Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Yoga Man

Pat at his yoga class


As you may or may not know, my Canadian friend Pat is a yoga devotee.  That's how he keeps his great body (he's actually a very old man) and his wonderful disposition.  

While I was visiting him in Toronto last month he showed me a few of his yoga moves.  Damned near killed me.  I sent him off to his yoga class by himself.  I got my exercise walking up and down his metal stairs at night to take my nightly pee (or two).  

Pat not only does yoga, he does HOT yoga.  Excuse me?  I'm all for a steam bath and saunas but stretching my body to it's limits in a hot room?  That's not me folks.

During my stay last month, Pat told me that they videotaped one of his yoga classes.  The picture above is of Pat that I took of the video of that yoga class.  

I've been getting my exercises from walking but not so much lately.  I have to get back into walking.  To me, walking is the best all around exercise, even better than swimming and certainly better than jogging (all that banging of joints can't be good). 

I'm not much good at other forms of exercise though.  As a matter of fact I pretty much suck at anything (get your mind out of the gutter) other than walking.  I tried tennis once when I was in Provincetown.  That little brief foray into exercise damn near killed me too.

This Friday I'm scheduled for my annual treadmill stress test.  I remember the last one.  Damned near killed me.

18 comments:

  1. Ron,

    I'm glad you survived this post and it didn't damn near kill you!

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      I just get tired watching Pat go through his yoga poses. I tried some and believe me, they're not as easy as they look. Damn near killed me.
      Ron

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  2. The former "Customer Manager" at my gym suggested yoga for me, but then quit and never followed up. So I dunno. Looks hard to me. My joints aren't that good anymore. Arthritis. Ugh. YAY PAT!!!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I thought yoga would be would be easy but it isn't. At least for me. However, I do thing yoga is probably the best all around exercise for limbering up your limbs. But I wouldn't do hot yoga. I don't see the point in all that sweating.
      Ron

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  3. Anonymous9:31 PM

    So .... inquiring minds want to know have you kept up with the vegan diet since returning home? What has been the worst thing you've eaten and have you put any of the weight back on that you lost in Canada?

    ~ Canuck

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    1. Good question Canuck!
      Actually, since I returned home I returned to my regular diet of bran flakes with fruit for breakfast, soup (veggie) and a hummus wrap (with feta cheese) for lunch with pita chips, and a plain hamburger (lean) for dinner at night. I put back on three pounds (up to 163). Tonight I tried a recipe that Pat sent to me. It was for black bean and sweet potato burrito. It too awhile to prepare and a lot of dirty pots and pans but it was good. My stomach said "Thank you!" as it always does after a good vegan meal. And I made enough for a week's work of dinners which I will use. Thanks for asking.
      Ron

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  4. Yoga is beneficial for all ages, because it can be modified, even for those who have limited mobility. I have been doing it off and on for over 15 years, and I recently got back into it seriously and IMMEDIATELY noticed a difference in how I felt and how my body looked. It did, granted, take me a couple weeks to work back up to my previous levels, because, as you say, it is challenging. But you might look into the many educational YouTube videos of yoga classes that are very basic and can help with sleep, flexibility, energy, and strength. The reason it is great for us older folks is because it is low impact and it works our inner organs as well, and can literally be done forever. As for the vegan diet, I do not recommend it, especially for men (I like some muscle after all, and vegans are too skinny!), but it is a good idea to have no meat one or two days a week. Moderation is the key!

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    1. Tony,
      I'm going vegetarian, not vegan. And probably not all the way because I do like a good lean grilled hamburger occasionally. I'm done with pork chops (used to love them) and, probably chicken. One of the problems I've found with vegan dishes though is all the extra preparation that it takes and all too often, I can't find the ingredients like red lentils. While in Toronto I had a delicious bowl of red lentil soup almost everyday. Try to find a bag of red lentils here in Lower Slower. Fish, fish, fish. That's all they know down here and crab cakes. Ugh!

      By the way, I do like my men skinny. Older and skinny. Works for me.

      Ron

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  5. A yoga practice accepts you as you are every time you show up to do it.

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    1. Will,
      That is refreshing to know. I've always wanted to try yoga, but not hot yoga. I like a sauna or steam bath but I can't see torturing myself just because the guy who started Bikram yoga began in his home city of Calcutta so he wants to share that "experience" with everyone else. I don't see the benefit of sweating it out Exercising the muscles, yes but just torturing yourself to see how much heat you can take? Doesn't make sense to me.
      Ron

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  6. doesn't matter what exercise you do, as long as you get up offa yo ass and do it! walk, lift weights, yoga, swimming, etc. keeps a body feeling good!

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    1. Again Anne Marie, you are right on the mark. As long as you move that body, that's exercise. I always park far away from the entrance to any store I go to, just to get a little bit more exercise. One thing that gets me is that if you go to the fitness center near Walmart here in Rehoboth, look at all those "healthy" folks who try to park as close to the entrance as they can.
      Ron

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  7. Sitting on the floor cross-legged for a mere two minutes is challenging enough, thank you.

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    1. Ray,
      I could never in my life sit lotus position. My legs are just too long. That's for short legged people. And, I also have a problem getting up off of the floor. I have to do a "roll over."
      Ron

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    2. Ah, a club 'member'! I don't feel so unusual and deficient now.

      Btw: I've responded to your comment re 'Headhunters' where you posted it, on my blog of 2012. (Goodness me! Tempus fugit trop vite!)

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    3. Ray,
      Thanks!
      Ron

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  8. One of my regrets is not keeping up with my yoga poses. I had a great teacher/class. I haven't done such in ages, alas.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      I tried a few of Pat's yoga poses, thinking they would be a chinch. WRONG! It's hard! I have to give Pat credit for taking those classes three times a week. He's in great shape. One of the first things that attracted me to him was his "springy" walk. That's from good muscle tone. Which reminds me, I should take a walk today on this beautiful day. Work on my "springy walk."
      Ron

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