today’s movement: a walk, yoga & legs like a dancer #12

I got so sore from yesterday’s WO, and in odd places, like my forearms, right more so than left. It was the two AMRAPs w/ all the single arms bicep curls. 15lbs was good work for those two, 3min sets.

Got my laundry done and took Theodora for a “walk” up to the park today, which is to say I mostly carried her around in the bag. Charlie, Rocco and Penny came too! Everyone had to go Linda pace, lol.

Henry has a more outward personality than Theodora & was lucky to be exposed to the small parks and gardens in the East Village when he was a maturing kitten. They had little trails, shrubs and grasses around the borders, which is much preferred for cats. They’re not huge fans of vast, open spaces. It was a good adventure for her though and she prefers short & sweet ventures like this to cat shows for sure!

And then I procrastinated!

I’d pulled the blinds because we’re going into a 9-day streak of mid 90s weather. It gets hotter much later in the day in the Pacific Northwest than it does in either New England or New York though. It’s still weird to me that it will quite often continue to get hotter after 5pm, in the summer.

I know I need it but I didn’t feel up to the particular demands of a full Astanga. So I didn’t.



Suryas & Fundamentals, with hanuman & the two 5-breath handstands @ the end. First 3 poses of primary, but no vinyasa between paschimo & purvo – 29:15

Zgym – Legs Like a Dancer #12

  • Skipping video warm-up. WO starts @ 4:45. My Time was about 33min.

1. Backward Slide Lunge / Side Slide Lunge on Demi Point x 16 / 16
2. Curtsy Slide Lunge / Grand Plie on Demi Point x 16 / 16
3. A la Sebesque Slide / A la Sebesque Battement on Demi Point x 16 / 16
4. Squat on Demi point with ball squeeze (x20) I made a “ball” out of my two, 5lb ankle weights strapped together for 1st time, but it was too slippery to hold w/ arabesque. Sometimes I’ll use up to a 10lb dumbbell behind the knee for hands & knees, but didn’t work here. So put a weight on each ankle & kept them there. 2nd “ball squeeze” I used a 5lb dumbbell the long way, but not comfortable. So after that I substituted 20 on the floor inner thigh pulses per leg – better. / Arabesque Pulse in Attitude with Ball Squeeze (x20) X 4 sets alt. legs
5. Dégage to the back (toes flexed, x 10) / 2nd position plie (x4) / Dégagé a la Sebesque (toes pointed, x10) / 2nd position plie (x4) X 3 / 3 sets orng band – above knees for all the banded moves. Thought I needed ppl band for clams but nope! LOL
6. Side Laying Leg Lift to Knee Tuck/ back to Extension x 20 / 20
7. Clams x 20/20 ppl band
8. Laying Hip Raise Abd. (x20) / Ballerina Hip Raise Abd. (x20) last move was killer


  • Single 10/60, timed intervals

— Virasana, supta virasana, malasana.
— Hanumanasana, w/ strap. Quads
— Urdha D @ wall, blocks on high, savasana

This was enough for me! I did feel much better after.



LAM Aphorism of the Day: Spiritual health is basically the same thing as psychological health

I’ve been thinking on & off of starting a separate, meditation journal, as a way of reaching out to others who practice or want to, but then I thought, No. Mind body. As above, so below. It belongs here, with the rest of my fitness program. 

I’m going to talk more about meditation, I’ve decided, though I probably won’t post about it daily, or after each and every session, like I do with physical exercise.

So… I’ve been trying to get in a 40-day run of a chant to Laksmi

which I do after my traditional, seated in padmasana, 22min meditation. Even for someone with a too flexible schedule, it’s one of the hardest disciplines there is, in my opinion. I still use an old, Holosync track! Whatever makes it happen, is my thinking.

First try

I’ve dropped the ball twice so far. I started the first attempt on March 10th, the day after my birthday, using my beautiful, new mala that I designed & put together with specific hermetic, astrological intentions in mind. I made six consecutive days & then missed four.


