The Best Men’s Yoga Clothing

Here’s the thing about great yoga clothing – it’s really not just for yoga. The comfortable, casual menswear that’s best for practising yoga is also great to wear when in the gym, relaxing at home, travelling – in fact, if you opt for some of the smarter gear available, pretty much anywhere.

First and foremost though, it’s important to make sure your yoga gear is fit for purpose, in that it allows you the freedom to move on the yoga mat. Here are our four favourite brands for yoga gear for men and a few of our top picks from their ranges to consider.

Lululemon

In Mind shorts

To truly express yourself on the yoga mat you need shorts that are loose and elastic enough that they don’t limit your movements, but also don’t ride up when you go into inverted positions. Lululemon’s In Mind shorts are made with stretchy, quick-drying fabric and have a stay-put hem to protect your modesty. £65, buy on lululemon.co.uk

Discipline pants

If you prefer to wear trousers during yoga, you can pick up some incredibly adaptable bits of gear that are great in and out of the studio. These pants are comfortable and sweat-wicking, but also have zipped pockets (including two on the back) and are subtly styled so you can wear them to and from the studio too. £88, buy on lululemon.co.uk

Metal Vent Tech Tank

This sweat-wicking, odour-resistant tank has a loose but not flappy fit that’s great for yoga, and it’s also suitable for all other kinds of training. £48, buy on lululemon.co.uk

Manduka

Now pants

These lightweight, form-fitting trousers won’t constrict your flow and although the legs are tapered, they’re still loose enough that you can push them up to sit above the calves if you prefer. €90 (approx £78), buy on manduka.com

Cross train tank

Silky-smooth comfort is the name of the game with this tank, which is also pitched in the perfect spot between fitted and loose. €44 (approx £38), buy on manduka.com

Performance mesh shorts

The compression inner on these shorts provides support and removes any modesty concerns you might have when in inverted positions, but isn’t so tight as to be distracting. The mesh outer complements the snug inner by being breathable and quick-drying. €75 (approx £65), buy on manduka.com

OHMME

Cobra T-shirt

You’ll often see us out and about in this black tee thanks to the stylish twist the melange look affords. You’ll always see it on us in the studio, though, thanks to the silky-soft feel, a material that wicks sweat away but has some heft to it, and a fitted waist so it doesn’t slide down to your armpits the instant your head goes down. £36, buy on ohmme.com

2-Dogs lined shorts

The inner checks all the boxes you’d expect from yoga shorts. Snug? Check. Stretchy? Check. Sweat-wicking? Check. Going commando optional? Er, check. Yup, these shorts are lined so you don’t have to wear undies with them. With that in mind, you’ll be pleased to hear that the compression shorts are made with an anti-bacterial fabric. £45, buy on ohmme.com

Dharma Graphite pants

The soft feel of the fabric makes these a joy to pull on. The strong seams should also mean these pants keep up with you as you progress your practice. £55, buy on ohmme.com

BAM

Bamboo training T-shirt

Like all of BAM’s gear, this lightweight tee is made from bamboo fabric, which means supreme comfort, natural odour resistance and rapid drying. The looser fit is just right for yoga, and the seagull design is just right for everything. £28, buy on bambooclothing.co.uk

New York bamboo joggers

These are not specifically designed for yoga, but if you were making the perfect pants for the practice, they’d not differ a great deal from the New York joggers. The fit is looser around the thigh and tapers from knee to ankle, and the comfort of the bamboo fabric is unparalleled. £55, buy on bambooclothing.co.uk

133 Swimmers, 4 Water Polo Players Named to 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Ella Eastin of Stanford cheering at the 2018 Women’a NCAA Division I Championships – Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

Each year the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recognizes the efforts of top student-athletes for their efforts both in the classroom and in their sport.

This year, CoSIDA has named a total of 37 Division I swimmers to their 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District at-large teams. The All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts and four divisions throughout the United States and Canada. The four divisions are the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and College Division (NAIA, Canadian schools, and all other two-year schools).

CoSIDA is expected to announce the All-America nominees in June.

The full list of men’s honorees can be found here, while the women’s at-large honorees can be found here.

