Jump rope & Ashtanga


Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope Wasn’t aware how sore I was from yesterday until I started my warmup. It was SO HARD to jump rope I had to talk myself into finishing, mainly between rounds 3 & 4. But ya, I was glad I did it b/c it makes such a difference to the practice, those four, little minutes.



  • Suryas & fundamentals. Same way as here and here.
  • Primary+ @ 23:45Finished setu bandhasana @ 57min
    • 2nd to laghu vajrasana, hanuman, kapo B
  • @1:11 Back Bending. Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • @ 1:19 Finishing Full 5min savasana (corpse) today. I almost always practice this relaxation after every workout, but usually for 1min. It only seems kind of important after (what I think of as) a full practice.

Long, slow ashtanga


Points of practice 

  1. Starting the standing arches from the pelvic tilt.
  2. Starting updog lower to avoid the clunky-clunk in the right hip. It’s an audible noise. I’ve been figuring out how to lessen it.
  3. Right hand / thumb area, a bit cranky. Was careful to reposition hands before updogs as often as it felt beneficial.


  • Suryas & fundamentals. Same way as this recent time.
  • Primary+ Got to setu bandhasana @ 1:01 and then took a blog break & changed the music (from Pandora Classical Indian). Did my tiny bit of 2nd (and one Linda modified 3rd pose, the hanuman) in 14min
  • Back Bending. Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • Finishing, @ 1:29. I took the whole five minutes in savasana today.

Tomorrow! Was going to do Julia’s 5,000 seconds celebration workouts, but then I remembered I’m helping load a truck. This is what I can do in the local “economy” of PDX for spending money, manual labor for friends.  The corporate things don’t work out because they are SO rape-y. I’ll have to save this special workout for Friday.

Ashtanga, Ashtangesque

I didn’t want to work out at all today, never mind the cardio warm-up. I’m glad I did it though. I got a decent yoga workout and a needed tune-up. I’ll take a rest day either tomorrow or Wednesday. I’ll need it. I think this is the 4th consecutive day.


Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope


  • Suryas & fundamentals. Keeping the handstands out of surya A for awhile, so I can focus more on following through with the ticks. Also moved the hanuman out of the fundamentals & between laghu vajrasana and kapo B. Did it closer to the traditional way, which is also how I’d been practicing it (in the context of 3rd, my last few years of regular advanced.

    Kapo b is still enough for me. I don’t need try for the full expression of the pose. There’s something going on in my back. It’s not a tweak and I hate the word “opening”. More like a loosening, I think.

  • Primary+
  • Back Bending. Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • Finishing, with a bit of rollering on the upper back right before savasana

rest day ashtangesque

Workout wise, I could’ve really used a warm-up of 4-6min jump rope intervals, but after yesterday… I tested out a bit of jogging in place earlier in the day and my body was all, Nope! So I went with ease. I did a full practice but scaled back.

  • Suryas & fundamentals. Lately I’m not doing the handstands in the surya As.
  • My reg primary+
  • 2nd to laghu vajra but no kapo hang or kapo B
  • Urdhva D, 3 drop backs & only 1 tick
  • Finishing
Only 6min of “fitness” in all that!

But of course the yoga is a different kind of fitness. For me, practicing at this much reduced, less ego-driven of a level, it’s most often more a meditation than a workout. But the fact that I practiced makes it much more likely that I’ll be ready & able to do a super long & intense Julia workout tomorrow. I’m planning on her latest. I’ll likely be at it a good 2-hours

High Burn Astanga! & my new kitten

Now that I no longer practice the “advanced” series, my full 3rd & partial 4th, which would’ve gone further if the teacher situation in NYC had been different, it’s rare to get a good workout from my ashtanga, or “astangesque”, as I like to call my personalized pose line-up. It’s basically just a primary+, though practiced at a respectable level of expert. But every now & then I burn high. Today it’s because my emotions are running strong with my new kitten. She is AMAZING.

The images and clips are all from our pick-up and bring-home day, last Friday, July 21st. I have more of course!

I really ought to learn some video editing. I like to put little montages together just because it’s the best way to archive stuff into graspable memories for me. Even though I have creative cloud 2017, I haven’t learned Premiere. I’d want to do that on a 22″ monitor iMac. Video editing is complex with lots of panels. Even with Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign I spend a lot of time looking for shit on my 15″  laptop. I’d have bought another 17″  if they hadn’t stopped making them. They were good for designers who had to “pick one”. So many times clients will require you provide your own laptop, which has to have current levels of balls & software. If you’re self employed, quite often you can’t afford to keep up two Macs. When I had to replace my last laptop, right after paying for cross country moving expenses in March 2015, I spent $3,300. I digress…



My usual ashtangeque with chop-chop & gusto. Amazing how good it felt when I’ve been HIITing like crazy while neglecting the yoga… It HAS been warmer and more humid lately, especially for Portland which has really dry summers compared to the northeast USA. This was a short workout for me, but to have that high a HR average for primary means I was definitely “excitable”.

Ashtangesque, primary+ as a rest day

I did a simplified version today. No handstands in the surya A and no use of weights. I wanted to be mostly in the middle of the room and save balancing for the free standing handstands. Interestingly it took me until the 3rd tick to stick the balance and hold for 10 breaths. My shoulders, though I’d really worked them in the past week, felt really mobile.

Didn’t do any jump rope warm-up either and so it wasn’t much of a workout. This is another way it was a rest. When I do a real practice on the days I’d otherwise do nothing, things seem to work out much better. It’s like I gave myself a tune-up and what exertion there is magnifies the bodily energy rather than depleting it.