Category Archives: Yoga

No sweat? You bet your HOTPANTS

Zaggaro on Facebook

Facebook has suggested that I could do with some really fancy pants.

Ever since Facebook started allowing companies to “suggest” links in my news feed, I have been getting some awfully bizarre posts.

Today’s takes the cake. A company called Zaggora is offering me (and I quote) HOTPANTS (the capital letters are all theirs) that burn calories for you.

Of course I clicked on it.

C’mon. You would too. Continue reading

We Left Our Dignity at the Four Corners Monument

Sign reading "Welcome to Four Corners U.S.A."

Four Corners is on Navajo tribal land. The site is administered by Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation.

Herman and I don’t have much of a bucket list, but one thing that was on it was to stand atop the Four Corners Monument–the point where the borders of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona intersect.  There is something about the idea of being in four states at once that brings out the silly kid in each of us.

Herman crouching with a hand or foot in each of four states.

Herman lives the dream, a hand or a foot in one of four states.


Charlotte doing yoga pose Downward Dog with a hand or foot in each of four states.

This may be how I threw my back out. Downward Dog in four states.


We planned to do it the last time we were on an expedition out West, but after we braved barren lands, big winds, and swirling sand between Monument Valley, Utah, and Cortez, Colorado, we were so disappointed to find a big “Closed for Construction” sign slapped across the highway marker for the Four Corners Monument.

This time we went a good 200 miles out of our way to try again. And succeeded.  As I overheard Herman tell one of our kids on the phone, “There’s no way to do it without sticking your butt in the air, but it was worth it.”

Herman and Charlotte standing on the four corners plaque.

Two people, two states each.

What’s on your bucket list? Where have you been that made you act like a fool? Just click on Leave a Comment below.

A Yoga Pants Recall?

I didn’t see this one coming . . . although apparently everything else was in plain view. High end (oh dear) fitness wear retailer Lululemon has recalled the latest batch of its most popular yoga pants because they are too revealing.

My first thought was, “Well. Duh.” Take it from someone who has had a bad experience or two. Spandex can only do so much and then it metaphorically snaps back over the very, very fine line between nicely compacted and squeezed to the point of obscenity. People of WalMart, you know what I’m talking about. And I mean that in the kindest way.

Stretch, however, doesn’t seem to be Lululemon’s problem. In one of the most roundabout ways ever of saying I see Paris, I see France, the company’s own media release explains:

“The ingredients, weight and longevity qualities of the pants remain the same but the coverage does not, resulting in a level of sheerness in some of our women’s black Luon bottoms that falls short of our very high standards.”

Let’s not dwell on it, but I also know firsthand about bottoms falling short of very high standards. Ironically, that is one of the reasons I, myself, do yoga: to try to keep the whole thing from sagging southward. So for now, I’ll continue to downward dog in my garden variety fleece capris, one size too large.

I got ‘em at Walmart.