Sunday Music: When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

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Yoga Beginner Series: Week 1

Infinite Yoga and Wellness is hosting a 7-week Beginner Series of classes. It’s 3 classes a week: Friday at 8am, Sunday at 7pm and Tuesday at 6pm.

I attended all three classes this week.

We were introduced to the concept of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The classes will mostly focus on asana and pranayama (poses and breathing) but we will be introduced to the other limbs throughout the series.

The first two limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas interest me very much. These are the moral/ethical guidelines of yogic practice. Though this course of beginner classes don’t focus on them, I will be exploring them in my personal practice. Anything that starts with “nonviolence” can’t be all that bad, right? Ahimsa, the first Yama, is nonviolence. It means to love all and hurt none. That’s a great place to start, especially with myself.

We focused on breathing control and learned a basic deep breath and the Ujjayi breath.  We also learned Sun Salutations and a couple variations.

The classes have been excellent so far, and I expect them to stay excellent. I’m glad that I found the courage to come back to yoga. It’s something I’ve missed a lot over the last few years.

Have you tried yoga? Does your local studio have a “beginner’s series” of classes? Share your yogic experience!

Tuesday Training: Garmin’s Beginner Half Marathon Plan

To prepare for the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon, I’m using Garmin’s Beginner Half Marathon Plan. It’s a free plan available through  Garmin Connect. When you choose a plan, it gets added automatically to the training calendar. There’s an option to add the workouts to my Garmin 610 watch. The benefit is that the watch provides prompts throughout the run to ensure goal paces are met.

The plan is pretty simple and consists of three run days and three cross-training days.

The first two weeks of runs are easy effort affairs. After that, there will be easy runs, speed workouts and long runs. The speed workouts vary between intervals, fartleks and tempo runs.

I confess to not being “in love” with this particular plan because it’s based on workout time instead of run distance (run easy for 30 minutes, as opposed to run 3 miles, easy). I’m not sure how preparing for a half marathon like that will go, but I’m giving it a solid 4 weeks and if I’m not feeling there’s progress, I’ll draft up my own plan.

We’ll see how it works out.

Have you used a canned running training plan? How did it go?

Monday Meditation: New Beginnings and Envisioning the Future

It’s January of a fresh, new year and I think it’s a good time for new beginnings.

The video below is a  five minute meditation candle. If you’re inclined, play the video (full screen, if you please!) and take those five minutes to think about your opportunity for a new beginning and envision the future you most want for 2014. Think about who you want to be at the end of this year and see that reality in your mind.

It’s five minutes of peace and quite and reflection and thought that just might make your Monday a little better.