Alia to Katrina: Pilates is Bollywood’s favourite fitness routine

first_imgOnce called Body Contrology, Pilates is a system developed in early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates was a sickly child who couldn’t move but he observed how people weren’t moving as much as they had been and he wanted to create a system accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical ability, medical issues, age, gender, etc.Today, Pilates is a favourite routine with fitness enthusiasts and stars across the world. Our very own Bollywood is full of Pilates lovers.”Deepika [Padukone] just a few days ago asked me to find her an instructor in New York. She worked out at 5am before her shoot. Alia Bhatt, when she travels, takes a trainer with her,” Yasmin Karachiwala, the Pilates trainer of the stars told Mail Today last week at the opening of her studio in the city. “Alia has a travel reformer [a carriage on which the exercise is done] and she’ll ask me to send her a workout because she has only an hour at home. Vesna Jacob, who started teaching Pilates in Delhi 15 years ago, agrees Bollywood stars provide great promotion to the exercise system.”People come to me all the time to instruct them for aesthetic value. But Pilates has several benefits,” said the former national basketball champion from Bosnia. After a serious injury, she had no choice but to give up sports. But it couldn’t stop her from learning disciplines until she encountered Pilates, which she said proved to be an “eye opener”.Today she practises holistic Pilates, is a trained physiotherapist, healer and clinical hypnotherapist.advertisement”People come to me as a last resort or when they have a serious issue. When I teach I truly go to the body, mind and soul. I’ve worked with people suffering from post traumatic stress, spinal fracture, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia… And after Pilates they have returned to normal routines.” But given today’s lifestyle, the pollution, stressful jobs and the long commutes in this city, is it actually possible to use Pilates as a tool for healthier living?”The lifestyle of last 20-30 years has created neck, back, shoulder and knee issues, not just due to a lack of movement but due to pollution, especially in India. Plus inadequate infrastructure and the climate become a problem for even people who want to do something,” said Jacob.”Pilates delivers on all this because it can be done easily, with minimum equipment, indoors or outdoors, where you are comfortable.”While classically Pilates is done in the lying position, Jacob’s holistic Pilates can be done in the vertical space too. “So it can be done even as part of your office routine and will help you with your posture, your alignment, alleviate aches and pains. In case you are a healthy individual it’ll help shape up the body.” After a serious injury, Bosnian basketball player and Pilates instructor Vesna Jacob was forced to look at other disciplines to maintain a healthy lifestyle.Karachiwala feels because of the pollution walking outdoors is almost impossible in Delhi.”Pilates will make you feel great because like yoga we too focus on breath but with movement and on machines that give you resistance. So when you breathe through the movement of Pilates, your body gets energised in a different way and you feel like you’ve woken up from a deep slumber. Pilates’ focus is to fatigue, but in a ‘nourishing’ way. When Katrina [Kaif] started Pilates she thought it was one of those exercises where you didn’t work out and could relax. But as she did it and started understanding it, she felt how it nourished her body in such a better way than gym workouts do.”Jacob says she’s seen people who do high intensity programmes such as crossfit and zumba including Pilates in their routines on recovery days when the body balance needs to be restored.”I believe everybody should have a foundation in Pilates because it teaches you internal awareness, control and calmness, and how to get the maximum out of yourself.”SEE | Pilates Girl Janhvi Kapoor in slogan tee and shorts scores perfect 10 in gym fashionALSO READ | Malaika Arora and Sara Ali Khan nailing a tough workout will make you want to hit the gym RNlast_img read more

EngenderHealth’s Perspective on New UN Maternal Mortality Estimates

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 17, 2010June 20, 2017By: Pam Barnes, President, EngenderHealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.Trends in Maternal Mortality, 1990 to 2008, just released by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNFPA, and The World Bank, reports that the number of women dying globally due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34%, from 546,000 in 1990 to 358,000 in 2008. This is one more piece of evidence that investments to improve maternal health are indeed paying off. It also corroborates research published in Lancet earlier this year that showed a similar, modest decline in the number of women dying from pregnancy complications.While we know that fewer women are dying, there is clearly much more work to be done. In this latest United Nations report, only 10 out of 87 countries with maternal mortality ratios equal to or over 100 in 1990 are on track to achieving Millennium Development Goal No. 5 (MDG 5) by 2015. Also, 30 countries made insufficient or no progress since 1990. (See the full report and press release for more information.)Furthermore, for every life lost due to pregnancy or childbirth complications, about 20 women suffer from maternal morbidity, including obstetric fistula. And if we are going to continue this positive downward trend, we must improve the health of mothers in places with high levels of HIV, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa, and refocus attention to address women’s holistic needs, providing high-quality family planning, obstetric, and HIV services under one roof.As we were reminded at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference 2010, which brought together nearly 700 maternal health experts, solutions exist, and we know what they are. To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, women must have better access to:Family planning, with other related sexual and reproductive health servicesSkilled care during pregnancyEmergency obstetric careImmediate postpartum careNext week, the world’s leaders will descend on New York City for high-level events, including the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The good news is momentum behind MDG 5 has never been higher. This is welcome news for all of us who care deeply about improving sexual and reproductive health in the world’s poorest communities. The key now is to harness this energy to ensure that our governments deliver on their commitments to ensure universal access to reproductive health and to reduce maternal mortality by 75%.Read EngenderHealth’s blog here to get the latest updates.Share this:last_img read more

