Posture: Yoga and Pilates

Part II

Holly Wilson, Rec Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Holly Wilson is one of our Yoga and Pilates instructors and has been teaching the Miami and Oxford Community for over 15 years. As a physical-mind instructor she gives us her perspective  and insight on posture as she associates it with her two disciplines. 

Wilson says that you’re going to learn the most about your muscular imbalances, postural habits and the best ways to correct it through Yoga and Pilates. She states that “Yoga and Pilates are about posture because they encompass the strength of the muscles that support the torso and the spine”. Her goal as an instructor is ultimately trying to give people the awareness and techniques to change the way they hold and move themselves in class.

 

Major problems of bad postural habits

Wilson emphasised that head-forward, also known as tech-neck is a big problem. She explained that head-forward or tech-neck causes around 60 pounds of displaced weight to rest in the front of the body. This causes slumping through the shoulders which affects your overall balance. Additionally, this can load hip flexors and often causes you to hinge forward, which results in over-contracting your back and possibly compressing your organs. Another big problem she sees is individuals pushing ribs out and forward which is known as rib thrust, which can cause organ displacement.

 

Conclusion

Good posture involves much more than appearance. It encompasses health benefits and prevents short and  long term consequences including bone development and density, as well as back pain which is the most common one. Holly Wilson says that if you manage to make good posture a habit, it will lock in at the cellular level and thus becoming a part of you.  Both professionals accentuated that ultimately you control your postural habits and that you must strive to maintain them.

 

By Dania Puente

Club Sports Update 11/27-12/03

Miami University Club Bowling attended a tournament in Toledo. Kyle Berger finished 15th. The team placed 10th overall.

The Intercollegiate Synchronized Skating Team went to the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in Ann Arbor, MI and placed 5th out of 11 teams!

Women’s D1 Hockey beat Davenport on Saturday 3-2 and Sunday 7-3!

Men’s D2 Hockey beat Toledo 5-2 and 8-5.

Equestrian’s Hunt Seat Team brought selected riders to compete at the National Holiday Tournament of Champions and placed 4th out of 20 teams!

Miami University Women’s Club Basketball traveled to OSU for an overnight tournament. They lost to OSU in a good game. They also played Indiana University’s A and B teams and John Caroll.

Congrats to all of our teams for their hard work!

Also, good luck to everyone on finals next week!

Report by: Michelle Gregg

Club Sports Update 11/20-11/26

Miami University Club Bowling attended the Striking Knights Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. The team finished the highest they’ve ever finished in a tournament and two individual bowlers posted their best scores. Miami Bowling team finished in 9th place. Individually, Kyle Berger finished 15th and Ben Roth finished 23rd.

Miami University Boxing Club had 2 boxers travel to the New York City Athletic Club Show: Ryan Adelson and Adan Salguero. Ryan lost a tough close match against Army. Adan won a good match against Navy.

Congrats to our Club Sports for their successful seasons!

Report by: Michelle Gregg

New River Gorge Fall Break Trip

Have  you ever wanted to brave class 5 rapids, hike to gorgeous sunset views, and experience the third tallest bridge in the United States all in one weekend?  Well that’s just what the folks from the New River Gorge Fall Break Trip were able to accomplish.  The participants of this Outdoor Pursuit Center trip took full advantage of their time in the area considered the Grand Canyon of the East.

While its name suggests youth, the New River is actually one of North America’s oldest rivers and its banks are home to ancient boulders.  This is where participants tried their hand (and feet) at bouldering-rock climbing at low heights without harnesses or ropes.   Later in the day, they experienced these rock formations in another way while on the water.  They loaded rafts with some of the most entertaining raft guides they could find and powered their way down the rapids of the Lower New River.  With the sun overhead and not a cloud in the sky, it was perfect weather for rafting and occasional swimming in the river.   the next day allowed participants to experience the river from high above.  They found multiple hikes around the rim of the gorge with picturesque overlooks and breath-taking views.   The highlight of day two was the hike to Long Point to watch the sunset behind the trees just beyond the 876ft. tall New River Gorge Bridge. 

After each day filled with adventures, each night concluded around a campfire with stories and laughter under the stars.  Participants walked away from this trip with new skills, new and deepened friendships, and new memories of a beautiful land not so far away.

 

By Bridget Oliver

Club Sports Update 10/23-10/29

Beach Volleyball competed this weekend. Ryan VonSchlobohm and his partner won their division, edging out Lucas Kulesza and his partner.

Women’s Soccer had regionals in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. They tied OSU 1-1 and IU 0-0.

Men’s Rugby lost to Louisville 28-0.

Miami University Club Broomball Team coed lost and unrestricted improved their record to 5-0 with a solid 5-0 win against the Widowmakers. Curran Persinger and Max Warr scored 2, and Austin Smart had 1.

Men’s D2 Hockey played at the University of Pittsburgh. On Friday, they won 6-1 and 6-0 on Saturday.

Miami University Men’s Club Soccer had regionals this weekend in Indianapolis. They tied one game 3-3 and lost a hard fought game 1-0.

Swim Team hosted their annual fall invitational. Six other teams attended. The boys finished second overall and the girls won!! Their combined finish as a team was second. A few team records were set. More than half of the team has achieved national qualifying times in at least one event!

Miami University Club Football travelled to Pittsburgh and defeated the Panthers 25-0.

Running attended NIRCA Great Lakes Regionals in Shelbyville, Indiana on Saturday. Men came in 4th in the 8K with two top-10 finishers (Robby Alexander and Andrew Wallace). Women came in 5th in the 6K.

