21 Nov

Slow Burn Vinyasa Yoga Podcast

Strong Body Vinyasa Yoga Podcast

This yoga podcast is a full vinyasa practice with lots of standing poses.
Log off your social media accounts and log onto your mat.

23 Nov

Express Vinyasa Yoga for Hips Podcast

Strong Body

Quickie to get your hips all supple and limber and mobile. Don’t pretend like you don’t have a half hour. Log off your social media accounts and log onto your mat.

06 Nov

Links for a Sunday Morning

Mila Kunis slams sexist Hollywood producer in powerful open letter – USA Today

Kunis went into detail on two specific experiences of sexism in her career. In the first, a male producer threatened that she would “never work in this town again” if she did not pose semi-nude on the the cover of a men’s magazine to promote a film.

Canada’s housing bubble makes America’s look tiny – Maclean’s

Comparing Canada’s infatuation with real estate against the peak of the U.S. housing bubble yields some disturbing insights.

Why the Catholic Church Is Leading the Fight Against Legal Pot in Massachusetts – The Atlantic

There’s a big difference between opposing a ballot measure and flooding the opposition with cash—$850,000 is a huge chunk of money, especially for an archdiocese that has closed parishes, shuttered schools, and dismantled the palatial archbishops’ residence due to financial strain over the last decade and a half.

Want to get your kids to stop inhaling their food? Science has your back. – Washington Post

Digestion starts when you smell and then taste your food. Smell and taste trigger the body to produce enzymes and hormones necessary for digestion. Some of these enzymes are found in your saliva and begin to break down food in your mouth so that it is partially digested when it hits your stomach. If we don’t chew properly, undigested food ends up in our stomach, causing distress. Then when it arrives in the small intestine, still not fully digested, the nutrients cannot be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. This leaves our body missing important nutrients. To top it off, when we do anything in a hurry, including eating too hastily, we stimulate our body’s fight-or-flight response, which then causes our digestion to slow down or even stop so the body can divert all its internal energy to facing the perceived threat.

How Night Shifts Perpetuate Health Inequality – The Atlantic

Newly discovered health risks of working night shifts keep coming out: higher risks of coronary artery disease, diabetes, weight gain, and some cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed night shifts as “probably carcinogenic.” Among people who’ve worked a decade of shift work, their brains show cognitive decline years in advance.

Brain Cells That May Play a Key Role in Appetite – WSJ

Scientists have discovered a cluster of cells in an unexpected area of the brain that could play a powerful role in regulating appetite and eating habits, says a report in the journal Nature. In mouse experiments, destroying the cells caused the rodents to overeat and gain excessive weight. Activating the cells had the opposite effect: The mice lost their appetite and became almost anorexic.

Want to optimize those 10,000 (or fewer) steps? Walk faster, sit less – Science Daily

That popular daily target of 10,000 steps is a worthwhile goal, but a new study suggests that if you find that unattainable, don’t despair – a smaller number, especially at moderate or greater intensity, can lead to health benefits too. The average American takes between 5,000 and 7,000 steps per day, researchers say.

30 Oct

Links for a Sunday Morning

The Sexist, Political History of Pockets – Racked

Men’s dress is designed for utility; women’s dress is designed for beauty. It’s not a giant leap to see how pockets, or the lack thereof, reinforce sexist ideas of gender. Men are busy doing things; women are busy being looked at. Who needs pockets?

I was really bad at sports in high school. This study helps me understand why. – Vox

Practice can account for 18 percent of the difference in athletic success. Put another way, if we compare batting averages between two baseball players, the amount of time the players spent in the batting cage would only account for 18 percent of the reason one player’s average is better than the other.

Science finds most men misread whether a woman is sexually interested. Do you? – Quartz

The scientists instructed the men to focus on the women’s body language and facial expression to gauge their interest, but some men paid more attention to the women’s attire and attractiveness instead. Across the board, however, men improved at reading sexual interest after seeing how far off their guesses were. And the researchers hope the study will be part of a solution to prevent sexual aggression by men.

