Fitness Category

Training doesn’t always have to be structured and goal-oriented to yield results. We tend to get caught up in “getting the skill” or “getting a good workout,” and while those goals have their place, if we never take the time to explore movement without any specific goals in mind, we lose out on a sense of play and freedom. In this post, we’ll look at what play is, why we think it’s important for everyone to engage in, and we’ll give you 3 movements to try out. Unlike the structuredRead More

Posted On October 2, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Fitness, October 2015 - Forgiveness

Fitness: What to Do with Used Up Gear?

Most fitness pursuits these days require at least a little bit of equipment, whether it is running shoes or a bike helmet or a yoga mat or a squash racquet or a resistance band or a stability ball. The problem is, many of these things wear out, or we no longer pursue the activity, and they remain to be dealt with. And unfortunately, most of them consist of synthetic materials which do not biodegrade. The pursuit of fitness, or even of excellence in sport, has long neglected this issue, orRead More
Image credit: Fit n’ Style When I was 18 I used to love to dance, but was with a boyfriend who did not accept it. To escape the domestic violent relationship I turned to fitness. I used to work out in the gym and watch everyone exercise, and learn as much as I could from observation. After spending numerous hours in the gym, I decided to get into the fitness industry and started taking online courses then finally travelled abroad to California and completed my Yoga, Pilates, Personal Training, TRXRead More

Posted On July 25, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn August 2015 - Dance, Fitness

Fitness: Butoh Dance, with Robyn Rubenstein

This month Parvati Magazine spoke with Robyn Rubenstein, an artist and butoh dancer based in Brooklyn. Parvati Magazine: What is the significance of butoh as an art form? Robyn Rubenstein: Butoh was created as a response to the devastation Japan experienced in WWII – ghostly, haunting costumes and movement that show humanity trying to stagger through violence. It has evolved into a kind of meditative practice that explores themes of impermanence, animism, balance and the embracing of light and dark as necessary forces. So we use this reimagining of older forms ofRead More
Image credit: Total Immersion Parvati Magazine spoke with Terry Laughlin, a swim coach renowned for his method of guiding swimmers to a natural and efficient stroke. Parvati Magazine: What is the inspiration behind Total Immersion? Terry Laughlin: I was a hard-working but unsuccessful competitive swimmer in high school and college, but discovered I had a knack for helping others achieve their potential when I began coaching. After coaching young competitive swimmers for 17 years, I began working with adults, most of them new swimmers, in 1989. They taught me that swimmingRead More
Image credit: Kerry This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Erwan Le Corre, founder and master instructor of MovNat, a fitness practice which emphasizes natural movement. Parvati Magazine: What is MovNat and what inspired you to create it? Erwan Le Corre: MovNat is the method for practicing, or coaching, Natural Movement fitness. We define Natural Movement as the overall practice of human natural movement skills such as crawling, walking, running, jumping, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, and defensive skills. This concept was inspired by my own childhood growing up and movingRead More
Image credit: Blisters and Black Toenails When I started running over 15 years ago, I was happy to just go out and run. Running was an outlet for me. It was my “me” time. I never thought of it as anything else. It was just something that I did to burn off steam. Then I started racing and running became more than just my “me” time. I started to think about goals and achievement. I was never fast enough to be really competitive but I was decent enough to consistentlyRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine interviewed fitness instructor and lifestyle coach Caroline Jordan about her “Positive Energy – Positive Results” approach. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you to start teaching and coaching? Caroline Jordan: Fitness has always been a part of my life. My mother is a family practice nurse, who taught group fitness for fun throughout my childhood. Movement is rooted in my mind, body, and spirit. I can’t imagine living and not sharing that joy with others. I was 14 when I started teaching group fitness at a local clubRead More
As a long time runner and athlete, I thought I had awareness of my body. I knew that running a short distance in snow boots caused ankle pain, a lack of sleep caused heavy legs during a run, and a lack of electrolytes caused a headache. After a training cycle last fall left me fatigued, injured and far short of my running goals, I decided to try the Maffetone Method (MAF). The idea behind MAF is that in endurance events lasting 2 or more hours, 99% of effort comes fromRead More
I have been involved in a variety of fitness passions, on and off, in one form or another for over 48 years. I started ballet at the tender age of 3. Then discovered tap and jazz a couple years later. Once I hit the school system I was a huge fan of floor hockey and track and field. The excitement of tournaments, the suspense of game outcomes, was a rush. Feeling part of a team, where I made a difference was a big part of it. The sense of belongingRead More