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Continuing my journey: Yoga

The past year has been quite a ride, and I’ve no intention of stopping it. I’ve always admired yoga from a distance. Back before the weight loss I had tried to get into yoga a couple of times, with a DVD or online videos, but that’s not the best way to learn anything, and coupled with my girth and general lack of fitness, it just wasn’t happening.

Ninety pounds later, and with pretty decent fitness thanks to my running regimen, I saw a notice for a free “Yoga for Runners” class at a not-so-local (hour drive) running store. But that store is a block away from a brewery I like, so I figured “why not?” and made a night of it. I loved it. I felt great afterwards. For some reason, though, I just never managed to make it to the local yoga studio that is about 5 blocks from my house… So in February (they do these classes monthly) I did it again.

Still unsure why I seem incapable of going to the studio just down the street, I took some recommendations I’d heard for Down Dog (a phone app) and Yoga with Adriene (YWA) on YouTube. With a couple classes under my belt, my grasp of what to do was a bit better than during my failed attempts years ago. I started with the intro sessions in Down Dog, and I actually enjoy yoga at home now. There’s something to be said, though, for being in a room of like-minded people, and I might just keep treating myself once a month to a night out at Yoga for Runners.

Today was Day 1 of the 30 day “TRUE” series on YWA for me, and I think once I get through these 30 days, yoga will be a daily ritual for me. Day 1 is titled Motive, and asks what motivates me to do this. In no particular order:
To sculpt my body into something more attractive than what it is right now.
To improve my flexibility.
To become a better runner.
To simply enjoy this thing that I’ve discovered I love doing, and learn to do it better.


New year’s resolutions

I skipped the January 1st bandwagon this year. I think it makes more sense to make resolutions based on a personal year, rather than the Gregorian one. So as I begin another lap around the sun, here are my goals:

  1. I’m going to follow the One Hundred Push Ups routine until I can do 100 pushups whenever I want, and I’m going to maintain that level of fitness.
  2. I’m going to use the same routine on alternating days for sit ups, and maintain that level of fitness as well.
  3. I’m going to get a new job making more money, and hopefully closer to home.
  4. I’m going to actually code on an open source project, instead of just talking about it. Was planning on starting this Monday on Tweek, but I’m in a state of flux on that right now… leaning towards dumping Twitter for the new but I can’t code an client because there’s no API yet. It’s a young project undergoing a lot of growing pains. But one way or the other, I’m going to code something, because I need to. And it just might help me with resolution #3.

State of the body

edit: Bummer. Posted this with Scribefire this morning, and the post is blank. FAIL. Will investigate and repost later.