Live and learn

After doing mat work, take a moment lie on your right side before pushing up into a seated/standing position.

After doing mat work, take a moment to lie on your right side before pushing up into a seated/standing position.

I’m happy to say that I’ve been doing multiple workouts each week since the new year. I didn’t make it to three last week as my 30/20/10 class was cancelled, but hey, two is till better than none!

My workouts will have to hold off until the weekend as I am currently recovering from some teeth extractions and I was told to sit on the couch and relax for the next 2-3 days–oral surgeon’s orders. Apparently if I get my heart rate up that can do something to my blood, possibly dislodging the blood clots that are oh-so-important to the healing process. So that means I have spare time to blog.

In my last few practices (and I will blog about those later–both some good and bad), I learned two new things about yoga (You really do keep learning no matter how long you have been practicing!)

1) After a savasana session, we are always told to roll on our right side. Why? I assumed it was because most people are right handed so it was easier to push up from that side of the body (silly me!) A teacher at yoga public recently solved the mystery. Our heart is on the left side of our body, so when we lie on our right, that allows the blood to flow freely down into the body from the heart.

2) Why do we lie on our side (with our right arm under head supporting it) before getting up? Again, a different instructor at Yoga Public explained that when we lie on our back during savasana or during mat work, the blood can pool up and around our heads. If we get up too quickly without letting the blood circulate, this can result in a light-headed, dizzy feeling. Lying on our side, again, helps circulate the blood evenly away from the head.

I will keep these tidbits in mind during my future workouts. I hope you were able to learn something new too! If not, thanks for reading and feel free to share any of your favourite workout tidbits.


Break down into 30/20/10

Step right up and take a 30/20/10 class through the Leisure Guide.

Step right up and take a 30/20/10 class through the Leisure Guide.

Hello readers! I took a week-long break there as it was filled with after-work appointments and the like related to wedding and my regularly scheduled non-wedding activities. It feels nice to take a Sunday afternoon off to just sit back, write and reflect.

I thought I’d theme this post around a wonderful fitness class I am taking through the City of Winnipeg’s Leisure Guide. It’s called 30/20/10. Before I used to take all my Leisure Guide classes at Pan Am Pool, but now that I’m quite close to St. James Civic Centre, it has opened up some new class possibilities. After perusing the guide last fall, I decided to pick one weekly class (wanted to leave the rest of the week free for other activities) on Monday evenings right after work. The 30/20/10 class really appealed to me because it breaks down an hour into a full-body, complete physical workout.

For the first 30 minutes, you do a short cardio warm up & cool down, along with some step and/or ground aerobics. Then, for the next 20 minutes you do weights using either the body bar or free weights. Twenty minutes isn’t a lot of time, so you don’t get to hit every muscle or target one area in-depth, but the instructor does a good job trying to get you through the major ones. Finally, there is a 10-minute stretching session at the end, an area in fitness that is often ignored, yet so crucial to overall health. The instructor plays lots of upbeat music and she has an energetic, friendly disposition. And of course, she always demonstrates low-impact/power moves and mods of exercises for all levels. Love that!

I took this class for 10 weeks last fall and only missed one where I was on holiday. So far I’m 2/2 for this year and still love it. It’s not a particularly advanced class, but if you’re looking for an affordable, all-over body and fitness workout then I highly suggest keeping an eye out for this class in the Leisure Guide at a centre near you!  P.S. This class isn’t on the drop-in list, but the instructor does allow drop-ins if you have one of those city passes you’d like to use.