Listed among the men’s honorees are 20 NCAA Division I swimmers, 17 NCAA Division II swimmers, 23 NCAA Division III swimmers, and 5 College Division swimmers.

Notable student-athletes for the men’s list include Caeleb Dressel (Florida), Dean Farris (Harvard), Anton Ipsen (NC State), and PJ Ransford (Michigan).

The women’s list of honorees hosts 17 NCAA Division I swimmers, 21 NCAA Division II swimmers, 27 NCAA Division III swimmers, and 3 College Division swimmers.

Katie Ledecky (Stanford), Ella Eastin (Stanford), Asia Seidt (Kentucky), Hannah Moore (NC State), and Amy Bilquist (Cal) are among the top honorees for the women.

In addition to the 133 swimmers who were named, a total of four water polo players were also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Luca Cupido (Cal) and Blake Parrish (Stanford) represent the men’s team, while Makenzie Fisher (Stanford) and Victoria Rose Meek (California Lutheran University) represent the women’s.

To learn more about the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District team, click here. 

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What John Ramsay Learnt Living With A Loved One With Dementia

Two years ago John Ramsay called time on his career as a corporate lawyer to work on bringing a Dutch innovation called Tovertafel to the UK. The word means “magic table”, and it’s a variety of games that can help engage people with mid- to late-stage dementia using interactive light animations that are projected onto a table.

We spoke Ramsay about his own experience of living with a loved one who has dementia, and why he dropped everything to work on Tovertafel.

How did you come to be involved with Tovertafel?

I wanted to do something that gave me more purpose, particularly outside of the courtroom. About two years ago I sat down with a good friend of mine called Dr Hester Le Riche and she told me about this amazing product called the Tovertafel and how it was dedicated to creating moments of happiness in people with dementia. From that moment on I opened up more about my own story. My dad was diagnosed with dementia when I was about 12. He was 52 and a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’. Growing up as a teenager with your role model gradually becoming someone else, going on this journey where he’s not really able to interact with you, left quite a mark on me.

The Tovertafel is an interactive projector, which projects light animations on to any table. The light animations have been designed to spark the greatest level of interaction in someone with mid- to late-stage dementia. It’s about putting the loved one with dementia in the middle, and working out what is best for them in terms of interaction. When I saw it myself for the first time… you’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by it.

What are the best ways to interact with a loved one that has dementia?

It’s important to understand that it’s a journey and you have to prepare yourself. You have to understand where that journey is going to take not just your loved one, but you yourself. It’s important to try to build the environment around their needs, to take external advice and to understand what sort of things will affect a loved one with dementia – short-term memory loss, confusion, a lack of language.

I always try and make the language as positive as possible, because there’s a lot out there that talks about suffering and patience, and negative words like that. It’s obviously clear that that can happen, but people are still living with dementia and they can still be in the present. Once you get dementia that is not the end of everything. Yes, you have a condition, but it’s important to recognise that there is still a life to lead.

Looking back I wish I’d done more of that with my dad. He loved rugby, he loved gardening, he loved doing lots of different things, and we didn’t really build them into his daily routine. We actually thought we were protecting him from it. Therefore he did not feel quite himself and at home and couldn’t focus on things, because it wasn’t necessarily what he enjoyed doing.

The bigger problem with dad was that he was literally working in an NHS hospital on the Friday, and then on the Monday not allowed to drive, let alone work. Can you imagine if I told you tomorrow that your entire routine, your entire daily life, is to be taken away from you? With or without dementia, that’s going to be hard to take, but with dementia as soon as your routine goes it has a really profound effect.

It’s important to give as much love, patience and understanding as possible, but it’s also important to see where the condition and the man lie. I see a pendulum. It might be the condition that’s making dad act in a certain way, but you’ve got to recognise that and not take it out on the man, who’s still there. Sometimes you get frustrated but obviously he’s still your dad, still a man and he’s not doing it intentionally. It means taking a deep breath and treating him as a human, no matter what, and finding the things that are really going to engage him. The onus is on you.

So it’s important to remember that people still enjoy the same things?

Yeah – find a way to bring those into their life. For instance dad loved gardening, but as soon as he was diagnosed he was not allowed to mow the lawn because that could be dangerous. Whereas maybe we could still have been doing gardening in a safe way and he would still have been doing something that he really loved.

