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Black Swan Theory by Nassim Taleb:

It is a surprise. It has a major impact. People contend that they expected the event to take place (in hindsight).

BLACK SWAN YOGA is a donation-based, 90-degree HEATED yoga studio. We are an approachable, affordable, and community-driven yoga studio. We honor all yogic styles, practices and philosophies. We believe yoga should be available to EVERYONE, which is why we offer classes BY DONATION (suggested $10-$20 donation by cash or credit card). No hidden fees. Just yoga. For everyone.

For regular yogis, we also offer a Membership option, ideal for those who want to do yoga two or more times per week. In line with our mission to be affordable and accessible, our value is pretty insanely good. Memberships are $88 per month. For that, you get:

Membership value comes out to less than $3 per day or less than $10 per class at 2x weekly practice with no strings attached, class availability all day long in most major Texas cities, as well as major discount perks!

For questions, email info@bsyhouston.com For more news, follow us on or Instagram and Facebook

A Note to Our Swans:We all know BSY studio classes get live. You now have THREE ways to do yoga with us! 1. In Studio. We have daily classes in the heated, socially-distanced, sanitized rooms at the Fannin studio in Midtown and Kirby studio in West U. Check out the daily class schedules for Fannin and Kirby. Sign up online or in person, and show up ready for a good time.

2. Outside. To promote safe gathering, we have temporarily moved our White Oak location outdoors. We have classes everyday under the pavilion at Raven Tower, 310 North St, Houston TX 77009, right down the street from our White Oak location in the Heights. Check out the Raven Tower classes, listed on the White Oak schedule page.

3. Online. Livestream classes are at 8 am, 12 pm, 6 pm most days. Check out the VIRTUAL FLOW classes, listed on the White Oak schedule, and do some yoga with us from the comfort of your home!

WHAT TO BRING?! Bring your yoga mat, a towel, a water bottle, and good attitude. If you dont have or forget some of the basics, we have equipment in studio for rent and/or purchase.

PLEASEarrive 15-20 min before class starts.To be respectful of other students practice, we have a strict 7 min late policy. We are not able to hold spots in class for online reservations or classpass once the class has begun, so please arrive early

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Best laptop deals: Save on Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1s, Samsung Galaxy Flex and Ion and more – CNET

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If you are starting to doubt whether your current laptop will let you ride out the rest of your quarantine, then it might be time to plunk down for an upgrade. There are plenty of good deals to be had right now, whether you need a work-from-home,remote-learningor gaminglaptop upgrade. We've rounded up deep discounts from nearly every major retailer, including Amazon,Best Buyand Walmart, plus direct-from-vendors deals from Dell and Lenovo.

For my money, the best deal going is the the Lenovo Yoga 9i, the company's new premium two-in-one convertible than can pull double duty as a laptop and tablet. Lenovo currently offers a sizable $310 discount on a well-rounded configuration of the all-metal Yoga 9i for an affordable entry into the Intel Evo platform, the benefits of which include instant wake, fast charging and long battery life.

Be sure to check back, because we regularly update this list as more deals become available and others expire.

If you're of a certain age, then you may recall the Gateway name and its computers that shipped in black-and-white cow-print boxes. Gateway has returned as a line of low-cost laptops and tablets at Walmart. But you won't find any of the models on store shelves in their iconic cow packaging; the new Gateway laptops are available online only. This 14-inch Gateway laptop features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM. You get a 256GB solid-state drive for storage. The storage capacity is average for the price, but the amount of memory is double what is usually on offer. And you get a full HD (1,920x1,080-pixel) display, which is better than the 1,366x768-pixel panels found on other budget laptops. There's also a fingerprint reader for easy, secure logins.

Take the above model, expand the display from 14.1 to 15.6 inches and get a $270 in savings. If you're working or learning from home and commuting less, the added screen real estate outweighs the added heft and bulk.

Dell's midrange 14-inch two-in-one convertible laptop features a chassis with a mix of aluminum and plastic and a display that can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. You can save $255 on this model that features a 14-inch, full HD (1,920x1,080-pixel) touch display powered by an 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

Dell's top-end Inspiron 7000 two-in-one convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that's thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000 that feature metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This 14.1-inch model supplies a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

This 13.3-inch laptop is only a half an inch thick and weighs a hair over 2 pounds. It features Samsung's QLED display with a full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Like the two-in-one Galaxy Flex below, its trackpad doubles as a wireless charger.

