Live Well   Yoga and other practices for vitality

Blog: I Dirty Dashed and lived

2014-08-19

I did it. I survived a three mile run with obstacles in the mud. And now I want more, more, I tell you! I can see how those races get addictive. Saturday morning, instead of trotting off to teach a vinyasa yoga class at CorePower Yoga, I cruised down the interstate with my bestie from high school to the Pikes Peak International Raceway. We...

Blog: My crush on the USA Pro Challenge

2014-08-15

That's what happened this month, when I had to write a couple of stories about the USA Pro Challenge. That's the bike bike race that has caused such a stir in town the last few years.

Blog: I got the Dirty Dash blues

2014-08-12

Friends, you'll never guess what I've gotten myself into. Well, maybe you can after reading the title of this blog post. My coworker, one Ms. Monica Mendoza, also known as the woman who keeps us up on the City Hall doings, managed to talk me into doing The Dirty Dash this weekend. That was a few weeks ago, when the actual event seemed so...

Blog: La bella luna yoga

2014-08-06

Friends, it's no coincidence that this morning my attention was caught on the Facebooks by this story: "Adrenal Fatigue 101." Now, I'm not self-diagnosing myself with adrenal fatigue, though I did have a lot of the symptoms: - "Do you wake up frequently during the night?" Uh, yes. But what a nice time of the night to read and eat...

Blog: In romance, like yoga, there's no correct timetable

2014-08-04

I have a girlfriend who’s fresh off the break-up of a year-long romance that involved living together for a few seasons. In the 3-4 weeks since the dissolution of the romance, she’s been diligently tracking the process of her grief with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief, and emailing me the stages she’s reached and processed...

Sup yogis?

2014-07-29

Chaturanga dandasana (half push-up) on a stand up paddle board is a whole other pose than the one you bust out on a yoga mat. Same with warrior two. And don’t let me catch you trying to flip your down dog. Last week, I took my first stand up paddle board yoga class at Underwater Connection. It was taught by Holly Sciorra, a local yoga...

A case of Inclineism

2014-07-02

I have a crazy friend. Okay, I have lots of crazy friends. I like them. manitou-incline-12-16-12-0265But one in particular has ventured across the line. Last night he did the Manitou Incline THREE, count them THREE, times. In a row. Can you even fathom that? Did he see Kevin Bacon? I forgot to ask! Shame on me. Okay, granted, he’s training for a...

Don’t become a fireball this summer

2014-07-09

Last weekend was not a good one for this pitta dosha/Aries fire sign girl. With temperatures in the 90s, the situation was rife with danger. In summers past, I’ve made poor choices. I would go to a heated yoga class, where the room is heated to 95 degrees and humidity is set to 35 percent. I’ve gone hiking at noon in the sun’s penetrating,...

Yoga: Exercise, spiritual practice or both?

2014-07-10

This is something I’ve considered and struggled with over the past few years. It was recently brought to my attention again. Why do we do yoga? Why do I do yoga? Do I do it just for the physical exercise it provides? Or do I do it for more? And what are my students there for? There is no denying yoga is a great way to exercise your body, but...

Oil pulling vs. brushing your teeth

2014-07-11

Have you heard of oil pulling as a means of dental care? It’s not some new fad, but a folk remedy that’s been around for centuries, and mostly practiced in India and southern Asia, according to the American Dental Association’s website. Everywhere I turn these days, I read another story about it. And I’ve heard of a couple of acquaintances who...

Shoulders back, people

2014-07-28

Did you instinctively improve your posture when reading those words? I hope so. Don’t let the rounded shoulders of today turn into the dowager’s hump of tomorrow. That’s the severe rounding of the upper back in elderly people, if you weren’t sure. I consistently see people with some very poor posture. And it’s really no wonder. We’re all so...

It's all cyclical

2014-07-24

Ever since I interviewed the sleep expert for a Live Well column, and he talked about sleep cycles, I’ve noticed them in my own pattern of sleep. I can tell I’m at the end of a sleep cycle when I wake up slowly and naturally, with the remnants of a dream still floating behind my eyes. We get about five of those 90-minute cycles every night if...

