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Less is not More, the Pelvic Floor, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 4 and the Week Ahead

Less is not More, the Pelvic Floor, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 4 and the Week Ahead

Less is Not More More is more. My running program has built up to a lot more time running than walking. And, while I would love to be able to say that going for longer runs is adding lots of joy into my day, the reality is a 5 minute run is a lot more challenging. And to a novice runner, pretty damn hard. But there is more joy in finishing the runs and not giving in to the many excuses that I can come up during 5 minutes of running. Because 5 minutes, when you’re new to running, can be a pretty long time. And you can come up with a lot more excuses. So what are the excuses that I have come up against? Time, fatigue, shins, knees? Those are the ones that are easy to mention. Then there are the other ones that are a bit harder to discuss, like, I really should have worn a better sports bra! Or two! Let me know if you’ve found one you love, because so far none of the ones I have are feeling all that wonderful now that I’m trying to put more bounce in my step. And the other one is…I really need stop and go pee!   The Pelvic Floor Reader discretion advised. Many women of a certain age, especially those who have had some children (I’ve had 3) can relate to that worry that a little cough or a jump on a full bladder might cause a problem. Maybe I should have brought a change of clothes? Good thing these pants are black? After struggling...
Social Media Moron to Maven – the journey so far, second month check in…

Social Media Moron to Maven – the journey so far, second month check in…

Just about 2 months ago, I began the journey to launch my website, and become a social media sensation, sort of. This month there has been a bit of a mix of old school and new school marketing at play. Which is (becoming) so me. So, here’s where I’m at: I Had an Event! My first Hot Stone Restorative Yoga Event went really well.  I want to thank my participants for opening themselves up to a new experience. And it was really rewarding to see people embracing something fresh and different. I want to thank the social media efforts of the Yougista team and also Jaya Yoga Centre for the old school poster plastering and the new school Facebooking and tweeting to get the word out there!     My Cell Phone makes Voice Memos! One lovely comment I have had from among the many (58 and counting!) viewers that have watched my Detox Flow Yoga Video is that my voice is so soothing and relaxing, they just want to listen to the video to unwind. So, I figured out a way to make voice recordings with the voice memo feature on my blue iPhone 5c. While it is hard to email too big a file, I can manage to deliver a soothing message in 4 minutes or less. Here’s a new one for you: http://www.yougista.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Glass-Staircase-Meditation.m4a     Kevin Nealon and the Hashtag Analogy! While I had done a pretty good job of figuring out how to post pictures on Instagram, the whole hashtag business was a bit confusing. But of course, Doctor Radio (Sirius XM Channel 81) came...
Tapas – on the mat, and on the table, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 3 and the Week Ahead

Tapas – on the mat, and on the table, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 3 and the Week Ahead

Tapas on the Mat In yoga teacher training, as part of the study of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, we analyzed the Yamas and Niyamas, which are the first two limbs. These are essentially the 10 ethical characteristics of leading a yogic life. While I was doing my running this week, it got me to thinking about Tapas, not the small savory foods, but the third Niyama, which is translated as heat (tap is Sanskrit for burn), and also austerity, and also discipline. It takes a lot of discipline to develop a yoga practice, or a running practice, finding that fire within you to get past the excuses and challenges of discomfort, and of busy lives, and find the discipline to not cheat your workout, or cheat your practice.  Thinking of Tapas, the willingness to put in the effort and do the work, while I was running, actually did a lot to keep me focused on the running, and disciplined to not cheat, especially as the runs get a little harder and a little longer. Knowing that I had the internal fire, and that I could harness it, and use it, is so powerful. Finding the Tapas, the self-discipline, on the yoga mat, actually came fairly easily to me. I started practicing yoga fairly late in life, and I started it because my body was stiff and achy and I was having so much pain in my shoulders that it actually hurt to lift my arms. I had trouble holding a downward dog for 1 breath.  But as I began to develop my yoga practice, I started to feel...
Practicing Self-Care – And Ready to Run Recap- Week 2 and the Week Ahead

Practicing Self-Care – And Ready to Run Recap- Week 2 and the Week Ahead

Whenever you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant always tells you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else you’re taking care of. Until the first time I ever flew as a mother, I don’t think I even listened to these words, let alone pondered their meaning. This past week was Mother’s Day, which got me thinking a lot about people who take care of others. There are lots of unsung heroes out there who are caring for the young, the old, or the differently abled. Yoga Teachers also spend a lot of time taking care of others. And, while it’s a great feeling to be a caregiver, it does become very easy to forget to take care of yourself. Or to find the time. Caregiver burnout, from the physical, mental or emotional exhaustion, can be a serious problem when caregivers take on more than they can handle, or don’t get the opportunity to recharge themselves. It can lead to fatigue, illness, problems sleeping and depression. So what can you do to self-care, and re-charge? One of the reasons I turned to yoga was to take care of myself. I was working full time, and coming home to a busy household at night, and there was precious little “me” time. I found that taking an hour at a yoga class was like a mini vacation, and I would leave re-charged, with renewed energy and focus. And, as I’ve spent more time working in the fitness industry, I have come to really appreciate how much impact can be achieved in a small amount of time if...
Ready to Run Recap- Week 1 and the Week Ahead

Ready to Run Recap- Week 1 and the Week Ahead

  This week I started, for the fourth time, an 8 week learn to run program taken from the National Post several years ago. The goal is to eventually build up to a five-kilometer run, from the ground up. Each week has 3 sessions, to be done on non-consecutive days. Here’s a summary of Week 1, find a comfortable pace you can maintain through the runs, and when you are walking, walk briskly, like you’re late for something. Check out the May Newsletter for the whole story, and some yoga poses to get your hamstrings ready.   Session 1 Walk 10 minutes (Run 30 seconds then walk for one minute) x 8 Walk 5 minutes Total time: 27 minutes   Session 2 Walk 20 minutes (Run 30 seconds then walk for one minute) x4 Walk 4 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Total time: 30 minutes   Session 3 Walk 10 minutes (Run 30 seconds/walk 30 seconds) x 12 Walk 5 minutes Total time: 27 minutes   The first week wasn’t that difficult, since it is mostly walking. One challenge was keeping track of how many run/walks I was doing. I devised a system using pennies, and if the sessions calls for 8 run/walk combos, I’ll take 8 pennies with me, and move them from the left to the right cup holders on treadmill as I complete them.  Or you could move the pennies from pocket to pocket, if you’re outside.  Looking forward to moving more in week 2, so here’s the next 3 sessions, when you walk, do it briskly and  when you run keep it slow and steady:...