by Kelly Liyakasa

December 28, 2011

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“We’re in a culture that pulls us in a billion directions,” Holmes says. “There’s so much fear right now. There are no institutions that are trustworthy right now, from politics to religion to government. To me, this is breaking it down and losing a sense of outer authority to say, ‘You know what? We need to learn to turn inward and to trust our inner resources and our inner guides and strength.”

Yoga utilizes four basic principles – grounding your energy, centering, alignment and breathing. The practice originated in India roughly 5,000 years ago. Since the 1960s, it has garnered a more mainstream following with celebrities, ranging from the aforementioned Downey to the Los Angeles Lakers openly embracing their own yogic journeys.

“I’m seeing more people coming to yoga from all different ages and walks of life,” says Greg Barringer, director of yoga at the Scarsdale Yoga Studios, which opens in February. “From children to senior citizens, people are realizing the wonderful benefits of yoga. Additionally, as people practice longer, they are going deeper into their yoga. It is no longer enough to get their exercise. They want to learn about and practice the deeper aspects of yoga, like pranayama (breathing), mantra (chanting) and meditation.”

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Popular forms of yoga

Bikram -- Sweat, baby, sweat. This form takes yogis through a sequence of poses in a heated room.

Vinyasa – Rides a flow of movement with synchronized breathing.

Hatha -- Centers on breath and meditation.

Iyengar -- Places an emphasis on physical alignment, posture and harmonious movement.

Ashtanga: A vinyasa-style practice that follows a series of poses.

Anusara: Yogis experience openness through light-hearted fun.

Tantra: Explores sexual energy as a contributor to wholeness.

Hot Yoga Looks

When it comes to yoga fashions, comfort is key.

“People like basics,” says Patty Palmieri, owner of Lv2bfit in Rye Brook, a boutique that includes the latest fitness wear. “It depends on whether they’re comfortable in long pants or short pants, but there is a really comfortable line called Beyond Yoga, and these are basic, easy, comfortable, fashionable pieces.”

One of Lv2bfit’s best-selling lines is California-based brand Splits 59, with super-soft, dry-wick fabric designed to absorb perspiration fast and comfortably, while keeping you sexy and stylish in hoodies and shirts with thumb holes.

Margarita Women’s Sportswear is another funky line of fitness fashion with unique touches like tie-dye.

“I don’t want to carry what the department stores carry. I want to keep it boutiquey.”


by Kelly Liyakasa

December 28, 2011

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  • Yoga and Peggy

    Introduced to yoga three years ago at the suggestion of my wife, Dr. Patty Ann, I met Peggy. Now I cannot imagine a week going by without practicing
    yoga with Peggy at least two or three times. Her energy, enthusiasm and music combined with a vigorous yoga practice get you in shape mentally and physically.

    Posted by Mitch Tublin January 05, 2012 12:00:02

  • Peggy

    This woman lives the fitness lifestyle like no one else...a true testament to all of us in the health industry who have kids and families and excuses but still rock it out...keep it going Peggy!

    Posted by Bobby January 05, 2012 11:52:54

  • Yoga...Peggy is the best LOVE EQUINOX!!!!

    Peggy is a terrific & caring instructor.

    Posted by Mary January 05, 2012 10:53:28

  • thanks for sharing

    I love your class moves you and centers you at the same time. connection to the instructor is key for yoga to become apart of one's life...thanks for the connection peggy.

    Posted by janet January 04, 2012 13:26:29

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