I am swamped this week and next! It's the end of the quarter, that means exams and papers. So no article this week. Just a few moments to spare between classes, clients, and studying to touch in with workshop information.
Places are filling up for Saturday's Back Bending Workshop! This workshop will spend 2 juicy hours unlocking the spine to gain greater pain-free mobility. Most people gain spinal mobility from the lumbar spine, unwittingly creating disc issues. We also tend to rely on the thoracic spine for shoulder mobility, another big no-no. This workshop will reveal the dysfunctional movement patters and most importantly how to break these habits to gain greater mobility to unlock hidden power. Good stuff, not to be missed!
Location: Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto, CA Time: 2.00-4.00pm Date: Saturday, March 20 Cost: $30 for members $50 for non-members
Many of you may already know this about me, I love charts! I love tracking, logging, calculating, and organizing. I find the process enlightening. As I track and enter data, I see patterns revealed. Hidden details that my subconscious tucked away, but raw data cannot suppress. My latest favorite log is available at Fit Day. This allows you to enter your food, activities, mood, goals and body statistics. It then spits out the information in all sorts of graphs (calories, fat/protein/carbohydrates ratios, nutrition analysis, and daily calorie balance). Love the information it provides! So useful to see it in this form.
Over all, I felt I was making good choices. The charts reveal that indeed, yes, I have been. But when you total up sum of those choices, they have a cumulative effect that I was not aware of. I see now there are areas I can refine, such as the ratio of fat/carbohydrates/protein. The ideal range is: 10-35% protein (rebuilding muscles, structure) 45-65% carbohydrates (energy, ATP-cellular energy) 20-35% fats/lipids (energy storage, hormone balance) Where each of us falls in this ratio depends on your metabolism. Your metabolism is the cumulative effect of your genetics and daily active level. Some people are more efficient converting carbohydrates (or protein, or lipids), so eating more carbs (or protein, or lipids) makes since.
Currently, I am playing around with my ratios. I'm trying eat more proteins and less fats. I'm happy with my carb intake. I also want to reduce my daily intake of calories by 200 calories each day. Before looking at the graph I was overwhelmed by this idea. Now, looking at the graph, I can see where little shifts in my choices will make a big impact. So exciting!
About six months ago I stopped doing pistols because of asymmetry in my hips. It was throwing everything off and my body was finding ever changing bizarre patterns to compensate. I decided to do a complete rebuilding of the pathway. All the hard work paid off!
In honor of RKC II certification happening this weekend in San Jose, I decided to try out the new pathway to pistols. It felt great! I was able to do the pistol with 12kg on both sides. May not sound like much to some, but I was pretty pleased. My hips stayed level, foot firmly planted (not on toes like in yoga), spine long, and no knee dips.
For those of you scratching your heads, the pistol is a one leg deep squat (similar to yogic squat). Foot flat to earth, one leg straight ahead of you, pull the hips back, keep spine long, and lower down a few inches above the earth. Push/pull back to stand.
I've been working on deadlifts to build more hamstring/glut strength, getting them to engage properly has always been my work. I've also been working on balancing QL muscles, both the abductors & adductors, and core for overall stability. I have also found I get more power when I work with breath inhale retention for the drop down with explosive exhale to rise. This helps the spine stay long so there's no "power spillage".
I love to sample life! I have worked as Chef, Staff Accountant, Indoor landscaper, Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist and Kettlebell instructor. I have worked for corporations, small businesses, and owned my own operation.
My life currently takes me to Tara Mandala in Pagosa Springs Colorado. Here I joined a small Buddhist community. I will be diving deeper into the practices while I work to support the growth of the center.
I have no idea what to expect. And I offer my experiences for your entertainment and illumination.