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Crazy Circuit

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I do a specific workout for about a month and then I change it up, doing a different workout each month or so.

For July, I did a workout I called the Crazy Circuit. So called because I took six exercises and did them all, back-to-back for thirty seconds each without rest in between.  After that three minute cycle, I rested for a minute and repeated them again. I do this four or sometimes five times and that's my quick and dirty workout.

I posted a video of myself doing this workout, including a warm up and cool down. The warm up and cool down are both of the variety that I call "disorganized," meaning that there is no structure to them. In the warm up and cool down, I'm moving in a random way to achieve the desired result.

On YouTube I have posted a video, also taken in July, of me doing the same workout, but on a different day than what I have available for download.  But if you'd like to see a quick sample of the types of movements you'll be seeing, check o…

Deep Stretching

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I use a technique for increasing flexibility that I call Deep Stretching.

It involves putting my body into a position that I can relax into. The more I relax, the deeper the stretch gets.  I'm relying on gravity to do the stretch so I have to do no work.   In fact, the biggest challenge is to remain relaxed while my body experiences such a deep tissue stretch.

In this video I'm holding about 18 stretches for three minutes each.  I turned the camera on and let it run as I did my workout and then I went back later and recorded a voiceover, talking about what I'm doing.

Due to an injury, there are a couple of stretches that I'm unable to do, but I show them anyway so I can demonstrate a way to do your workouts even while injured.

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ROCKIN: a rockin' Nia routine

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I was inspired by a recent event at Soma Ranch called Men of Nia. In this weekend event, Helen Terry taught a whole Nia class to the Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd album while we watched The Wizard of Oz on a big screen. And William taught a couple of songs that weekend, too. The ones that stuck with me were Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin.

In all honesty, I was struggling with whether or not I was going to continue to be a Nia teacher after about 16 years of teaching. This weekend fired me up again not only to the point where I relicensed as a teacher, but I also was inspired to put together a new routine based on what I mentioned above.

I set out to create an entire Nia routine out of 70's classic rock songs. And ROCKIN is the result.

The playlist is:

Speak To Me/Breathe     Pink Floyd
On The Run                             Pink Floyd
Time                                     Pink Floyd
Low Rider                             War
Rock And Roll…

KNEE-AH: Putting the Nia in Knee Awareness

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I injured my knee in February and had to do physical therapy for two months. During that time I was unable to teach Nia classes. Even though they were challenging and interesting at first, I eventually got bored of my physical therapy exercises, and wanted to start teaching Nia again. I started to play around with ways to do my physical therapy exercises in the context of a Nia class.  I discovered that many Nia songs already had some of my exercises in them, and others could be added with small choreography tweaks. And that is how the KNEE-AH routine began.
Eventually it came time to teach again, and this is the routine I put together for that event. It was very important to me that the routine felt like Nia, that it was a challenge, but that it didn't exacerbate my knee issues. I also thought it would be cool if I could manage to not only avoid hurting my knee, and not only to do my physical therapy exercises, but to strengthen my legs and correct imbalances in my knees and legs…