Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Ringers" - a short film-noir starring Jason Alan Griffin

Written and Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch

"Ringers" shows the nightmarish trip of a man whose little plan didn't turn out like he expected. Dikayl has created a world in which one is never sure what's real or what anyone is really up to; a world somewhere near the corner of David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock.
Jason says, "When I first read this script at the audition, it read, to me like an episode of The Twilight Zone; and I loved that show growing up. I immediately knew I wanted to do this movie."
Dikayl has said that his choice in casting JAG, was mainly for his tendency to seem completely non-confrontational. He said that it was hard finding a New York actor who didn't read as 'tough' during those intense scenes.

Follow this link to view the movie.

Total running time: 16:24

The original title of this film was The Case.
Here is one of the first promo cards made:

Playwright John Gruen said, "Just saw "Ringers" -- totally terrifying. Your performance is superb. You have a true screen presence and, with practically no dialogue to speak of (so to speak), you make every moment a riveting and dangerous experience. Bravo! The direction, photography and editing are equally first-rate. It should win everyone several awards."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Books that Changed My Life

Here are some books that have changed my life:

I would consider them indispensable for anyone interested in running as a pastime. And especially long distance runners. "Born To Run" reminds us how having fun and not getting too serious will go a long way toward improving the longevity of your body and your running. And Body, Mind and Sport goes into the benefits of staying calm and relaxed, and actually improving your times and distances by training less hard.

I just recently started reading Born to Run, and immediately it was inspirational. Even though I'm not typically a runner, I have started to find myself breaking into a run at random times. The book talks about a tribe of people who run for 100 miles. Their perspective on running is that it is fun. It is a joy. It's playful. This whole new outlook on the practice of running makes it fun to do, so I just sometimes run to the corner instead of walking. I feel like a little boy again.

Written by a runner and a doctor, introduces the ancient practice of Ayurveda into long-distance running. But it translates into any phsyical activity or sport. I originally read this book about fifteen years ago when I was into swimming, and it transformed my approach to the sport and to all my activities. The clients that I was working with at that time all commented on how much they loved the new approach. I still base all of my exercise on the foundations I learned in this book.

Getting both of these books and putting the principles into practice will take your running, or any sport to new heights.

Both, totally mind blowing.

Get these books and read them. I'd love to hear what you thought.

Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 - a new Vrschikasana

2009 is over.
What a year it was. The economy and my health have both seen better times.

But all things recover. We adapt. We change the rules. We change our behaviors. Our priorities change.

I love to change, I love to grow, and I love to learn and teach.

So, I taught myself a lesson by injuring my shoulder in January of 2009 and went "back to school" in the physical realm.

Turning lemons into lemonade, I built my body back, better, stronger and faster than it was before. I discovered the secrets to flexibility and the part that movement plays in healing. I gained an education about strength training that led to the creation of JAG Energy Flow and the JAGfit personal training program.

I could do over 200 pushups when 2009 began. In the spring of '09, I was in constant pain, taking aspirin and unable to lift my arm over my head. On my 43rd birthday, June 15, 09, I could do a plank, but not a full push up in good form. I had distorted my torso by favoring my uninjured side while lifting weights. By about September of 2009, I was feeling good again and went on a raw food diet to cleanse and heal my body and to gain maximum flexibility. I did that for a month and then started a program of rebuilding my strength from the ground up, and super charging my metabolism to burn lots of fat. (This eventually gave birth to JAG Energy Flow).

Now, January 1, 2010; a time for reflection. As I look at my body this morning, I'm amazed at what I've done in the past three months. Considering how far down I had sunk, it is incredible to me that I look better now than I did a year ago, before the injury. I'm so excited by this new discover and by the creation of JAG Fitness, Energy Flow and the JAGfit program. I'm thrilled to get out and show the world how they can do this to themselves. Three months can do wonders!!

So now, not only am I back to doing pushups, (I haven't gotten back up to 200 yet) but I'm feeling strong in a whole new way. A year ago I would never had attempted something like a scorpion pose. But a few days before Christmas I decided I wanted to try it. My mentor, Lucas Rockwood gave me some pointers on getting into the pose and I tried it.

To my amazement I was able to do it against the wall. A few more days of practice and I was able to take my feet off the wall. Here I am on one of the first days I took my feet off the wall.

I practiced again this morning and I didn't need the wall at all. I was able to hold myself in the position for a few breaths, feeling steady and stable.

So, although I do feel that 2009 was a tough year, it was actually a wake up call. A slap in the face of hysteria. A splash of cold water on a woozy head. It paved the way for 2010 to be a year of health and prosperity.

My Mantra for the New Year is: I will become rich by adding value to the lives of others.