24 days agoGonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League winby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain was delighted with his goal in Juventus’ 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the goals.“It was an important game after our draw in Madrid, so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“I think Juve showed great determination, I am happy for the game, for the goal and we have to continue like this.“It’s always good to play in these games, to score even more so, now we can rest and prepare for the next match, which will be another battle to close on the top of the Serie A table.” last_img read more

ESPN Predicts Which CFB Team Would Win A 68-Team NCAA Tournament In 2016

first_imgESPN Bracket of College Football teams.ESPN BracketA couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here. ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. Who would win a Final Four … of college football teams? We crown a winner: https://t.co/U3S0DihDoq pic.twitter.com/a4TK3zicb3— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2016ESPN’s top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USCThe predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. (1) Alabama over (1) Florida StateSchlabach’s breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama’s defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.(2) LSU over (2) OklahomaKatz’s breakdown: And your FPI national champion is — LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers’ first national championship since 2007.Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN’s prediction, college football fans? You can view ESPN’s full breakdown here.last_img read more

Shrine survives while surrounded by raging fires

first_imgAPTN National NewsFires continue to rage across the Northwest Territories.Nearly 200 forest fires are actively burning throughout the region.The fires have touched nearly one million square hectares.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, there are some in the territory who believe one area in particular was saved by an act of divine intervention.last_img

Mens Volleyball No 11 Ohio State hopes to regain momentum against George

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team hopes to end its two-match skid this weekend when it takes on George Mason (3-1) and Erskine (0-4) at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes return to Columbus following tough road losses against then-No. 5 BYU and then-No.11 Stanford.Ohio State played close matches, with each of those seven sets won by five points or fewer.Head coach Pete Hanson said that looking at these matches as only losses is missing the point.“Yeah, two losses, but two losses in January against two teams that are legitimately top 10 teams are not anything to panic about,” Hanson said. “We played them close, we played in hostile environments and we’ve got young guys.”Redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson is still adapting to his leadership role among the young middle blockers, this being the first year he’s the oldest in the position.“I feel more responsibility in terms of making sure all the guys are on the same page and living out the set of expectations that the guys before me did,” Leeson said. “I try to provide that support, letting them know it’s a long season and one or two games isn’t going to dictate this whole season.”On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a George Mason team coming off a four-set loss to No. 3 UC Irvine.The Patriots are led by junior opposite hitter Hayden Wagner, who leads the team with 63 kills and 4.50 kills per set. Wagner brings the distinction of Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week into the matchup against the Buckeyes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Erskine, who’s still searching for its first win this season through four matches.If Ohio State wants to get back in the win column this weekend, they’ll have to do so with a different starting lineup.Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is expected to sit out this weekend due to a concussion sustained during practice this week. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore outside hitter Kyle Skinner.Skinner, who replaced Devilbiss in the third set of the match against Stanford, said he’s ready to step up whenever his team needs him.“Whenever I get in, it’s an opportunity for me to perform and show the coaches what I can do,” Skinner said. “Being on the court a lot more this weekend will give me a chance to show not only that I can come in and make a difference, but that I can stay in the game and make a difference throughout the entire match.”Ohio State takes on George Mason at 7 p.m. on Friday and Erskine at 7 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Official Iniesta move to Vissel Kobe confirmed

