Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ashtanga/gravity yoga hybrid

Friday:  Today's practice included traditional Ashtanga Yoga minimum for warm up, then onto several gravity poses each held for 3-5 minutes all taking 55 minutes of time.  Early morning was Speed and Agility of Insanity The Asylum DVD by Shaun T from Beach Body.

Saturday turned into Rest day for Yoga (ashtanga traditional day off) and later in the afternoon I pushed play for Insanity the Asylum DVD Plyometrics.  challenging for me favoring right knee and taking it slow on that side.  Lots of sweat, jumps improving using the ladder for half length.

Sunday: AM Ashtanga Yoga Full Primary Mysore at home.  then in the afternoon Insanity the Asylum Strength. 

Monday:  AM taught Ashtanga Yoga class at Shanti Yoga.  Then short Ashtanga at home going gravity poses afterwards for about 45 minutes.  then cycle for 16 minutes on stationary bike.

Tuesday:  Yoga Rest day for Ashtanga.  AM workout Back to Core Insanity the Asylum.  Maybe yoga tone class this afternoon..... 

Wednesday:  Insanity the Asylum 45 minutes speed and agility, then later yoga for 80 minutes. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ashtanga Yoga AM class then Asylum Fitness Test Day 1

Morning Ashtanga yoga class this morning at Moss Point Community Center with one student in attendance who is Aerobics/Pilates instructor so the class was more vigorous than usual.
 Fitness Test day one Asylum:
6 agility heisman, 20 in/out,20- 1/4 lat pull ups/20 lat push ups, 51 mountain climber sw kicks, 4 agility shoulder taps, 37 x jumps, 4 moving push ups, 9 ag lat shuffle, 5 agility bear crawls.
Measurements:  17% body fat, chest 40 inches, arm 14 inches, waist 34 inches, hips 40 inches, thigh 22 inches, weight 178
Day 1 for Asylum monitoring progress from beginning then 15 days and finally every 30 days.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Self Practice

AM practice included Ashtanga Yoga half Primary, and then gravity flexibility poses, then a half mile jog outside.

recovery from surgery is progressing with body feeling much better.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ashtanga yoga and gravity back poses

Recovering from kidney stone extraction endoscopy on Thursday, Today I did the minimum
Ashtanga Yoga sequence and afterwards the YogaBody Shoulder gravity poses.

Waist=33 inches

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series

AM Practice took about 60 minutes for Primary Series doing all poses except Sirsasana B and including vinyasa after each primary pose, but doing each side then the vinyasa.  Forgot to do vinyasa after tolasana.

Then later in the afternoon YogaBody gravity flex for shoulders taking 5 minutes for each one, hangman, wide dog and pretzel arms.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

YogaBody Flex

Monday Hamstrings gravity poses added to Ashtanga practice.
Tuesday Hip Openers gravity poses added to Ashtanga practice.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ashtanga Primary Series

Practiced with the live stream from
Afterwards did 3 sets wheel, 30 breaths each, then same for thunderbolt and thunderbolt lying back with buns on floor.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series today

After recording this, I did 3 set, 10 breaths each set full wheel, then 3 sets 30 breaths each thunderbolt with buns touching floor, then 3 sets 30 breaths each set thunderbolt with head and buns slightly touching floor.

Wheel 10 breaths challenging not able to do 30 each set.  arms still bent.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Yoga Cross Training

Monday Bikram Hot Yoga.  It was truly hot, maybe 105 deg F 40% relative humidity while doing 26 poses.  Breathing is not same and pranayama different, too.  Getting into some poses drastically different.  Move slowly but poses held not very long.  Lots of standing poses while being careful not to pass out from heat.  Some people actually do faint during Bikram Hot Yoga.   Eyes open in sivasana with feet together palms up near hips, except final corpse like normal.

A couple of poses were challenging for I did not do them the way Bikram is.  Very different from Hatha yoga and instructor will not allow any deviation in how the poses are done.  The teacher is on platform, not doing the asanas, but watching and talking the whole time giving verbal instruction with no adjustments.

After a few minutes sweat begins to fall and irritate the eyes when going into sivasana between some of the poses.  Eyes must be open.  Unusual that the instructor says bend or stretch until it hurts.

No chants or spiritual experience during this practice, just hot as hades.  The room was clean, but smelled like a dry sauna.  The carpet reeked of sweat smell. 

Tuesday   Morning class for 60 minutes at Moss Point Community Center Sivananda Style with 4 students, one from Texas visiting relatives, who is now regular Iyengar student at a studio in Texas.