Goodbye from Yogaleaks

Oh god you’re losing it, I knew this would happen! Who is responsible for me packing up and moving on, you demand?! Fine. You want the truth?! I’ll tell you who is responsible.

Julian Assange. It is upon his rounded shoulders that I slam down my blame. This Embassy shut-in has made Wikileaks uncool. Therefore, by association, I am uncool. There’s also the fact that the Yoga that I know and love has morphed into more of a fitness sorority excursion to fashion week. I don’t want to write about yoga now.

I’m busy frying larger fish, truth be told. I have written a book not about frying fish, and it will be available in a few days on Amazon.

My genius book is called Above the Noise – 12 steps to living an inspired life.

This informative and entertaining book is the answer to my frustration that health and fitness industries use this tactic to muddy the waters of information so that consumers – their name for people – will depend on them for information. Newspaper and internet articles don’t help when they write article titles such as these:

What gadgets do you need to be healthy?

Is organic actually worth the extra cost?

Is exercise worth the risk of injury?

Is Vegan even good for you?

Is Paleo the only real health?

For too long I scrolled and shouted at my screen, until one divine moment where the clouds parted and God said unto me, Why don’t you write a book and show us how easy it is…

I think it was God, but it doesn’t matter whose voice came from behind the closet sky.

The message in Above the Noise states that health is a sure path to living an inspired life. Uncomplicated, 100 proof, unbridled health is easily attainable, in fact it is your body’s natural expression when we’re not filling it with crap we don’t need. Inspiration and energy is as much about de-cluttering your diet and your life as it is exercising and eating fresh food. It’s a fun read, not all serious, because I can never keep a straight face with anything.

Life is short, and it’s meant to be uncomplicated and enjoyable and exciting.

If you do buy my book, drop me a line and tell me what you thought of it. There is a fandangle new website for my book which is about to go up at

Remember the word book at the end of above the noise. The short book trailer I made with my friend Maarten is very cool. You should check it out.

So it’s goodbye from me in this form. Thank you for reading. Yogaleaks is leaving the house.

Chantelle Jahara Pinto

Runners Have Fabulous Knees After All

This just in: Running does not damage your knees. Despite what scientists have told us for decades, better scientists have now proven that running does not deliver us mercilessly into the swollen knuckled grip of osteoarthritis, hip replacement surgery or inflammatory everything. Phew!

For runners the sense of relief must be equivalent to a young Aztec woman on a Solstice morning having heard the chief observe that Solstices still happen no matter how many virgins they sacrifice, and it’s best to cancel the throw the virgins down the pyramid event. Runner’s relief is probably not just like that, but I’m almost that relieved – and a little miffed, truth be told.

In a 7 year study involving 90,000 runners and walkers, scientists conclude that running actually lowered the incidence of osteoarthritis and hip replacements compared to non-runners. The subjects who ran longer distances had an even lower risk of arthritis and hip replacements.

It should be noted that the research subjects were runners with no pre-existing knee injuries.


Scientists offer two reasons why running is a friend of the knee.

1. Runners maintain a lower Body Mass Index (BMI). Extra weight on a joint that is already weight-bearing gives the knee little option than to grind away the cartilage.

2. Running actually preserves cartilage thickness compared to non-exercisers who show thinning as they age.


Scientists also found that exercises which requires deep bending or a change in direction while running very fast increased one’s chance of succumbing to osteoarthritis. Weight-lifters had a more than 30 percent chance of ruining their knees, and soccer players were at 20 percent.

Is there a lesson to learn here?

For 20 years I have been waiting for my knees to solder shut. I took up running against the best judgement of sport scientists; now running is probably the reason why my knees are so healthy. I throw my arms up in the air, a little, politely.

What I take from this is that there is always a place for intuition. If I practice heavy squats at the gym every week, it won’t be difficult to intuit that the knees will not put up with the pressure forever.

Knees Love Cross-Training

My iliotibial band on the outside of my thigh will tighten if all I do is run. I practice yoga on alternate days. It weaves space into uptight fascia like nothing else, my knees feel like fish knees by the end of practice. You heard me.

Are you a runner with fabulous knees? Do you run a beautiful route? Tell me about it.
See the study. Here it is.