About Ashtanga Yoga

A clean energy investment executive by profession, Scott Brittenham enjoys practicing yoga in his free time. Scott Brittenham names ashtanga yoga as his favorite form.

Introduced to the contemporary world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, ashtanga yoga comes originally from the writings of sage Vama Rishi in the ancient manuscript Yoga Korunta. Literally translated as “eight-limbed yoga,” it involves the control of the body and mind in eight distinct practices. The first four prompt external cleansing in the form of breath control, posture, self-knowledge, and moral code development.

Two of these four practices, yama (moral codes) and niyama (self-study and purification) define the practice of ashtanga yoga, yet they require strength of the body as developed by asana (posture) work. The internal cleansing practices, known as vinyasa, also play an essential role in the correct practice of ashtanga yoga. Breath and movement coordinate in very specific synchronization; each movement involves one breath. This connection warms the blood and allows for better circulation, which in turn purifies the blood, while also prompting a sweat that cleanses the body as a whole.

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Three Hot New York City Restaurants

Scott Brittenham presently serves as president and chief executive officer of Clean Energy Capital, LLC, a Tucson, Arizona-based company he cofounded. In his free time, Scott Brittenham enjoys visiting New York City and dining at the city’s best restaurants.

New York City is a revolving door of restaurants, and there is always a new, trendy place for diners to check out. The Zagat guide recently compiled a list of the city’s hottest restaurants. Here are a few:

1. Mission Chinese Food: Located on the Lower East Side, this old favorite has just been re-opened with an expanded menu. Recommended selections include the lobster and coconut fried rice and Koji chicken wings.

2. Upland: Found in the Flatiron District, Upland combines classic elements of Italian and Mediterranean fare with Californian cuisine. Recommended selections include mushroom salad with seared robiola and chicories, dressed with burnt shallot vinaigrette.

3. Momofoku Ko: Not new but expanded, this restaurant has just opened in a larger location in the East Village and offers a 17-serving dinner for $175. The decor has been upgraded with custom murals by David Choe. Be warned, despite the expansion, reservations are still hard to get.

U.S. Chess Federation Hosts National Tournaments for Students

With more than 30 years of experience working in the investment business industry, Scott Brittenham works as president and chief executive officer of Clean Energy Capital, LLC, which he cofounded in Tucson, Arizona. He directs investment within renewable energy, agribusiness, and biofuels, securing more than $140 million in investment capital. In his spare time, Scott Brittenham stays involved with the United States Chess Federation (USCF), where he is a member.

The USCF is a nonprofit organization comprised of chess players and supporters of varying ages. Founded in 1939 when the National Chess Federation and the American Chess Federation merged, the USCF currently has more than 80,000 members and more than 2,000 chess clubs and organizations.

National tournaments sponsored by the USCF will take place in April and May of 2015. The national high school championship, scheduled for April 10 through 12, will take place in Columbus, Ohio. Each player has 120 minutes to complete the match and has a five-second grace period between moves. Those who place in the top 30 spots receive trophies. The junior high championship, scheduled for April 24 through 26 in Louisville, Kentucky, follows similar rules, with the top 10, 15, or 20 individuals receiving trophies, depending upon their age. The national elementary championship, scheduled for May 8 through 10 in Nashville, Tennessee, awards those who finish in the top 10, 20, 25, 30, or 35, depending upon age and skill level.