How important is a routine?

You’ve got to try to have a routine. You find out what works, and invariably what works one day is likely to work the next day, especially when it gets to the stage when each day is a whole new day. It’s important to find out the things that help spark interaction and create the happy moments. Moving on to Tovertafel, when you hit the mid- to late stage of the journey, it’s designed to spark interaction. It might seem to just be lights on the table, but they’re designed in such a way that it triggers interaction in a very safe environment.

Is the Tovertafel a personalised experience?

Actually we shy away from that – it’s the other way around. What we’re trying to do is be as inclusive as possible. We find general themes like bursting bubbles, sweeping up leaves or catching fish, so you create a social environment. If you weren’t on your journey you might be playing bridge or going down the pub, and it’s replacing that moment.

You don’t want hundreds of games, because it doesn’t work. You want repetitive games. In the really late stages every ten minutes is a new ten minutes, and people don’t necessarily understand that when you’re not confronted with it. So it’s important that if something works, its going to work in ten minutes’ time, or half an hour’s time, and that’s how you gain the structure you need.

Is there something similar you can do with a loved one in the early stages of dementia?

Absolutely, but I think it’s more about traditional activities then. You’re still able to go for walks, go out for dinner and make sure they don’t get isolated. Try to keep them in their world for as long as possible. But at some stage they will become less mobile or talkative and engaged. It’s technically termed passive, but I prefer to say something like withdrawn. And that’s where the Tovertafel is key, because 90% of people with dementia become withdrawn, so what we’re trying to do is stimulate them to be more active.

Some people might reach out and touch the lights, and some people might just watch them, and that’s brilliant, because they weren’t watching things before, so it’s having a profound effect. Or other might start socialising, communicating to people around it, or looking you in the eye when they didn’t before, because the brain is more stimulated.

Where can people find Tovertafel?

We started 18 months ago and we focused on care homes and day care centres. We’re trying to get them installed in the community. They get bought by care homes, libraries, GP practices, surgeries, hospitals, village halls, a church… We’re in 250 to 300 centres in the UK and almost 2,000 across Europe. The goal is to get to ten million people using it every single day.

One of the things we’ve just launched is the Tovertafel buddy scheme, where with each Tovertafel we reach out to a local secondary or primary school and we try to make sure that we can get regular visits from maybe sixth formers on work experience, or primary-school kids to come in and play. The advantage of this is we’ve created an intergenerational activity and young kids have something they can do when they’re spending time with their grandparents.

Simon Yates holds on to pink as Rohan Dennis wins Giro d’Italia stage 16 time trial

Dennis claims his second career Grand Tour stage win as Yates maintains 56 seconds on Tom Dumoulin overall

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) won the stage 16 time trial at the Giro d’Italia, while Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) held on to his overall lead by 56 seconds.

Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) had set an imperious time of 40-14 over the 34.2km course, but the German had to settle for second place ultimately with Dennis blasting fastest through both intermediate time checks and continued that to the finish with a time of 40 minutes dead.

Race leader Yates put in a very respectable time of 41-37 in his least favoured discipline, finishing 1-15 back on Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) who took third place on the stage.

The Briton will now head into the final five stages with a 56 lead over Dumoulin having led with a 2-11 gap at the start of the day, with three difficult summit finishes to come.

How it happened

With the race really waiting to hot up later in the day with the GC riders taking to the course, there were a number of time trial riders out early to try and set a time.

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) was the first to set a proper benchmark of 41-04, but with a tailwind out on the course that was unlikely to stand for very long.

Pedersen’s team-mate Ryan Mullen was the next to come close, but the Irish champion will ultimately be disappointed with his ride after suffering cramp in the final 10km and clocking a time five seconds slower than his Danish team-mate.

Not too long after the race really began to change hands between potential stage winners. First Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) came in with a decent time of 40-40 to take the lead, but that was beaten shortly after by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo), who went 13 seconds quicker.

The Dutchman didn’t have long in the hot seat either before Dowsett’s team-mate Tony Martin came in with a new best time, with the four-time world champion clocking in at 40-14.

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), who fell well out of contention in the GC after last weekend’s mountain stages, put in an astonishing ride to finish ahead of Dowsett and temporarily on the podium with a time of 40-37.

