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,…

Marichyasana I

I’ve recently tried to add Ashtanga into my practice for at least 2 times a week.  I love this yoga style because it instills discipline into my practice.  It likewise challenges me out of my comfort zone.  My favorite pose in the primary series is Marichyasana I, a pose dedicated to the sage Marichi. I…

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…

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.…

Why Rest Days are as Important as Cheat Days

So you have a regular routine for physical activities.  You follow it religiously.  And you feel good as you feel the fats burning each time you work out.  You want to lose weight pronto.  Who has time to rest? Resting is very important in your exercise regime.  It allows muscles to repair, rebuild and strengthen. …

Top 3 Reasons to Introduce Yoga to Your Kids

There are many yoga studios that offer yoga classes for kids.  Teaching can begin even as early at the age of 2 weeks old, being part of mommy’s yoga routine.  This may also include baby massage and other more traditional exercises.  For older kids, asanas are slowly introduced.  However, since it is very difficult to…

How to Avoid Injury: Listen to Your Body

Yes, you can get injured in yoga.  Just as with any physical activity, doing a lot of yoga, particularly the yang type can lead to injury if one is not careful.  Even yin yoga, the supposedly gentle practice can lead to overstretched muscles.  Believe me, this can be quite painful.  Recently, I have been too…

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…