cherydactyl: (aging gracefully)
via Yoga Journal's [ profile] yogabuzz,

I am totally amused that that photo's caption is "Yoga granny: Bette Calman, 83, shows off the agonising peacock pose." (emphasis is mine.) It's not that agonizing. I'm not saying I can do it as well as she can yet, but balances aren't that agonizing, really.

Full story here

Wii Fit

Dec. 27th, 2008 12:46 pm
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Wow, is Wii Fit fun! We've been arguing about who gets to use it next. It includes a "body measurement" function that checks and tracks your weight and BMI (Body Mass Index), but it's pretty dependent on the user either weighing themselves with similar clothing load each day, or estimating how much their clothes weigh. It includes a reminder to use the measurement tools every day, which can be done without putting the Fit disc in the Wii via the installed 'Wii Fit Channel.'

I suck at the balance games much more than I thought I would. The aerobics look useful. I tried a few, and they definitely got my heart rate up. I wonder if they are all just a few minutes at a time. Hopefully as you unlock higher challenges one of the things increased is time. I have only done one strength exercise, but it seemed like the starting exercises were more advanced that I would have expected. I started out with push-ups and side plank, which was the one of first exercises available, for example. I had to do the six suggested push-ups from my knees.

I've done the first few yoga poses, and I think it will be helpful in developing my home practice regularity. I'm even thinking about the World Yoga Practice Month for January...30 minutes of yoga every day for the entire month. The apparent order of new yoga poses is a little baffling to me, as Dancer appears to be in the lineup before Up Dog. It teaches tree pose, one of the starting pose options, with the leg on the thigh, which is usually very challenging for a beginner yogi. The pose names are a little off...Sun Salutation seems really to be a half Sun Salutation according to S's report of it, and the Wii Half Moon is not Ardha Chandrasana that I am used to, which is a fairly advanced one-legged asana, but rather a simple side stretch, similar to the "blown palm" that my yoga instructor uses on occasion. I worry about anyone using the Wii Fit as their first yoga instruction, as my trainer/model's knee did a bad thing in Warrior (really Warrior II). One should never, never, never let one's knee slide to the front side; always keep it directly over the foot. Anything else could be really bad news for your knee.

The biofeedback aspect is really interesting. Using a target for center of gravity on the screen in games like the ski jump and slalom are really useful. Some yoga exercises also use a center of gravity target to measure steadiness and help focus. Interestingly, the Wii Fit BMI measurement seems to be getting S and M more aware that they are underweight and need to gain a little. I never would have expected that.

As you complete more activities and master challenges, the game unlocks extra exercises and tools. It doesn't just unlock new things in the area you are working in, but in other areas. I assume that's a deliberate attempt to get the user to change their focus and balance the activities. It really is exercise, because I'm feeling that beautiful soreness that shows I have been working out.
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There was a review of the Yoga portion of the Wii Fit "game" that came through on [ profile] yogabuzz this morning. I previously wanted a Wii, as [ profile] dspitzle and others have been waxing rhapsodic about it, and S played it at a friend's house when we went there for dinner several weeks ago. Now I really want t a Wii. In part, the review reads:

"As I did each pose, the game could tell if I was balancing correctly or if I was favoring one leg or another. In fact, it is easy to become more focused on the Balance Indicator than doing the pose properly. At the end of each pose, the game gave me a ranking of Yoga Newcomer, Yoga Novice, Yoga Trainer, or Yoga Master. It also ranked me against my past performance and other yogis who used the game earlier. My friend, Grace, didn’t like this feature. It made her feel too competitive, she said.

The balance board is two inches high, and it was a little strange doing Warrior Pose with one foot elevated on the board, and the other on the ground. But at the end of the day, I do think Wii would be a fun way to help beginning to intermediate level yogis develop a home practice."

Now I just have to come up with $350 somehow so I can get a Wii and this software.
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Yoga every day in January? You bet!


Sep. 12th, 2007 07:31 am
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I had the impression there was more leading into this that I can remember, but there was this (medical student?) who was a head shorter than me, female, dark hair, possibly somewhat Asian or Eurasian features. I was standing funny or something in the dream (I've been having a few back issues the last couple of days), and the first speech I remember was her offering to try to pop my back. That was when her height became the front and center piece of information. I thought...this will be strange, she can't pick me up to pop it unless she stands on something and is stronger than she looks. There was some maneuvering a la chiropractic adjustment or similar, but then she put me in a forward fold, similar to the tasters I have had of Thai massage, and I was lying there with my wrists well past my ankles, and my chest easily resting on my thighs. She was talking to me, but I just felt blissful in the pose and didn't speak. It felt awesome, and I had no pain anywhere.