Local stars at Wanderlust yoga festival

2014-06-30

Colorado Springs yoga teachers are representing at Wanderlust over the Fourth of July weekend. Wanderlust is a yoga festival that’s held in multiple locations across the country through the summer, including Aspen-Snowmass. And I think we should be proud that some local faces will be there, guiding masses of yogis through workshops: Becca...

Three Key Yoga new to the city

2014-06-27

There’s another new yoga studio in town – Three Key Yoga. It recently opened near where the old Montgomery Ward store used to be. As an opening special, classes are free through Thursday, July 3. Right now two classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, including gentle, all-level flow and all-level power. They’re...

Cambio. Yoga to offer adaptive yoga class

2014-06-18

Local yoga teacher Morgen Thomas is starting a new class for those with physical disabilities and impaired mobility and returning service members who have experienced mind-body trauma. Participants must be able to follow simple instructions and verbal cues, and physical assistance will be provided for those who need it. Caregivers are also...

Brewery removes Hindu god from beer label

2014-06-09

Odd13 Brewing, a brewery in Lafayette, is not making any friends among Hindus. From a press release: “Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Zed, who is president […]

Donation barre classes

2014-06-02

Belly up to the bar! The ballet bar, that is. ReVibe Pilates and Bodywork will hold four Thursday barre classes and donate all monies received to Urban Peak, a local program that supports homeless youth and those at risk of becoming homeless. They work with kids ages 15-20 through street outreach, shelter, education, employment, housing, […]

Bucking the trend

2014-05-29

As I hiked up Section 16 over Memorial Day weekend, I started to think about all the health and wellness tips and advice we’re surrounded by on a daily basis. I soak that stuff up, always on the lookout for new information. But I also know when something doesn’t work for me, and started making […]

Outdoor yoga classes start soon in Colorado Springs

2014-05-16

I might be a bit biased, but truly, we have some spectacular scenery in these parts. Wouldn’t it be nice to practice some yoga while you’re ogling Pikes Peak? Here are a few options for summertime classes. Please let me know of any others: jen.mulson@gazette.com. June 7-Aug. 30: CorePower Yoga - All levels, taught by […]

First impressions of yoga?

2014-05-14

I’m writing a column about the kookiness of yoga. “Finally!” I can hear some of you say. “I’ve been thinking that for years!” What puzzled you after your first class? The postures? The foreign language names? The towels, blocks, straps? I’m trying to remember back to my first yoga classes, and what...

Mother's Day yoga for all

2014-05-08

Are you a mama? A woman? Lover of women? Have been acquainted with some pretty cool women in your time? Then you’re invited to a free 75-minute relaxing yoga class taught by Aylin Aydin, owner of bluprintPower Yoga. Take mom to class, then take her to lunch. And then maybe tuck her in for a […]

Buddha's Birthday Celebration

2014-05-07

Celebrate the big guy – Buddha, that is. The Pikes Peak Buddhist Community will hold activities on Saturday in honor of Vesak, the Buddha’s 2,557th birthday. From the press release: “Vesak typically falls on the fourth or fifth lunar month during the full moon, though the exact date varies in different countries. It marks the...

Yoga Studio Satya and Omtastic Yoga open

2014-05-06

What’s that I hear? The sound of yoga mats unfurling? Why yes, it is, at two more new studios in town. Our yoga scene is growing like crazy, one down dog at a time. Owner Amanda Neufeld held the grand opening of Yoga Studio Satya last weekend, where attendees could explore her interesting yoga wall. […]

Yoga hikes at Florissant Fossil Beds

2014-04-28

Take your yoga off the mat and into the woods. The woods around Florissant Fossil Beds, that is. Hikes will be about one to one and a half miles long, with breaks for standing yoga poses that focus on the legs and the shoulders. Wear stretchy pants, people! And don’t worry about bringing a mat […]

Time to drink the coffee

2014-04-23

Men’s Health just released a top 10 list of coffee-crazed cities – Colorado Springs strikes again. We’re No. 6! Which confirms what a snapshot of my work desk could tell you. Plus, Starbucks recently mailed me a gold card for my stellar ability to make a purchase at one of their stores almost daily. Seriously. […]

Family yoga event on Saturday

2014-04-15

There’s just something about practicing yoga with people you know and love. It’s fun to attend class with a friend, partner, potential partner, mom, dad, brother, sister… the list goes on. Coworkers? Hello, Gazette coworkers? Anybody, anybody? In my time teaching, I can think of a handful of families who I’ve seen attend...

