Yoga, My First Try

I have heard of Yoga and have wanted to try it for a while. I read about how Yoga incorporates mediation and breathing and feel that is something that will bring a lot of value to me.

So, today I signed up and tried my first Yoga class. Yoga Basics, this morning at 9, perfect time for me. I didn’t know what to expect as I drove to the studio, will I be the only man there? Preparing for the class I read some articles online and watched some videos on YouTube. I watched an interview with Quentin Vennie and then found the article quoted below by him.

There are many benefits in maintaining a consistent yoga practice. Yoga has been shown to relieve stress, enhance mental focus, improve posture, improve mood and increase flexibility. With all of the life changing advantages of yoga, there is one question that remains: Where are all of the male yogis?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/quentin-vennie/men-yoga_b_4179963.html

Breathing is so important, I know this, I am sure you know this also. This is another article I read prior to attending my first class.

Scott Rodwin, founder of Radiance Yoga, explains that breathing exercises, called pranayama, have been developed over thousands of years to calm and tame that endless stream of thoughts. – See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/endurance/9-reasons-why-you-should-practice-yoga?page=4#sthash.muolP0d2.dpuf

So, I attended the Yoga Basics class at Urban Prana Yoga in Brentwood. First, I was NOT the only man. I was welcomed in by a very friendly and informative teacher. The other people in the class where also very welcoming, which made the experience that much better.

The class itself was a little difficult for me, I am overweight and a “couch potato”. I really enjoyed the time to myself, I was in a room of people but still felt a sense of peace in the room. The soft lighting and music helped with that, I listened to the teacher and tried to do the poses that she instructed. Some I did, some I couldn’t. But, she was very helpful in making sure I knew other poses that I could do and making the experience very enjoyable.

I worked up a sweat and really felt at ease throughout the class. I came home and told my wife about the class and that I am looking forward to attending more.

I’m Thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and be thankful. It’s a great time to reflect on what you have, not on your possessions, but the people you have in your life. The family and friends that you can share your life with, these are the people who care about you and will be there for you.

So, today, my mother-in-law prepares a wonderful dinner. We sit and talk about life and share good times.It doesn’t matter what food you have, it only matters that you have people. We split our holidays with our families and spread them out. I am thankful that we have so much family that really cares about us that we can share time with. I am so grateful that I have a wife who is my partner in life, we have stuck together through so much already and will be there through everything.

My daughters and nephew took time to take a fun selfie after we enjoyed a great meal.

 

 

A Magical Adventure

I have had the honor of seeing my children participate in a student run musical called A Not-So-Magical Story that was written and managed by an 8th grader from their school. Seeing this show come to life has been a wonderful experience and shows that magic really does exist. My children are having fun, learning and making new friends, I am see not only my children but also about 50 other children work very hard together to bring this story to the community.

But, not only that…

All proceeds from the show are going towards sending children to Disney Word as part of Make A Wish! Now, that is some real magic. Great jobs kids, each and every one of you are doing a fabulous job and helping others.

There is still a chance to be part of the magic, come and see the show tonight or tomorrow night.

 

 

 

Private Journal with DayOne

I used to write a journal when I was in my twenties, I was going through some tough stuff in my life and decided to write my feelings and thoughts down. It was very helpful at the time, then I drifted away from it. The journal was since been destroyed, I would have loved to looked back to see what I wrote some twenty years ago. But, that is no longer possible.

Recently I decided to start journaling again, I have also been trying to get my daughters to do the same. I found an app DayOne that works on the iPhone, iPad and Mac which I really like. I don’t use the mac version but do it have it on the iPhone and iPad. I like to be able to write short thoughts throughout the day on my phone, sometimes I refer back later in the day and add more details. Sometimes I just take a picture and add some words about it. The journal is completely different that a blog, this blog or any blog you know and expect others to read. The journal I don’t expect others to read, well, maybe it will be read after I am gone as a sort of legacy left behind for my children. If I continue with this it could be something really nice for them to have to learn more about me.

Do any of your journal? If so how do you do it, electronic or on paper and if electronic what do you use? I really wanted to use something with Evernote but since I can lock/encrypt a notebook I left that alone. I use Evernote for my notes about everything in life and I share that with others a lot so that wasn’t the right platform. Day One though is very clean and inviting to write my thoughts. I would really like if there was a web based app or a Windows version available but it is what it is.

Single Site

I have been thinking about this for a while and have decided that I am going to migrate from the sites I have to just one single site. This site will be my main site to use.

I am going to work on refocusing the vision of the site and then organize my categories based on my content better. This site was always just for my technical career, but will now just be a place for me to write about anything. I guess that will be part of my vision.

So for now, I will start migrating the posts over.