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My Internship at Ashtanga Yoga

Eddie Stern and I

Eddie Stern and I

Wouldn’t you believe that I went from taking a class from Modo Yoga into doing a summer internship in Yoga? Remember, I only had one experience in taking one yoga class at Modo Yoga and that’s really it. Sure, I did met Yogis on my journey, but it wasn’t until I offered a chance to intern at a Yoga studio, why not LEARN Yoga instead of relying on apps or online? I have the privilege of interning with the Urban Yogis at Broome Street with Eddie Stern, one of the best yoga teachers as a Summer Intern Urban Yogi. The internship comprises of learning different poses such as Sun Salutations A and B, Tree Pose, Crow Pose to harder ones including the oh-so difficult handstand pose. For someone who boasts about great upper body strength, you need much more than arms to balance your body. (Disclaimer: I am really still working on my abs and want to see how far I can get there without any supplements, yet.). The second part of the classes are group discussions from the book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. Each week, we would read at least one chapter to discuss our thoughts about what was read. I found the Law of Detachment to really hit home for me the most, especially as someone who is more into the Entertainment/Media industry of things. (In case, this is your first post you read from this post, I am a photographer, http://www.chiomaozuzu.com) Don’t expect the results of your labor to be automatically, everything really does happen for a reason.

For six weeks, I learned alot about myself and how I perceive my reasoning of what I am met to do. I mean, I don’t have the perfect body yet, but I am giving my best each day. And when I do, I still want to push myself to exceed amazing limits. Career wise, I may  not have the perfect job (and yes, I have done alot of red carpet celebrity portraiture) but I hope its something that embraces my talents and not only empower people but also give them enlightenment in the most entertaining way possible, as my “Dharma”. Yoga is something that I still consider a whole different ballpark. I never learn how control of my breaths, patience, and listen to my body when it comes to what I put inside my body. There are times where the people I surround myself or have to deal with on a daily basis throw me off balance and discourage my goals in both fitness and media, most importantly, my spirits and well-being. Its beyond the poses, “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” (By: Rumi).  I admit, dear Yoga, I don’t know why we met so many times before, but I like to get to know you better, you seem to touch my heart and I hope we can spend more time together.

Concept of F.I.T. is Mind, Body, Spirit.

 

My Fellow Yogis

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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

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.

 

Fitness Starts With A Journey.

It’s not the easiest thing in the world to start on something you have no complete knowledge in. The internet has so much information on just about anything, you can be just about anything at this day of age. A blogger. A Photographer. A personal trainer. I get it, not another fitness blog where I go through some extreme weight transformation and wanted to charge you a program in what I did to get to my shape today. I’m still considering trying the Paleo Diet, though I do have to admit that I tend to be the frugal type and save money when I can. If one thing I have in common with all those fitness/wellness/health blogs is the journey that got us doing what we do. According to ACE (American Council of Exercise) people who regularly work out not weigh less dramatically “reduce their risks  for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, relieves pain from arthritis, is more effective than medications for treatment of depression, and builds strong bones.” Basically, your life is more awesome for a longer time. This is where I start my journey part of the introduction of my blog. I was a recent college graduate who was pushing to get all I can get in the Entertainment/Media world.

I did okay for someone my age, especially opportunities with the Maury Show and American Idol. I work with a Wire Service company and shot celebrities such as Pharrell Williams and Russell Simmons. However, I mentally thought I should ought to be in better shape since I meet important people often. The truth is that I work hard, but because of my constant struggles of my self image(I was very thin and sickly when I was younger and gained alot after college) and ADHD, I felt that I deserve to enjoy my life by being in the best shape I can be possibly be. I want to be like The Bride from Kill Bill or Kate Beckinsale from Underworld or even Hit Girl from Kick Ass. Super. Freaking. Fit. 2013 was a wakeup call that shook my world forever and prompt me in getting in better shape. I lost both of my grandparents and my mom suffered greatly with her physical health. My grandmother died at 73 due to diabetes and the worse part about it is that not only she raised me, but I had no clue that this was in the family. She looked really incredibly young and I felt that if there is something now I can fight hard for is to encourage others that life should be maximized and fitness is a strong foundation to a better life.

Oh, and my grandmother’s name is Charity, ironic no? I am blessed to have a Circuit Training personal trainer for almost five months that gave me a huge push in starting this blog. Not to mention, I am interning with a top Yoga instructor. So What is the Concept of F.I.T.? Another fitness blog? You betcha, but I promise you get interesting reads on things I think its worth your time and hopefully you can go on your fitness journey, whether if you a newbie in health or someone wayyy more experienced than me, but still love learning something new. So I bring you, The Concept of F.I.T. (Fitness in Transformation)   Source: http://www.acefitness.org/fitness-fact-article/3585/how-to-start-an-exercise-program/