Martin’s benchmark still comfortably withstood any challengers at this point, but things weren’t looking great for the German with Rohan Dennis taking the fastest time through both the time checks on the course.

The Australian champion was able to hold that pace to the finish, putting in a storming time of 40 minutes flat, averaging 51.3kmh throughout the ride.

It was then on to the GC riders to begin coming in. Chris Froome (Team Sky), over four minutes down on Yates, put in a decent ride to finish 35 seconds down on Dennis, pushing him to fourth overall with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) shedding over three minutes and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) well over two. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) shed more than two minutes as well, but maintains third place overall by 39 seconds over Froome.

World champion Dumoulin didn’t look to be having his best time trial, but still clocked 19 seconds down on Dennis through the second time check. Meanwhile, Simon Yates was losing time as the course went on, clocking 38 seconds down on the leader through the first time check, before dropping to 1-07 (and 48 seconds off Dumoulin) at the second check.

Yates knew he’d be losing time to Dumoulin on the stage, but still had a decent buffer to maintain his maglia rosa heading into the final kilometre of the course.

Eventually Yates crossed the line comfortably inside the time to keep pink, but heads into the final road stages of the Giro with less than a minute over Dumoulin.

The Giro d’Italia continues on Wednesday with a 155km stage from Riva del Garda to Iseo.

Results

Giro d’Italia 2018, stage 16: Trento to Rovereto (34.2km)

1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team, in 40-00
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin, at 14s
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 22s
4 Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 27s
5 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 35s
6 Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, at 37s
7 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin, at 40s
8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, st
9 Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb, at 47s
10 David De La Cruz (Esp) Team Sky, at 1-01

Overall classification after stage 16

1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 65-57-37
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 56s
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 3-11
4 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 3-50
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 4-19
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team, at 5-04
7 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team, at 5-37
8 Pello Bilbao (Esp) Astana Pro Team, at 6-02
9 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team, at 6-07
10 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 7-01

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Rebecca Weiland Announced as University of Alaska Fairbanks Associate Head Coach

Photo Courtesy: University of Alaska Fairbanks Athletics

On Monday, Alaska Nanooks swimming head coach Scott Lemley announced the addition of Rebecca Weiland to his staff, who will serve as the program’s first-ever associate head coach.

Weiland replaces the void left by former assistant coach Stacy Fiser and will work alongside Lemley throughout the upcoming 2018-19 season. Weiland becomes the first female to oversee the Alaska Nanooks women’s swim team in a head coaching capacity, as Lemley has served as the program’s head coach since it was resurrected in the fall of 2005.

“Rebecca’s athletic background is extensive and her deep, competitive experience will provide our swimmers with a great deal of wisdom,” Lemley said on Monday. “Her two academic degrees speak to a deep love for athletics and student development, qualities which are prized at UAF. I’m particularly excited at the prospect of a female head coach presiding over the women’s swim team for the first time in our program’s history.”

Last season, Weiland served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an NCAA Division I program. While with the Badgers, Weiland help UW break 13 school records, five Big Ten Conference records, had three swimmers earn NCAA DI All-America statuses and three others be named All-America Honorable Mentions.

Weiland also assisted with constructing and implementing workouts and daily practice plans, while also maintaining the teams’ social media accounts, aided with recruiting and served as the teams’ academic liaison.

Prior to Wisconsin, Weiland was the assistant coach at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota from 2015-2017. Weiland oversaw more than 70 student-athletes on SCSU’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams while with the Huskies, eventually leading to a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship title in 2017. Additionally, Weiland was with the Huskies while they broke 14 school records and one NSIC record, while eight female student-athletes qualified and competed at the NCAA DII Swimming and Diving National Championships in 2017.

In March of 2017, Weiland was selected as a recipient of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) Jean Freeman Scholarship, an award for “exceptional contributions” by assistant coaches to emphasize “leadership, integrity, honesty, competitive attitude and personal graciousness.”

“A couple of years ago, Rebecca did such a great job as the assistant coach at St. Cloud State University, she was nominated for the Jean Freeman Scholarship, an award given to the top-six NCAA assistant coaches in the country each year,” Lemley continued. “Assistants from all three levels, Division I, II and III, can be nominated for this award. Rebecca was recognized in 2017 and it’s our good fortune she’s going to end up here this fall.”

