Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bikram Yoga take 2

I got a Groupon for another set of 10 Bikram Yoga classes (to be completed in 60 days). I hate stretching so this will be goodness.

Class 1, 2/22: I dealt with the heat much better or maybe this studio just has better ventilation since it's very new. I still struggled with all the poses I struggled with last time around. However, as I remind myself, even if I can get through a quarter of the poses it's a win for me!

Class 2, 3/4: I barely made it to class before the door closed. Once classes start you aren't allowed in. Today was much better. I think I got the cobwebs out of the way last time around. It was good to get in some yoga after running 15,13 and 6 miles on Mon, Tue and today...

Class 3, 3/8: Time passed quite quickly and in general was pleasant. Pose #20 is the only one I give up on. I don't want to end up with a dislocated spine :p It was good to get in a class after yesterday's half... So that's two classes for the week.

Class 4, 3/11: I did do something for pose #20 which was an achievement of sorts. The room felt warmer than normal today :p The skill level of the class seemed lower than normal. I guess it's perhaps because it was a Wed pm class. In general my yoga place from last summer had more hardcore yogis... Or maybe because it was summer? Who knows?

Class 5, 3/15: This class was perfect on a weekend of incessant rain. I got there 25 minutes early so I got to spend a lot more time pre-class in the hot room unwinding...

Class 6, 3/22: After the lung burning "Big Climb" in the morning this session was much needed to calm my breathing down!

Class 7, 3/29: I was glad to get in class today - it felt good! 2 weeks to taper and 3 more classes left...

Class 8, 4/5: I went out for an earlier slot (4pm) than normal (6pm). The room seemed to be a lot warmer for the lower poses. More folks struggling than in a normal class... I was a bit sore from the 15k race+LR back-to-back Pfitz combo so hopefully this will help.

Class 9, 4/8: After running 14 miles in the afternoon. This was the first time I have had a guy instructor for a Bikram class. On the positive side he had energy and spent more time helping folks get the correct poses. He kept the fan on for a lot of the class and even let cold air by opening the door a few times. I wonder if that was a little bit of "cheating" :)

Class 10, 4/12: Goal achieved - another 10 classes completed in 60 days!!! The floor poses sure felt hot today... That takes me into the last 3 weeks of marathon taper!

Bikram just feels so awesome when done! I have no doubt that it helps prevent running injuries and improve overall health. I was a skeptic who's now a convert. It's just that without Groupons it does get pricey. I guess at some point I'll end up paying up :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wonderous Winter!

This winter to say the least has been wonderous! I've seen nothing like it in the nine years I've been in Seattle. It's been warm, dry and with a lot of sunny days - a lot of what makes summers in Seattle magical. The trees have started flowering about two months early. The cherry blossom tree outside my balcony normally flowers for a month in April - it's already getting towards full bloom. Running in this kind of weather has been a joy! This is in stark contrast to the harsh winter in the east. I am reminded once again about why I love to live in Seattle - it's because of the quality of life, all year long!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

McFarland USA

A great feel good movie based on a true story!

Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

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