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When Heart overcomes body!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I am a tennis fan. I love to watch professional tennis and my DH and I have gone to Wimbledon to see the championships there. However, today I found out just how invested I could become in a tennis team. Our local university (Drake) has a tennis team made up primarily of young men from outside the U.S. My DH got me going to their matches and we have followed one young man from his freshman year through his senior year.

This weekend the conference championships were held in St. Louis and we came to cheer on these wonderful young men. They won their semi-final match rather handily... then came the finals today. College tennis is based on a seven point system. Three doubles matches of 8 games are played.. one point going to the team who wins 2/3. Our team won that point with a two tie breakers. So my heart is moving a little faster. Our number one and two players win their matches in two sets. So the score is now 3-0 in our favor. We only have to win one more match of the four still in play. However, one of those is in a tie break for the first set and in two others our players have lost the first sets, although they are coming back strongly in the second sets.

However, our number 4 player won his first set and is two points away from winning the second set and the match for the team when he falls to the ground in agony with leg cramps. He is allowed a 3 minute time out after a minute time out for a medical evaluation. He somehow gets to his feet and manages to win two points in a row and the match before he collapses on the court again. He had to be helped off the court by his teammates. I have never see anyone play without their body and with their heart. He said,"Although the score says 4-0, it doesn't represent how the match really went." Three cheers for heart, hard work and a group of gentlemen to the core!

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MARTY728 5/2/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Also three cheers for a dedicated spectator! After having watched my 3 kids play many high school and college soccer games, I know that the players really like it when spectators other than family and friends are in the stands. My youngest is still playing college soccer.

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Boys, Poetry and Essential Oils

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I use essential oils in my yoga classes once in a while. I have the following five oils: tea tree, frankincense, thieves, eucalyptus, lavender. With each of the scents, I asked the teenage boys to write words or phrases that the scents brought to mind. From these words, we created the following poems:

Tea Tree
Hospital smells
Breathe out sickness

Spring trees in the park
Places to hide and seek
Being a kid among the pines

(here’s an additional verse one student wrote on his own
Hide-n-seek in woods
Where the honey trees grow
Smells like the forest
Where the pine cones grow.)

Plants outdoors
Trees in the spring
Fresh, juicy leaves

Freshly bathed girls
Grandmas and memories
Candles and shampoo

Smell equals taste
Full of cinnamon, mints
Gingerbread, fireballs and
Fiery candy.

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MRS_TOAD 5/1/2011 10:10AM

    What a cool idea. Thieves sounds very intriguing.

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BISSA7 4/28/2011 9:18PM

    That's such a cool idea! Those are such nice "small-moment" stories (as we call them in 4th grade).

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MUSHCAT 4/28/2011 8:37PM

    Oh how cool! I have never smelled or even heard of Thieves before, but now I am inspired to get some.
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TREATL 4/27/2011 10:51PM

    Great job with imagery! I can just smell the wonderful odors.

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MARTY728 4/27/2011 10:45PM

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BELLE0308 4/27/2011 9:16PM

    Awesome! Thieves is pretty much my favorite of them all. I have a spray bottle of it and I carry it with me all of the time. If I start to get a cold or sore throat I spray it in my mouth right away! My massage therapist has used all of those on me at one time or another. The boys did a great job describing them. emoticon

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Nordic Walking

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I will admit it, I am always on the lookout for an easy way out. For instance, there must be an easy way to get my cardio done that having to get all sweaty and exhausted. So when I started reading about Nordic walking, I was intrigued. By walking using the Nordic poles a little like the way cross country skiers use poles, you can increase your cardio workout 20-40% WITH THE SAME PERCEIVED EFFORT! You can readily imagine which part I liked. DH gave me a pair of poles for my Bday.... he really likes me healthy!!!! The rain finally stopped and the weather got warm enough for me to give them a try. I know my heart rate got a workout because I could tell by my breathing and sweat.... yes, I still got sweaty! (Next time I will wear my heart rate monitor to measure the difference.) However, the first time I checked my watch, I figured I had walked about 10 minutes and I had been walking for 25 minutes. I call that even better the no change in perceived effort. I also realized I was working the large muscles in my upper body and opening up my shoulders. (BTW, listening to Les Miz on my IPod didn't hurt either.) Check this out for more info.

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ANNASBF 4/30/2011 7:56PM

    Good for you.... love that Les Miz as well! Have fun with the pole things.

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BISSA7 4/25/2011 8:35PM

    That's great!!

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MUSHCAT 4/25/2011 7:26AM

    I have always wanted a pair of the Nordic Walkers. My husband has them, and he is a full foot taller than I am, so I can't try his out. Glad the rain stopped for you and you could get outdoors. My migraines have been pretty horendous since Wednesday, and I've been emotional eating and getting no exercise. I know I'm going to be quite displesed when I step on the scale this morning. Keep up the good efforts!
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    Sounds GREAT! Keep it up!

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REDSHOES2011 4/24/2011 4:23PM

    It is very popular in denmark, it is the same as race walking just less fast and dropping the walking poles.. Swing your arms, the poles are making a person do this action..

