Did another #ashtanga #yoga practice, a little more this time

I’m probably going to be doing a whole lot more yoga. It goes well with my studies, which I cannot wait to talk about (in April).

In other news, I FINALLY GOT MY IPHONE UNOCKED FROM AT&T & CONNECTED TO VERIZON! Woot! Woot! Am just finishing up the process of restoring the stuff on it from this morning’s backup!

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Random thoughts that came up

  • Static stretching & my tendency to do everything my own way: It’s funny that I was doing static stretching for years as a warm-up to ashtanga practice, for which the “conventional wisdom” and recommendations are that you do as close to nothing to prepare, before the Suryas, as possible. In my case there are certain poses that address specific bodily imbalances which, if done briefly before an ashtanga routine, make the whole thing much more enjoyable. Contrary to some indications I try to limit my masochism
  • The beginner’s mind & the irony that excessive ego attachment is so much more prevalent in adept yoga practitioners. It makes total sense. People are attracted to things they’re good at, hence most yoga teachers are individuals who’ve experienced a lot of ego gratification via yoga, especially in the Instagram age.

Today’s practice

  • Suryas & fundamentals
  • my basic Primary, with standard omissions and additions
  • Realized I’d forgotten the Ardha Baddha Padmo yesterday. No wonder why Titthibhasana B was hard to bind! Was more of a slow, tedious practice than yesterday, but yoga is harder in a way that is not recognized by “the burn”. Also, problematically, if you increase your range of motion you kind of have to maintain attention to this permanently. This is because when lifting or building strength, things travel more than they should, and if you don’t stretch & smooth them out regularly they congeal in bad formations.
  • 2nd thru Laghu Vajrasana, then a Kapo B. I’m still not attempting a bind and lowering elbows these days. Too risky. And I didn’t precede that with an EPRK (Eka Pada Rada Kapo) because I haven’t been practicing consistently.
  • But I did do my 3 drop backs and 3 ticks after Urdhva D.
  • Finishing to my Sirsasana menu. I skipped the rest of the finishing because I’d decided to do my daily sit & pranayama after.

Timings

  • 1:17 to end of series poses for the day (to Kapo B today, w/ no Kapo reg. This is my way, post “Miami”).
  • 1:27 to finishing

 

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#ashtanga #yoga was EXACTLY what I needed today

I had to start a bit late though, because I ate some of the most excellent (and vegan!) bean soup I made yesterday for a late lunch. I actually cooked a totally untested recipe for jam night without really worrying. It was spontaneous.

I say this over and over but I really can’t afford to neglect the yoga. I should do one full practice a week, meaning something that involves some decent forward bending, back bending, drop back and ticks. I was stiff! For the first time in memory I couldn’t just stroll into the Titthibhasana B [EDIT UPDATE, correction] that I usually do right before Kurmasana. I couldn’t get the bind! So I threw in an extra LBH that isn’t  normally in this mix, Eka Pada Sirsasana. Even then it was really tough to bind that Titthi (lol). Other LBH was as usual though, not harder.

Because it was enough to “get on the mat” in a real way (it happens so rarely) I didn’t do any of the beginning of 2nd, that I sometimes will do after my version of primary. I wanted to save my psychological fortitude for the 3 drop backs and 3 ticks. I hadn’t done ticks downstairs, where someone might witness, in ages. Mission accomplished.

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#Tabata #strength & #ashtanga #yoga

That felt good today! And sometimes it’s better to have a time limit (a lunch date in this case), so you don’t dither endlessly.

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Agility Tabata + Posterior ChainAgility Tabata + Posterior Chain

Warmup (10/30×6=4min) jump rope intervals


Tabata Pair Workout excellent cardio set!

  • Was gonna do this w/ a list & timer initially, but in previewing the first few sets I decided it was too “dancey” for me to remember, so I did it with the video. I’d put 30 seconds for the rest between intervals though…
  • With 8lb vest

    1. Mini Suicide Shuffles
    2. Heel Clicks From standing & with hands on floor

    1. In/Out Fast Feet x4+ plank shoulder taps X4 + heel click
    2. Butt kick lateral hops x3, SL (outside leg)forward and back hop x4

    1. Falling off a log + 2 side heel clicks + 3 bunny hops back Kind of like a forward, crossing one leg over the other forward skip x4. Stop with one foot raised & do 2 kicks out to the side. Alt which leg starts.
    2. 1-2-3’s Sideways shuffle lifting inner knee (like Insanity move)

    1. Hit-the floors
    2. Fencing Shuffle Forward and back, 180 and Switch

    1. In/Out quick squats
    2. Shuffle, Drop and Pop

    1. Cross Hops (L)
    2. Cross Hops (R)

    1. 2 Plank Jacks, 2 Toe Taps
    2. 2 Froggers, 2 Low Cross Jacks

    1. 4 fast feet, 4 in/out fast feet Video sequence got mixed up in the edit but it was ok.
    2. Around-the-World Squats (4 left, 4 Right)


Back Body Finisher/Posterior Chain
(1 minute intervals/15 seconds rest)

  1. Pull-over+ narrow press 30lbs
  2. Supine Rows+Deadlift 40lbs
  3. Squat walk x4 + Upright row x2 30lbs
  4. Pigeon toe DL +Shrugs+ Calf Raises 40lbs
  5. Renegade rows + Glute Raises (alt) 40lbs

Yoga

Was gonna do a Bodyrock isometric thing for part 2, but then I’d have had no time to stretch! Decided yoga would feel better.