Local poet releases book

2014-04-14

I’ve been hankering for some good poems lately. I go through spurts with my poetry affair; we’re on-again, off-again lovers. But sometimes, when one touches me, I’ll type it up and tape it to my bathroom mirror. I like to reread them as I brush my teeth and put on lipstick. Among them are Mary […]

Mindfulness

2014-04-08

Yogic mindfulness activities. Silent eating meditation. I can’t help myself – these activities in a press release tend to catch my attention. There’s a half-day event on Saturday at Yogafied that addresses them. Dr. Robert Glidewell, a licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, will offer...

In like a lamb, out like a lion

2014-04-04

No, this isn’t a post about the month of March — it’s a post about simhasana, better known as Lion’s Breath in yoga. In Lion’s Breath, you’re usually kneeling, with your hands resting on your thighs. You take a big breath in through the nose, and then expell it out through the mouth, as you […]

Wait your pose (and your drama) out

2014-03-25

I watched a roomful of yogis in a 24 Hour yoga class on Sunday morning. I love to observe other yoga classes. I can often learn something new or remember something old, and this weekend was  no different. They were in a warrior one pose with their hands and fingers clasped behind their backs, with […]

Yoga teacher Ana Forrest in Denver next weekend

2014-03-21

Lately I’ve been immersed in yoga teacher Ana Forrest’s book, “Fierce Medicine.” She’s an internationally-known teacher who’s been traveling and teaching for decades upon decades. I’d heard of her, of course, and a few things about what her teaching style is like, but that was about it. Her book jumped...

Beginner's mind

2014-03-13

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” — Zen master Shunryo Suzuki I had a chat with an acquaintance at the gym last night. He, bless his heart, was on his way to yoga class. I asked when he was coming to my class at CorePower Yoga, […]

Practicing non-violence

2014-03-11

Every once in awhile, I feel inspired to theme a class around ahimsa. For those who think that sounds like a foreign language, well, guess what? It is. It’s the Sanskrit word for non-violence, and it’s the first of the yamas in yoga. The yamas, also known as the moral and ethical observances, are the […]

Flow with it

2014-03-05

I usually start teaching a yoga class by offering a theme of sorts. These vary widely, and sometimes are just me offering something interesting I’ve heard or read during the last week. Sometimes it has to do with yoga, sometimes it has little to do with yoga. But hopefully they are a bit of food […]

Meditate on this

2014-02-21

I’m setting yet another intention to make meditation a regular part of my day. My intentions are good, I swear! Though I do feel like I constantly set the same one – for years now. And I’ll sit and practice for a couple of days in a row, and get all smug. Like this week. […]

New yoga studios in the Springs

2014-02-20

I’m happy to report the arrival of two new yoga studios. Hot on Yoga opens on the east side of town. Finally! I’ve always wondered why nobody tapped that yoga market. The studio exclusively offers the hot yoga sequence, with 26 set postures sandwiched between two breathing exercises. And the room is steamy - 95-105 degrees […]

Love advice for Springs singles

2014-02-14

I hit the streets yesterday after The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook had designated Colorado Springs as the most romantic city in the country. That story is here: http://coloradosprings.com/residents-react-to-colorado-springs-being-deemed-most-romantic-city-by-facebook/article/1514619 In addition to finding out if the news surprised...

Yoga for Valentine's Day

2014-02-11

A few years ago, I went to a Thai yoga class for couples at Marmalade at Smokebrush. Kat Tudor taught the 90-minute long class, and then we drank tea and ate sweet and savory treats. I thought it would be all about partner yoga, but it was very different. We didn’t do many “official” yoga […]

French fries for everyone! Except, please not.

2014-02-06

Yesterday, a press release told me McDonald’s is No. 8 on the list of healthiest fast food restaurants. Who says? Health.com, that’s who. From the release:“Among the big burger-based chains, McDonald’s is leading the way in overhauling its menu to offer more heart- and waist-friendly fare. Take the Happy Meals, which you can...

