Showing posts from May, 2010

Food Bars, Protein Bars & Power Bars

I am not one to condone eating any of those bar products like Power Bars, Balance Bars, Zone Bars, Luna Bars, Clif Bars, MetRX bars, protein bars, no carb bars, etc.

They’re a waste of money and often contain things we shouldn’t be eating like soy protein powder, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers, preservatives.... well just suffice it to say that you might as well save yourself $2 and have a Snickers bar instead.

The list of horrifying ingredients notwithstanding, I also simply don’t agree with the concept that these bars should be used daily, as if they were real food. Or even worse, as a meal replacement! Call me old-fashioned, but I think we should be eating food for our meals, not processed chemical mulch bars sold in vitamin stores.

That being said, I wanted to let you know about this bar I discovered called the Macronutrient Bar. LOL This is not a commercial, but I do like these things and I thought it was worth mentioning that …

My Struggle with the Half Moon Pose

My mentor, Jill Miller, taught me to address "those poses we hate." Everyone has a certain yoga pose that they resist doing because it's just plain hard and seems impossibly insurmountable. So what we need to do is go after that pose. Doing all of the poses that we're already good at isn't going to provide us with as much benefit as it would to overcome whatever challenges are held in the mastery of that baneful pose.

So my Battlestar Gallactica is ARDHA CHANDRASANA, the half-moon pose.

I can get close to the pose if I turn my head to face the ground, but if I want to follow Iyengar, I should be looking upwards, and that's when I lose it. I tumble, usually backwards.

Working the Yoga Tune Up® way, I first did some preparatory exercises and other poses to open me up and stretch me out in all the right places.

But what really made my Half Moon shine was putting my heel on the fence.
I could then adjust my body in a closed chain instead of flailing around mid-air…