This 13.3-inch, two-in-one laptop features a blue aluminum chassis and Samsung's QLED display with a full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution for a crisp image with accurate color. Inside, it supplies a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It also includes a Bluetooth S pen for drawing and writing on the touch display, and the trackpad doubles as a wireless charger.

Lenovo's new premium two-in-one convertible delivers the Intel Evo platform inside a sleek, all-metal chassis. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a huge 1TB SSD. The 14-inch touch display features a full HD resolution, is rated for 400 nits of brightness and come be tapped and drawn on with the included active pen.

You can save more than $1,000 on Lenovo's flagship ThinkPad with code THINKJAN. It has a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. The 14-inch display offers full HD resolution and 400 nits of brightness.

With a slightly bigger screen and smaller body, Dell's new XPS 13 continues its steady march toward laptop perfection. This model features the new 13.4-inch display with a razor-sharp 3,840x2,400-pixel resolution powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. Read our Dell XPS 13 review.

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Eye yoga: the trend that promises to help you focus and destress – harpersbazaar.com

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Eye yoga is the latest wellness trend to hit the headlines, but its actually as old as yoga philosophy itself, with its asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. Like many other ancient practices that were built upon practical experiences and intuition, modern scientists have only recently started to explore the benefits of eye exercises, which span better eye focus and a heightened sense of calm.

Let's take the most unintentionally popular eye-rolling habit that became all too familiar in 2020. In fact, eye rolling is a mechanism expressed by the brain in attempt to enter an alternative state of consciousness. In other words, our minds use eye rolling to divert attention from the present reality.

In Ashtanga yoga, taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, eye rolling is just one of nine specific points of a gazing technique in the method called drishti, which is used for attention control and spine alignment. The control of attention through gazing is an incredibly powerful technique that teaches us how to be calm and focused, which can improve our resilience in highly stressful environments.

For this reason, the very first thing you learn from a motorbike instructor is target fixation, which means that your bike goes in the direction youre looking; if you keep looking at the obstacle, you will eventually hit it. Thus, your target should always be where you want to go, rather than what you want to avoid. This discovery was indeed the most philosophical one during my own riding lessons - it was something I couldnt stop thinking about and ended up verifying several times by running into the wall.

Luckily, eye yoga is much safer, and if you are not ready to combine eye movements with yoga postures just yet, you can begin this highly beneficial practice without moving from your sofa and also combine it with neck movements.

Eye and neck yoga is especially important if you spend a lot of time at your desk

Eye and neck yoga is especially important if you spend a lot of time at your desk or staring at your phone, just like youre doing right now. By regularly training your eyes, you can activate the upper cervical spine muscles and eliminate not only work-from-home eye strain (asthenopia) symptoms, but also all those head and neck aches that come from sitting at your desk for prolonged periods. After all, your eyes are literally connected to your neck.

Suboccipital muscles are located at the back of the neck, just beneath the skull, and contain a huge number of proprioceptors that evaluate the tension in the muscles, to inform the brain about the position of the head and neck. Then, the muscles in the entire body can be coordinated so that we dont fall. These muscles respond to eye movement, and you can feel this response yourself by placing your hands on either side of your head, with your thumbs placed just under the edge of the skull at the back of your neck. Feel the deeper layers of muscles without overstraining your neck, and close your eyes - then, move your eyes horizontally and vertically - you will feel small pulsating sensations underneath your thumbs. These sensations are your suboccipital muscles receiving information from your eyes.

When youre sitting at a desk or staring at a screen for a long time, the range of your eye movement is limited, which limits the information your muscles receive. As a result, the limited range leads to muscular strain in your neck and vice versa, eventually contributing to poor balance.

Ready to give eye yoga a try? All of the below exercises can be practised together or separately, but its important to note that you may feel slightly dizzy at first, as your coordination will be greatly challenged. For this reason, ease into it slowly as you would with any other kind of exercise dont push yourself too hard too quickly.

