May 27, 2011 by justgathering
One of the best things about summer in New York City is all the amazing free stuff to do. Festivals, concerts, outdoor movies… a cheap and entertaining summer is totally doable if you’re organized about it.
Last night I joined some friends from Social Workout, old and new, for yoga in Bryant Park, sponsored by the amazing Lululemon.
Daniel met me there after work. This was his third yoga class ever, and he enjoyed it—even though we were directly facing the law firm where he used to work, which he said was a bit weird. You have to admit, though: it makes a fantastic view from savasana.
I for one loved it. There was a nice breeze and the refreshing smell of grass every time you took a deep breath. It was challenging, mostly because it’s difficult to balance on uneven ground. But how neat is it to find your drishti during tree pose by gazing at a tree?
I even met another blogger, Ali of Ali on the Run, whose blog I adore—read her thoughts on the class. The internet is so good for making connections with other health-minded people.
A few of us went out for drinks afterward, another good thing about the city in the summer… so many good beer choices. Two Founders Porters later and I was a pretty happy lady.
Daniel and I were supposed to head to the Jersey Shore for the weekend but our plans fell through, and you know what that means: I get to play with my Vitamix all weekend. Expect recipes very soon.
Happy holidays, friends.
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March 16, 2011 by justgathering
Last night Daniel and I made stuffed peppers, recipe-less and a bit untraditionally. No tomato-based stew, just a fluffy wild rice pilaf. Fast and actually really filling; I could only eat one half and saved the rest.
We made the pilaf on the stove. It was a combo of:
- wild and brown rice
- chopped onion
- minced garlic
- kidney beans
- salt and pepper
We roasted the red pepper boats for around 20 minutes at 400 degrees, adding the rice and bean mixture around halfway through so all the flavors could meld together. We topped our pepper boats with fresh parsley, and I had mine with a bit of hummus on the side to dip. (Daniel had his with melted Muenster cheese, for a non-vegan alternative. I also imagine that the rice mixture would be great with some nutritional yeast.)
This fast dinner came in handy last night because Danielle and I went to a long yoga class at Integral Yoga Institute after work. Read what we thought about it.
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January 11, 2011 by justgathering
If I had to choose one thing that is getting me through marathon training with ease, I would choose yoga. I’m not big on energy drinks or gels, and I have yet to invest in any Body Glide (although with next week’s 20 miler looming, I might be well advised to do so). I haven’t read any books about running, and I’ve never taken an ice bath. Instead, yoga is what I use to combat all the discomfort and muscle soreness and tightness brought on by long runs.
Normally, I do a bit of yoga after each run, just five or ten minutes. Then, I do a half hour or hour yoga session on the day following my long run, as well as the day between my tempo run and my speed run. The difference this makes to my training is huge.
Sunday, I ran 14 miles. I missed my regular yoga yesterday, though, and the muscle stiffness set in halfway through the day. I woke up this morning with incredibly sore quads, but the tightness dissipated within the first five minutes of a hip opening yoga podcast. Pain erased, flexibility restored.
Sometimes I hit up the yoga classes at the gym, and sometimes I head to Yoga to the People. Usually, though, I fit yoga into my schedule by doing podcasts. This is how I got into yoga in the first place, and I especially recommend it to anyone who is new to the practice or far from a gym or studio. Bonus: it’s FREE.
Here are some of my favorite online yoga resources:
- Yoga Download: Their longer classes cost a little bit of money, but you can download excellent classes that are between 20 and 30 minutes on a donation basis. They come with slideshows (and occasionally videos) so that you know you’re doing the poses correctly, and the instructors are awesome.
- Yoga Today: Their free video classes are mostly pretty short, but they’re good, especially if you don’t have a lot of time but want to get a good stretch in. Sometimes their instructors get a bit too new-agey for my liking, but I usually just laugh, go with it, and have a pretty rewarding practice.
- Yoga to the People: Their podcasts are simply recordings of actual, hour-long classes from the studio. I love these because I actually feel like I’m there. The instructors are very animated, and they have a light and fun attitude about yoga while keeping the poses pretty challenging.
I have been using these yoga podcasts on a weekly basis for a couple of years now, and I’m convinced that they play a major role in keeping me running without injury. If anyone knows of other great internet resources, let me know!
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August 31, 2010 by justgathering
Barbara loves it when I do Yoga Downloads in the living room. As soon as I get into that first downward facing dog, she circles my mat, pausing to lick the bottoms of my feet and my fingers. She’s been doing it since she was a puppy, and it’s one of my favorite parts of my at-home yoga practice. It’s difficult to hold onto stress or negative thoughts when there’s a happy puppy at your feet.
After a bit, she usually settles in on part of the mat, and I just have to work around her, which I’m happy to do. And I love it when I’m in Mountain pose and I look down and see her face peering up at me.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.
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June 23, 2010 by justgathering
Otherwise known as the I Now Have a Stove but am Seriously Lacking Groceries Breakfast of Champions.
Sometimes these mornings bring about the happiest of accidents, though. Into the cast iron skillet went:
1/4 block of extra firm tofu, crumbled
3 cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp dried garlic
1 T nutritional yeast
2 tsp tahini
1/8 cup cashew pieces
pinch of salt
It’s been awhile since I’ve strayed away from oats for breakfast, but this was a refreshing change. Plenty of protein.
Last night, I attempted to go to Yoga at the Great Lawn, but it got rained out. This means I have no awesome pictures of 10,000 people doing downward dog to share with you, but I do have some other cool fitness-related things coming up. Saturday, I’m heading to Central Park to do a boot camp led by Fit Chick in the City, about which I am super pumped. I’m also scheming about my next race (and training plan)… What will it be? Go for another long distance feat, or strive toward a 5K PR? Thoughts?
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