WHY IN THE WORLD AM I DOING YOGA? HAS HELL FROZEN OVER? - Michael Reynolds
First of all, while I am at a yoga studio and now own my very own gray yoga mat (its the perfect groutfit accessory, Emma.) I am not technically doing yoga. It’s called Restorative Yin and I chose it because I’m way too Yang and like an old house could use some help with the restoration.
What Restorative Yin provides is mobility and mindfulness/meditation practice. And while they are presenting the movements with sanskrit names, the things that I’m doing are just more intense versions of the mobility we do here at CCCF. For example, yesterday we did the passive adductor stretch up against the wall, and held it for 5 minutes. There’s where one of the differences lies. When we mobilize here, we maybe hold it for a minute or a couple sets of :30 sec each, but in that mirrored room that smells vaguely of patchouli and feet, I’ve got to challenge myself physically to get into the mobilizations, hold them for achingly long periods of time, and mentally get into the headspace that allows me to let go of the outside, and focus inwardly. For me it’s of silence, meditation, mobility and the best part is it’s directed. I can shut my brain off for the most part and participate in the class.
Sure, they misspeak and mispronounce things like myofacial release (myofascial) misspell diaphragm and pronounce fascia like Goldmember pronounces Father.
But they are moving in the right direction and it gets me some guidance and some ideas for when I’m on the road and need some mobility or just a way to quiet my mind. I challenge everyone to find something that can help you quiet your mind. Yoga, ROMWod, chess, cross-stitch, Tetris, mopping, scrubbing the gym floor, whatever. You work both your body and mind pretty hard, and both need some recovery. Mine just happens to currently be in a sweaty studio listening to chants and farts.
? of the DAY - What do you need to get a good night’s sleep?
WARM UP -
20 Calories of Cardio
Farmer’s Carries 200m
20 KB Gorilla Squats
20 Second Dead Hang
SKILL - Every 20 seconds for 5 Minutes
Banded or Self Assisted as scaling options
Turkish Get-Ups (Learn the skill)
Complete 5 on each arm with decent weight
Then try to go for a 1RM!
COACH PREP - Demo and Practice the Get Up/Downs
8 KB Get Up Get Downs 55/35
25 Double Unders (scale to: 50 singles or 15 tuck jumps)
25 Mountain Climbers