Weiland was a four-year letter-winner for swimming at the University of Minnesota from 2011-2015. As a 13-time All-American swimming for the Gophers, Weiland racked up an impressive resume that included four B1G Ten Conference titles, four consecutive appearances at the NCAA DI Swimming and Diving National Championships and multiple B1G Ten Conference honors. Additionally, Weiland competed at the Olympic Trials in both 2012 and 2016.

Out of the pool and in the classroom, Weiland was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.

Weiland graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Minnesota in 2015 and earned her master’s degree in college counseling and student development from St. Cloud State in May 2017.

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Watson ends four-month WTA Tour singles losing streak

Heather Watson

Heather Watson ended her four-month WTA Tour singles losing streak with victory over Kateryna Bondarenko to reach the second round of the Nuremberg Cup.

The 26-year-old overturned a deficit in the third-set tie-break to beat her Ukrainian opponent 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-3) and end a winless run of eight matches.

Briton Watson’s last victory came in the quarter-finals of the Hobart International in January.

She will play Hungarian qualifier Fanny Stollar in the second round in Germany.

After winning the first set, British number two Watson dropped the second before struggling to hold serve in the decider.

She failed to convert several match points before wrapping up an important win in two hours and 38 minutes.

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French Open: Serena Williams will not be seeded at Roland Garros

Serena Williams

Former world number one Serena Williams will not be seeded for this year’s French Open.

The 36-year-old made her comeback in March, six months after giving birth, and her ranking has fallen to 453.

She had early defeats at Indian Wells and Miami as she has struggled for form and pulled out of clay-court events in Madrid and Rome.

The French Tennis Federation says the 32 women’s seeds at Roland Garros will be “based on the WTA ranking” .

“Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week’s world ranking,” the organisers added.

Williams has won the French Open, which takes place from 27 May to 10 June, three times.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s last appearance on clay was in the final at Roland Garros in 2016 when she lost to Garbine Muguruza.

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Heather Watson: British number two ends four-month losing streak

Heather Watson

Heather Watson ended her four-month WTA Tour singles losing streak with victory over Kateryna Bondarenko to reach the second round of the Nuremberg Cup.

The 26-year-old overturned a deficit in the third-set tie-break to beat her Ukrainian opponent 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-3) and end a winless run of eight matches.

Briton Watson’s last victory came in the quarter-finals of the Hobart International in January.

She will play Hungarian qualifier Fanny Stollar in the second round in Germany.

After winning the first set, British number two Watson dropped the second before struggling to hold serve in the decider.

She failed to convert several match points before wrapping up an important win in two hours and 38 minutes.

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Westwood among Bjorn's four Ryder Cup vice captains

Padraig Harrington (left) and Lee Westwood

Europe captain Thomas Bjorn has picked Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald as vice-captains for this year’s Ryder Cup.

Westwood is a seven-time winner as a player in the contest against the US.

Harrington has been a vice-captain twice, while McDowell, who claimed the winning point in 2010, and Donald will make their debuts.

This year’s three-day event takes place at Paris’ Le Golf National from Friday, 28 September.

More to follow

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Wisconsin State Champ Katrina Marty Verbally Commits to Arizona State

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NEW COMMIT: Fitchburg, Wisconsin’s Katrina Marty has announced her verbal commitment to swim for Arizona State University as a member of the Class of 2023.

A multiple time Wisconsin swimming state champion, Marty does her club swimming with Madison Aquatic Club. She’s a junior at Madison West High School.

She wrote on her CollegeSwimming profile,

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at Arizona State University! I want to thank my family, my friends, and everyone else who has helped and supported me on this journey. Go Sun Devils!”

Primarily a backstroker, her best times are:

  • 50 Back 25.33
  • 100 Back 53.88
  • 200 Back 1:57.96
  • 50 Fly 25.10
  • 100 Fly 55.30

At her junior year Division 1 High School state championship meet in November, Marty touched third in the 100 fly (55.32) and won the 100 backstroke in a new lifetime best time (53.88).

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