Today’s Workout: Core Fusion Energy Flow Yoga

Today’s workout is the Exhale Mind Body Spa DVD Core Fusion Energy Flow Yoga.  

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The workout is divided into 5, 10 minute segments that include a warm up, 2 sun salutations, a hip opener/Chi Gong (my favorite), a core and backside segment, and there is a bonus cool down/stretch.  The only equipment needed is a yoga mat.  (Blocks and a yoga strap are also used but you can complete this without the extra equipment.)

This is not a sit back and relax, Namaste-type workout.  This is a heart-pumping/work-up-a-sweat workout that engages your muscles (lots of push ups) and core.  The stretch ties it all together and this leaves you energized and feeling stronger.

I wouldn’t recommend using this to just pick 1 segment for a 10 minute workout.  These segments all flow and are best done as one practice and as you build through the segments, moves become easier because the work completed in the previous segment helps you with the next.

I completed this DVD last night and this morning my abs are sore, but good sore.  Some of the final moves in the DVD included a lot of balance and core strengthening – I’ll take that!

What’s your favorite yoga move or stretch?

Back on track

About a month ago I had a goofy little incident–I had been driving for about 2 hours, got out of the car, and when I put a foot down on the ground, had shooting pain in my back.  Like, I couldn’t take a full breath kind of pain.

The next day I laid on a heating pad for about 15 out of 16 waking hours.

Fast forward through DR, MRI, PT–it may have just been tight muscles, a pulled muscle, etc.  A hip was out of line but now I have a little corrective exercise I do everyday.  (It’s not yet time for the titanium hip replacement!)

I got frustrated with limited motion and mobility.  I’m used to moving how I want to, when I want to.  A few years ago I broke my heel–that was a humbling 4 months.  In case you didn’t know, the treatment for a broken heel is just take it easy and wait.

The last time I ran had been about a month ago – a lackluster run one early morning in DC.  During the past few weeks my yoga mat, light weights, and walking buddies have been my best exercise friends.

Thanks goodness for Walking Buddies

On Sunday I ran.  A short 3.5 miles at an average pace of 8:05/mile–but who’s keeping track?

It felt great to have the wind in my hair, my feet pounding the path, and the sun shining on my face.  Even though I only run a couple of times a week, I’d missed it.  Knock on wood,  I’m back on track and even more thankful for mobility and the ability to lace up my shoes and hit the path.

Any sidelined stories to share?