I expect I was primed to think about this because my older kid is supposed to keep a dream journal for her homework this week.

I want to get closer to being able to do that pose.
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I'm a Balanced Yogi!

A Balanced Yogi

You love your friends unconditionally and accept them for who they are no
matter what their yoga style preference, religious beliefs, or spending habits.
You focus on the good in people and would never try to change them. Almost
everyone feels comfortable in your presence. You live your yoga. You are an
inspiration to yoga students everywhere!

Take the Yoga Journal Yoga Snob Quiz!

Yoga is...

Jul. 17th, 2007 10:48 am
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And now back to work on job hunting.
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I just got back from Borders, after doing some birthday and holiday shopping. I found a very amusing book there on display: Bush Yoga.

More images at the web home if you click on the title above.

I leafed through the whole thing. It's not only accurate in the yoga discussion and tips from what I saw, it apparently uses a Dubya action figure to model all the poses. I say apparently because I'm still not 100% convinced at least some of the photos aren't enhanced. The satire is good too.


Oct. 12th, 2006 11:01 am
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Apparently, I'm athletic. Or something.... )

I guess I really should be a yoga teacher. Go figure.
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[ profile] folkmew has been discussing shoes for the teaching professional in various teaching communities and her own LJ.

And now I really want some Earth Shoes

Such as the the Picnic, the Classy, or their Igloo boots:

I need some good winter boots. Hm.
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Using the interests list from my alter-ego, [ profile] a2yogini...

A Yoga interests collage )
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Via [ profile] yoga and Second Order Approximation, this is just wrong. On so many levels.

Namaste, as long as we can charge you massive interest!

In metta, we will make you feel good while you are mindlessly charging your venti soy--gotta be vegan to be enlightened, ya know--latte.
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I just got back from two hours of sand volleyball clinic. It's a good thing I didn't sign up for a league this year, 'cause baby I am outta shape. Two laps around the sand courts and I was huffin' and puffin'. But I definitely learned a lot, including that my overhand serve may not be a lost cause after all. I just need to extend my spine like in tadasana and stand up straight.

So next time, I take more bottled water, plus a couple hand towels to scrub the sand off. I forgot about taking towels until I was leaving, and I was running late. (You shoulda seen the shower after I was done washing all the sand off. Anyplace I have places, I pretty much had sand.) And get more walking in to build the cardio fitness up. Yeah.
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I have a ton of stuff to journal about from this past week and weekend. I participated in a 3-day intensive/teacher training with Twee, senior assistant to Shiva Rea, at my yoga studio. It was hard, it was great, it was awful, it was amazing. I am sore but not as sore as I thought I would be. I had a very interesting dream this morning. I went to a group advising session at EMU for their post-baccalaureate teacher certification program last thursday. That will all have to wait for further time, while I slog through the 150 email messages and LJ friends page and administrative stuff that needs attention and so on.

On a shorter note, I had my second OEDILF limerick approved over the weekend:

Searching archives, the bibliotist
Read papers perhaps best dismissed.
Bibliotics decoded;
His theory exploded.
"Brahms' Lullaby" wasn't by Liszt.

I just love that LJ's spell check is suggesting bloodiest, bubbliest, boldest, baldest, blitzed for bibliotist and Bobolinks, Bobolink's, Bulldogs, Bulldog's for Bibliotics. "Bobolink's"??? ::eyebrows raised:: LOL
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My yoga instructor recently had some pictures taken during class. Oddly, I was thinking while I was doing this pose that it would make a good picture because of the shadow of my hands. And then she showed it to me the next day via email.

found on my studio's web site:
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The yoga studio I've been going too, which is very young as studios go, has applied to be approved for Yoga Alliance RYT program teacher training. While the application is pending, Sondra has a great workshop lined up for later in the winter. Twee, one of Shiva Rea's senior mentees, is coming to do a teacher training workshop February 24-26. The three-day workshop is approved for 20 contact hours for either Shiva Rea's training program or the Sun-Moon program when it's up and running. (It's also approved for contact hours for RYT continuing ed.) For the lower level certification, a 200-hour program, 180 contact hours are required. This would be a solid first chunk of required time. I signed up today.

It's good to get going!

BTW, if anybody reading this is interested, there is a discount if you sign up by February 8. (And, by "anybody" I particularly mean [ profile] birdofparadox ;-) Here's a link:


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