Friday, December 9, 2011

Getting My Yin On

It’s been far too long.


Today around lunch time I headed downtown to Yen Yoga and Fitness to try out one of the many classes that the studio offers. There were two different yoga classes that started at noon, and I decided on the yin yoga one. Here’s a brief description of the class from the Yen Yoga website:

Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation beyond the muscular ("yang") tissues, and instead targets the connective ("yin") tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

I opted for this class because I was told by the girl at the front desk that it involved lots of floor time, and very few movements. My anxiety levels have been through the roof lately – which is not really like me – and it sounded like it would be just what the doctor ordered. The class focused a lot on breathing and just “letting go.” I think we may have held six or seven different positions in total – all either lying down or sitting – during the entire class. It was exactly what I needed and I really felt rejuvenated and ready to get back to reality after class was over.

If you’re in the Traverse City area and are looking for some yoga classes, I highly recommend Yen Yoga. They have a huge variety of yoga classes that go all day long, lots of different instructors, and they also offer spin and zumba. Your first class is free, but otherwise it’s a little pricey at $17 a class. It’s a pretty popular place and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intimidated by all the people at first, but I quickly got over it once I got settled onto my mat and class began.

(picture from the studio website)

Post-yin salad:


And Chobani:


A relaxing yoga class also felt fantastic after my 3.0 mile run that I completed earlier today, which was followed by this arms routine:

  • Bicep curls 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Overhead triceps extension 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Cable curls 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Triceps pressdowns (with a straight-bar) 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Hammer curls 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Dips 3 sets x 12 reps

I was so incredibly unmotivated when I woke up this morning and running was the last thing on Earth that I wanted to do, but I’m really trying to push myself to consistently run 2-3 times per week. It’s just enough where I’m not totally miserable and I’m not hurting my knees, but I can still work on improving my abilities. Also, on days like today when I really don’t want to, I just remind myself that I just have to get through this one run, and then I’m done for a couple days. It makes it easier to get myself on that treadmill.

Breakfast was waiting for me in the fridge after my workout:


Breakfast cookie with oats, chocolate protein powder, almond butter, splash of skim milk, walnuts and dried cherries.


Right now I’m chilling in Oryana sipping on a non-fat caramel latte


and I’m about to work on my clinical seminar handout some more. This is my third time here this week; I wonder if they’re sick of me eating all of their free samples yet…

Oh, before I take off, here’s today’s weigh-in:


12/2/11: 180.5
12/9/11: 179.0

With the holiday season here in full swing, 1-2 pounds per week (or no change) is exactly the kind of loss I’m going for right now. I’m trying to be realistic, and the reality is that Christmas is right around the corner and temptations are everywhere. I know from experience that if I deprive myself constantly, it will eventually just lead to a binge. I’ve been keeping my workouts the same, but I haven’t been counting calories (just following my instincts) and I’ve been indulging when I want to. It’s all about balance baby.

Have a fantastic afternoon my friends Smile.


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