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Dr Mike Simpson, A Personal History of Indian Club Swinging

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Dr Mike Simpson, Indian Club enthusiast, teacher, and maker in Sheffield England, was kind enough to give a brief history of his experience working with the timeless art of Indian Club Swinging. Mike is one of the leaders in bringing this once popular art back to the public eye. For more information see his website read more…

Arevik Seyranyan Handbalancing

Arevik Seyranyan is one of the top handbalancers in the world. She displays a remarkably broad set of skills. Strength, balance flexibility and grace. Here are two videos, one of taken from a performance, and one a rare glimpse of what appears to be an everyday practice session. These have been around for awhile, but read more…

Novel Movement Series with Cory Blickenstaff: Hip and Spine

Physical Therapist Cory Blickenstaff has begun releasing a very helpful series on what he calls Novel Movments. With his permission i post the series here as the applications for movement, prehab and warm up are obvious. The movements themselves are deceptively simple, and though novel will be at least somewhat familiar to yoga students. Notice read more…

Stronger Healthier Shoulders with Resistance Cables

May 21, 2011 10.00-12-00 A trip to Studio ¬†8 will confirm that resistance cables have a real place in our physical maintenance routine. Don’t let those slender brightly colored bands fool you, they are a serious tool, and a cornerstone of my personal program for building bullet proof shoulders. Cables allow the user to work read more…

Keep your spine fit with Circular Spinal Waves

When i first got serious with my yoga practice i already had pretty good forward bending skills. Like many of my generation i had learned to associate stretching with forward bending, stretching the legs and back. At that time i didn’t realize the importance of balancing forward and backward mobility. Even less did i realize read more…

Training and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

This weekend while doing some simple kettlebell military pressing i slightly strained my back. Nothing big, i’ve been doing a good deal of back strengthening work lately, and the mild cramping was a sign i needed to back off for a day or two. Rather than just do nothing on Monday for my practice, i read more…

Interview with Handbalancer Mikael Kristiansen

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Below is a reprint, in its entirety, of an interview ¬†between Arthur Costi and balance artist Mikael Krstiansen. Arthur is a highly skilled yoga artist in his own right, practicing and teaching the DeRose method of yoga. He initiated this interview to help with some of the advanced skills he’s working to perfect. For some read more…

Strand Pulling Guides by Fatman and Brad Reid

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Fatman has kindly given permission to distribute his excellent Guide to Cable Training. The guide is a very comprehensive manual, describing in great detail the exercises that can be performed, as well as benefits, programing ideas and even his thoughts on nutrition. Having overdone certain actions in my own yoga practice, i managed to create read more…

Mallakhamb – Indian Pole Gymnastics

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One aim of this site is to help expose students of yoga and physical culture to some of the limitless ways humans around the world have found to move better and get stronger. Mallakhamb is particularly interesting, having its origins in Kushti – Indian Wrestling. The pole was used as a training ‘partner’ to develop read more…