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Transforming Your Life – One Step, One Class, or One Pose at a Time

first_imgLast winter I fell into a rut. Rather then enjoying life’s many blessings, I was simply trying to get through my daily routine: work, home, work, more work at home. My relationships felt off; I was unsatisfied by work and on many days, uncomfortable in my own skin. I prayed for wisdom. I prayed for strength. It is exhausting to be frustrated and uninspired.The yoga studio I had been attending advertised a class to start in the New Year: “Transform Your Life” was an introduction to a new way of living. I friend of mine and I decided to join. Every Tuesday night in January and February we joined 4 women and our teacher in the studio, to share, grow, and nourish body and soul. We became friends, journaled, were reminded to love ourselves and cherish our unique gifts. The class was more than I had hoped, and provided the jump-start I had so longed for. By March, I had engaged in intense self-study and knew for the first time in my adult life, how to build myself up. I felt whole and so happy.Many of my work colleagues and others would twist their lips in doubt as I discussed my class and the blessings that had been revealed on my yoga mat with new friends. My husband listened skeptically as I explained how I wanted to live each day with purpose, intention, placing an emphasis on what I needed to feel connected – quite time, time to pray, write, study.The yoga studio that hosted the class, Uttara, has been in downtown Roanoke for two years.  Our teacher is the studio owner, and my friend, Jill Loftis.A few weeks ago when I decided to write about being a fish out of water, about people who inspire us to go beyond and become our best selves, Jill was the first person who came to mind.Jill has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and started her teacher training program in 2005.  She shares her love for the practice, and her love of others with the same veracity and spirit.When I asked Jill what lesson yoga has taught her that has most shaped who she is, she explained that now, because of yoga, she knows what makes her feel healthy and strong, as well as what makes her life feel dull and uninspired.  Her practice has even changed the way she thinks about the world and its daily struggles. Yoga helps Jill to step away from the craziness and find ways to detach from it. She explains her practice gives her power over her mind, and the desire “to step away from it and find this endless peace and stillness.”While her explanation may not be familiar to everyone, the goal certainly is. How can we as people, focus on what really matters, and not be pulled into endless worry and drama of daily life?Jill explains (and I whole heartedly agree) that once you’ve gotten a glimpse of a life of peace, that stillness and realize that it is not outside of you, you will have a greater understanding of who you are and why you are here.All that from a yoga class?In my experience, yoga can remind you of that desire to lead a more purposeful life, and once the seed has been planted, change can happen.For those who have never practiced before, or even entered a studio, Jill encourages you to “try a few different classes and instructors.” She compares yoga classes to ice cream wherein “all the flavors are delicious, you just have to find what kind makes you happy.  Maybe you like slow, quiet, meditative yoga; maybe you like to rock out with an intense, sweaty class that blasts Bruce Springsteen.  Either class will take you where you want to go.”Sounds delicious.And what will you need to start? Jill insists you don’t have “to be a natural rubber band to practice,” or have the right gear. “You don’t even need to have a ton of time, or start the practice when you are young,” she explains.She advises that people who are interested and curious not to be afraid; “Start your practice NOW and whatever shape you’re in, whatever age you are, your strength and flexibility will improve.”And really, so much more could improve as well.   If a weekly yoga practice can help a stubborn lawyer like me focus on what really matters, my faith, my family, my purpose, I think the practice can be a blessing to anyone with an open heart or willing spirit. And if you really want to learn from Jill’s years of practice and wisdom, you can Transform Your Life with her new class this fall. Call the studio today or visit online  at www.uttarayogastudio.com.www.uttarayogastudio.com.jpgOr, just stop by your local studio and attend a few classes. I know I am so grateful I did.last_img read more


Golf News Women’s British Open golf: Diksha Dagar all set for maiden appearance

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Golf News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Woburn: Diksha Dagar will be the lone Indian in the fray at the 2019 AIG Women’s British Open, this year’s fifth and final Major, which begins here on Thursday.The Haryana golfer, who turns 19 in the second week of December, will be playing her second Major, after making a maiden appearance at the Evian Championships last week.It was a tough Major debut for Diksha who missed the cut with rounds of 77-78.”I think I played alright, but just did not score. Sometimes that happens in golf, but I enjoyed my maiden Major appearance,” said Diksha.However, she is even more excited about the British Open.”This is the major all of us love to follow, so to be able to play in that is indeed a honour. Winning the Women’s South African Open was a big step forward and it has got me here,” said Diksha, who will once again have her father Col Naren Dagar on the bag as the caddie at the Woburn Golf Club.”It has been raining and the course is soft. But it is a lovely course,” said the father-cum-caddie.  Diksha’s 2019 performances have ensured that she is currently ninth in the LET rankings and the Top-25 are exempt into the British Open.Aditi did not make the field directly this season and therefore she did try the qualifiers earlier in the week but could not make it.Last year, Aditi achieved her best result in a Major at Women’s British Open by finishing Tied-22nd. Two shots better would have seen her finish T-15 and earn a spot in the 2019 Open.Woburn’s own Charley Hull continues her quest for her first Major title at her home course. Hull also played unofficial host when the championship was last played at Woburn in 2016 when she finished T-17.She will play alongside major champions Hannah Green and Shanshan Feng, who has returned to form in the second half of the season. She picked up her first win in two years at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in July and followed that with a runner-up finish at the Evian Championship. She has been in Top 10 last two years.So Yeon Ryu, a two-time Major champion, arrives at the final Major of the season in search of her first win of the year, while Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the championship in 2016, also remains in the hunt for her first win of 2019.Defending champion Georgia Hall looks to keep her success at the AIG Women’s British Open rolling. In addition to her victory in 2018, Hall finished T-3 the year before at Kingsbarns. She will play alongside fellow Major champion Brooke Henderson, who is already a two-time winner in 2019.Jin Young Ko will continue her chase for history as she looks to become the fifth woman to win three Majors in a single season. Ko captured the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship.She is making just her third appearance at the AIG Women’s British Open where she missed the cut last season but finished second when the championship was played at Turnberry in 2015. last_img read more