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VXWALL1942 4/24/2011 4:11PM

    I hadn't heard of this before your blog. What an interesting and effective method for getting the most out of your exercise time. And the perceived rate of exertion is obviously to your advantage since it seems you're doing more while perceiving less. Cool!

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Busy day --this is retirement???

Thursday, April 21, 2011

One of my biggest problems is carefully forming my mouth in a circle, putting my tongue on the roof and my mouth and expelling air... in other words, saying, "No." So here I am. The month of April each year I volunteer twice a week at a school for at-risk teens teaching poetry..which began my day at 8:30 downtown. Then I offered earlier this year to sub for a friend at 2 yoga classes. The 10 AM class was a chair yoga at a senior center in the western suburbs, the noon class was in a corporation downtown. Then back out to the western suburbs for a doctor's appointment which ended up with one shot in my arthritic finger and freezing of three beginning warts two on one hand and one on the other. Then home for 20 minutes before off to my regular yoga class with the elementary school kids. I treated myself to a mini blizzard on the way home (not my best choice) and crashed. Went over on calories today... hopefully tomorrow the weather will be decent enough that I can try out my new Nordic walking poles.

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MRS_TOAD 4/23/2011 9:08AM

    Awareness is half the battle. With a little practice saying, "no" can be empowering. However that being said, emoticon on getting through the day.

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MISSB8604 4/22/2011 1:55PM

    Wow! What a trooper! Go you! There's nothing wrong with a treat, at least it was MINI blizzard and not one the size of your face. Happy Easter! emoticon emoticon

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MUSHCAT 4/22/2011 2:18AM

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You rock! I'd prbably fall asleep in my dinner plate if I did all you did yesterday. Don't feel guilty about the mini-Blizzard. Gary took me to DQ after my dentist appointment because eating cold stuff makes my migrain feel better. I usually have the restraint to get only a mini-blizzard, but today I was self-soothing and got a small one. Tomorrow is another day to get back on track!

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VXWALL1942 4/21/2011 11:29PM

    That's the kind of day that sends the youngsters home by way of DQ and early to bed. I'm impressed you kept at it the whole day. Right now I'm working on my stamina as I'd never make it through the first half of such a day. You go girl!

Happy and blessed Easter!

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Still Processing yesterdays yoga workshops

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yesterday I did two 2 hour yoga workshops taught by one of my favorite instructors from a nearby town. In fact I have driven almost two hours to go to 2 two hour masters classes and a private one hour class at his studio. Luckily, I had convinced the owner of the studio where I teach that she should have him in for a special day. (BTW, she was thrilled with the turnout... she always wanted to see if the studio could hold 40 people... we had 42 in the morning workshop and over 30 in the afternoon.) This is my third pass at the morning workshop and each time I get more out of it. However, the afternoon workshop was new and I ended up having an experience I am still working to understand.
The title of the workshop in the morning was Stillness in Symmetry and the idea of stillness was carried in to the afternoon session which was titled: Finding your Edge. James made a couple statements that have really got me thinking. First: "We treat our bodies one of three way: we ignore it, we love it or we abuse it." The other comment was "The way we do anything is the way we do everything."
The body quote resonated with me because I ignored my body for so long because I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. Then as I lost the weight, worked through my therapy issues, I have come to love my body. However, I do realize I abuse it sometimes, especially in yoga when I forget to leave my ego at the door. I am so determined to get into a pose, or get farther in a pose, that I let my edge be a place of pain instead of a place of awareness married to my breath such that I am too busy for my ego to get in the way.
Towards the end of the afternoon session, James asked us to use our relaxed bodies and relaxed breathing to find a place of utter stillness. I found it momentarily and tears sprang to my eyes. I am still puzzling out the emotions I was experiencing... joy, I think, anxiety, I know, surprise, for sure, equanimity sounds like I"ve really gotten too much into my head now. (That's my way of doing anything...with my head.) Maybe the fact that I can't explain it means I need to let it alone, just let the experience be one of stillness and tears.

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HEATHER9360 4/18/2011 1:06PM

    I've had a few moments like that during deep meditation. There are no words to explain that feeling. I am glad you had that experience.

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MARAHAB 4/17/2011 10:27PM

    Truly awesome!

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VXWALL1942 4/17/2011 10:23PM

    It raises a sense of beauty and tranquility. What more can I say?

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BISSA7 4/17/2011 9:22PM

    What an experience! I absolutely love his quote "The way we do anything is the way we do everything." That is so very true! I think I might make that quote a goal for myself!

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MUSHCAT 4/17/2011 7:15PM

    My first yoga class left me in a place of emotion and tears, which I never quite understood at the time. Now I know how linked the mind and body are. Given this was my first yoga class and I was at a very difficult time in my life, yoga simultaneously gave me this tremendously powerful physical and emotional release that I clearly needed. We must never forget our mind / body connection, which was obviously stirred for you during these workshops.

Happy birthday, my dear friend! What happened to the skydiving?

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