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With time, any dizziness will fade, youll become more adept at the eye-yoga exercises and the greater range of eye movement will reduce eye fatigue and improve your posture, attention, balance and overall health.

Here are six exercises you can start doing anywhere, at any time:

Eye rolling or upward gazing rapidly decreases with age compared to any other angles. Scientists do not know whether the decrease occurs because nothing surprises us anymore once we get older, but if eye rolling is something that doesnt naturally occur in your life, make it an exercise.

Sit upright and, while keeping your spine long and your head still, move your eyes horizontally to the left and focus on the objects in your periphery. Then, slowly move your gaze three times in a clockwise circular motion. Repeat the same motion counter clockwise, and then close your eyes to relax for a few moments.

Hold one arm straight in front of you with the thumb up, focus on the thumb, and slowly move it towards your nose until the focus is lost. Return the arm to the starting position and repeat the same focus-movement exercise 10 times.

Find two points of focus one at a distance (preferably somewhere outside your window if youre at home), and another one much closer to you. Focus on the distant object for a couple of long breathing cycles, and then move your gaze to the object closer to you.

Wait until your eyes focus on the closer object, then inhale to the top and exhale fully before moving your focus back to the distant object. Repeat this exercise 10 times, or as many times as you can before your neighbours start to think youre spying on them.

Open your eyes wide, and then blink rapidly 10 times. Close your eyes and take five deep inhales and five long exhales. Repeat this exercise five times, preferably away from the window, because by this point, your neighbours might start thinking you are actually in trouble and trying to communicate something in morse code. Wave, smile and move on to the next exercise.

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Palming was invented by Tibetan yogis and involves cupping your hands gently over the eyes. You need to sit with your eyes closed and concentrate on the darkness. Soon, you will notice all sorts of flickering lights, which come from the optic nerve irritation and overload.

Our eyes need darkness to recover from the light. Once those lights start to vanish, slowly remove your palms and gradually open your eyes. They may feel a bit sensitive, so dont stare at anything too bright straight away, let your optic nerve adjust.

This exercise is often used in combination with meditation and pranayama (breathing), and is called Nasikagra Drishti, which literally translates as nose-tip gazing. To nose-tip gaze, you simply need to remain on your sofa in a comfortable seated position with your back upright. Relax your shoulders and place your palms on the knees for a better spine alignment and concentration.

Now, slowly shift your gaze to the tip of your nose, without straining your eyes. Release the eyes once you feel any sort of discomfort. Repeat five or more times as long as your eyes feel relaxed.

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Yoga, beer and coffee: A good fit at yoga class in Virginia – WUSA9.com

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Collinsworth said although the online yoga classes don't give you the full zen-effect, you still have a cool place to hang out at after.

NORFOLK, Va. On a dreary Sunday morning, The Stockpot in Norfolk would have been a perfect place for some comfort food. But I drove there sleepy-eyed for something else.

A clue as to what? I brought my yoga mat.

As I set up in the restaurant's mezzanine area for a Sky's the Limit pop-up class, I heard the bustle of kitchen staff and smelled the early morning food prep rising up to us.

Danielle Collinsworth's positive, perky attitude woke me right up. She suggested a mantra of confidence to carry throughout our practice and the rest of our day. She even had us raise one leg into the air and trace the letters to spell "confidence" with our toes.

"It's OK if you don't remember how to spell it," she said because the intention is what matters in the practice of yoga.

Collinsworth's outlook has helped her get through the coronavirus pandemic while plans for her business crashed and new opportunities presented themselves.

Collinsworth had the idea of a coffee shop plus yoga studio in her mind for years before Sky's the Limit came to life in 2017.

"Normally inside a yoga studio, it's really quiet and I respect it, there's a reason for it. But a lot of times you leave the class and have to be quiet in the lobby area and then you don't get to know that person," she said. "Yoga brings (together) so many awesome people, and I wanted that community to grow off of the mat."

Both this idea and Collinsworth were born in Florida, where she worked a full-time corporate job while getting her bachelor's degree and working two part-time jobs.

"My strong work ethic is what has brought me to where I am today," she said.

