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re: motivation during workouts

Sunday, July 19, 2009

the knowledge that it'll be over soon, and that moving is better than sitting & doing something like this (sparking) all the time.
...that may be basically what gets me off my butt initially, at times.

generally, i've grown into being a fan of "watching" my strength, flexibility, etc. advance. some days are better than others; sometimes, i find i've back-tracked a bit. i love it all, because i'm a firm believer in that our bodies express where we are mentally (emotionally, spiritually) and a good introspective workout gives me a great blueprint for where my challenges are--and if how i'm approaching those challenges is working.

recently, i joined the zumba party (wooooooooooooooooooooooo~~~!!!!!!); and discovered i love to shake my @$$~! sometimes i'll feel my little fats around my middle jiggle, and it reminds me of a video i saw on youtube a while back. ...it was an interview with rachel brice (belly dancer). she was talking about this dancer that inspired her, a really big woman that had this awesome presence and shook her fats with this look on her face like "yes, i am so beautiful" or something... that always makes me want to jiggle my fats as hard as i can--to show off my beauty lol ^o^

  
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DOWN2SEXY 7/20/2009 7:29AM

    What a wonderful outlook you have! Keep up the good work!

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NERDYCARLA 7/20/2009 12:01AM

    that is wonderful...i love shaking my fats too..i have alot ALOT more then you so they can shake for a while....but i love to dance...i have learned that i can look crazy sometimes but if i am having fun...it is all good...

can not wait for zumba tomorrow

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VALERIEMAHA 7/19/2009 11:01PM

    Hey girl -- you got it...you flaunt it!!!
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xox
Maha

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change of user name

Saturday, July 04, 2009

a while back, i took the spark poll that reads "is your username positive, negative, or neutral?" mine "k40r1^^," was neutral; yet, i thought it would be inspirational to come up with something that illustrates my journey and where i want to go from here fitness and lifestyle-wise.
a few days ago i stumbled upon a yoga journal video of my dvd teacher, duncan wong, explaining the mudras he uses in the practice. he got into talking about a peaceful warrior "genki warrior." genki is a japanese term that typically means "fine;" (eg. "genki desu ka?" "genki desu yo!") but dw means it here as gen=source & ki=power.
i merely thought it was cute at first (genki is a very cute word to me; i dunno why), but it has resonated with me. ...along the way i've been peeling walls (onion layers heh) to uncover a woman who stands firmly; my aim is to get more firmly rooted--more source-driven.

ii wa~

www.yogajournal.com/video/76

  
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DOWN2SEXY 7/10/2009 8:45AM

    I love your new user name! Very powerful and inspiring!

Namaste,
Janet

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VALERIEMAHA 7/5/2009 10:02PM

    I like it! Souce of power...or power source -- YES! I watched that Duncan Wong video on mudras...and my, my...he's a cutie, eh! And aware and conscious. Did you watch his video on Yoga and Food? It was also very interesting. http://www.yogajournal.com/video/72

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july 09 challenge--metabolism boost

Sunday, June 28, 2009

i've been falling behind on my calories burned AND strength training. maybe sitting in class zapped my energy. whatever it is, i'm taking this coming month to go from this yin time to get into some yang! i'm making it a point to meet goals that i already have established:
+ 20 minutes pansy-yoga/day
+ 1 duncan wong yoga practice/week
+ cardio 5x/week
+ 2-3 spark-strength training/week

my challenge is the revision of these goals for the month:
+ 20 minutes sivananda yoga/day
+ 1 dw-2 yoga practice/week; 1 dw-1 yoga practice/aunt flo week
+ 5 hours cardio/week
+ 3 sp-strength training/week

all of these are already tracked as streaks and shown on my spark-page; so we will all see how i do!

bring it~!
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*end of month report: cardio and strength training= emoticon--let's see how long i will keep it going!
daily and duncan yoga=improvement, although short of goal-- emoticon

  
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VALERIEMAHA 6/28/2009 2:10PM

    Yeah, I second Jenny's wish of GOOD LUCK!!! I think you can do it, Robin!!!

xox

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SUNPANTHER 6/28/2009 1:28PM

    Good luck!

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when i reached my goal weight, i dressed like a cheap hooker and went to a bar

Thursday, June 18, 2009

...not really. i wasn't wearing anything inappropriate. i was wearing tights and a leopard print blouse--something i'd have never dreamed of even wearing as pajamas before. ...and let me tell you something...
--i look good in those tights. i love the confidence i have now. i still have subconscious crap invade my thoughts, but that's ok (i need something to keep me humble lol). i can wear cute clothes and go to the pool with my imperfect body, now; because i'm not so concerned about what others think of it anymore. i love my body--it's strong, healthy, and my vehicle for life (i'm so glad to be finding the guts to live through my body, finally)!

i'm so grateful to be finding the guts to embrace my life.

  
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MALCONTENTION 6/25/2009 12:34PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! Well done!!!

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AAQUWAA 6/20/2009 2:08PM

    Great attitude, great blog, I noticed you were from Arkansas, and saw the Buffalo, in your pictures. I am from a small town outside of Fayetteville, Elkins. I have added you as a friend. Us razorbacks got to stick together. Hugs, Carmen

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KUZINKEITH 6/20/2009 1:06PM

    When you've got it ... flaunt it!
emoticon on reaching your goal and
emoticon for celebrating the "new you".

