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<p>I, lazy Econo, hereby solemnly swear to do the following:</p>
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<p>1.  core and stretching tonight, August 5th</p>
<p>2.  core and stretching once more this week</p>
<p>3.  core and stretching 3 times per week for the rest of August and all of September</p>
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<p>Want to join me?</p>
 

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<p>Well, considering I'm planning on going to yoga tonight, I suppose that counts as joining you. It's not a vinyasa class, so we hold the poses, lots of core involved there.</p>
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<p>So yes, I'm in! <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<p>....I will Pledge to harrass econo  on Push Up(s).....</p>
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<p><em>since</em></p>
<p><em>I probably would</em></p>
<p><em>have anyway</em></p>
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<p>you're Welcome.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OrangeMat</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69312/core-strength-pledge-thread#post_1930533"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>It's not a vinyasa class, so we hold the poses, lots of core involved there.</p>
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<p>You'd better not be equating vinyasa with a flimsy core.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sans Souci</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69312/core-strength-pledge-thread#post_1930600"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><p> </p>
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<p>You'd better not be equating vinyasa with a flimsy core.</p>
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<p>Not at all! Just for ME to get a good core workout, I need to take my time in poses.<br>
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<p>I'm in. I've been working on my duathlon skills the past 3 days: gardening and stretching. Yesterday and today I took breaks to do crunches on the lawn. So I figure if I just keep mixing the core strength, stretching, and balance into my yardwork, I'll make some progress on the mess that is my garden, and my body!</p>
 

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<p>I know I need to! <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif" title="">  .....but may be a slow start, what with holidays starting tomorrow.  That always throws off my routine and I will be off-line for the week anyway.  So will join in when I get back.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>gobi</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69312/core-strength-pledge-thread#post_1930640"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Do we post that we have done a session in here ?</p>
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Echoing gobi's question....</p>
 

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<p>Hey SS, in last night's yoga class, we worked on the transition from crow to tripod headstand and back up to crow again. I don't consider that vinyasa; would you? It certainly was core, though. I also worked on piking up into the headstand with both legs straight (no crow pose for that one), super core work for me as well.</p>
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<p>What I know as vinyasa is one movement per one breath. In the style I practice, we hardly ever do the traditional sun salutations even, and focus more on finding and maintaining alignment within each pose. If anything, we're encouraged to make the transitions as slow and as smooth as possible (such as stepping the foot forward from dog pose into lunge, hovering the foot there for a moment before lightly stepping it between the hands).</p>
 

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<p>I'm betting you wanted to make this a follow-up accountability-thing thread, Econo, so here I go.</p>
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<p>Thursday night, August 5th, after throwing discus for about 45 minutes, I did 15 minutes of stretching, followed by</p>
<p>1:00 Bridge on right elbow,</p>
<p>1:00 Bridge on left elbow,</p>
<p>1:00 Plank on both elbows.</p>
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<p>Brian</p>
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<p>OK, I got started this morning, too.</p>
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<ul><li>modified bicycle crunches with resistance on bent knee</li>
<li>bridges, straightening alternating legs</li>
<li>reverse crunches</li>
<li>right side plank to centre plank to left side plank (45 sec each)</li>
<li>back extensions</li>
<li>stretches for calves, adductors, hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, hips (pigeon pose)</li>
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<p>Nancy</p>
 

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<p>Awesome timing on this!  I actually need to get DS2 stretching his hamstrings after his 3rd knee surgery in 2 years, so will do that with him DAILY.  Plus MUST get my own core/stretch work done as I plan for First Marathon on New Year's Day.</p>
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<p>So I'm in!</p>
 

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<p>Yes, gobi, you must report back!  Once we feel that we're established and back on a regular regimen, then the thread will fade.  I just need that jump start to get going again.</p>
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<p>August 5th -- woozy from drinking a beer (rare for me) with dinner and dead tired, I still did my core exercises last night!</p>
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<p>30 minutes core/strength/stretching.  Yay.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OrangeMat</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69312/core-strength-pledge-thread#post_1930752"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Hey SS, in last night's yoga class, we worked on the transition from crow to tripod headstand and back up to crow again. I don't consider that vinyasa; would you? It certainly was core, though. I also worked on piking up into the headstand with both legs straight (no crow pose for that one), super core work for me as well.</p>
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<p>What I know as vinyasa is one movement per one breath. In the style I practice, we hardly ever do the traditional sun salutations even, and focus more on finding and maintaining alignment within each pose. If anything, we're encouraged to make the transitions as slow and as smooth as possible (such as stepping the foot forward from dog pose into lunge, hovering the foot there for a moment before lightly stepping it between the hands).</p>
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OM, I think you're asking the wrong person, but my inclination, with respect to the first question, is if you flow from one movement into the next, yes, it is.</p>
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<p>I'm not even sure what traditional sun salutations are.  The more vigorous vinyasa class I practice, the sun salutations seem to change from time to time; the tempo also picks up.  Even the chaturanga has an exaggerated foot flip as you move into upward dog and a "pump" going into and out of it.</p>
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<p>Today, as always, we did a lot of planks, holding some, moving into chaturanga with others; side planks (always straight arm, often lifting outside leg and arm), proprioceptive types of movements, balance, arms stands, head stands, twists.  Fwoof!</p>
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<p>I think you're more mindful (thoughtful!) about your practice.  I spend a lot of time using my mind to encourage my body, that, yes, it can <em>do</em> these things!  :)  I don't think I spend enough time thinking about the breathing, although it is certainly a key part of the instruction. </p>
 

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<p>SS, couldn't you just watch & follow your breath without thinking about it?<img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title="">  My core felt really strong during the planks today, but we didn't do side planks and that's usually shaky for me.</p>
 

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<p>Side planks can be shaky for me too, Opie, depending on what we do leading up to them.  I love going into Wild Thing after.  :)</p>
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<p>With respect to breathing, maybe that's what I'm doing without really thinking about it.  The "inhale," "exhale" cues seem to come naturally with the movements.  T'anks.</p>
 

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<p>OK, last post about this stuff, I promise!</p>
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<p>There's transitioning from pose to pose... and then there's flow. Transitioning is exactly what it sounds like, move this leg here, move that arm there, now twist the torso, etc. Flow is more, well, cardio in nature. The former is building poses based on working the alignments. The latter is not lingering in any one shape but using the inhales and the exhales to move from one arrangement of the body to the next. Both are equally good, don't get me wrong. Just a difference in focus.</p>
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<p>You say I'm more mindful/thoughtful about my practice. Well, it's more that the style of yoga I choose to practice is a very thoughtful one, I would guess.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeU7DVGJ6pQ" target="_blank">Here's</a> a sample of a traditional sun salutation, Anusara style, and while the video seems slowed down a bit, that's really the fastest we'd ever move. Oh, and just for kicks, here's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2AC5aZanlU" target="_blank">surya namaskar A</a>, Ashtanga style. Sheesh, talk about core!</p>
 
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