Yoga and meditation win the Super Bowl

2014-02-05

If I was forced to sit down and root for any sports team, it would be the Broncos. I felt a few seconds of sadness at their big loss on Sunday, but onward and upward. Turns out the Seattle Seahawks had one large advantage over Denver – the team’s coach makes them practice yoga and […]

Yoga clothing drive

2014-01-17

If you practice yoga, chances are good you’ve accumulated some yoga clothing along the way. And maybe some of that clothing is just sitting there – unused, unloved, ready for somebody to give it a new home. Playoga will host a free class led by Holly Sciorra, a local Lululemon ambassador. All they ask is […]

Manitou Yoga moves into Manitou Bindu

2014-01-07

Manitou Yoga will have a new home inside Manitou Bindu at the Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., starting Monday, Jan. 13. During cold months, the donation-based yoga classes, which started in 2008, have occupied various locations in Manitou Springs. Classes will now settle into Bindu until the weather gets warmer, and they can once again...

Live Well: Sugar battle

2014-01-07

My name is Jennifer, and I’m a sugarholic. As of this writing, I have four days clean and sober from the white stuff. However, I probably should admit that there are three Brachs Peppermint Christmas Nougats lurking in my pocket that I’m dying to have with a hot cup of coffee. I turned to an […]

Resolve to stop resolving

2013-12-31

I’m curious. Do people even make New Year’s resolutions anymore? It feels like they’ve become passe over the years. Or maybe that’s just me getting older, and watching the idea get dusty. In my world, the trend is choosing a theme or intention for the upcoming year, often done by selecting a word. For example, […]

Thom Yorke stands on his head

2013-12-24

Lately I’ve been listening to Alec Baldwin’s podcast, “Here’s the Thing,” in the mornings as I get ready for work. This morning,  I was happy to hear musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead talk about his pre-show ritual. It includes being silent for hours beforehand, some meditation and standing on his head. What a good...

The stress of holiday gifting

2013-12-23

I am admittedly a bit Grinchy during the holidays. It’s a lot of things: The pressure of buying gifts, the forced merriment, the drinking, the sugar overload, the increase in socializing. And then to top it all off, I’m supposed to say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas back to people when I don’t feel very […]

What's your kryptonite?

2013-12-17

My kryptonite is lurking in the breakroom right now: Cake with thick, slightly dry, softly crunchy frosting. Gobs and gobs of sugary nirvana. Sugar is my weakness. Specifically, candy. Not so much cookies, pie or brownies. Straight-up candy, though I do love the frosting. What’s your poison? We all have one, don’t we? That thing...

Healing power right outside your house

2013-12-16

You don’t need megadoses of vitamins or mugs of green juice. Forget the acupuncture, the reiki and the craniosacral therapy. What you need is the great outdoors. I’ve seen it called different things: Forest bathing, earthing and Vitamin G for green. Forest bathing is simple. Get out and immerse yourself in the woods. Be among […]

Marking the end of a year

2013-12-13

Every year I tell myself I’m going to get it together, and do something ultra awesome on New Year’s Eve. Something that will signify the ending of a year and kick off the new year in an auspicious way. And no, that no longer involves drinking myself into oblivion, and starting the new year with […]

Lululemon founder and chairman Chip Wilson steps down

2013-12-10

In breaking yoga clothing news, Chip Wilson, who recently earned some reverse good juju for his insensitive comments about women’s bodies and subsequent apology that didn’t feel like an apology, has stepped down as chairman of his own company. From Businessweek.com: “Lululemon (LULU) is finally balancing its corporate chakras....

First yoga exhibit up at The Smithsonian Institution

2013-12-03

Anybody up for a field trip to The Smithsonian Institution? The exhibit, “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” opened in October. Curators are calling it the first show about the visual history and art of yoga, its origins and evolution over time. Included are Indian sculptures, manuscripts, paintings, posters, illustrations, photos and...

Thanks for the hard stuff

2013-11-27

I like the idea of sitting with your chosen ones on Thanksgiving, and before digging in, talking about what or who you’re grateful for. We didn’t do that in my family, but I wish we had. I am thankful for all the things one is often thankful for. There are the basics, of course: food, […]

Wherefore art thou, men?

