I'm the last guy you'd expect to try yoga. What I discovered stretched my understanding of the practice - and (pop!) of myself AFTER SPENDING MY YOUTH CONVINCED OF MY INDESTRUCTIBILITY, I'M SPENDING MY MIDDLE AGE IN DENIAL ABOUT MY FRAGILITY I don't bend well.
Maybe you can't bound up 20 flights of stairs like a Cirque acrobat - especially while lugging that baggage you acquired during the sugar- and fat-saturated Bacchanalia known as the holidays. What can a mere, out-of-shape mortal do? Two local experts say getting started is easier than you think.
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Community resources for a happy new you
Bet on the Farm! farmers market
Organized by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, the Bet on the Farm! market is a foodie's fresh paradise, hidden in a nondescript office park. Just follow the trail of fashionably rumpled suburbo-hipsters and make yourself a dinner to remember.
The irony of the rise in the stress-relief industry, says Ron Lawrence, director of the Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada, is that many of the same benefits you can get with professional help are available for free by doing things you've had to cut out of your busy schedule. Remember long walks and family picnics?
Whatever type you are, you don't necessarily need a pricey therapist or arcane yoga poses to take back a semblance of sanity.
If the governor wants local government to pay for local needs, fine. Let's secede
Did you know that Nevada has the smallest state government per capita in the whole United States of America? It's true!
It's still too darned big, of course (it was on the news), so Nevada legislators and a new governor will soon be cutting public employee salaries and benefits, curtailing services for the mentally ill, slashing education funding and taking other steps to make state government even smaller.