  • 32min Suryas & fundamentals, the Linda way, first 3 poses of primary, one 5-breath urdhva d and then a 1min savasana

Monday workout, #HIIT and #ashtanga #yoga

So I will be on C’s phone plan. Not sure yet if my number will change and it turns out we’ll have to deal with that Wednesday. He can’t do it early or I may get hit with more fees.

Then and Now

The menial doesn’t even pan out because they’re either incredibly abusive, while expecting an unwarranted “passion” for the job, OR they totally lie about the hours. You agree on what you can do and then you show up and everything’s different. The latter thing was particularly sad for me because now I can never shop there again. I just can’t deal with any corporation on a menial level, no matter how well reputed it might be generally, the minions are never treated well.

Didn’t used to be like that. When I’d expected to have these kinds of shit jobs (while in high school, during and then right after college, since I was stupid enough to go to art school, no matter how good the school and how well I did), they were much, much different. Back then, all of the retail spaces that I encountered employed mostly full-time staff, with benefits that were actually useable. Even the part-time staff had regular hours.

Shit I did so far today

  1. Dealt with phone issue.
  2. Meditation / hermetics: all fucking over the place internally and a lot of Aaaaaarrrrgh!!!! energy in the anahata (heart) chakra.
  3. Moved about 140lbs of equipment from the 2nd floor to the 1st.
  4. Worked out. Did my circuit training downstairs, and then spent 6min putting my stuff away & getting myself ready upstairs for the yoga portion. I was going to do more – the back bending & shit – but I didn’t feel up to that today.

Do these things count as accomplishments? I have to consider them as such. After all, it’s tempting to just lie there like a slug. But no. It’s my anniversary with life on The Hill. I will buck up. I will help cook. I will apply to more jobs I will not be considered for. But first I’ll shower and move the futon to the office.

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Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope

25 Minute Manmaker Burst by Kristin

“No Rest” 1 manmaker at minute interval: (24” Elevation) 60:20 Manmaker in 20-second interval – 13:30 no rest setThis set is INTENSE. I got thru it by using two 15s sometimes, as opposed to two 20s all the way through, and not wearing a vest.

1. Plank Rows 40lbs
2. Burpees
3. Renegade Rows 40lbs
4. Squats to Arnold Press (palms towards face and twist and press at top) 30lbs set + MM
5. ½ Burpee / Box Jumps 13” elevation
6. Burpee + Bicep Curls 30lbs set + MM
7. Elevated Plank Alt Cross Knee (to opp arm) Toe Touches + Tricep Pushup I did 2 cross touches & 1 push-up in between
8. Alt Curtsy Lunges 40lbs
9. Mountain Climbers On floor
10. Manmakers (30lbs set, 40lbs closing MM) Do one more in last, shorter interval

EMOM – finish suggested reps and the rest of the time is your rest period:
1. 10 Alt SA Chest Press + Scissor Leg Cross Crunch 40lbs 2=1 Same leg comes up as hand
2. 10 SL Decline Pushups 1=1
3. Weighted In & Out Squat Jumps 20lbs 2=1
4. 10 Dynamic SL Tricep Pushups
5. 10 DL squats + 10 Box Jumps 40lbs 

Tabata Pairs Finisher! : (8 min)
1 Romanian DL’s 30
Swings 35lb kettlebell

1 Broad Jumps + Clean & Press + Bunny Hop Back 40lbs
2 Clean & Press 40lbs


Yoga

About 46min

  • Suryas & fundamentals, dandasana, paschimo & purvottanasana
  • no vinyasa, count 5 or 10 depending on how much I felt I needed: marichyasana A-D, pashasana, eka pada sirsa
  • my favorite finishing poses (10/60)

Rest day, #ashtanga #yoga

Rest from the HIIT that is! I was ridiculously stiff & sore last night and this morning. I’ve been over emphasizing the Julia circuits of course, and I’ve been getting a little bit low-level tweaky. So today jumping was absolutely forbidden! Well… not counting the jump throughs and jump backs and hand stands of my Primary+.

I wasn’t going to wear the monitor… But even if I know it’s going to be low part of me wants to know the stats, and that part always wins, lol.

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A 106 average! That’s not even a brisk walk. This is about what a normal, low energy primary would be for me. And part of me is like, Oh man, you stopped just 2 short of cracking 400! I could’ve jogged in place for that last two. Silly.

  • Suryas & fundamentals
  • My primary+
  • Second to Laghu Vajrasana,
  • Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • Finishing

About 60min #circuit #training & 40min #ashtanga #yoga

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I actually really loved this routine! Only thing I wasn’t sure of was the amount of biceps sets, just because I’ve got that weakness in my left arm that’s particularly triggered in bicep work. It did get a little bit pissed at me but not too much.


Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope. I hadn’t done jump rope in a whole day & was ready for more, lol.

Full Body Reps, Tabata, and HIIT #1 by Jamie B

Perform 3 rounds of each strength w/ the different tabata pairs. Then HIIT the 3x.

Strength
1. R Curtsey Lunge + Wide Bicep Curl (10 reps) 26lbs
2. L Curtsey Lunge + Bicep Curl (10 reps) 26lbs
3. Get-ups (10 reps) 20lbs Start on back, move weight over head & use momentum to come forward to stand, then do a “slam”. This is HARD for me w/ 20lbs, even no vest. It’s got a yogic appeal. I oughta film my rendition some time.
4. Deadlift (15 reps) 40
5. Push-up + Knee Tuck (10 reps) 5 SL push-ups & change

Tabata Pairs (20:10 x8)
Round 1. Box Jump + 2 strict mtn clibers // decline Tricep Burpee
Round 2. Plank Row + pushup // weighted Squat Jumps 30
Round 3. Rocket Lunge + Heel click Stay on one side 2x and then switch // staggered pushup to goblet hold surfer pivot jump 20 I did a 180 jump b/c I hadn’t previewed this far but that’s ok.

HIITx3 (10/50)
1. Bear Hold Donkey Kicks
2. Split lunge snatch to kneel back front kick 20
3. Burpee back flys 20
4. 3 Strict Mountain Climber + SA front raise 20 Changed this to both arm front raise on the 2nd round
5. Weighted X Crunch 20 / 10 / 10 Forgot to grab my 5s for the 1st round so did this move with a 10 in each hand, which made it more of an arms than abs move. Plus there’s a lot of this difficulty in the Get-Ups. Got my 5s before starting round 2!!

(Time for routine = 56min)


Yoga

  • Suryas & fundamentals, Linda style
  • 1min on the rack
  • (10/30×6=4min) Urdvha D, rest, Urdvha D, rest, Urdvha D, Paschimo
  • Finishing to Sirsasanas, 1min savasana

 

Two different #HIIT sets & some #ashtanga #yoga

My mood plummeted today. I really need that illustration gig to come through. I NEED to have some sort of reason to be.IMG_0447.JPG

 


35 Minute Upper Body BLAST + Cardio HIIT!, (10/50). With 8lb vest. Skipped the cool down.

Warm-Up: I used 10s on the side & front raise & 5s with the jacks @ the end.
1) Arnold Presses 15s
2) 180 Surfers
3) Side Hammer Raises 10s
4) High Knees + bench tap Press
5) Hammer Front Raise to T-Arms 10s
6) Chest to Floor Burpee
7) Push-Up, Tabletop Turn, Downdog Push-Up
8) Side Plank Dip + Toe Touch (L) holding 5lbs
9) 3 Weighted Skaters + Single Leg Press Hop 5s
10) Side Plank Dip + Toe Touch (R) holding 5lbs
11) Back Lunge + Snap Kick
12) 10 High Knees + 10 Kickouts
13) Rear Delt Flys 10s
14) 3 Squat Pulses + Tuck
15) Static Lunge Twist to Supine Rows (L) 20
16) Hold 10 Second Side Raise + Side Raises 10s
17) Static Lunge Twist to Supine Rows (R) 20
18) Hold 10 Second Front Raise + Front Raises 10s
19) 4 Mogels + Cannonball Tuck jump feet outside R and L 2x each, tuck jump grapping knees
20) Alternating Biceps Curls 15s
21) Wide Biceps Curls 15s
22) 4 Switch Lunges + 8 Side to Side Hops
23) OH Triceps Extension 10s
24) Triceps Kickbacks 10s
25) Triceps Push-Up + Spider
26) Frog Hop + Frog Hop Forward
27) Back Flys 10s
28) Plank Jack + Pike
29) Jumping Jack Press Up + Press Out 5s
30) 4 Football High Knees


I was gonna switch to yoga but my biorhythms remain in the doldrums with my spirits. My heart rate was immediately back to resting. So – jump rope! The balls of my feet are getting sore a lot lately though. I blame my cheap sneakers. I suppose I’m lucky to have sneakers at all, considering my situation.

30 Day Workout Challenge: Day 29

(10/50 with jump rope before every move for a 30min set)

  1. Mountain Climber
  2. Swimmers (Rumi style)
  3. Pike on sliders Clamp
  4. 3-Way Frogger
  5. Unicycle (right)
  6. Unicycle (left)
  7. 3-Part Abs V-legs reach through, hip lift, legs lower to just above floor
  8. Angel Abs
  9. Forearm Plank, tapping alt outer hip down in a twist
  10. Pendulum Abs 5lbs bet feet Lying on back, arms out to the side, pendulum, looking opp direction of feet
  11. Side Plank Hip & Leg Lift
  12. Other side
  13. Crunch and Tap 5lbs bet feet
  14. Reverse curl on bench 5lbs bet feet
  15. Classic Crunch Down Dog Plank

Yoga

  • Suryas & fundamentals
  • Marichy C, D, 2nd-laghu vajrasana,
  • Finishing to sirsasana