Aligning the spine in yoga

I attended the 6 p.m. yoga class, which Baxter normally teaches. I forgot he is in Costa Rica this week for a yoga retreat.

Dominick was the sub. I like Dominick’s teaching style and he is funny. But his class starts at 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays. So I can rarely go. But I do enjoy when he subs one of my regular classes.

Today Dominick focused on the spine and back.

Focusing on the back/spine/alignment is always good for me. I have bad posture, kyphosis, weak back muscles, not the strongest core, low back pain and a strong lower back arch.

Dominick talked to us about the natural alignment of our spines. He had us hold full forward bend. And then half way up with blocks under our hands to help us really focus on keeping the back straight.

We also focused on hinging at the waist instead of rolling the back down. This also helps keep the back straight and engaged.

Every pose we performed today we focused on the alignment of the back and our breathing through the front and then down the back. We held the poses much longer while focusing on alignment … Continue reading

Exercise, vegetables and dancing … oh my!

Sorry for the slacking in blogging. But rest assured I have not been slacking in the exercise or the caloric intake department.

Let’s see. What have I been up to since I last blogged on Tuesday …

On Wednesday I walked with some co-workers/friends. It was a small group, but we were/are fierce. The walk started off rather cool. But eventually we were warmed up and feeling good. We walked for an hour. And we were faster than last week. In our first 30 minutes we got farther than we did the week before. I kinda dreaded the hour walk. But once we got going I felt great! Wednesday night I went to Baxter’s Hatha yoga class, which was packed.

Thursday my friend/co-worker and I went out to lunch. We had Chinese food. I had a cup of hot and sour soup and steamed veggies over brown rice. I really wanted kung pao chicken, but I refrained. Thursday afternoon I hit the gym at work. I decided to not spin as the seat is jacked up. (The repair guy is coming tomorrow.) So I walked for about 20 minutes on the treadmill and then did weights and abs for about … Continue reading

Hurrying to relax at yoga class

I literally ran to the yoga studio tonight to make it on time to Baxter’s Hatha class.

Traffic from South City to Emeryville was pretty tame, especially since there is a 49ers game tonight. But from Emeryville a drive in the evenings that normally takes me 15-20 minutes took 40 minutes tonight.

I quickly changed into my yoga clothes once I got home and headed out to Namaste. I ran part of the way and when I arrived I was pretty much out of breath and quite warm.

But I made it on time. And I have to say I am glad I did. I always enjoy Baxter’s classes. I was hoping for more of a Christmas-themed class. There were some Grinch and Christmas Rack references. Eh, good enough.

That class is never too intense. But tonight was even more mellow and we did a lot of work with the bolster. Oh yea, so nice! I love working with the bolster.

It was so worth running and hurrying to class to relax …

Holiday weekend full of emotions and some yoga

I started my Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a Wednesday night Hatha yoga class with Baxter. I love his energy and humor. And he gave the class a Thanksgiving theme, which made it even more fun.

Thanksgiving morning Namaste Grand Lake hosted a 2-hour Day of Thanks workshop. Seventy-five people signed up. The workshop was $25 and all the proceeds went to the Alameda County Food Bank. It was a great way to start the day and weekend.

After class there were free chair massages offered with donated tips going to the food bank as well.

Friday morning my plan was to take Joey to his 8 a.m. fluids appointment and then take the 10 a.m. yoga class. At the vet’s office they got very concerned with Joey’s continued weight loss. They gave him an appetite supplement and special food. I was told if he didn’t eat by the end of the day I needed to check in with Dr. Miller. I came home very upset and just wanting to keep the furbaby safe, warm and comfy. I decided to skip the 10 a.m. class.

Dr. Miller and I chatted mid-afternoon. There was no improvement in Joey’s eating. So Dr. … Continue reading

Go Fit Girl! is thankful for …

 

 

 

the fact that I am fairly healthy.

the fact that I can afford a gym membership …

and a yoga studio membership.

the fact that I can afford fairly healthy food at the grocery.

the fact that my company has a gym on site.

my spin teachers, especially Jenn.

Baxter’s fun and goofy nature during Wednesday night Hatha class …

especially last night’s Thanksgiving-themed class.

all of my yoga teachers: Ashley, Lily, Rachel, Vickie, Sean, Baxter (mentioned above) and the occasional sub.

a boss who works out as much as I do (and possibly more).

my clip shoes for spin class and the espinner. (Fewer foot cramps and feet that fall asleep.)

Restorative yoga, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga and yoga in general.

the fact that work encourages a wellness plan.

all the friends I have made at the gym …

and the spin social “hour” we have before Saturday class begins.

my yoga studio hosting a Day of Thanks 2-hour workshop …

and Naushon is teaching it …

and all the proceeds go to the food bank.

my IT support husband who helps me with the the site.

all of my Go Fit Girl! readers. Your support … Continue reading

It was a yoga kind of weekend

Over three days I took five yoga classes. I  am definitely putting that unlimited membership to good use.

Oh, and I got a second yoga bingo today. I had to turn my card in for a drawing and was given a new one. I had two yoga bingos, so I am entered in the drawing twice and I still have until the end of the month to earn more bingos.

Since I worked from home on Friday, I took a morning Vinyasa Flow. The class was taught by a sub. I like the regular instructor. But the sub was great, too. In the Vinyasa Flow classes at some point the instructor usually wants to create some heat. In Friday’s class, Katie had us do our own Vinyasas, which I thought was pretty cool.

Yesterday, I took three hours of yoga. Two classes in a row: Vinyasa Flow and Hatha. I felt really amazing afterward.

Today I tried an Ashtanga Flow class. I had never taken Ashtanga class before today. And I just came back from the Restorative class.

This link gives a short description of the various types of yoga.

I feel so lucky … Continue reading

Exercise is my drug of choice

I saw this on a license plate frame yesterday. It gave me a chuckle. Even though I regularly exercise, exercise is definitely not my drug of choice. Mine is probably alcohol and then high fat, high calorie food. So in the end I need exercise.

One of my regular readers and good friends asked if I could recommend a yoga class that is gentle with some good stretching.

I wasn’t quite sure, so I did a little research …

I do take a Hatha Yoga class on Wednesday nights and I would say it is much more gentle than the other yoga classes I take. The Yoga Journal Web site gave me an actual gentle yoga routine. Restorative Yoga is also a gentle practice and so lovely and juicy.

Another link with gentle yoga poses. This search link on the Yoga Journal Web site also has a bunch of options for gentle forms of yoga.

In my Vinyasa class today while I was in Downward Dog my instructor came over and told my that my pose was great. If you know Downward Facing Dog you know that it is a pretty simple and easy pose. … Continue reading