A Fall Equinox Flow For Finding Your Balance

9 soothing yoga poses to help you ground and center while honoring the seasonal shift.The 2020 fall equinox is on September 22. Aside from being a regular seasonal and astrological shift, this time of year also has a strong practical and spiritual significance.These final days of summer carry an energy of brilliant abundance, bountiful gardens, perfect sunsets, and a satisfying feeling of completion. In a simpler society, this was the time to take stock of the harvest, draw inward, and preserve resources for the coming winter.Over the years, I’ve shaped my yoga and spiritual teachings around these primal and innate connections to the Earth’s consciousness. By deepening our awareness of these seasonal energies and planetary shifts, we are connecting to something larger. We are plugging into the inherent wisdom of the Earth. We can utilize that connection in our spiritual and self-care practices.For an eco-friendly yoga mat for your practice, try Ajna Eco Organic Yoga MatHarnessing Fall…

Talking Sexism, Perseverance, and More With 3 Female Skateboarders on Tony Hawk's New Video Game

Growing up in the early 2000s, some kids had their Saturday morning ritual of watching cartoons over a bowl of Froot Loops. My brothers and I, on the other hand, preferred scarfing down our Froot Loops before playing one of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video games for hours on end. Almost every weekend, like clockwork, we'd race to snag the PlayStation controller first and watch each other kickflip, nosegrind, and Indy 900 our way to the highest score, all while head-bobbing to the game's iconic hip-hop and punk soundtrack. It was the perfect way for us to bond over a little old-fashioned sibling rivalry, all while growing an appreciation for the sport of skateboarding.

To this day, Tony Hawk's video game franchise holds a big, bucket hat-shaped place in my heart. My younger brother and I still routinely jam out to the soundtracks for nostalgia's sake (a pro tip for fellow fans: there are tons of fan-made playlists on Spotify!), and I recently repurchased one of the games on eBay because we misplaced the CD a few years ago. So imagine my excitement when Activision released a newly remastered edition on Sept. 4. Titled Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, the game blends original skateboarders, levels, tricks, and songs from older versions with brand-new choices for players, so yeah, I'm more than ready to see if it lives up to the hype.

Ahead of the game's debut, I caught up with three of the badass female skateboarders featured as playable characters - Aori Nishimura, Elissa Steamer, and Lizzie Armanto - to chat about what first inspired them to pick up a board, their personal experiences with sexism in the sport, and more. Learn a bit more about each talented athlete below before diving into our conversations ahead.

  • Aori Nishimura: A brand-new addition to the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater franchise, Aori is expected to represent her home country of Japan in the rescheduled Summer Olympics Games next year. At just 19 years old, she's already got five X Games medals under her belt and was named the women's world skateboarding champion at a Street League event last January.
  • Elissa Steamer: The only woman featured on Tony Hawk's first two video games, Elissa is a four-time X Games gold medalist who's been crushing it at the sport since the '90s. She launched a skate brand called Gnarhunters and was featured in a Nike ad alongside other female athletes last year, to name just a few recent notable accomplishments from her legendary career.
  • Lizzie Armanto: A 27-year-old skateboarder with more than 30 awards to her name, Lizzie first became a playable character on THPS 5 back in 2015. She'll be representing Finland while competing in the women's park skateboarding competition at the Olympics next year, and fun fact: she's the only gal in the world to successfully complete Tony Hawk's 360 loop, a ramp constructed into a perfect circle.

via POPSUGAR Fitness


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