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When Yoga and I met the first time.

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This is an interesting post to me because I am still learning lots about Yoga, but I find the practice one of the most life changing experiences I had. Its not something I would not have got into on my own, until the opportunities to practice the discipline frequently hits me. It was a rainy day when I first tried Yoga for the first time at Modo Yoga in NYC and I love trying out new things so to speak. I was two months into my personal training in Circuit Training and I figured why not try Yoga. I mean, I have a clue that I need flexibility and balance, but never was the kind of person who remembers to breathe when I go into my workouts. I walked inside the hot room with my towel and black whitebeater shirt and lied down. I haven’t experienced hot indoors since the summer heatwave in 2008 and there was no electricity. I waited for my instructor to teach the class.Shit, I am sort of sweating here.

Surrounded by a sea of attractive bodies of people lying on the mats and doing their own thing, the instructor gave us some drills I am no where familiar with. To me, that is stretching. I can’t remember the name of the poses, but I know I was nowhere near the level of flexibility, as I suspected. I struggled to maintain my balance, no, to even catch up with the class as I continue to sweat out alot more. However, despite the fact I am new, I learn one thing from this experience, the stress and muscle aches I felt from my circuit training class were relieved. Knowing me, I done an array of sports that are bound to get you sore, especially cross country, track, karate, and rugby. For the first time, I am not competing to achieve a goal, I am pushing myself for me. Of course, I would get in a world of hurt if I try all the poses in haste and inexperience. I thanked the instructor for his time and asked for last minute advice. Something about patience, change, and growth was something I got out of him. This is not the last experience I have in Yoga. Next post is actually a followup. 

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”  Caroline Adams

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How F.I.T. Do Ya Really Want it?

Keep going, you got one life.

Keep going, you got one life.

So there are many ways to get in shape, whether you want to fit into your old clothes when you were slimmer to literally being in the best shape of your life, and even more. The truth of the matter is what exactly do you see your ideal body? Do you see yourself doing handstands in Yoga? Bench Press over 150 lbs and/or stacks 45lb plates on each side from the already heavy 45lbs press bar? The typical, “I just wanna look good before the summer hits” phrase? All these wonderful goals do have one thing in common, what exactly do you want to get out of a fitness program and is it enjoyable to stick to it in the long run? You have to ask yourself these questions. “What do I want to accomplish?” “Do you want to lose weight and gain muscle? Are you ready to go through the pain and change your diet to get there? How fast and strong will I take my body?

There are absolutely so many fitness programs to think of, its endless. Yoga, Circuit training, Calisthenics, Weight-Lifting, Martial Arts, and general sports are categories we are gonna to focus on this blog since I am currently training on the first 5 I listed. However, you never know, I might be a golf player and call it a day. You can train with a personal trainer (interview soon with mine), train at your very own home, or find a group of people to motivate you to go a gym since science proves that you get to your ideal goal more significantly with a group of people. Spend some money on buying the essentials first so not only you deck out your gym with gear, but motivates you to stay on that mindset in some way. Invest in a good pair of running and/or walking shoes, dumbbells, gym clothes, exercise mat, and a water bottle/gym bag. Other than that, be ready, you got one life.