Best Female Rock Climber in the World is 14 Years Old
Ashima Shiraishi can scale boulders and rock faces that most people twice her age simply can’t. The 14-year-old New York native started climbing boulders in Central Park when she was just six years old and hasn’t looked back.
I listen to ESPN radio while I’m driving, and all the talk earlier in the week was about Cam Newton’s pants.
Cam Newton, for those of you who don’t watch football, is the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers–one of the teams in the Super Bowl.
Cam Newton is one of if not the most controversial players in the NFL.
Football fans either love him or hate him. Nobody’s neutral. And given that he’s the odds on favorite to win Most Valuable Player, everyone who watches football knows who he is.
I’ll admit that at first I didn’t like him. But then Richie talked me out of my narrow-mindedness and encouraged me to enjoy Cam Newton for what he was–a man who loves life and loves football and isn’t afraid to show his joie de vivre.
He has his signature poses for first downs…
He does a dance called the “Dab” after scoring a touch down…
And he wears flamboyant pants that sell out hours after he shows them off…
Love him or hate him, you won’t have a hard time finding him in a crowd. 🙂
NFL scores with ‘Super Bowl Babies Choir’ commercial
By Remi Merhi, Special to CNN
The highly anticipated Super Bowl 50 commercials have been preceded by a spot the NFL released Monday to remind fans of the excitement that a Super Bowl can bring.
The “Super Bowl Babies Choir” commercial features babies, children and adults who were born nine months after their parents’ favorite team won the Super Bowl. According to the NFL, birth rates in winning cities increase nine months after the big game. The ad also shows snippets of reactions to past wins to show the excitement that could have caused this surge.
The “Super Bowl Babies” come together in choir form, each wearing apparel of the team responsible for their conception, and sing to a parody of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” with Seal himself singing along.
The combination of the adorable 2014 Super Bowl babies and cute lyrics left viewers praising the commercial.
The ad also prompted some viewers to ponder whether they might be a Super Bowl baby as well.
Other viewers attempted to decipher the true message of the commercial.
The NFL released the commercial on YouTube in an attempt to “recreate one of the greatest love songs of all time to celebrate the greatest game of all time.”
The commercial is successfully getting fans excited for the 50th Super Bowl between the Panthers and the Broncos. Now the only question is whether there will be a surge in birth rates in Charlotte or Denver nine months from now.
I went to my first yoga class at the YMCA yesterday.
It was marvelous and very different from what I expected.
The class was entitled “Restorative Yoga”. This type of yoga combines slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching.
Rather than changing quickly from pose to pose, we held each yoga pose for about ten minutes.
Within the hour-long class, we completed about five poses. Focusing on passive stretching, the poses were very restful.
I loved it and I will take the class again and again.
All of the poses we did involved forward ‘folding’ and ‘bending’.
Because I had just returned from a five-day trip, my guts were churning because they virtually stop working while traveling.
Unfortunately for those near me, I tooted a couple of times.
I tried to cover them up with a cough, but I don’t think I was successful.
Oh well… I will just put my yoga mat next to a new victim at the next class. 🙂
Here’s a brief description (from about.com) in case you are interested to learn more about restorative yoga:
Restorative yoga is something completely different. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour.
During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
In restorative yoga, props are used extensively to support your body so that you can hold poses for longer. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining.
For instance, a seated forward bend – paschimottanasana (see above) can become restorative by placing a bolster or several folded blankets on top of your legs so that your forward bend is fully supported with the entire torso resting on your props.