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December 2018

Martial Arts

stickers and stripes and everything nice…

Stripes.  It feels, on one hand, an accomplishment.  It takes me back to days of stickers on my papers in elementary school, of running my index finger over the shininess of the stars, so smooth in contrast to the paper.  Even if everyone in class got one, it was still special.  A sticker.  A stripe. My son has gotten stripes previously and been SO proud.  Super proud.  Last night, after…

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Martial Arts

Getting jiggly with it

Only a Mr. Ninja would tell me to look at myself in the mirror as I do jumping jacks to see if I’m symmetrical.  I mean, I get it the theory.  Mr. Ninja wants both my legs the same strength and flexibility, and if that is true then my jumping jacks should be symmetrical.  And I am clearly not doing that–after about 150 jumping jacks, my legs stop moving so…

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Martial Arts

Push-up challenge

One thing proving to be a HUGE challenge for me in class is full push-ups. I’ve gotten through a few decades without full push-ups. I’ve got some embarrassing elementary school PE moments repressed somewhere that deal with this, I’m sure. And in all my years of Ashtanga yoga, I was never strong on the chaturanga — the yogic equivalent of a full push-up–and usually just lowered to the ground rather…

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Martial Arts

martial arts–at my age?

   I needed something different.  We’d just moved from Florida to Colorado and I was invigorated by the dry mountain air.  Around here yoga seems to be something you do to complement your climbing/biking/running, and I didn’t find my usual gang of yoga peoples to have class with.  Years in the humid, flat swamps had left me sluggish, hesitant to exercise, especially if it meant leaving the A/C).  Now living…

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