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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Yoga in the Grass

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Okay, so MOD's getting a little fitness heavy this week. Blame the weather, which makes it easy to want to concentrate on what's under your skimpy summer clothes since dressing comes so easy during these months (though they're threatening rain tomorrow for those of you lonely for your hoodies already). But yesterday evening was my first real Recess bootcamp class, and I want to thoroughly log the experience. Technically last Wednesday was the very first session, dedicated to establishing a beginning fitness level from which to measure improvement, using the old tests you remember from school: push-ups, ab curls, balancing on one lunged leg (that one's my specialty). The testing will continue on Saturday, with some of the nittier, grittier stuff I'm not as familiar with: Biometrics. How does one test one's bioimpedance value, much less improve upon it? I've no idea, and the people who measure my hip and waist girths are usually tailors. But I'm looking forward to having a full spectrum to measure success. I like hard numbers, especially when they move in my favor. In the meantime, yesterday's class was devoted to yoga, which we did on the grass at Duniway Park. I practiced yoga regularly in high school and college, though since then it's been sporadic and fickle (a Chinook Book coupon here, a random tag-along with a friend there). Still, yesterday's class was definitely beginner-friendly, and even using the most challenging modifications it was mellow. Not that I minded—outside, in the beautiful weather, after racing there on bike from a hectic office day, it was soothing and pleasant, and for sure benefited my mood if not my girths. The program is really set up to be doable for all levels of fitness, and I think the challenge for me (as someone who already runs and cycles quite a bit) is going to be remaining pro-active about making sure I'm challenged. There's no point in coasting through the process, even if I can, and after all I'm competing with myself. Next up, on Wednesday is a yoga/Pilates combo. Hopefully not in the mud...

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Yoga in the grass: Highly recommended for the allergy-free.

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