Think Canada is a progressive paradise? That’s mooseshit – The Guardian

These days, Canada is the second-largest arms exporter to the Middle East. Our Alberta oil sands produce more carbon emissions each year than the entire state of California. Our intelligence agency is allowed to act on information obtained through torture. And a lot of French Canadians are into blackface comedy.

Broad support in poll for $15 federal minimum wage – Toronto Star

The most striking thing about the poll is that “the wealthiest — who don’t need (an increased minimum wage) — object the most. Youth are more likely to object, presumably, because they think their job prospects are those most threatened by a higher minimum wage

‘The Great British Bake Off’ Changes the Way the British Bake – NY Times

Nobody expected a baking competition to become one of the top-rated shows on British television.
It did, however, come at a time when British cuisine over all had reached a high point. Restaurants all over the country were rethinking what it meant to serve British food, both by looking outward at international ingredients and influences, and inward, going back to artisanal traditions and classic but neglected recipes.

We’ve Reached the End of White Christian America – The Atlantic Video

At 45 percent of the population, white Christians are a shrinking demographic—and the backlash from many members of the group against the increasing diversification of America has been swift and bitter.

Britain’s New Parliament Could Be This Giant Floating Glass Blob. – CityLab

While London’s Houses of Parliament are being restored, the MPs will need a place to work. How about a temporary bubble floating on the river Thames right in front of parliament?

Golden Milk: Separating Fact, Fiction, and Lies My Mother Told Me About Turmeric – Bon Appetit

While turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, almond milk, coconut butter, even cashews are all Western additions intended to make it taste more like a Starbucks holiday special and less like medicinal herbs.

The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About – Huffington Post

We have all learned, either by instinct or by trial and error, how to minimize a situation that makes us uncomfortable. How to avoid angering a man or endangering ourselves. We have all, on many occasions, ignored an offensive comment. We’ve all laughed off an inappropriate come-on. We’ve all swallowed our anger when being belittled or condescended to. It doesn’t feel good. It feels icky. Dirty. But we do it because to not do it could put us in danger or get us fired or labeled a bitch. So we usually take the path of least precariousness.

12 Oct

Around the World Power Vinyasa Yoga Podcast

Strong Body

This full length vinyasa yoga flow in which I take you around the world… or at least around your mat.
We’ll pretend I did that intentionally and not because I messed up. So when you discover you’re doing on side twice in a row, don’t fret… you’ll do the other side twice in a row too!

10 Oct

Links for a Thanksgiving Morning

happy thanksgiving

Something to read with your Thanksgiving Morning coffee…

The pill is linked to depression – and doctors can no longer ignore it – The Guardian

As soon as this research dropped, the experts lined up to deliver their usual mix of gaslighting and paternalistic platitudes. We’re told not to be alarmed, concerned, or deterred from continuing to use our hormonal contraceptives, mostly by men who have never and will never take them themselves.

Don’t Find Hillary Clinton ‘Likable’? Here’s Why – Bust

Essentially: Clinton’s flaws make her unlikable. But that’s not the case for male politicians. In fact, it’s often their flaws that make them likable. After all, on paper the idea of an old disheveled man yelling sounds downright unpleasant. But in practice Bernie Sanders is an utterly charming and refreshing political figure.

The Psychology of Victim-Blaming – The Atlantic

While people tend to be able to accept natural disasters as unavoidable, many feel that they have a little more control over whether they become victims of crimes, that they can take precautions that will protect them. Therefore, some people have a harder time accepting that the victims of these crimes didn’t contribute to (and bear some responsibility for) their own victimization.

Jumping Back to Plank in Yoga: What’s the Big Deal? – Jenni Rawlings

The fact that the burpee, which involves jumping back into plank pose repetitively, is so prevalent in the fitness world and is also included in research studies suggests to me that it has not been found by fitness professionals or sports scientists to be particularly injurious for the body.