2013-11-26

No, this post isn’t me looking for a date. In the Mark Whitwell workshop I attended earlier this month, we got into a group discussion about where all the men are in yoga. The writing professor I happened to be sitting next to, who was not a regular yoga practitioner or attender of yoga workshops, […]

Lululemon founder in hot water

2013-11-20

Open mouth, insert foot. That seems to be Chip Wilson’s modus operandi this year. Wilson is the founder and chairman of Lululemon, the popular brand of yoga pants you’ll see on a huge portion of yoga practitioners and regular gym goers around the country. These are the same pants that were vilified earlier this year […]

Mark Whitwell spreads message at yoga workshop

2013-11-11

Mark Whitwell told me to enjoy my life and that I am already perfect. The nationally known yoga teacher held workshops Saturday and Sunday at the Manitou Art Center and Manitou Bindu. Local yoga teacher Jessica Patterson brought him as part of her RootEd Apprenticeship & Teacher Training Program. He is one of her teachers. […]

Free acupuncture for veterans

2013-11-05

Two local acupuncturists are offering free services to active duty military, veterans and their families. I just talked to licensed acupuncturist Carol Penno, who founded the weekly treatments in June. She, along with Diane McCarty, another local licensed acupuncturist, provide a simple five-point ear acupuncture protocol for patients....

What nourishes you?

2013-10-25

Nour·ish 1. to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth. 2. to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.: He had long nourished the dream of living abroad. 3. to strengthen, build up, or promote: to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one’s community.   Nourish […]

Walking in circles

2013-10-24

Labyrinths always catch my eye, even if I can never remember how to spell the word. It started with the rose-colored cobblestone maze downtown at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. I walked it for the first time a couple of years ago, and then immediately went to Facebook to ask people for advice […]

Mayan shaman Miguel Angel will visit

2013-10-14

There’s some cool stuff going on at Manitou Bindu next week. A handful of events are happening in collaboration with the citywide exhibit, “Gods and Monsters.” Miguel Angel, a Mayan shaman, will be in town for part of it. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him last year, and found his messages […]

Free yoga for furloughed federal government workers

2013-10-08

First it was Poor Richard’s Restaurant donating free meals to furloughed government workers, now it’s cambio.  Yoga. From their press release: “Cambio Yoga is offering free yoga classes to those employees and contractors not receiving paychecks during the Federal Government Furlough.  During this time of uncertainty, it is...

Get huggy with it

2013-10-04

The power of touch is not to be denied. Earlier this week, I had a wonderful conversation over a plate of Indian food with a local massage therapist – Diana Adair.  She also does craniosacral therapy, reiki and lymphatic drainage. She gave a lecture in January to yoga teachers on touch and yoga adjustments and […]

Stand up straight!

2013-09-30

Did you immediately pull your shoulders back? I did! If you’re in a room full of people right now, take a look around at posture. Do you see the beginnings of hunchbacks? I do. It’s so easy to succumb to these rounded backs and collapsed shoulders, isn’t it? I’m guilty, too. I sit in a […]

Losing balance

2013-06-05

Every now and again, I’ll be in yoga class, flowing through some sun salutations, breathing, pretty much just minding my own beeswax. And inspiration comes a knock, knock, knockin’ on my yoga mat. It happened over the weekend at the beginning of a class. I came into tadasana (mountain pose) – standing tall with my […]

Watch, learn and help your low back

2013-05-30

My friend and coworker, Barry Noreen, agreed to be my yoga guinea pig. Here we are a few weeks ago in the park outside The Gazette. I showed him a short sequence of yoga poses and stretches he could do to help make his low back a bit more mobile and less stiff. http://gazette.com/yoga-for-back-problems/multimedia/video/2384649027001 Contact...

Nationally known yoga teachers in town this week

2013-05-29

A couple of years ago, I received a gently chiding email from a reader after I suggested that one’s yoga practice might get a bit stale from time to time. I understood where the reader was coming from – that yoga isn’t really about the asanas (postures), per se, but more about  learning to be […]

Karma yoga opportunity

2013-05-16

The Yoga Teachers of Colorado Springs (YTOCS) and Guardians of Palmer Park are helping clean up Palmer Park on Saturday, May 18. It’s the first karma yoga event for YTOCS, but not the last. They plan to hold similar activities quarterly.  Clean up is 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Stick around for a noon yoga class. Bring […]

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Jennifer Mulson writes the Live Well column in the Health and Wellness section every other Tuesday. She has taught yoga for more than five years, and currently teaches two heated vinyasa classes a week at CorePower Yoga. She is interested in all things body, mind and spirit-related, and will explore those topics here.

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