfort is something you strive for in your yoga mat, the BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Yoga Mat definitely fits the bill. It’s available in seven different colors and includes a handy carrying strap for easy transportation to and from your place of practice. The mat itself measures 71 by 24 inches and boasts a greater than average thickness (0.5 inches), so it provides plenty of practice space and cushioning to prevent unwanted pain. The material is moisture resistant, so it’s easy to wash this mat with soap and water after an intensive workout. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Yoga Mat $15.99     2. Heathyoga Eco Friendly Non Slip Yoga Mat MOST ECO-FRIENDLY Yoga and caring for the environment often go hand in hand, which is probably one of the reasons this Heathyoga Eco Friendly Non Slip Yoga Mat is so popular with users. Not only is the SGS certified TPE material eco-friendly, it also gives the mat a non-slip, odorless and spongy feel. The mat sports a “diamond” textured surface on one side for traction for your hands and feet, while the underside has tire tread pattern to prevent unwanted movement during practice. It’s also available in a range of zany colors, including lime green, turquoise and light grey. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Heathyoga Eco Friendly Non Slip Yoga Mat $34.95     3. Aurorae Printed Eco Safe Yoga Mat MOST INSPIRING If you sometimes struggle to let your mind relax after a stressful day, perhaps it’s time to try the Aurorae Printed Eco Safe Yoga Mat . Instead of the plain designs you’ll find on most average mats, these mats boast mountain scenes, beaches and relaxing flower patterns, providing your mind with relaxing stimuli and helping you achieve a mental state better suited to yoga. The mat itself is 72 by 24 inches and 5mm thick, making it great for all kinds of activities, including yoga, pilates and aerobics. These mats are all free from phthalates, latex, silicone and rubber and sport a textured surface for plenty of traction during workouts. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Aurorae Printed Eco Safe Yoga Mat $39.95     4. Pogamat Large Exercise Mat LONGEST At 84 by 27 inches, the Pogamat Large Exercise Mat delivers plenty of space for your yoga practice. Whether you tend to topple more than you’d like or you simply feel more comfortable with more mat around you, you can always feel confident you’re going to land on something soft when this mat is underneath you. The mat is made from high-density, non-tearing materials, meaning it’s possible to wear shoes on it without any negative consequences. The mat’s large size also means it’s versatile and can be used for yoga, TRX, aerobics, MMA, plyometrics and more. You’ll find the materials are odorless, non-toxic and eco-friendly. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: Pogamat Large Exercise Mat $59.99     5. YOGO Ultralight Long Travel Yoga Mat BEST FOR TRAVEL The YOGO Ultralight Long Travel Yoga Mat is the ideal choice if you’re never quite sure where or when your next yoga workout is going to be. It’s designed with travel in mind and comes with straps built into the mat, meaning you’re never going to be stuck for a way to keep it rolled up. And, even though it boasts 72 inches of length, the lightweight material means it’s no heavier than a normal yoga mat. This travel mat is available in three colors, namely forest, slate and raven, and has received top marks from an impressive 100% of users. Image courtesy of Amazon Buy: YOGO Ultralight Long Travel Yoga Mat $88.00     \t \t\t \t\t\t SPY Guide: How To Find a Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat'

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals holding barbecue, yoga and wellness event in Eganville Saturday

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Ontario SPCA logo Join the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a barbecue on Saturday.From 3-7 p.m. as the OSPCA will be grillin’ and chillin’ at the free Yoga & Wellness Event at Espresso UR Self Cafe, 8744 highway 60 in
'Ontario SPCA logo \t\t\tJoin the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a barbecue on Saturday.From 3-7 p.m. as the OSPCA will be grillin’ and chillin’ at the free Yoga & Wellness Event at Espresso UR Self Cafe, 8744 highway 60 in Eganville!There will be a misting tent onsite for canine guests to cool down in too! All funds raised at barbecue will help their Ulti-Mutt Animal Welfare Warrior Friends for Life Walk Team make a difference in the lives of animals in our Community!Let’s make this a day dedicated to well-being. Come get educated and connected to the abundant wealth of Holistic Practices available in our community, closing the night with some drumming around the fire!Vendors, yogis and workshops will be introduced throughout the day.Free to attend!Vendors, volunteers and workshop inquiries please Email: larisafawn@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/events/594610241042861/'

Are You Skipping This Crucial Type of Workout?

