The Roundup – Kettlebell form, yoga, soup and naps!
Just four more days until I get to Ft. Lauderdale!
And I cannot wait. If you know anything about Atlanta, you know it is surrounded by a ring highway. This divides the general Atlanta are into ITP and OTP (Inside the Perimiter & Outside the Perimiter). Well I have not been OTP since April of 2012! Entirely too long.
Also, this is the longest time I’ve been away from the ocean since I was 23. Also entirely too long.
I’m heading down there to work for GYROTONIC Headquarters at the Pilates Method Alliance Conference. I’ll get to see some friends I haven’t seen since 2009 so I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, it’s the beach, man!
Check out this great demo video of kettlebell sport form.
Really well made video and I like how Leszek slows down the video during the Long Cycle to demonstrate how the feet are involved. Once you’ve watched this one, check out his Flowfit video, too. Beautifully filmed and a great series of movements.
Sometimes things that look simple really aren’t.
For example, Virasana. While looking like you’re just sitting there, Virasana or Hero’s Pose can be quite challenging, especially to those of you who’s day to day life involves sitting at a desk. With your hips flexed all the time and your feet restricted by shoes with a little style, your knees, quads and ankles could all use a simple opening.
It may seem counter intuitive, but sitting with the knees flexed/compressed into each other is very good for the posterior knee. I tend to get a bit of tendinitis in both knees (hamstrings) and the best thing I regularly do to relieve the discomfort and pressure is to sit like this. Don’t be misled by the simplicity of Virasana. Be smart and use props, like Ingrid suggests. Remember, pain does not always equal gain.
Apparently, I’ve been missing the point of my daily naps.
For quite a while, I’ve been getting up in the middle of the night, usually around 4 am. Sometimes I lay in bed and try to fall back to sleep, sometimes I’ll wake up and get some work done. I’ve been avoiding having this become the norm. Like most of you, I was conditioned to believe that I need a solid block of 7-8 hours of sleep. Apparently, my regular napping is telling me this isn’t true.
There’s more than one type of sleep cycle. Apparently there are 5. My good friend Ver Lorega at The Body Foundry in Sacramento, CA shared this article about sleep cycles with me and now, so long as I get my nap in, I’m going to embrace the “middle of the night” waking. It fits with the biphasic sleeper to not need 7-8 continuous hours. Since I generally hit the sack around 11 pm, waking up at 4 am fits this pattern.
Hello, new sleep pattern!
Finally, it doesn’t matter who’s playing on Sunday. YOU ARE COOKING SOUP.
In case you missed it, this week I posted a new soup recipe that’s meant for MEN.
Instead of reaching for a can of heavily processed, overly salted canned soup with weird ingredients you can’t pronounce, try making this Smokehouse Stout Beef Soup. I’ve been chowing on this for dinner all week and sorry to toot my own horn, but every day I’m wowed by my own soup! That’s a good thing and you can do it too.
Have a great weekend and next time you hear from me, I’ll be poolside.