Making the leap to full-time yogi was scary. "I decided to make the shift because I knew I had an awesome vision and room to grow and expand. It was probably the most terrifying thing I have ever done!"

She started in July 2017 with a pop-up yoga class at the now-closed brewery Bearded Bird in Norfolk and was working toward opening her own space.

Last year, Collinsworth was looking at studio places and locked in on the fifth one she'd investigated just a few weeks before the coronavirus restrictions were announced.

She said she went back and forth with the rental company in a "let's touch base in a few weeks" mode until about June, when she gave up the space. She is still looking, "but I'm being very open and honest and just saying I would not open until we're at a better state in the pandemic."

So, the business model for Sky's the Limit has been pop-up classes in breweries and other businesses. In-person classes are being held monthly at Stockpot Norfolk, on the first and third Sundays; Coalescence Coffee in Norfolk, second and fourth Saturdays; Commonwealth Brewing, Virginia Beach, first and third Wednesdays; Maker's Craft Brewery, second and fourth Tuesdays; and Beachside Social, Virginia Beach, last Sunday or fourth Sunday.

Classes are offered virtually and in-person, and Collinsworth partners with the companies to get a free item for attendance.

In-person classes are generally limited to 10 people, but Stockpot has a smaller space that accommodates six.

Collinsworth is used to teaching dozens of people at a time, and her biggest class ever was close to 300 people. Norfolk venues like the pier surrounding the USS Wisconsin and the sprawling rooftop patio of the Grain were mat-to-mat full of yoga students before COVID.

"Whenever it's one of those bigger outdoor spaces, I normally have a DJ with me and they take care of all the music and also give me the microphone so that all the humans can hear me," she said.

At Veil Brewery back in the beginning of March 2020, she packed people onto all three floors for a class meant to be held on the third floor. That was supposed to be the first in a monthly series, but only one event followed before the virus lockdowns started.

"Once we shut down, I took one day to cry," Collinsworth said. She worried that she might have to go back to a corporate job, but said she snapped out of it with a plan.

As many yoga studios and other businesses have done, she launched her virtual program. She also began using her boyfriend Matthew Tally as the demo student. Tally is an athletic trainer and sports medicine teacher at Maury High School, so Collinsworth put him to work when schools shut down.

"It has been quite the journey," Tally said. "From little experience practicing yoga to then doing yoga six times a week was a change, but worth it. It's been great seeing my own progression from March to now!"

Collinsworth said of the online classes: "You're not getting the full zen-like effect, you're not getting the lovely lavender towel there's so many things that you are not getting. At the same time, you have a dope place to hang out after!"

Since her Norfolk location fell through in June of 2020, she has relaunched a previous venture called Caffeinated Yogi, calling it "everything from yoga to fitness and mindfulness and nutrition."

"I work with people by writing fitness or mobility programming, and coaching nutrition. I approach all with a yoga mindfulness approach, which is what sets me apart from other nutrition coaches or personal trainers."

She also started a podcast called Yogi Talks and a meditation platform called Meditate Don't Hate.

"I'm such a believer that everything happens for a reason," Collinsworth said.

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National yoga chain plants its flag at the Regency mall with plans to expand – RichmondBizSense

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YogaSix recently opened its first Richmond area location at the Regency mall. (Jack Jacobs photo)

Regency has added its first yoga studio as the West End mall continues to stretch into more of a modernized mixed-use development.

California-based YogaSix opened its first local outpost at Regency earlier this month, kicking off with a soft opening and an official launch scheduled to take place in two to three months.

Christina Perronie is the local franchisee.

A military pilot, Perronie wasnt a yoga person until she broke her back in a helicopter crash in California while she was a member of the California National Guard living in San Diego. Yoga was part of her recovery regime, but she had trouble finding a studio that worked for her. After some bad experiences, a friend recommended she try a nearby YogaSix.

It was hard because I had two rods and eight screws in my back, she said. I went (to YogaSix) and fell in love with it.

Perronie moved to the Richmond area five years ago and contacted the company about standing up a Richmond studio when she heard it had unveiled a franchise model. She also was previously a franchisee for a Pure Barre gym in California. Pure Barre shares the same parent company, Xponential Fitness, as YogaSix.

