The Ashram

14 Feb

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Last week I visited a local Ashram to keep throwing myself into a spiritual practice. They said there would be a snow storm but I was determined to ride my bike across town 5 miles away. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me since the roads were slick and would need to take roads that were somewhat plowed. I left an hour before yoga would start at the Ashram and to my surprised arrived 20 minutes early just as the snow was starting to fall. Doubt was getting the best of me, “Did yoga class get canceled today because of the weather?” “Am I even in the right place?” Just as I was trying to best answer those questions, cars started trickling in the small parking lot and my hope was reassured.

For this day only, both instructors agreed to join and practice only pranayama instead of separating into 2 groups to practice yoga and pranayama. This was OK with me as I was looking to learn new techniques to strengthen my meditation practice. The practice was packed full with techniques and information I’ve only started reading about. We learned locks, bandhas and breathing techniques to open and close the chakras. We even learned Super Brain Yoga based on the principles of subtle energy and ear acupuncture.

Along with my daily yoga/meditation, I’ve been keeping up with my Simple and Sinister kettlebell workout. After completing 5 sets of this workout, you feel like you’ve been in a fight without throwing a punch. Especially after completing a week of 4 workouts using 2 on/ 1 off workout regime, your body starts to ache in a good way.

Kettlebell Workout
5 sets:
3 x Reverse Kettlebell Turkish Get Ups (Left and Right) (16kg)
10 x Double Kettlebell Swings (2 x 16kg)

Total: 15 Reverse Kettlebell Turkish Get Ups, 50 Double Kettlebell Swings

 

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