Women’s D1 Hockey won 5-0 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday against Robert Morris.

Baseball beat Ball State 9-1 and 22-7.

Miami University Quidditch placed 2nd at Regionals and qualified for Nationals. They also had a huge win against Ohio State!

Keep up all of the great work!

Report by: Michelle Gregg

Student Staff Spotlight on Ian Berg

Ian Berg, Class of 2019

Ian Berg is known around the Rec Center as the “Pro-Shop Guru”, he knows the Pro-Shop as well as the back of his hand if not better. He has memorized all product prices as well as all the details. “Wonderful Student Manager, wealth of knowledge. Great problem solver, our go to to fix anything”Jessie Bayer. With five years in the business, Ian tells us a little bit more about how he got here and what he does. 

When and how did you become a part of the REC staff?

I began at the start of my junior year of high school, so this is my fifth year here. I started back when reception and fitness were combined , I was in reception and CSS for the first two years and then I trained up to Pro-Shop for another two years, and starting this year I am Lead Staff.

What’s a normal workday for you at the Rec?

I guess it really depends on what I’m doing, since I can be Pro-Shop informal or just on Lead Staff shift, every day is a little different.

Do you think this job is preparing you for your future and career?

Yeah, I think so, I think it’s helped me be a little bit more outgoing. It’s made it easier for me to talk to people.

As a student manager here at the Rec, what’s a piece of advice you’d give students seeking your position?

Be ready to help out in any way you’re asked and be flexible with what you’re asked to do.

 

By Dania Puente

Club Sports Weekly Update 10/16-10/22

Here’s your weekly Club Sports updates!

Sailing competed in Annapolis, Maryland and finished mid-fleet.

Miami University Men’s Rugby Football Club Alumni Association had a home match against OU and lost 26-15.

Miami University Women’s Club Basketball went 2-1 at their home tournament. They fell to OU, but beat Cincinnati in overtime and NKU.

Miami University Waterski Team took their second consecutive D2 national championship in Zachary, Louisiana last weekend.

Women’s Volleyball had an away tournament at U of I in Champagne, Illinois. After going 3-0 in pool play against Northwestern, Illinois B, and Loyola B, they fell in the semifinals to Illinois A. They came in 3rd overall in the tournament.

Miami University Club Broomball Team coed lost 1-4. Nathan Bubash scored the lone goal.

Miami University Roller Hockey went 3-1 defeating Henry Ford College 4-3, Akron 6-3, Western Michigan B 12-3 and falling to Michigan State B 5-1.

Tennis won the Xavier University Challenger this past weekend in Cincinnati. They beat Michigan and OSU in bracket play to take the title!

Women’s D1 Hockey lost 4-0 to MSU on Friday and lost 3-2 in OT on Saturday.

Men’s D2 Hockey lost to the University of Cincinnati on Friday 5-3 and Saturday 4-1.

Swim Team competed at the University of Kentucky Wildcat Invitational. They placed 3rd out of 7 and were beaten only by the host team and the reigning national champions. Many swimmers achieved National Qualifying Times.

Women’s Soccer lost to OSU 2-0.

Miami University Men’s Club Soccer defeated Dayton 2-0 to complete their regular season with a record of 8-2. They will be traveling to Indianapolis for regionals next weekend as a result of their solid season.

Miami University Rowing Club raced at Head of the Charles in Boston this weekend. Miami’s Women’s Four was in the top 50% of their race, beating more than 27 boats.

Men’s Water Polo had their conference at OSU. They went 1-2, losing to Notre Dame 11-7 and Illinois State 4-2. They won against OSU B 4-3.

Boxing competed in the Cincinnati Athletic Club Fight Night. New members Jack Cross and Jake Isele won their bouts.

Miami University Club Football had a big upset win against #3 Ohio State in Columbus 19-18.

Men’s Volleyball tied for 3rd in OSU tournament this weekend.

Baseball swept Indiana University in a 3 game series winning 10-0 in game 2.

Miami University Team Handball Club had a home tournament this past weekend. They finished 2-1-1, beating UC and OSU, tying Columbus Armada, and losing to Auburn.

Miami University Club Softball lost the first two against UK, but fought back to come out on top for the third to avoid a series sweep.

Congratulations to all of our teams for their hard work this week!

Report by: Michelle Gregg

Backpacking The Cranberry Wilderness

The Cranberry Wilderness. The crown jewel of West Virginia’s 919,000 acre Monongahela National Forest. It’s like stepping back in time: trails are small and unmarked, wildlife are not habituated to humans, and cell phones are useless due to the dense canopy overhead. This is the site of one the Outdoor Pursuit Center’s Fall Break trips that ran this past weekend. Did it live up to the hype?

“There is something about being out in the middle of nowhere that refreshes my soul.” – Cole Baker

Participants hiked a total of 23.5 miles over 2.5 days. The days were long and challenging, but participants were rewarded with beautiful backcountry campsites near waterfalls and trickling streams. We spent time on the trail getting to know each other, playing games, and telling stories. Our nightly entertainment was sitting around a campfire, with our dinner in hand, telling more stories and playing card games.

Luckily the weather was perfect, with only rain on the night we arrived which didn’t affect us. There were no bugs the entire trip too.

The students got a chance to explore a new place and a new activity. They developed old friendships and started new ones. They’re leaving with a truly unique experience.

By Zach Cross