I like that corporate can guide you through the process, help with marketing and whatever it is you need, she said, adding that shes also an officer in the Virginia National Guard.

The 2,200-square-foot Regency studio has 11 employees, six of whom are teachers.

Perronie plans to open two more studios in the area in the near future. She hopes to expand to Scotts Addition this summer. Where the third location will be hasnt been determined.

YogaSix, which is based in Irvine, Calif. and founded in 2012, has more than 400 licensed locations in the country, according to the companys website.

The brand is named for the six core classes its studios offer, which include hot yoga and a beginners class. Memberships run from $76 to about $100 monthly. Class packages cost between $10 for a single off-site class to $195 for a 10-class package.

YogaSix is among the latest arrivals to Regency. Mall owners Rebkee Co. and Thalhimer Realty Partners are undertaking a substantial renovation that includes apartments and a shift away from retail anchors to more experiential anchors, such as the Surge Adventure Park that opened in October. YogaSix is located in one of the malls new outward facing parcels, next door to the Footlocker that moved to a window view from an original location inside the mall.

Jack joined BizSense in 2020, covering startups, retail, healthcare, public companies and nonprofits. He previously reported for the Virginia Gazette and Tidewater Review. He is a graduate of Christopher Newport University. Reach him at [emailprotected] or 804-554-6545.

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For investors seeking a strong dividend player, there are some market segments that are known for their high-yield dividends, making them logical places to start looking for reliable payers. The hydrocarbon sector, oil and gas production and mainstreaming, is one of these. The sector deals in a products thats essential our world runs on oil and its by-products. And while overhead for energy companies is high, they still have a market for their deliverables, leading to a ready cash flow which can be used, among other things, to pay the dividends. All of this has investment firm Raymond James looking to the roster oil and gas midstream companies for dividend stocks with growth potential. "We anticipate the [midstream] group will add around ~1 turn to its average EV/EBITDA multiple this year. This equates to a ~20-25% move in equity value," Raymond James analyst Justin Jenkins noted. Jenkins outlined a series of points leading to a midstream recovery in 2021, which include the shift from lockdown to reopen policies; a general boost on the way for commodities, as the economy picks up; a political point, that some of DCs more traditional centrists are unlikely to vote in favor of anti-oil, Green New Deal policies; and finally, with stock values relatively low, the dividend yields are high. A look into the TipRanks database reveals two midstream companies that have come to Raymond James attention for all of the points noted above. These are stocks with a specific set of clear attributes: a dividend yield of 7% or higher and Buy ratings. MPLX LP (MPLX) MPLX, which spun off of Marathon Petroleum eight years ago as a separate midstream entity, acquires, owns, and operates a series of midstream assets, including pipelines, terminals, refineries, and river shipping. MPLXs main areas of operations are in the northern Rocky Mountains, and in the Midwest and stretching south to the Gulf of Mexico coast. Revenue reports through the corona year of 2020 show the value potential of oil and gas midstreaming. The company reported $2.18 billion at the top line in Q1, $1.99 billion in Q2, and $2.16 billion in Q3; earnings turned negative in Q1, but were positive in both subsequent quarters. The Q3 report also showed $1.2 billion in net cash generated, more than enough to cover the companys dividend distribution. MPLX pays out 68.75 cents per common share quarterly, or $2.75 annualized, which gives the dividend a high yield of 11.9%. The company has a diversified set of midstream operations, and strong cash generation, factors leading Raymond James' Justin Jenkins to upgrade his stance on MPLX from Neutral to Outperform (i.e. Buy). His price target, at $28, implies a 22% one-year upside for the shares. (To watch Jenkins track record, click here) Backing his stance, Jenkins writes, Given the number of 'boxes' that the story for MPLX can check, it's no surprise that it's been a debate stock. With exposure to inflecting G&P trends, an expected refining/refined product volume recovery, the story hits many operational boxes - while also straddling several financial debates We also think solid 2020 financial results should give longer-term confidence Turning now to the rest of the Street, it appears that other analysts are generally on the same page. With 6 Buys and 2 Holds assigned in the last three months, the consensus rating comes in as a Strong Buy. In addition, the $26.71 average price target puts the upside at ~17%. (See MPLX stock analysis on TipRanks) DCP Midstream Partners (DCP) Based in Denver, Colorado, the next stock is one of the countrys largest natural gas midstream operators. DCP controls a network of gas pipelines, hubs, storage facilities, and plants stretching between the Rocky Mountain, Midcontinent, and Permian Basin production areas and the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. The company also operates in the Antrim gas region of Michigan. In the most recent reported quarter 3Q20 DCP gathered and processed 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day, along with 375 thousand barrels of natural gas liquids. The company also reported $268 million in net cash generated, of which $130 million was free cash flow. The company reduced its debt load by $156 million in the quarter, and showed a 17% reduction in operating costs year-over-year. All of this allowed DCP to maintain its dividend at 39 cents per share. Early in the corona crisis, the company had to cut back that payment but only once. The recently declared 4Q20 dividend is the fourth in a row at 39 cents per common share. The annualized rate of $1.56 gives a respectable yield of 7.8%. This is another stock that gets an upgrade from Raymond James. Analyst James Weston bumps this stock up from Neutral to Outperform (i.e. Buy), while setting a $24 target price to imply 20% growth on the one-year time horizon. [We] expect DCP to post yet another solid quarter on sequential improvements in NGL prices, NGL market volatility, and positive upstream trends we are not capitalizing current propane prices and anticipate a solid, but more normalized pricing regime over the next 12-18 months. In our view, this will create a beneficial operating environment for DCP cash flows that is not currently reflected in Street estimates, Weston noted. All in all, the Moderate Buy analyst consensus rating on DCP is based on 7 recent reviews, breaking down 4 to 3 Buy versus Hold. Shares are priced at $19.58 and the average target of $23 suggests an upside of ~15% from that level. (See DCP stock analysis on TipRanks) To find good ideas for dividend stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks equity insights. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