GOING BOWLING: SU becomes bowl eligible thanks to Krautman’s game-winning kick in win over Rutgers

first_img Comments Published on November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img PISCATAWAY, N.J. – For the first time all day, Ross Krautman was lost. No longer could the freshman kicker stand by himself on the Syracuse sideline, preventing his eyes from wandering into the Rutgers Stadium crowd of 49,911. In the unfamiliar press room, he prepared to be peppered with questions concerning his 24-yard field goal with 1:07 left in the fourth quarter of Syracuse’s 13-10 win over Rutgers. The kick that sent Syracuse (7-3, 4-2 Big East) into bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004. Standing bewildered, Krautman’s status on the team, and just how special of a game this was, became painfully evident. On an evening in which Syracuse’s specialists won the game, Krautman was the hero. Under the familiar New Jersey lights, he kicked Syracuse into a bowl game. But he was still lost among the glitz of what this win truly meant for a starving program. He didn’t know where to go. ‘On the podium, Ross,’ a voice finally muttered from the press room crowd.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Krautman found his way to the podium, just like he found his way onto the field for the two deciding field goals. The first-year kicker drilled a career-long 48-yarder with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter to tie the game at 10. And after the Syracuse offense finally put together a 66-yard no-huddle drive in the final minutes, Krautman connected on the 24-yarder for the win. But even if it was a win for a team, a university and a city, Krautman — in true kicker fashion — maintained the all-to-himself mentality. That is, after all, how he won the game. ‘I’m off on my own,’ Krautman said. Out of the spotlight all year, the freshman has quietly converted a Big East-best 15-of-16 kicks. But Saturday, Krautman was thrust into the spotlight. Before its final drive, SU only registered 242 yards on the day. Rutgers accounted for 280 yards on 73 plays. Both teams combined to allow 10 sacks on their respective quarterbacks. SU lost two fumbles, while Rutgers lost one. But the specialists for the Orange kept the game close and gave it the win. Krautman ended it, but it all started with SU punter Rob Long. He prevented Syracuse from losing control of the game early with his Rutgers-prepared change to his punting approach. The senior captain kept Syracuse from giving up special teams points with booming line-drive punts, averaging 44 yards. The line drives were with a purpose, as Long narrowly escaped RU’s rushers. ‘It wasn’t about the punts this game,’ Long said. ‘It was about not getting one blocked.’ For the Scarlet Knights, the center of an ugly first half came in the form of freshman quarterback Chas Dodd, who completed three passes. He was benched for sophomore Tom Savage for the second half. Savage provided the one spell of solid football for RU all day, orchestrating an eight-play, 85-yard drive to give Rutgers the 10-7 lead to start the half. For the rest of the half, both teams continued to struggle. ‘I kept thinking, ‘Why is this happening?” SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘Why can’t we go out there and execute?” The Scarlet Knights failed to execute for the rest of the game as well. It all led up to what could have been a moment for the other kicker. But Rutgers’ San San Te missed a 45-yard field goal. One Ryan Nassib, Marcus Sales and Antwon Bailey-highlighted drive later, Krautman trotted onto the field, head down, with the Nassib-described ‘moxie.’ The kick was made, and for one game, at least, Krautman lifted the weight off Marrone’s shoulder. The season goals of a winning season and bowl eligibility were achieved. And as the last person in the press room, SU running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley lost his train of thought as well. Wheatley admitted after the game that even though Marrone referred to the win as ‘one game,’ it did lift that weight. It was the one game, a game so important that as Wheatley walked back to the field, he asked who SU would play next and then who SU would end with. But thanks to the specialists, after those two games, the Orange finally has another ‘one more game’ to look forward to. Said Long: ‘Everybody knows what it means when he made that.’ [email protected]last_img read more


ASTRONAUT BUZZ FINDS HIS NORTHERN LIGHTS OFF DONEGAL!

first_imgBuzz finds the Northern Lights!He went in search of the Northern Lights and he found them.Gerard O’Kane of Donegal Photo Tours sent us this stunning shot of the lights off Inishowen last night.We’re not sure if the picture was photobombed by Buzz or if it was a plant. Either way – it gave us a good St Patrick’s night laugh!    ASTRONAUT BUZZ FINDS HIS NORTHERN LIGHTS OFF DONEGAL! was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more