The Shame of Fat Shaming – NY Times

Even the public health campaigns meant to prevent obesity can contribute to the stigma, researchers say, because the implicit message is that anyone who really wants to — anyone who eats well and exercises regularly — can be thin.

Fitness Trackers Aren’t About Losing Weight – The Atlantic

It seems to start with the idea that fitness-tracking devices carry what’s known as a health halo. Wearing fitness trackers gives people a sense that they are doing something good for themselves, even if only subconsciously, by the very act of owning and wearing it.

Slowmo royal video inspires rapid-fire tweet storm – Macleans

Kensington Palace tweeted out video of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at an outdoor children’s party in Victoria. The family moves around in slow motion, playing with bubbles and balloons, to the sound of lagging, thumping music. Many people posted comments describing the video as “creepy” and “morose,” while others compared it to a trailer foe a horror movie.

04 Sep

Links for a Sunday Morning

It’s Hard to Go to Church – The Atlantic

While there have been changes in private belief and practice, the most significant shift has been in the way people publicly practice their faith: Americans, and particularly young Americans, are less likely to attend services or identify with a religious group than they have at any time in recent memory.

Parents Should Avoid Comments on a Child’s Weight – NY Times

Parents who have a child who’s identified as having obesity may be worried, but the way those concerns are discussed and communicated can be really damaging. The longitudinal research shows it can have a lasting impact.
The impact on girls may be especially destructive because girls are exposed to so many messages about thinness and body weight, and oftentimes women’s value is closely linked to their appearance. If parents don’t challenge those messages, they can be internalized.

At The Heart Of Fitbit’s New Features: Your Heart – Fast Company

Simply being able to see your heart rate at a glance, when you’re at rest or working out, and track it over time, is a valuable capability. With the new cardio and breathing features, the company is using heart-rate data as an ingredient for more ambitious offerings, designed to set the Charge 2 apart from its rivals and get its owners doing a lot more than counting steps and measuring calories burned.

Why Church Hymns Are Best Sung in Bars – The Atlantic

The culture has shifted so much and the church has been slow to respond. We’re finally waking up to our need for a great change. In the last 10 years, everyone is in a grieving process at most of the clergy tables that I sit at because nobody quite knows how to do their job anymore. There was this idea of the 1950s church, where everybody goes to on Sunday morning and you bring your kids, and there’s Sunday school. I wasn’t alive then, but I’m not actually sure that was even true. In the Midwest, it was only true for a slice of people—mainly upper-middle class white folks. The grief is all tied into how we thought church was in its glory days. I don’t necessarily think it was so glorious, so I’m okay letting it go.

French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban – The Guardian

A woman told how she had been fined on the beach in nearby Cannes wearing leggings, a tunic and a headscarf. Her ticket, seen by French news agency AFP, read that she was not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”.

Why Canada has so few supervised injection sites – Maclean’s

It should be health officials deciding whether the facilities open, not members of the community, bureaucrats and police. Essentially, you’re putting NIMBY-ism and the opinions of enforcement officials ahead of public health.

Why Hyper-Masculine Women Are Scary, but Not Fish-Like Men.

Track fans were quick to note that Semenya, with her beefy biceps and flat chest, doesn’t look like most women. The New Yorker called her “breathtakingly butch,” noting that, “Semenya became accustomed to visiting the bathroom with a member of a competing team so that they could look at her private parts and then get on with the race.”

13 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning

When a woman wins an Olympic medal why are we praising her husband? – National Post

In 2016, we still have a gender gap that goes way beyond pay. Ambitious, successful women still navigate a world where men dominate and are considered the norm. A man who is successful at work and has a family is never described as “having it all,” but a woman who pursues both is still viewed as unusual.