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Jan. 24, 2021Updated: Jan. 24, 2021 4:55p.m.

After a San Mateo County judge issued a temporary restraining order to shut down Pacifica Beach Yoga for repeated COVID-19 violations, the yoga studio's owner, Tommy Antoon, threatened a county official and his family in a public Instagram post.

The post, which has not been deleted as of Sunday morning, calls for followers to "#delete" the county official, whose name we are withholding because of the violent language directed at his family (though it should be noted that Antoon misspelled the individual's name multiple times).

"It's time to get rid of this POS get in his face his family's faces his children's faces that's what this guy deserves this is pure evil scum lets get on it," the post reads. A separate caption adds, "Time to roll patriots this is our first POS somebody that refuses to except [sic] the science that nobody's got an infection at our studio in nine months he wants people to suffer and stay home it's time to make him suffer let's go."

The Pacifica Police Department does not have an active investigation into Antoon's threats, a spokesperson told SFGATE.

On Friday, SFGATE reported on the contents of the lawsuit filed by San Mateo County against Pacifica Beach Yoga and its owner. According to the lawsuit, on Dec. 26, Antoon was issued a $500 fine for "operating a fitness facility indoors, failing to require employees and customers to wear face coverings, and failing to ensure social distancing." He then left a threatening message directed at a San Mateo County COVID compliance officer.

"Yeah, message is for Evan . . . whatever his little name is. Stop sending me citations. Stop harassing me. You have no authority but to do nothing but harass people and try to bully people. Do not come by my business again or you will face the wrath of me. Do not step on my property, do not call me, do nothing to associate with my business. My business will remain open. Ill do as I want. You have no right to fine me nothing. Youre a peasant. Stay away."

On Jan. 5, after receiving more health violation complaints, the same officer issued a $3,000 fine, and Antoon delivered another menacing voicemail. His studio is now closed by the county until at least Feb. 4.

Over the weekend, the Pacifica Beach Yoga account posted twice more, thanking "Karen,s" [sic] for "making [us] the most popular studio in the Bay Area," presumably referencing the attention the social media threats have garnered.

Ed. note: A previous version of this story referenced reaching out to the San Mateo Police Department for comment; it has since been updated with comment from the Pacifica Police Department, which has jurisdiction.

