Mar 18, 2012

Sunday Salon: And Now for Something Completely Different

The Sunday Salon.com Welcome to the Sunday Salon.

It's been a week of trying new things and having fun doing it.

I found out about burpees, exercises that have you jumping, and though I can only do a modified version, without the push ups, it still was great to be able to jump from bending over to a plank.
Click on the link to see the video: Burpee Exercise and then tell me if I'm crazy. By the way, I only do the very first one, the easy basic move.

A vegan dish was a hit with my spouse, who loves meat normally. I tried it after reviewing The Sexy Vegan Cookbook and featuring one of the dishes: Curry Tofu Salad, which has no eggs or cheese or milk, and no meat of course. It was pretty good, and I especially liked the grated fresh beets and carrots in the dish.

My yoga class is progressing nicely. I have trouble with balance and upper body strength so  standing with one foot only and arms streched out for balance, are exercises I'm practicing!  I am working up to the crocodile, a very low plank with your body straight and supine off the floor, with only hands and toes touching the ground. It will take a while to get there!

We went to see a touring company, one of three traveling groups, Shen Yun Performing Arts, classical dances of China, and I found myself watching all the leg, arm, and body movements, which reminded me of some yoga positions. The costumes and digital background scenery were magnificent, as was the dancing. I only wished they had kept the politics out of some of performances.

I'm reading Cruising Attitude for a TLC tour next week and plan to pass on the book to my niece, who was an air stewardess in her younger days. I bet she has her own stories to tell about flying the skies!

What have you been doing this past week?

19 comments:

  1. I'm fascinated by the idea of Yoga...but haven't tried it.

    Good for you!

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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  2. I have my eye on Why We Broke Up and Blue MOnday. A nice of books you have, Laurel.

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  3. I read a fascinating memoir that focused on the author learning yoga. It's called Poser. Such a good read....

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    1. Debv: I loved that book, and it turned me on to yoga. Here is my review of that book: Poser: a Memoir

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  4. I was tired just watching the video clip of the Burpee Exercise LOL Yoga is always something I wanted to get into but haven't yet.

    Have a great week!

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  5. I would really like to try a yoga class. Have a great week!

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  6. Sounds like a great week to me! I've been looking for a yoga class and there is one finally in my area. I'm going to have to give it a shot. I noticed your tofu post and wonder what my family would think of that!!!???

    have a great week..it's going to be beautiful in our neck of the woods!

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  7. Wait - you actually LIKE burpees??? Clearly you are a person who never had to do them in gym class or as part of the training for a sports team. They're not nearly as fun when you have to do about 50 of the full burpees in a row!

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  8. Lisa: No way would I do more than 60 seconds of a half burpee! Sounds grueling to do 50 full burpees! I alsways suspected gym coaches were outrageous!

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  9. Burpees, oh the awful memories, lol. The crazy thing is when my brother was in the Marines back many years ago he broke his leg doing a burpee. Many years later he learned he had rheumatoid arthritis and that was probably why.

    Have a great week!!

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  10. I love Yoga. I am unable to to Burpees due to my neck injury, but I always did the easiest version. Probably won't be able to do them again. Have a great week.

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  11. Holy moly, what a killer exercise and it looks so easy. Those are always the ones that get you. I do want to try Yoga. Hope you're enjoying the book.

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  12. Burpees are new to me! My favorite exercise for the past year? Spin classes. :)

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  13. I am not taking yoga right now, but I have balance issues as well and so I was pretty surprised that when I did take it, I was pretty good at it! I really need to take it again. I am hoping to take it this fall and in between my normal gym workouts.

    Burpies? I have never heard of them but just watching that 2nd video (1st one didn't work), I have to say, that you are nuts! LOL.

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  14. We do burpees at my gym. They are hard but an amazing workout!

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  15. Your yoga class sound fun! I want to do more pilates, just need to make time and commit!

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  16. Sounds like you are into a whole new fitness regamine. Something I need to get serious about. Have never heard of a "burpee" so off to check that out.

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  17. Hi,I got here via your post on my friend Shannon's blog.My latest exercise favourite is NIA it combines dance, aerobics and yoga in one fabulous hour.And we have to stand on one leg too!

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