Katinka Hosszu and Her Husband Raise Eyebrows at the Pool – NY Times

The swimmer who felt overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed in London has since become the first athlete to surpass $1 million in World Cup series prize money for individual races and overall finishes and averaged more than 100 races a year. She has accomplished all of this with her husband overseeing all the aspects of her preparation, to the unease of some in the tightknit swimming community. Tusup is more temperamental than Hosszu, and his eruptions on the pool deck have elicited stares, complaints and calls for his removal.

In Defense of Villainesses – tor.com

She’s fabulous. Her hair is done. Her makeup is flawless; her coat, luxurious. She’s single. She’s thin or she’s fat or she’s muscular or she’s old or she’s young but she’s never ever cute or soft or scared of you.

Why young people have stopped drinking tea – Guardian

A cup of English breakfast or builder’s tea is only cool when you are slumming it. You might have a cup of tea at your mum’s, but not when you are out or in a cafe because it doesn’t say anything about how healthy, attuned, and cool you are.

Neighborhoods With Greater Walkability Have Pricier Homes – Fast Company

Increasing a neighborhood’s Walk Score from 19 to 20 points (a low ranking) generates only $181 on average. But increasing it from 79 to 80 points commands a price increase of more than $7,000.

How to market Justin Trudeau – Maclean’s

The current Prime Minister’s obvious enjoyment of people and crowds of any size makes marketing and political experts swoon: those assets are a gold mine. And there’s a naturally emotive and performative quality to Trudeau that amplifies everything he does; Anytime you get the politician doing something he likes in front of a crowd that likes him for it, that’s kind of the holy grail.

The Problem Is Not Women Running Alone – Runner’s World

I’m already doing everything I’m willing and able to do to stay safe on a run but that hasn’t stopped men from honking at me, catcalling me, or following me in their cars. If you feel you have the right to interrupt my run with “a friendly honk” or a comment about my appearance, what other rights do you think you have in your interactions with women?

NBC’s coverage of the Olympics is atrocious. There’s a simple reason why. – Vox

“The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. More women watch the games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped into one.”
It’s an idea NBC has offered before, including in press conferences over the years. It’s also one that is baldly sexist on its face.

Beach volleyball’s never-ending joust over bikini uniforms – Maclean’s

As the sport’s governing body, the FIVB, talks about opening up the sport culturally, what gets lost in the discussion is why the uniform rule was even created in the first place. The reason was simply to sex up the women’s side of the sport. And it worked.

07 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning

Chef David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness – WIRED

Normally we think of a balanced dish as being neither too salty nor undersalted. I think that’s wrong. When a dish is perfectly seasoned, it will taste simultaneously like it has too much salt and too little salt. It is fully committed to being both at the same time.

It’s been a breakout summer for mom jeans – Quartz

Some young women may wear them ironically, but plenty genuinely like the booty-enhancing shape, which fits with a broader ’90s nostalgia happening in fashion.

Why this magazine is ditching the ‘body shaming’ language – LA Times

It was reader feedback that prompted her to drop such phrases as “bikini body” and the “drop two sizes” type of language from its cover. “We wanted to make sure we were staying modern and check ourselves. It’s not only about, ‘I have to be a certain size.’ We really want to promote health and wellness, not anxiety and issues.”

How Language Affects Your Fitness and Weight Loss Practice – Mark’s Daily Apple

When we say “should,” we’ve immediately sidestepped ownership of our own motivation. “Should” declares that outside influences are more important than our own desires. As logical as this assertion might be at times, at others it can set up a conflicting division between what we want for ourselves and what we’ll do instead.

What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages – NY Times

The experimenter acted like a teacher. She said, “I’m going to show you how my toy works,” instead of “I wonder how this toy works.” The children imitated exactly what she did, and didn’t come up with their own solutions. The children seem to work out, quite rationally, that if a teacher shows them one particular way to do something, that must be the right technique, and there’s no point in trying something new.