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7 science-backed physical and mental health benefits of yoga – Insider – INSIDER

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Yoga is a type of mind-body exercise that involves moving through different physical postures. Many styles of yoga exist, from gentle and slow-moving to intense and fast-paced.

Practicing yoga can offer the following physical and mental health benefits:

In yoga, moving your body into various poses helps improve both flexibility and balance. A small 2016 study found after 10 weeks of bi-weekly yoga sessions, male college athletes improved their flexibility and balance more than those who did not practice yoga.

For your body to move and function efficiently, flexibility is essential. Flexibility also "stops your muscles from pulling adversely against your joints," says Jennifer Jens, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and owner of BeachLIFE Fitness in Pensacola, Florida.

Balance is also important to avoid falls and injury. Because many yoga positions involve balancing, such as one-legged postures, yoga can improve balance.

Yoga can restore the flexibility and balance people tend to lose with age. "It forces us to move our bodies in ways that we wouldn't normally do on an everyday basis," says Chrys Kub, a physical therapist, certified yoga therapist, and owner of Fit Yoga Therapy in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Yoga builds muscle strength by using body weight as a form of resistance. Through holding poses or moving through them, you build muscle endurance, Jens says. Muscle endurance refers to how long a muscle can perform an exercise repeatedly.

In a small 2015 study, adults in China who practiced hatha yoga saw improvements in muscle strength and flexibility after 12 weeks.

Yoga works the whole body, but more strenuous versions of yoga, such as vinyasa, do more to strengthen muscles than gentler forms of yoga, such as yin.

Yoga isn't generally considered a cardio workout, because it does not get your heart pumping as hard as running does, for example. However, it does still work your cardiovascular system and helps keep your heart healthy.

"If you're moving quickly through movements, your heart rate increases, and over time, you build good cardiovascular endurance," Jens says. Vinyasa and Ashtanga are faster-paced versions of yoga that could count towards cardio.

A 2011 study found three months of yoga reduced pain in people with chronic or recurrent low back pain more than those who just received their usual care.

Back pain is sometimes tied to poor posture. For some people, improved posture is the main benefit gained from yoga, Jens says. Good posture keeps your joints aligned which can ease tensions, she says.

Yoga helps improve posture and relieve back pain because it improves your muscles' flexibility and endurance, as well as your mobility. Many yoga poses engage your back muscles, as well as other muscles like your core that connect to your back muscles.

Arthritis, a condition that causes pain and stiffness, is due to inflammation of a joint. A 2020 review of studies on patients with rheumatoid arthritis found yoga improved their physical function. The studies' participants were between the ages of 30 and 70, and 86% of them were women.

"As a physical therapist, I incorporate yoga into my work with clients who have musculoskeletal issues," Kub says.

Some people with arthritis may need to avoid high-impact exercise because of the stress it causes on their joints. However, yoga may be a better workout because you use only your body weight, and you can go at your own pace, Jens says. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

Generally, yoga does not burn the same amount of calories that cardio does. For example, here are the number of calories burned in one hour of the following exercises:

However, those extra 200 calories can add up. A 2013 review found yoga programs often help people lose weight. The review found the effectiveness of yoga in helping people lose weight depended on how frequently one practiced, how long they practiced for, and if their yoga program incorporated a diet element amongst other metrics.

According to a 2011 review, yoga can improve quality of life in several ways, such as reducing:

Yoga reduces stress by incorporating various breathing techniques, akin to meditation. "Taking slower, longer breaths, in and out through your nose, affects your nervous system" and tells the body to calm down, Kub says. "The breath is a physical, concrete tool that you can use to actually change your emotional response."

Some varieties of yoga incorporate meditation. Yoga's focus on the mind-body connection lets you "kind of compartmentalize some stressors, push them off to the side, and really let your mind 'breathe' for a moment," Jens says. "[This] allows room for you to feel more positive about your day, more energetic, and more apt to want to go out and be productive."

The physical and mental benefits that yoga offers are diverse, from increased flexibility and strength to better sleep. And some of these benefits are linked. If you're less stressed, you can sleep better, and if you sleep better, you'll be less stressed during the day, Jens says.

The mind-body connection makes yoga especially beneficial, as it can improve your health in many ways at once. "It's actually a holistic approach to overall mental, physical, and emotional well-being," Kub says.

