Waiting to Exhale: The Power of Engaging the Breath

Take a Deep Breath.Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. This phrase is an often used piece of advice to encourage relaxation. Fortunately, we don’t have to consciously think about every breath that we take, particularly since we breathe anywhere from 10 to 20 times every minute.

While our breath is automatic, the practice of bringing a greater degree of attention to our breath can have a dramatic effect on our state of mind as well as our physical performance.While physical and emotional factors can alter the natural rhythm of our breath, adjusting and modifying the way we breathe can facilitate a greater experience of ease of both body and mind.

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Goal Oriented: Coach Tim Vom Steeg and His Team’s NCAA Success

During the Fall quarter, UCSB’s Harder Stadium rings with the chant “Olé! Olé! Olé! Olé! Gauchos! Gauchos!” UCSB students as well as Santa Barbara residents flock to the stadium to watch their school’s favorite sports team, the men’s soccer team, triumphantly conquer another opponent. The team most recently earned the 2006 Division I title for the NCAA Championship. Their victory must be attributed, in large part, to their head coach, Tim Vom Steeg who has coached the Gauchos for eight seasons straight.

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TGI / Hazards Bike Team: Breaking the Mold of Santa Barbara Cycling

It’s early, it’s the weekend, and you need coffee. You muster up enough energy to get out of bed, throw something halfway decent on, and head to the nearest coffee spot. As you approach the door, there they are in their bright colored jerseys, or “kits”, sitting by their bikes, drinking coffee and having what appears to be a great time. Suddenly it clicks, “they’ve been up for hours and are now relaxing after what was probably a 50+ mile bike ride!” Who are these people who willingly wake up at the crack of dawn to bike further than most of us would consider

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A Massage Sampler

The benefits of massage are numerous: improved circulation, stress reduction, greater range of motion, prevention of muscle injury… and best of all it feels good. But how do you know which type of massage is right for you? Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (www.abmp.com), a national massage organization, estimates there are over 200 different massage techniques practiced today. As a massage therapist with over 15 years experience, I’ve taken a look at some of the most popular massage styles to find out what people in Santa Barbara are asking for.

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Nordic Pole Walking: Walk Outside the Box

The low-impact, often low-intensity exercise of walking has long proved to be beneficial for those who wish to lose weight with less wear and tear on their joints. Walking allows for socializing and often serves as a great alternative to driving. Lucky for us, in recent years a new and even more beneficial form of walking has been popularized.

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Go For A Glide

Summer is here. The sun is shining and the blue ocean is sparkling, inviting you to come out and enjoy the outdoors. The beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara are attractive for anyone looking to enjoy some time in the sun. Beach-goers looking for an adventure can choose from a range of activities such as surfing, scuba diving, and sailing. To truly take advantage of the warm sunny days and enjoy the marvels of the ocean and the neighboring Channel Islands, why not toss aside your worn out running shoes and don your bathing suit and break out the paddle instead?

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Setting Up for Success: Why These Longtime Friends are Heading Towards the Top of the AV

If you’ve ever spent an afternoon at East Beach, you’ve probably noticed the abundance of volleyball lessons, group classes, and pick-up games. Whether it’s a team of athletes perfecting their form or a group of students playing after summer school, it’s undeniable that that volleyball has taken over the shores of Santa Barbara. But what you may not know is that amidst the everyday crowds that surround the courts of East Beach are a couple of young men

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Nikki Doner-Sherwood

Nikki Doner-Sherwood is the director of the new Community Centered Oriental Medicine, opening on State Street on January 7, 2008. The Community Centered Oriental Medicine offers the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine affordable and available to everyone in the Santa Barbara Community.

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RussaYog: Rope-Based Yoga

Jasprit and Tesesa Singh are introducing a new and powerful style of yoga to the world. The new style of yoga called RussaYog, (Russa means rope in Sanskrit) uses overhead anchored ropes for a program that builds a tremendous amount of strength and develops a strong core. Jasprit and Teresa is hosting a ten day training and certification retreat in Santa Barbara for eight instructors from across the country and Europe. They hope to encourage people to experience this powerful new style of yoga for a complete body workout, and a heightened state of awareness and flexibility.

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Acne induced by exercise? Q & A with skin-care expert Sandra Alcide

Even if you don’t suffer from excessive acne, your training may be adversely affecting your skin. Yes, acne can be induced by exercise. But exactly what causes this? Scientists are still uncertain what the exact cause is, but they do have some worthwhile theories. Your lymphatic system is controlled by movement and operates best during exercise. The lymphatic system is also known as “the drainage system of the body”. This system consists of lymph nodes & vessels that carry lymph fluid around your body. This amazing circuit collects waste from tissues and returns it to the blood after it has been fully purified.

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