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Illini win Big Ten, individual awards

By Lindsey Woods

April 16, 2012

The scores were close, and everyone knew it. After two-and-a-half hours of intense competition, the Big Ten title came down to the last event: the floor routine. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign freshman C.J. Maestas had just finished a near-perfect routine, and now the competition was up to redshirt senior Paul Ruggeri.Ruggeri had fallen twice on the high bar earlier in the day, an uncharacteristic mistake considering he ...

Summer program aims to decrease youth unemployment, violence on South Side

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 16, 2012

The summer season has a radiance not present during other times of the year. That radiance leads many to spend the waning days of spring longing for months spent in the sun. But there are dangers inherent in the summer, particularly for youths, as a result of excess free time and subsequent violence among young people.In an effort to combat this problem, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle anno...

Yoga: exercise your mind

By Katy Nielsen

March 28, 2011

Yogis have been doing it for centuries. Now, western culture is catching on, and it seems like practicing Eastern traditions has more than a positive effect on the physique.According to a study published on Jan. 30 by the Journal of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, titled “Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density,” people who meditate at least 27 minutes a day for eight-week perio...

Hot Yoga: An inside look

By Cristina Aguirre

March 26, 2011

Yoga, meditation and deep breathing have been shown to build flexibility, increase memory retention and improve focus. For people willing to explore the wide range of yoga classes available, a hot yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Chicago recently opened a new location, 47 W. Polk St. Classes take place in 105 degree rooms and students move through a series of 26 poses. The Chronicle's Assistant Health & Fitness Editor, Katy Nielsen...

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