How does Montreal maintain its enviably low rents? – Globe and Mail

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Montreal metro area is $760. The Toronto average is $1,288. In Vancouver, it’s $1,368. In all, just a handful of Canadian cities have cheaper rent than Montreal – and then only much smaller, sleepier communities such as Saint John and Trois-Rivières.

Ghostwriter: The Most Literary ’90s Kids Show – The Atlantic

In fact, it was the only series I can remember that actually dramatized the creative process so thoroughly. I learned early to embrace that drafts are often very different than final versions, and that collaboration with peers and editors was not simply necessary, but an enjoyable part of the creative process.

Do Olympians Have Better Genes Than You And Me? – Fast Company

What if parents try to push their children toward certain sports based on [genetic] information that isn’t very determinative? Another concern is that coaches start testing their athletes, and using the information to differentiate between them. One could imagine a spreadsheet of sorts with a list of athletes and their genetic information.


17 Jul

Links for a Sunday Morning

Cleveland’s RNC “Event Zone” May Be A Petri Dish For Violence – Fast Company

Cleveland is an open-carry city, so anybody visiting the city to either participate in the convention (or protest it) can carry a firearm, or even an assault weapon, within the 1.8 square-mile “event zone” cordoned off in downtown Cleveland. Meanwhile, items like tape or tennis balls or water guns, however, are expressly prohibited.

A cringeworthy supercut of the sexism Gretchen Carlson put up with on Fox & Friends – Vox

If Carlson had responded to all of this on-air sexism with full-throated outrage, she would probably have been dismissed as oversensitive at best, and faced professional repercussions at worst.

10 Home Upgrades With the Best Return on Your Money – Credit

Earning a decent return isn’t the same as making a profit. On average, money spent on the 30 projects earned a 64% return. In most cities, the best projects only came close to breaking even. The one exception this year was beefing up attic insulation.

The Try Guys Get Photoshopped Like Women – Youtube

I don’t want to be seen like a sex object, I want to be seen as a fun person

Open-carry gun laws create chaos, fuel ‘us vs. them’ mentality of police – CBC

Open-carry laws further that “us versus them” mentality that’s pervasive among police, because of the high-pressure nature of the job. More guns mean more uncertainty and more risk and the feeling that things could very quickly go wrong. Open carry can exacerbate that sense. Instead of de-escalating a tense situation, police can become the ones escalating things and it makes everything worse.

Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree – NY Times

Yes, some foods, like kale, apples and oatmeal, are considered “healthy” by nearly everyone. And some, like soda, french fries and chocolate chip cookies, are not. But in between, some foods appear to benefit from a positive public perception, while others befuddle the public and experts alike. (We’re looking at you, butter.)

Anglicans to allow same-sex marriage after vote recount – CBC

Toronto Archbishop Colin Johnson called same-sex marriages — at the discretion of the bishop and with agreement of local clergy — a logical step in the evolution of the church.

What you read matters more than you might think – Quartz

Deep reading occurs when the language is rich in detail, allusion, and metaphor, and taps into the same brain regions that would activate if the reader were experiencing the event. Deep reading is great exercise for the brain, and has been shown to increase empathy, as the reader dives deeper and adds reflection, analysis, and personal subtext to what is being read.

30 works of Canadian fiction to read before you’re 30 – CBC Books

30 pivotal, engaging books every Canadian should read before they turn the big 3-0.

Faroe Islands fit cameras to sheep to create Google Street View – Guardian

So tired of waiting for Google Street View to come and map the roads, causeways and bridges of the archipelago, a team has set up its own mapping project – Sheep View 360.

Is American Culture Asking Too Much of Marriage? – The Atlantic

For the first time in history, we want one relationship to give us all the needs that have to do with anchoring and rooting and a sense of belonging and continuity and stability and predictability and security and safety and that whole dimension of our life—and we still want that same person to also provide us a sense of novelty…. I want the same person to be familiar and to be new, and to be comfortable and to be edgy, and to be predictable and surprising.