Posts from — February 2010
Happy Friday, Curvy Girls!
A big thanks to curvy friends Pamela Starr and Oana Hogrefe for pointing me to TheFrisky.com for this article from the Daily Mail: Looking at curvy women ‘gives men the same high as alcohol or drugs.’
According to a new study, when men see pictures of women with high waist-to-hip ratios (think hourglass figure) the reward centers of the brain light up, in the same way drugs and alcohol affect the brain. And altering the weight of the woman in the picture didn’t impact the result.
This research confirms the earlier research by Sir Mix-A-Lot that “when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist, and a round thing in your face, you get sprung.”
So curvy friends, get out there and “shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake that healthy butt.”
February 26, 2010 3 Comments
While I don’t always agree with the commentary attached to the images, Newsweek has created a fascinating gallery of before-and-after photoshopped images of celebrities and models. I personally don’t have a problem with some retouching of photographs. Lighting, camera angles, body position can radically alter the look of a photograph as well–tabloids have created an entire industry based on “bad” photographs. I take issue with the fact that digitized images are portrayed as capturing the way the subject of the photo looks in person.
A magazine will put a model on the cover, completely recreate her body digitally, and use this illustration of a human being to sell diet, beauty, and fitness “secrets.” The secret is that you are not looking at a real body, so no amount of creams, crunches, or carb avoidance will make your body look like a body that exists only in a digital file. And as you will see from the Kate Winslet photo above, photos for print publication are ALWAYS retouched in some way, even if it would appear that no retouching is necessary. She herself commented that she thought she looked just fine before the retouching, which included narrowing her thighs, lengthening her legs, and flattening her stomach. (I’ve always liked this image as an example of digitally altered photos, because you can see her reflection in the mirror behind, and clearly the body shape isn’t the same.)
I don’t feel bad when I look at unrealistic body types in cartoons (except maybe when looking at Lara Croft). I know that these bodies aren’t real. We’ve got to have the same understanding of print images used to sell–they aren’t real, so no need to beat ourselves for not looking like they do.
February 25, 2010 2 Comments
Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga
Trudie Styler (yoga enthusiast, human rights activist, environmentalist, UNICEF Ambassador, actor, producer and wife of rock star Sting) and James D’Silva (celebrity fitness guru) team up in Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga by Gaiam.
Taped at Styler’s eco-friendly Tuscan villa, this practice is filled with powerful poses that focus on strength training and flexibility in a vigorous yoga experience. Though they say it’s for “all yoga levels,” I suggest beginners watch it through a couple of times first, as it’s my opinion that this DVD is more appropriate for intermediate and advanced yogis.
The PROs: Included are two full-length workouts – The Warrior Workout (45 minutes) and The Express Warrior Workout (25 minutes) – great for fitting yoga into your busy day. James D’Silva does a great job of instructing and demonstrating the poses. The scenery is beautiful and the practice is accompanied by songs from Sting’s “Songs from the Labyrinth.” Both options are filled with a fantastic sequence of poses that move and challenge you. The DVD has lots of extras including meditations, interviews, and other bonuses (it all made me want to check out the whole Trudie Styler set). Plus, a portion of the proceeds support UNICEF Ecuador Water Project.
The CONs: The only thing I don’t particularly care for in this program is that it goes through the entire program on one side of your body and then goes through the whole thing on the other side. During the 45-minute workout this means pretty much total focus on your left side for more than 20 minutes before switching. This left me feeling a little unbalanced. Of course, by the time you finish – it’s all evened up.
Bottom Line: This workout is great for improving flexibility and building strength. It leaves you feeling exhilarated and strong. Definitely “a keeper” for me. (4 out of 5 stars)
The Gear: Look good, feel good is my workout motto. I rocked the Warrior in the Dark Palm lucy Cypress Tank with the Black lucy Vinyasa Power Capri (my fave), and practiced on the Wai Lana Tropical Hibiscus Yoga Mat.
Kristen Leigh is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-240) living, practicing, and teaching in the Metro Atlanta area. For more information, visit www.SweetEscapeYoga.com.
February 15, 2010 No Comments