The good news is that our habits do belong to us; they are ours, which means that we can change them. They are also impermanent, no matter how strong they are. - Tashi Nyima
Demonstrating that age is no barrier to fitness, 62 year-old George Hood from Naperville, Illinois, set a Guinness World Record for holding plank pose - 8 hours, 15 minutes, 15 seconds.
And, it's not the first time he's broken a world plank record. He did it in 2011 when he held it for 1 hour and 20 minutes. But when he tried to set it again in 2016, he lost to Mao Weidong from China, who held a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.
Determined to reclaim his title, Hood trained every day for an average of 7 hours for the 18 months leading up to the official day. "It's 4-5 hours a day in the plank pose," Hood told CNN. "Then I do 700 pushups a day, 2,000 situps a day in sets of a hundred, 500 leg squats a day. For upper body and the arms, I do approximately 300 arm curls a day." In total, Hood did around 2,100 hours of planking to prepare for the event, according to Guinness World Records.
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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the beloved king of Bhutan turns 40 this week and the nation's prime minister (Lotay Tshering) invited citizens to celebrate and honor their kind by offering him these types of gifts:
Bhutan is regularly ranked among the happiest countries in the world. With a population of just 770,000, according to government data for 2017, it is also one of the world’s smallest and least industrialized countries, yet it has significant experience in maintaining the delicate balance of managing economic growth in a sustainable manner while adhering to their famous slogan - “Gross National Happiness” (GNH) - as they deal with development.
Stop looking at each other’s faults. Start to appreciate each other’s qualities. Life is short. The period we have to appreciate each other is quite limited. - Gelek Rinpoche
Tao Porchon-Lynch, who was awarded Guinness World records for being the oldest yoga teacher and the oldest female competitive dancer, died Friday at the age of 101, according to posts on her website and Facebook page. Porchon-Lynch, who started dancing competitively at 87, also marched twice with Mahatma Gandhi, according to her website. "Tao taught her last Yoga class on Sun, Feb 16th," a representative for Tao told CBS News. "She had been taking her weekly dance lessons until that week."
With great sorrow and heavy hearts, letting you know that our beloved Tao passed away peacefully in the morning on February 21, 2020. As she would say, she is now dancing her way to the next planet," the post said. "We are planning a wonderful celebration of Tao's life in the Spring."
Born in French India, Porchon-Lynch modeled and acted, playing the golden idol in the 1940 remake of "The Thief of Baghdad."
Porchon-Lynch practiced yoga for more than 70 years, 45 of which she also spent teaching in India, France, Dubai, China, Russia, and the U.S., according to her website. She maintained a studio in White Plains, New York. She kept teaching and competitively ballroom dancing even after having three hip replacements, she told CBS News' Roxana Saberi in early 2018. When asked how she stayed so active after those procedures, Porchon-Lynch simply replied, "Because I'm the boss."
Read more on her website: https://taoporchonlynch.com/
Appreciate and rejoice, without any expectation. It doesn’t matter if people are unkind to you, it doesn’t matter if people betray you, it doesn’t matter if people don’t even say “Thank you.” By appreciating everything around you, from happy experiences to sad, your life will become meaningful, full of understanding, joy, strength, and fearlessness.
We all have a history of trauma, isolation, and abandonment, and so much of what constitutes life is how our past difficulties manifest and how we work with that. - Gina Sharpe
When one gives one's kindness for the sake of getting something back in return, for the sake of getting a good name, for the sake of causing other people to like oneself, if the motivation is for the self, then this would not really be a bodhisattva deed. Therefore, one pointedness points to the giving only for the sake of helping others. - Dalai Lama 14th
Singing bowls have been used since at least 3,900 years ago and continue to be an important part of healing in Tibetan medicine.
Offering sound meditation and vibration therapy this Sunday (2/23). Please join me.
Find a way to collect your fractured pieces, examine them and then accept them as part of who you are. - Angel Kyodo Williams
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