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FLOWINGWATER 6/20/2009 12:20PM

    Ahhhhh... Your words are music to my ears! Embracing life - that's what it's all about, isn't it? I love your strength and confidence! You go girl!!!!! emoticon

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SUNPANTHER 6/19/2009 7:23AM

    Wonderful! Thank you! (hi darling maha below)
Isn't this confidence an amazing thing? Fantastic blog.

Jen

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VALERIEMAHA 6/19/2009 7:00AM

    "i love my body--it's strong, healthy, and my vehicle for life (i'm so glad to be finding the guts to live through my body, finally)! i'm so grateful to be finding the guts to embrace my life." Those are amazing statements! You should cut-and-paste them onto your frig, your bathroom mirror, your frontdoor, etc., as constant reminders of WHO YOU ARE! YOU ROCK GIRL!!!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

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CHELLEMENIKKI 6/19/2009 12:59AM

    Thanks for inspiring me...to reach my goal weight, not the hooker part. But then again...hmmm.

It's great that you are able to free yourself from other people's opinions.

That's my ultimate goal. emoticon

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DATAQUEEN 6/19/2009 12:29AM

    OMG!! You rock! I dont even know you and I am proud of you!

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ABLOOD 6/19/2009 12:01AM

  This was an awesome post. Go you! CONGRATS!

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robin's arbitrary yoga levels

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

i like things organized. my house is a mess, but i know where everything is--because everything has its place (even in a dump). so--of course--upon having still not found any sort of solid outline of what is "beginner," "intermediate," and "advanced" in the physical aspect of yoga, i began forming in my mind an outline of my own. i decided to share it, now that it's finished (unless i continue editing, which wouldn't surprise me at all), because i was pleasantly surprised to see that my goal is to slough off my egotistical, competitive nature.

a side note: it's always bugged me when people tell me yoga isn't competitive in nature. i feel chastised--like i'm committing blasphemy by wanting a challenge. i don't think yoga itself has a nature (it's no entity), but the people who practice it do. ...it brings to my mind "christianity is not judgmental in nature." ...yet people--no matter whether they call their self yogi, christian, or whatever--cannot help but judge. what we practice (eg. yoga) isn't an ideal we aspire to per se, but a tool--a practice--through which we peel off the unnecessary layers of ourselves and cultivate into ourselves the qualities in which we are deficient. i suppose the issue i must deal with is finding out which needs to remove the unnecessary layer: those who would deem it a requirement that we all conform and aspire to an ideal; or i who thinks we perhaps should find our own ideal, and perchance be pleasantly surprised that our ideals are similar.
i might have room to grow afterall in that i don't like being told what i should do by anyone with no more knowledge than myself.
--side note end--

ok the personal, arbitrary, random, pulled out my piriformis levels:
newbie= no prior knowledge of anything "yoga." trying out a class/ checking out a book/ asking friends or others to see what it is about, and whether they might be interested.

beginner= knows some easy-basic poses (eg. forward bend, triangle, downward-facing dog, etc.) and sun salutation. knows yoga is more than "asanas," but may or may not practice other branches consciously.

seasoned beginner= practices several basic poses (eg. crow, wheel, shoulderstand, etc.) as well as proper alignment and breathing.

budding intermediate= continues proper alignment and breathing. adds more difficult poses (pigeon, half-moon, bound triangles, etc.) to practice.

flowered intermediate= continues proper alignment and breathing. perspective, diet, and practice has evolved in some way (may or may not have taken place before this stage). practices many basic-quite difficult poses (splits, dancer, scorpion, etc.) 4+ hours/week.

wilting intermediate= not only practices asanas, but studies yoga or some other practice for cultivating balance in living (may or may not have begun studies before this stage). sloughing off of unnecessary egoisms (some of this probably has already taken place; yet, there is always room to grow).

advanced= cultivating homeostatic self.

  
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VALERIEMAHA 6/10/2009 2:28PM

    I like your thoughtful appraisal of a systematic approach to advancing in yoga. Your own progress with the physical aspect of yoga -- asana -- is really quite stunning, and parallels the success you've had in general in controlling your mind (e.g., shedding those 60 pounds) -- congratulations!!!

I would suggest that, if you don't already have it, you consider buying the *bible* of hatha yoga: Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar (Anne Avant's teacher). Not only does it provide an extensive compendium of asanas with detailed explanations, but the 50-page introduction by Iyengar provides a beautiful summary of yoga and describes its stages. I will bring you my copy (which I bought in Berkeley, CA in 1979[!] when I first began practicing yoga), so that you can better decide if you want it in your personal library. The two other texts a serious practitioner of yoga will want are: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita.

Your reference to the advanced student as "cultivating homeostatic self" is most interesting.

In metaphysical terms the definition of equilibrium (homeostasis) is --

Yoga, which is perfect evenness of mind.
-- Bhagavad Gita 2:48

Definition of homeostasis --
Physiology: The dynamic constancy of the internal environment; the self-regulating biologic processes that maintain an organism's equilibrium; the ability to maintain a constant state under various conditions of stress.

Iyengar calls the Bhagavad Gita "the most important authority on Yoga philosophy" and quotes the Gita for the meaning of Yoga which is, in part, this: "When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of Yoga, the yogi by the grace of the Spirit within herself finds fulfillment."

Keep up the good work -- you're doing so well!!!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha



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