first_imgJ-League side Vissel Kobe have officially confirmed the signing of Barcelona legend Andres IniestaThe veteran playmaker ended his 22-year stay at Barcelona after winning 32 major trophies and making a total of  675 senior appearances at the club.Iniesta will be joining former Arsenal and Germany forward Lukas Podolski at Kobe and has reportedly agreed on a two-year deal.“Rakuten Vissel Kobe, Inc. today announced that Andrés Iniesta will join Vissel Kobe, the much-loved Western Japan football club, after a historic career at FC Barcelona, one of the most iconic and beloved football clubs in the world,” read a club statement.“Iniesta developed his football career through the FC Barcelona cantera, the club’s unique youth league system that fosters young players, and his addition to Vissel Kobe is not only expected to draw in fans to see his world-class playing style but is expected to inspire the team and contribute to the development of the next generation of players through the introduction of the Iniesta Methodology to the youth academy. As Vissel Kobe works toward its goal of becoming the number one club in Asia, the entry of Iniesta to the team will energize football both in Japan and across Asia.”Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.?????????! Bienvenido Iniesta! Welcome Iniesta! Willkommen Iniesta! Iniesta seja bem vindo! ??????????????????????! ????? ????? !https://t.co/fXn41SrydR#vissel #BienvenidoIniesta #iniesta #WeAreKobe @andresiniesta8 pic.twitter.com/ok1mettKqj— ??????? (@vissel_kobe) May 24, 2018Vissel Kobe is currently in sixth position in the J-League standings in Japan, 15 points behind leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima.Meanwhile, Iniesta will now be returning his focus to this summer’s World Cup after being selected for Spain in what will be his fourth appearance in world football’s biggest stage.last_img read more

Courtois speaks about his move to Real Madrid

first_imgThibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid last month at a £35m price. He recently talked about moving from Chelsea to join the Spanish side.Before the incidents that spoiled up to the point at which the Belgian had to leave Stamford Bridge, Courtois was on the list of the fans’ favorite at Chelsea.When Belgium finished at third place at the World Cup tournament in Russia, Courtois was given more leave time but expected to return to training the day after they lost the Community Shield to Manchester City. However, he never showed up as expected.He had gone on to pursue his move and fortunately got what he was seeking, leaving Chelsea to sign up Kepa Arrizabalaga.However, according to a report by Sky Sports, Football.london, Courtois still loves the Blues: “It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth. I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.“If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea.“I loved playing there and I am happy to have won two Premier Leagues, a league cup and an FA Cup.“Hopefully it will turn around.”last_img read more

Underdogs Rangers can surprise in Europa League

first_imgThe Scottish Premier League club will take on Spanish La Liga side Villarreal on Thursday night, for Matchday 1 of the competitionScotland’s Rangers were drawn into Group G of the 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League.The Scottish club shares the group with Austria’s Rapid Wien, Russia’s Spartak Moscow, and Spain’s Villarreal.And for manager Steven Gerrard, even though the team is the “underdog” of the group, he believes they can surprise their opponents.“We are the underdogs in the group in terms of the opinions from outside, but in the dressing room we have a quiet confidence and believe we can cause a shock and get out of the group,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.Guiseppe Rossi, Villarreal, ItalyReport: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“We are not here to make up the numbers. We want to challenge in the group and see where we end up.”“This game doesn’t highlight how far I’ve taken the group but how far the team has taken themselves and the hard work and effort they have put in to get to this stage,” he added.“We all believe this is where this club should be after difficult times and not many people gave us a chance of making this stage.”“If people want to underestimate us or write us off that’s fine. I can see a togetherness and a team growing. I’m happy where we are at this moment,” he commented.“Kyle [Lafferty] will lead the line and there are no secrets. He goes into the game in good form and in a good place.last_img read more

All eyes on Stamford Bridge as Premier League returns

first_imgAttention turns to Stamford Bridge this weekend, where Chelsea will be hosting under-fire manager Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side in the Premier League.United manager Jose Mourinho’s “it’s not about me” comment after his team’s exciting comeback win over Newcastle United last time out is unlikely to be heeded on Saturday when he returns to Chelsea, according to Reuters.The former Inter Milan manager’s words of appreciation after United fans chanted his after their 3-2 victory over Rafael Benitez’s side may have reflected a weariness at the constant focus on his position at Old Trafford but the spotlight will unavoidably be on the Portuguese again.The manner of his team’s win, with three goals in the final 20 minutes of all-out attacking football, has raised the question of whether he will take the shackles off when they travel to London to face Chelsea.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are unbeaten, level on points with champions Manchester City and challengers Liverpool and with their Belgian superstar Eden Hazard in a scintillating form are clear favourites for the game on Saturday.United are already seven points behind the league leaders after losses to Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at home and Mourinho will be keen to ensure they avoid defeat to the Blues, despite their poor record their recent poor record at the Bridge.Chelsea have not lost at home to United in the last six years, losing just two of the 16 meetings between the two since then and Mourinho has lost four of his six games against his former club since taking over at United.last_img read more