1) Last night I tried something new – Power Yoga. A new studio in DC offers “Strength Training + Yoga”, going by the name “Stroga”.What is “Power Yoga”?
…a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga…does not follow a set series of poses. Therefore, any power yoga class can vary widely from the next. What they do have in common is an emphasis on strength and flexbility. (Source)
Verdict: I really enjoyed the class! My only other “class” experience with Yoga is Bikram; needless to say this was very different. We had fans on; I didn’t need a towel; I didn’t suck down an entire bottle of water during the hour. Instead, we did a lot of downward dogs and my shoulders/triceps were burning, we focused on Core with plank after plank, and we did variations of Warrior 1 & 2, Runner’s Lunge, Pigeon, etc. I felt stretched and strengthened when we finally relaxed and took deep breathes at the end.
A few of us purchased a “Groupon”, and have 5 classes to use up before November. There is no doubt that I’ll have any issues using it up in the next few weeks! Round 2 will be soon.
2) Less than 12 hours later, my legs were waking up for an early bike ride. With D riding next to me, I learn so much about cycling. He teaches me how to use those crazy go-fast gears, rather than just play with them. He teaches me how to ride on the street without completely freaking out (but believe you me, I was questioning my sanity for every second). He teaches me how to turn by leaning into the curve, instead of moving my wheel (and moving my inside-foot up! So I don’t catch the pedal and crash…ouch).
I teach him how to ignore the fact that an alarm went off at 4:45 a.m., and instead soak in the fact that we’re watching the Sunrise over the Washington Monument and the Potomac River, while we ride. I feel lucky.
16 miles, 65 minutes = Good Morning, Thursday!
3) For a Not-Your-Average-Lunch (NYAL) Round 3, I have a Kale-recipe-success! I suppose calling this a Kale-recipe is a little generous, but it was tasty nonetheless. Since my blackberry (i.e. workday food-photographer) is acting up for the time being, I have no pictures to report. Please believe me when I say that this one actually looked and tasted good!
1 whole wheat pita
1/3 cup Marinara saurce
1/2 svg Tempeh
~1 cup Kale leaves
Crumble up the tempeh into small pieces, stir into the marinara sauce and add the Kale leaves. Heat this mixture for ~90 seconds, and stuff into your pita. Voila! Tempeh Marinara & Kale-stuffed Pita! Delicious.