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Posts Tagged ‘muscles’

Healthy living at 40

Right now in my life I am the healthiest I have ever been in my whole entire life. And I’m 40. I’m at a healthy weight. I eat pretty healthy. I drink alcohol in moderation. I rarely have soda. I exercise regularly. My stress levels are fairly low. I drink a lot of water. I […]


Momentum is not a muscle

This is gonna be a smorgasbord of a post … First, I am now an LA Fitness employee, a yoga and cycle group fitness instructor. Starting soon I will be teaching three cycle classes and one yoga class with the hopes of adding some more yoga classes. I’ve been taking yoga classes at the town […]


Yoga anatomy

Last night in yoga teacher training class we learned about bones, muscles, joints, connective tissue, etc. It was fascinating and I learned so much. It’s A LOT of information. But Baxter broke it down and made it easy to learn (and hopefully remember). We had Pat, our skeleton, along with two huge diagrams on the […]


Is there a benefit to stretching?

The other day on the radio I heard about a new study, which recently came out saying you shouldn’t stretch before exercise. I guess I had never given this much thought. I don’t normally stretch before I exercise. But whether I am spinning, practicing yoga or in a body conditioning class we start slow and […]


What kind of muscular development do you want?

It’s a good thing I pre-wrote some posts over the weekend in anticipation of a busy week. Between work, working on the shuttle bus on the way home, coming home and working, getting exercise in, visiting friend’s cat while she is away, being dressed suitably for work each day and still eating healthy I really […]


To live, to breathe

Breathing is important. In order to live we have to breathe, right? I love to share things I learn in yoga. I feel like I am always learning something new about yoga, my practice and my body. Months ago in Vickie’s class we learned about breathing into our intercostal muscles. I wrote about this new […]


Connecting to benefits of massage

As I have mentioned in recent posts work has been exhausting and overwhelming lately. So today after work I treated myself to a massage. I have been going to Bellissima Day Spa for seven years. And probably for the past 3-4 years Thanh has been taking care of me. And Thanh does an awesome job […]


Sore, tired body

This will be a short post as I am tired and well, just bleh. Tuesday night Jenn and I did some weight work on our back and shoulders (among other stuff). Yesterday I worked from home so I attended the Power Vinyasa yoga class at the studio in my neighborhood. Naushon really had us focus […]


Be kind to your knees

      I took Baxter’s Monday night Hatha class.┬áNormally I take Baxter’s Wednesday night class.┬áBut I have a work team dinner this Wednesday. And I missed last Wednesday’s class. Tonight we focused on knees, placement of feet, ankles, hamstrings and calves. Baxter reminded us to be careful if we are prone to hyperextend–too much […]


Dragging myself to the gym

I really didn’t want to exercise today. But with the way I have been eating lately … Today was a busy, but productive day at work. I had a lot of meetings. But I also managed to get a good amount of work done. I was trying to catch up on a few e-mails when […]