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Yoga on the Sea

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6 Oncologist New doctor joins Key West practice.

12 Motion Aerial yoga is surprisingly accessible.

8 Nutrition Healthy shots feature ginger, wheatgrass.

14 Exercise Moves to correct anterior pelvic tilt.

about this issue Publisher Jason Koler Managing Partner Britt Myers


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“Radiation oncology is about ionizing energy to kill cancer cells — so I use radiation therapy to help a lot of cancer patients. It’s really wonderful,” said Dr. Panoff. “We scan the body and use computer software to plan a treatment that targets tumors while avoiding as much healthy tissue as possible. I see a patient once a week for four to eight weeks depending on how their treatment is going, but then I follow up with them for however long is needed. ” Although originally born and raised in Miami, Dr. Panoff already has a “Keys” frame of mind. He was certified for diving at Seacamp at age 12, and has made yearly trips to the reefs ever since. The fresh air and the endless water have always beckoned Dr. Panoff, so when the opportunity to move to Key West presented itself, he and his family didn’t hesitate to move the 153 miles south. 21st Century Oncology provides the only radiation treatment available in the Keys, seeing 10 to 20 residents a week diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Panoff is fast becoming acquainted with the community who he describes as uniquely friendly and loves the scenic drive to work.

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After a shot of liquor — there’s a burn and, with repeated exposure, possibly a blur. But there’s a better kind of shot out there and they aren’t just for gym junkies. According to Todd Matthews, who’s been concocting delicious health-filled shots for the past two years at Food For Thought in Marathon, he said the most popular are ginger shots and wheatgrass shots.


The two-ounce ginger shot is mixed with apple and lemon and provides a distinct blaze on the way down the chute. “It’s one of the healthiest spices in the world,” said Matthews, who explained the antibacterial/ antiviral/ anti-inflammatory aspects of ginger. “People love them after working out, but even the local construction workers, bankers, and service industry people love to come in for them.” The shot is said to fix stomach woes, speed up the digestive process and helps with aches and pains. “It’s good for seasickness, chemotherapy, and morning sickness,” he said, “and, improves memory also.”

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The ginger shot is often followed by a wheatgrass shot. Although the bright green shot can be taken on its own, the calming attributes complement the ginger shot. As a blood detoxifier, Matthews praises wheatgrass’s healing abilities to increase energy, help blood sugar, and help rid the body of toxins. “There are more nutrients in two ounces of wheatgrass than two pounds of veggies,” he said. Wheatgrass is usually pressed, rather than juiced, like ginger. Both shots should be taken in one gulp, rather than sipping. “It should be a one-two punch,” he said, also mentioning the benefits of both after a long night out on the town to help re-energize and rehydrate. “These shots will help you make good decisions, rather than the other way around.”


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AERIAL YOGA Photos & Text by Sara Matthis

Aerial yoga is surprisingly accessible. Whether experienced yogi, or rank amateur, a class yields all the benefits of mat-based yoga — the delicate balance of strength and flexibility — plus more; namely, the ability to put yourself into a supported pose that would be impossible without the support offered by the swing. At Yoga on the Sea, Sandy Hastings has been teaching aerial yoga for about two years. “I feel it has some of the best rewards and most benefits for enabling the body to feel great,” she said. The swing itself is made from a silky, parachute-style fabric and is incredibly strong. Hung from the ceiling, the swing can be raised or lowered depending on the student’s height or the pose, and has detachable handholds, or handles, in various lengths. Hastings breaks the ice with new students right away, encouraging them to form a “bucket” of swing material for their posteriors, and slowly lean back until the both legs can wrap around the swing from the outside. Again, it’s surprisingly easy to do and very comfortable. (It’s important to note that students don’t spend the entire class upside down.) In yoga, every movement has a health benefit. For example, the sarvangasana pose (shoulder stand) helps stimulate the whole body. The swing helps novices achieve the inverted pose by supporting the lower half of the body. For flexible and expert yogi, it can help them get deeper into the pose. “Aerial yoga takes all the pressure off my back and allows me to do poses with greater ease,” said student Sarah Fullhart.

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“In our aerial classes, we explore new and traditional yogic postures with our weight partially, or fully, supported by the hammock,” said Hastings. “This allows us to expand our flexibility, increase our strength and relax our nervous system.” No matter what type of yoga students practice, the meditation and relaxation is central to the exercise. Aerial yoga, however, adds an extra element of “cozy,” especially at the end of the class. Wrapped up in the swing like a hammock, the gentle rocking, privacy and serenity is matchless. Hastings owns Yoga on the Sea, headquartered on Duck Key. She teaches private classes in various studios and at private homes including aerial yoga, traditional Hatha yoga and classes called “Relax, Release & Restore” and “Gentle Flow.” She has more than 900-hours of yoga certification credit. For more information, visit

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Photos & Text by Gabriel Sanchez In the broad range of options in correcting low back pain, one emphasis that often is overlooked is the stability and curvature of the lumbar and angle of the pelvis. In a typical problem situation, hip flexors are “short” and hip extensors are “long.” One way to improve the flexibility of these muscles, and help correct anterior pelvic tilt, is by performing exercises on the Glute Hamstring Developer machine, often used by CrossFit gyms like CrossFit Key Largo.

In testing for often painful anterior pelvic tilt — which results from hip flexors shortening and hip extensors lengthening — one common method used is the Thomas Test. The test measures length of hip muscles and gauges tightness in the hip flexor group. Test results help athletes determine the flexibility of their hip, and deep core muscles like the iliopsoas, compared to the tightness of their rectus femoris.

CORE OF THE PROBLEM How to address anterior pelvic tilt

The machine’s main function in the gym is to help develop glute, abdominal, and lower back muscles. The machine allows for the trainers to put athletes through the key isolated movements they use. The machine is used on days that gym members are also performing dead lifts, but isn’t a part of the prescribed workout. The hip extension portion of the movement develops the glutes. While anchoring your feet into place, start the movement by pivoting at the hips upwards until the back is parallel with the ground. Make sure to keep the back flat throughout the movement, and to contract the glutes throughout the motion. Hold the movement for a second between each repetition. The back extension portion of the movement strengthens lower back muscles, abdominals, as well as glutes. While back is parallel, and glutes and hamstrings are engaged, roll forward starting at the top of the abdominals. When the upper and middle abdominals has been fully engaged, extend forward and bringing the back out and forward. To return to starting position, keep the hips in place, and slowly roll up, activating the muscles around each vertebrae as you progress upwards.


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Brandon King, a CrossFit level-one trainer of Key Largo CrossFit, performs the hip extension. GABRIEL SANCHEZ/ Keys Weekly

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