Day 7: Challenge Completed

Finally!  Day 7 has arrived.  By next week, I can go back to my 2-3 times a week circuit routine and concentrate on Ashtanga and Yin Yoga!  Yay. For today’s workout, Coach Lester prepared a full body routine that works on cardio, triceps, shoulders, thighs, butt, and legs.  I had a very long day, so…

Day 5: Abs Attack. I Surrender.

In today’s circuit class, Coach Lester prepared another core challenge, similar to Day 3’s routine.  I was all energized and ready to really work it out and I had my old pink shoes on. There was a total of 8 stations.  3 circuits, 30 seconds each station.  We had limited props.  We mainly used the mats.…

Day 4: I Wanna Die Challenge

  Today was particularly challenging.  I was recovering from stiff neck and shoulder.  The pain wasn’t so bad after my massage last night and after applying topical pain killer on the affected areas this morning. I missed my asana practice so much after the 3-day intensive kids yoga training (more of that later) that I…

Day 3: Hardcore Challenge

Today’s session focused on the core again.  It was particularly challenging since I did a powerful yang practice during the lunch break…Good thing Coach Lester decided to have pity on us and just provided 30 seconds each station for the three sets (with a minute or two break in between each set).  After warming up,…

Day 2: Core Galore

In today’s lunch session, the circuit challenge focused on abs.  I decided to ask Coach Meynard to document the stations that Coach Pau prepared since I was practicing yoga, focusing on back bends. Of course, I didn’t skip the circuit challenge.  I attended the afternoon session instead. Coach Pau prepared a grueling core sequence:  Total of…

Day 1: Total Body Workout

Today’s class was a total body work out with focus on the core – a total of 8 stations.  But since there were 12 of us, coach Heman added 4 “wait stations” to complete the circuit. The entire session was supposed to be 3 sets/rounds, devoting 30 seconds to each station in round 1; and…

Yoga Studio: Beyond Yoga

In my article 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Yoga Studio, I indicated that I would start visiting yoga studios and post reviews.   I have reviewed Urban Ashram.   This time I was fortunate again to get a discounted 20-class card at Beyond Yoga.   I have also earlier attended beginner’s class for the studio’s…

Yoga Focus of the Month: Core is Power

In asana practice, core strength is needed to get into poses properly, as well as to prevent injury, particularly to the lower back.  For the past two weeks, I have been working on my core and I can feel a lot of improvement in my vinyasas and arm balances.  Here’s a short sequence from Yoga…

Twist Yoga: Good for Your Spine Too!

I’ve always had back issues.  In Why Yin Yoga is Good, I shared how yin yoga was able to relieve the pain on my left mid back.  Last week, however, my two-year old was unusually demanding and wanted me to carry and cradle her (mama, baby baby!) all the time.  I felt the strain on…

Yoga Studio: Urban Ashram Manila

In my article 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Yoga Studio, I indicated that I would start visiting yoga studios and post reviews.  Well, after availing of a 40-day unlimited yoga promo, I am now ready to write something about Urban Ahsram Manila.  So here’s my review based on the 5 factors I mentioned…

BoxFit

Today, I decided to incorporate cardio and strength training back into my  exclusive yoga routine.  So I joined a boxfit class scheduled at our office gym.  The workout touted to lose around 1,000 calories per session.  Incredible.  I kept an open mind. After just the first two rounds, I felt like I lost 5 pounds.…

Yoga for Runners

As I go back to running, I am mindful of the risk of increasing stiffness in the muscles, particularly the hamstrings.  I do not want to lose whatever flexibility I have gained from my daily practice for the past year. Let me share Esther’s videos for runners.  With my 3x a week running routine, I…

Keeping a Weight Loss Journal

In your weight loss journey, it is essential that you set your weight-loss goals, research, consult your doctor, develop an effective exercise program and complement this with a dietary plan.  The hardest part, really, is implementing all these things, tracking your progress, and motivating yourself to sustain these activities to achieve your goals. As part of my weight…