Second try

Started on March 20th and made it twelve days. That’s better at least! The last day I was up in Abbortsford for the first day of my last cat show, and I only did the chanting part, which takes about 4-5 minutes. Charlie arrived that evening. We had another show day and then a six hour drive back. I’ll do it when I get home, never happens, even if you get home way earlier than expected. We’d stopped for dinner in Vancouver and we still made it home around 9pm.

Third try

Then I didn’t practice again for an entire week, and it’s been an incredible stressful time, not because of the lack of meditation, but… It’s time to batten down the hatches.

batten down the hatches.jpeg

OK that’s enough. It’s time to get back to work on the test project. Scanned my pencil & pen drawing this morning, in two pieces. Put them together in the Illustrator file. Next I’ll start the vector drawing. I’m going to draw it in Illustrator & then transfer to Photoshop for some filter effects. I DO keep a separate art blog on WordPress, so I’ll post design & process visuals there later.

I’ll heat up what remains of my coffee and get going.


GET PUMPED #5: Back focus, yesterday’s walk WO

Had sort of a rest day yesterday. My upper body was spent and I wanted to get off The Hill and downtown, so I got a trim (disappointing – I miss having one, regular, long-time hairdresser), and a coffee & cookie @ Powells. Then I walked home. I’d have had the tedious 1/2hr (for me) walk up Dosch anyway, and then with waiting for the bus I’d probably only save a half hour. Plus it wasn’t raining! It took about an hour and fifteen and was actually a pretty good workout. Getting up the north side of The Hill, the way map lady suggested, was super steep, unabashed huffy-puffy time.

College Rd, the tiny, narrow & very steep road that seems foot-path wide
House @ the top of College has a really nice view.
And most parts of the “town side” of The Hill have SIDEWALKS!
This is a house on 16th I want to paint. It’s the chartreuse door with the gray house. Now with pumpkins!!

So I had a bit of exercise yesterday anyway. It was much more than just going up to Council Crest Pk and back down anyway. Was wishing I was wearing my lowbrow, plebian, chest-strap HR monitor.


This was today’s WO, shorter than usual b/c I didn’t do my yoga after as planned. I got distracted. There’s a lot of potential work / clients / jobs up in the air right now. I’m busier than I’ve been since I moved to Portland, but no one is paying me yet. Today?

  1. Freelancing for Pixelkeet in SF.
  2. Some light organization for freelance for Crest Brands in NYC.
  3. A phone interview for a contract spot here in PDX.
  4. Contact about potential full-time and relocation back to the east coast (NJ).


GET PUMPED #5: Back focus

cardio warmup: 30:10 4 minutes
1. Squat and squat jump
2. High knees
3. Roll back burpee
4. Pushup t stand
5. Prisoner jacks
6. Angry donkeys

HIIT Tabata 20:10 4x each move 10 minutes
1 Lateral lunge sword pull 10
2 Push Press 20s
3 Renegade rows 20s
4 Sumo DL upright row 15s
5 SA superman row 20

HIIT superset 50:10 2x 4 minutes
1 Burpee back fly 10s
2 Halo slams 1x 20 / Swings 1x 35lb kettlebell

Tabata pair time pyramid 6 minutes

1. Kick through burpee
2. Shoulder stand and Urdhva D (back bend) I

HIIT Tabata 50:10 2x 10 minutes
1 Lateral lunge sword pull
2 Push Press
3 Renegade rows
4 Sumo DL upright row
5 SA superman row

HIIT Superset 50:10 2x 4 minutes
1. Get up press up and slam 20
2. Suitcase DL oblique plank hop lateral tuck jump 20s I didn’t preview this WO and didn’t “get” this move somehow. So I stood in middle of mat & did the suitcase DL, the plank up & just tuck jumped in place, elbows tapping to thighs

Tabata pair time pyramid 6 minutes
1. Alt windmills 15
2. Split lunge snatch burpee 15s

cardio burn out: 30:10 4 minutes
1. Squat and squat jump
2. High knees
3. Roll back burpee
4. Pushup t stand
5. Prisoner jacks
6. Angry donkeys

Time = 58min