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MPLXs main areas of operations are in the northern Rocky Mountains, and in the Midwest and stretching south to the Gulf of Mexico coast. Revenue reports through the corona year of 2020 show the value potential of oil and gas midstreaming. The company reported $2.18 billion at the top line in Q1, $1.99 billion in Q2, and $2.16 billion in Q3; earnings turned negative in Q1, but were positive in both subsequent quarters. The Q3 report also showed $1.2 billion in net cash generated, more than enough to cover the companys dividend distribution. MPLX pays out 68.75 cents per common share quarterly, or $2.75 annualized, which gives the dividend a high yield of 11.9%. The company has a diversified set of midstream operations, and strong cash generation, factors leading Raymond James' Justin Jenkins to upgrade his stance on MPLX from Neutral to Outperform (i.e. Buy). His price target, at $28, implies a 22% one-year upside for the shares. 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DCP controls a network of gas pipelines, hubs, storage facilities, and plants stretching between the Rocky Mountain, Midcontinent, and Permian Basin production areas and the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. The company also operates in the Antrim gas region of Michigan. In the most recent reported quarter 3Q20 DCP gathered and processed 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day, along with 375 thousand barrels of natural gas liquids. The company also reported $268 million in net cash generated, of which $130 million was free cash flow. The company reduced its debt load by $156 million in the quarter, and showed a 17% reduction in operating costs year-over-year. All of this allowed DCP to maintain its dividend at 39 cents per share. Early in the corona crisis, the company had to cut back that payment but only once. The recently declared 4Q20 dividend is the fourth in a row at 39 cents per common share. The annualized rate of $1.56 gives a respectable yield of 7.8%. 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"Lori and I have been talking about doing a retreat for the past few years, and we are both big believers in divine timing," says Bartlett. "There is an instinctual 'knowing' when the time is right for something to come into this world. Now is the time to share what we both love to do educate and empower mamas in the comfort of their homes. Lori is in L.A. and I'm in Hawaii, but we invite moms from all over the globe to be part of this experience."

The live event, which will take place on February 19 to 21, will include prenatal yoga, nutrition, self-care and meditation sessions, as well as a panel of guest experts. Not only will soon-to-be moms receive the same VIP treatment as the duo's extensive A-list clientele but, more importantly, they'll also have the opportunity to connect with each other.

"Women need support and community now more than ever," says Bregman. "I've seen firsthand how my pregnant clients feel isolated, scared and unsupported. Doctors' visits are spread out, hospitals are short-staffed and doulas aren't even allowed in some places, So we thought, 'Let's do a virtual retreat that will help these women feel more supported and calm during these trying times.'"

Bartlett couldn't agree more. That's exactly why she and Bregman plan to make social interaction a high priority during their two-and-a-half day retreat. "We are really interested in creating an interactive experience," says Bartlett. "Moms can ask any and all questions they might have about their unique path. Lori and I have taught together before and have shared information on everything from pelvic floor health to birthing yourself as a Mother. No topic is off limits!"

My goal is that women walk away feeling calm and at peace, empowered and educated," says Bregman. Adds Bartlett, "The babies that are being born right now are the future. These are the souls that will lead us into a new world. It is an honor to take care of the moms and know that these babies will become our leaders, visionaries, and experts in health, wellness, and peace!"

To learn more or register online, visit Mothers Into Living Fit. Registration is $299 per person and includes a free goodie bag. Stay tuned for more details to follow on a postnatal retreat to take place this spring!

About Desi Desi Bartlett, M.S., CPT E-RYT, is a celebrity yoga and fitness instructor that specializes in pre and post-natal wellness. With 25 years of experience, she is the author of, "Your Strong Sexy Pregnancy," the co-creator of manduka's round yoga mat, and featured talent on Beachbody on Demand.

About Lori Lori Bregman is a renowned doula, life coach, author of "Mamaste,"and"The Mindful Mom To Be," and co-founder of Seedlyfe Superfoods.With over 19 years of experience, she works with pregnant and new moms on all aspects of their personal transformation from fertility through pregnancy and into new motherhood. Look for her new doula deck available in February on Amazon.

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