A year ago we created a list of 50 yoga experts on Twitter that people really enjoyed, so we decided it was time to catch up with some of these experts and see what they were doing.
What we have found is that, without exception, everyone has a mission to make the world a better place, one person and one community at a time. Take the time to find out what they have to offer; whether it is online yoga classes or kirtan music, entrepreneurial help or life coaching, you are sure to benefit from following at least a few of these yogis, their schools, programs and their causes.
Yoga Ekhart, @EkhartYoga
Teacher Esther Ekhart, co-founder of Yoga Ekhart, an online source for yoga and meditation classes, specializes in the styles of Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga. The site offers videos for yogis of all skill levels and styles.
“Throughout my life, practicing yoga has taught me to relax, to find a way out of worry and stress,” says Esther. “Yoga has shown me the joys of being fit and strong. Yoga has taught me to think about and accept life as it comes.
Celest Pereira, @Cityogi
This London-based yoga teacher gets people moving with her weekly YouTube tutorials and comprehensive classes, which you can free download, like this example:
Jill Wheeler, @Wellfitjill
Founder of Wellfit Institute, psychotherapist and yoga teacher Jill Wheeler also wears many other hats. Life coach, professional advisor, speaker and filmmaker, she specializes in creating transformational experiences for individuals and groups.
Gary Chattem, @ADevotedYogi
In order to share the many benefits of yoga, Gary Chattem is also a brand ambassador. The dedicated yogi offers social media services including reviews of products and services.
Shiva Rea, @ShivaRea
Founder of Samudra online, a worldwide school of Living Yoga and Prana Vinyasa Yoga, Shiva Rea calls herself "an innovator in the evolution of Prana Flow yoga".
Roseanne Harvey, @itsallyoga_baby
This yoga rouser is on a mission to spark an open and intelligent conversation about yoga practice and culture. Roseanne also teaches private lessons, specializing in what she calls "yoga on the fringes" or yoga for those who are not comfortable in a group.
Brooke Roberts, @thenewdorothy
Entrepreneur, writer, yoga enthusiast and founder of Yoga travel tree, the go-to site for yogis looking for meaningful yoga adventures, this sassy Kansas girl will also help you start your own business. As she says about her LinkedIn profile, Brooke Roberts is "dedicated to international education, personal growth and development and female entrepreneurship."
Anne Adametz, @AnneAdametz
Anne Adametz, yoga teacher and acupuncturist, has traveled the world studying and honing "physical and emotional pain relief, self-awareness and self-care." Founder of Adametz Organic Healthcare, she graduated from Midwest Oriental Medicine College and Temple Kriya Yoga in Chicago.
Travis Eliot, @TravisEliot
Creator of The ultimate yogi series, Travis Eliot is also a musician, but also a funny guy who tweets things like "There is no place like OM". His latest project, a new CD entitled The meaning of the soul, shows yet another side of the yoga teacher and singer of kirtan.
“The intention behind this project has been to take the power of the Sanskrit mantra and put it in a 'stadium rock n roll' format because for me,” says Travis. "They are both larger than life !!"
A non-profit educational organization, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is a school and a retreat. Its mission is to transform people through the practice of yoga. There are programs online, or you can study or attend an R&R retreat on the 150-acre campus in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Healthy Living programs focus on the health of the whole person, from fitness and weight loss to spiritual practice and personal growth.
Kathryn Budig, @kathrynbudig
Why not try a Vinyasa Flow preview session with Kathryn Budig at YogaGlo? This is probably the best place to catch this Aim true founder, who is also a Yoga journal writer, Women's health magazine contributor and author of Yoga's Big Book on Women's Health.
If that's not enough, Kathryn's second book, Aim true, should be released in early 2016, and its Leg poses the nonprofit is getting better and better, supporting a different animal shelter or organization every year.
The following information was found on the Enjoy Swimming website. Tips like this and a whole lot more will be covered at the Nike Swim Camp at Trinity College this summer !
Having a good freestyle swimming technique is essential for an effective stroke. Being effective means either being relaxed while swimming at slow to moderate speed or swimming fast without being exhausted too quickly. The swimming tips in this article will help you become a more effective freestyle swimmer.
Keep your head in line with your trunk and look straight down toward the bottom of the pool. Don’t look forward because otherwise you will have the tendency to lift your head, which will in turn cause your hips and legs to drop and you will have to kick harder to keep them up.
Learn how to press your buoy, which has the benefit of keeping your hips and legs up without much effort. This freestyle swimming technique requires you to apply downward pressure on your head and chest. As your lungs are filled with air and very buoyant, pressing down your upper body causes the lower body to rise up through a lever effect. You then don’t need to kick that anymore.
Don’t lift your head just before breathing. This common error also causes your hips and legs to drop. Rather roll on your side and let your head roll a little bit further until your mouth clears the water. It should feel like your head was resting sideways on a pillow made of water.
Try to swim more on your sides rather than flat on your stomach and chest. Roll from side to side with each arm stroke. This allows you to engage the larger back groupes de muscles in addition to the shoulder groupes musculaires and improves your propulsion.
to obtain an effective freestyle swimming technique you need to exhale continuously in the water while your face is submerged. There simply isn’t enough time to both inhale and exhale on the side during a breathing arm recovery. This also lets you relax more in the water.
Learn how to swim with a so-called high elbow. This freestyle swimming technique consists in flexing your arm and keeping your elbow high in the water during the under water arm pull so that your forearm is facing backward rather than downward for as long as possible, which improves propulsion.
While recovering your arm forward don’t extend it completely above water before letting it drop in the water because it increases drag and can also lead to swimmer’s shoulder over time. It is better to enter the water with your hand shortly after it has passed your head and then to extend the arm forward under water.
Save energy by using a relaxed two-beat kick for middle and long en ligne swimming. This means that you kick at the same pace as you stroke with your arms.
Make sure your palm is parallel to the water surface while it extends forward under water during the arm recovery. A common mistake freestyle swimmers make is to angle their palm upward at the end of the recovery. In that case they are in fact pushing water forward and slowing themselves down.
In the beginning, a nose clip can be useful because it keeps water out of your nose and so this is one less thing to worry about and you can relax more. Once your technique and gestion has improved later on you will be able to get rid of the nose clip without too much effort. Personally I used a nose clip for a year while learning the freestyle stroke before getting rid of it.
The 10 swimming tips presented in this article should help you improve your freestyle swimming technique. Some of these tips can be applied immediately, others will need some time to be mastered. So have a good time while trying them out and be patient if it takes some time to master them.