Yoga and Meditation SheKnows

Spinning. Check. Barre. Check. Yoga. Check. If you’re a regular at the gym, chances are you’re getting in your cardio and strength training. But one type of workout you’re likely overlooking is balance. And moves that specifically target balance
'Spinning. Check. Barre. Check. Yoga. Check. If you’re a regular at the gym, chances are you’re getting in your cardio and strength training. But one type of workout you’re likely overlooking is balance . And moves that specifically target balance aren’t just for seniors. “Balance is key to functional movement as it is necessary to perform your everyday movements like lunging, squatting, bending, pulling, pushing, rotating and locomotion,” says Michaela Raagas, Master Educator at Technogym . “These fundamental movements are used in everyday activities and a variety of sports. Improving balance can contribute to better performance and help with preventing falls and injuries.” In fact, balance is key to all functional movement, and having good balance improves your posture, musculature, joints, and stability, to name a few. “Balance is the ability to maintain control while in a static or dynamic position,” Raagas says. “Maintaining equilibrium throughout movement is essential for all tasks as it helps the body remain in a stable position and allows for better motor and muscular control. Balance training can help with better joint stability and a stronger core. An activated, strong core can help to promote proper posture while seated, standing or in movement.” It’s common for people to overlook balance training, but there are exercises that naturally incorporate it. “Any exercise where the person is changing points of contacts with the ground and/or moving away from point of stability require balance,” Raagas says. “For example: Going on your tip toes to reach for a high object or even standing on one leg to perform a quad stretch.” To improve your balance, try incorporating a few balance moves into your regimen. How often you need to do them to reap the rewards varies from person to person and depends on how their balance is to begin with. “These balance exercises are easy to incorporate into your daily workouts, even as part of your warm up,” Raagas says. “Strength training should be done two to three times a week and can help improve your balance by working the muscles that keep you stable.” Raagas recommends giving one of these exercises a try: Pistol squat Stand on one leg. Squat down on the standing leg while the opposite leg straightens out to the front. Come up to return back to standing position on the one leg. “The more points of contact you have to the ground, the more stabilized your positioning,” Raagas says. “Pistol squats consist of only one point of contact and require great control and strength in the working leg, thus challenging one’s balance. If the exercise is too difficult, start holding onto something stable. If you are looking for a challenge, try performing on an unstable surface like a balance dome or balance pad.” Single leg dead lift Start by standing on one leg with the opposite foot slightly off the ground, look straight and keep the core tight. The hand of standing leg should be positioned on your hip while the other arm is relaxed. Simultaneously, lean forward by bending at the hips, keep the standing leg slightly bent and lift and extend the opposite leg behind you. Free hand reaches toward the ground but should not touch the ground. Return back to starting position without free foot touching the ground. “The less points of contact you have to the ground, the more you challenge your stability and balance,” Raagas says. “Similar to the pistol squat, single leg dead lifts force you to engage core stability, balance and control in your movement. If the above was too easy, try this exercise adding weight by holding a dumbbell or kettlebell in the reaching hand. Sumo squat to one leg stand Look straight and position legs wider than shoulder width apart. Squat down. Return standing on one leg/one side raising opposite knee in front of you. Squat back down with both legs. Return standing on the other leg raising opposite knee in front of you. “Wide stances create a more stable position,” Raagas says. “With an exercise like above, the person is going from a wide, stable stance to a single leg stand, challenging their equilibrium. One may naturally want to use their arms to help balance themselves out; try performing this exercise keeping hands on the hips or relaxed and straight down. This exercise can be advanced by adding weight with a pair of dumbbells. Or, try changing the stability of the surface and use a balance pad or balance dome.” Walking lunges Step out with one foot in front of you to a forward lunge. From the lunge position, push off from the floor and stand up to front foot bringing your back foot underneath you. Step forward with other foot to lunge position. Repeat 2 – 3 alternating leading foot or leg. “Walking lunges require one to shift both weight and center of gravity,” Raagas says. “For a progression, hold a pair of dumbbells in your hands.” Leg swings Stand on one leg. Swing opposite leg of standing across your body and then out to the side, repeat 10 times. Switch standing leg. Swing opposite leg of standing across your body and the out to the side, repeat 10 times. “The above can be performed holding onto something like a chair to help with balance or performed on a balance pad for a more challenging experience,” Raagas says. “Swings can also be done forward and back. Vary the range of motion or speed of swings for further progressions or regressions. Leg swings require a great deal of control and balance.” Plank with a wellness ball Hold a plank with forearms positioned on a wellness ball. Try holding for at least 30 – 45 seconds at a time. “This exercise strengthens the core, which in turn can help to improve trunk stability,” Raagas says. “For a modification, try without a wellness ball. For a progression, lengthen the hold time or try alternating arm raises while maintaining the plank position to really challenge your core strength and balance.”   Alternating leg raises with active sitting wellness ball Sit on an active sitting wellness ball with both feet flat on the ground in front of you and hands rested on your lap or on your hips. The ball will naturally promote a pelvic tilt and encourage core engagement with proper posture. Raise one foot off the ground and extend in front of you. Place extended leg back to its starting position. Repeat 2 – 3 alternating legs. “This exercise engages the core, promotes proper posture, challenges your balancing and coordination skills all at the same time,” Raagas says.'