Generally I hit the gym 4-5 times a week and focus on my weight training and cardio. I’ve never attempted to attend a yoga class. There was really never any interest. However, as a New Years resolution, I promised myself I would try something new every month. My girlfriend Jade wanted to ensure I kept this personal commitment to myself, and gifted me a yoga pass for a local yoga studio. Bless her heart. 😉
I’ve always heard yoga is not only good for the heart and soul, but good for the body and muscles. I thought my base foundation weight training and previous running background would prepare me for yoga and make it easy for me to transition into. Boy was I wrong!
Just 3 weeks ago I tried my very first Ashtanga yoga class and it was a major challenge! That 1 hour class had my heart racing and muscles burning in so much pain/fatigue within the first 20 minutes – I don’t know how I continued on to finish the last 30 minutes. Haha!
Silly me, had signed up for two classes that night (thinking I could handle 2 classes) and was worried I wouldn’t be able to even start the second class (another 45mins following the first hour). Thankfully, the second class (Restorative yoga) was more relaxed and less athletic/vigourous. These back to back yoga sessions have taught me a very valuable lesson – never underestimate the power of yoga and what it can do for your core and muscle stability! (note to readers: I now attend a 2hr yoga class once a week!)
On a related note, this past weekend Jade and I headed down to the Toronto Yoga Show, a huge indoor conference featuring yoga instructors from around the world, and plenty of different yoga merchandisers. As we walked through the maze of merchandisers, we landed on a place called “Jade Yoga“, (grabbed our attention as it matched my girlfriends name) which sold yoga products. In speaking with the owner, Steef, he mentioned proceeds from some of his yoga mat sales were donated to breast cancer research. I advised him of my climb for Mt. Kilimanjaro and the fundraising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation I’ve been involved in. He was so impressed, and encouraging, he donated one of his premium yoga mats to be used at my fundraising raffle! Thank you very much Steef!
While last week didn’t see any gains in the monetary fundraising (I’m still at $3,180), I decided to hold a contest of my own to increase donations. I purchased two $25 Starbucks gift cards. These cards are up for grabs to anyone who makes an online donation by 11:59pm Wednesday April 15. If I receive more than 2 donations, names will be dropped in a hat and pulled at random to win the prize! Ready? Click here to make a donation!
In addition the fundraising aspect, I did receive a few more corporate in-kind donations last week to be used at my fundraising event in May. A special thank you goes out to The Irish Embassy Pub, P.J. O’Brien, Shopsy’s, and Quinn’s Steakhouse for their continued support in my climb (2 years ago they also made a contribution!)! A new corporate in-kind-donor, Roots Canada, also made a significant contribution to the fundraising event!
I’m really looking forward to sharing with you all the details of the event…so once they’ve been finalized, I’ll be sure to post the details here!
In addition to the my average daily walks of about 7K, this week I completed the following:
April 6 – April 12
Monday: Arms & Core strengthening exercises (1hr)
Tuesday: Shoulder & Leg strengthening exercises (1hr)
Wednesday: Chest & Leg strengthening exercises (1hr)
Thursday: Ashtanga & Restorative Yoga classes (2hrs)
Sunday: 12K city walk