Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga: Energize

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Hey everyone!

Happy Friday!!! :D Yawhoo

I decided that I am feeling well enough to try out some light yoga this morning! I have been dying to try my new Power Yoga DVD that arrived the night before my injury! I have watched a bit of it and couldn’t wait to try it out.

This DVD has 3 levels:

1) Energize (beginners)

2) Tone (Intermediate)

3) Sweat (Advanced)

Each workout is about 50 mins.

Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga

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Tips at the beginning of the DVD:

1. Only breathe through your nose. No mouth breathing whatsoever. Don’t ever hold your breathe. Fluid breathing is a priority.

2. There is no such thing as a perfect pose. Don’t worry about jamming and pushing yourself hard to try and get somewhere. Where you are at is perfect. All you need to do is feel something and breathe.

3. If you are new to yoga don’t have any expectations before you start. Do what you can do and leave the rest behind. Stay out of your ego.

Ok, as corny and 80’s as this video looks….this opening part was AWESOME. It was just what I needed to hear from a yoga instructor. He makes you feel comfortable and nonjudgmental. I am starting to see why this was rated so high on Amazon! Yoga snob this guy is NOT! The fabio of yogis? Perhaps…. :D

I went gentle on myself this morning and didn’t push any moves. I did about 12 mins. and had to modify the workout so that I wasn’t straining my injury.

I love when he said this during the workout:

“If you are feeling something then you are doing it perfectly. Don’t feel anymore than you can be non-reactive. Then your face can stay calm and your breath can stay deep. Because if you start losing the fluidity of your breath, you are being counter productive. If you start reacting to what you are doing, you are building tension here…”

“If worst comes to worse and you need to drop the pose, that’s cool!” :D [I think he was speaking to me directly here!]

“All poses are endless. That’s why we have to be where we are at because we are already there.”

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My breakfast this morning made me feel as calm and centered as my yoga did!

I made yesterday’s kale smoothie again, with twice the amount of kale today:

  • 2 large kale leaves
  • 1 Tbsp flax
  • 1 ripened banana
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze (unsweetened)

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I was asked the question why I turn these veggies into smoothies instead of just eating the veggies in their whole form.

I will admit, this question did stump me at first!

but what I have realized, is that I would never have the time in the morning (or during the day for that matter) to consume this volume of veggies. I figure this is about 4 cups of kale or more!!!

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So for me it is about convenience. Days I am running late, I can pour it into a thermos and drink it during my commute.

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The taste? It was definitely more bitter tasting today since I used the unsweetened Almond Breeze and my banana wasn’t as ripe as yesterday’s (i.e., black!). However, it was still pretty good. And I really love that it is more liquidy since I have been adding 1 cup of AB.

I tried the unsweetened Almond Breeze on its own and while it wasn’t as sweet and tasty as the original with 60kcals, I think I would consider buying this to use just for cereal and stick to the original for smoothies. :)

I blended it for a good 2 mins. It was delicious and energizing, just like my yoga! :)

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See you this afternoon for some Free for all Friday fun!

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1 eatinnyc January 23, 2009

I love your blog :) Can I ask where you got the information/idea for the smoothie? What are the health benefits/rationale? I am sure you have a post all about it but if you would link me back to it that would be amazing :) Thanks again for this terrific blog!
Sara

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2 Jenny January 23, 2009

Love a good yoga session!

I like seeing your changes and “tweeks” to the smoothies, I don’t think I’m quite ready for those babies, but it’s fun watching you make and drink ’em! That’s a really good way to make sure you get ALL of your veggies servings in!

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3 carolinebee January 23, 2009

haha seeexxyyy yoga man!

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4 VeggieGirl January 23, 2009

I MUST get that DVD – thanks for the review!!

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5 Missy (MIssy Maintains) January 23, 2009

Looks like a great dvd! I have only tried Yoga once so those tips really help! Love the smoothie too!

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6 Stephanie January 23, 2009

Hi Angela,

Have you ever heard of a green drink called “emerald balance”? I drink it every day and it has so many terrific things in it. Here’s the link. We buy it in bulk which for us means 5 or 6 boxes of the individual packets through Amazon.com. It’s really nice tasting too. Like spearmint. It has stevia in it as a sweetener and I HIGHLY recommend it. It gives a nice burst of energy too. I haven’t gotten sick at all since taking it as well. I think that’s important to note an I definitely attribute it to the Emerald balance.

Give it a try. http://sgnnutrition.com/emerald-balance/

Stephanie

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7 petitfoodie January 23, 2009

HA- Youre seriously my hero…I don’t think I could drink that!!! ;)

Thanks for the dvd review. It looks like a good one.
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8 Sally January 23, 2009

I have Brain Kest’s yoga DVDs coming in the mail from NetFlix and I can’t wait to try them! I’ve been doing some of the free sessions from yogadownloads.com but am looking forward to some longer yoga sessions. I just started yoga this year and I am liking it a lot – very soothing yet also strengthening! It is a good complement to the rest of my workout routine, which is focused on cardio intervals and weight lifting.

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9 Fit Bottomed Girls January 23, 2009

This quote: “All poses are endless. That’s why we have to be where we are at because we are already there,” is really deep. Dang, Brian. ;)

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10 Diana January 23, 2009

I might finally be ready to try this drink. You sound much happier with it than you did the first few times you made it. I love the unsweetened AB – I use it in everything! I also like the unsweetened Chocolate!

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11 zestycook January 23, 2009

Angela – that smoothie looks amazing!

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12 Marianne January 23, 2009

Thanks for the review on the yoga DVD. I have been considering getting a yoga DVD, and had no clue where to even start looking. I’ll definitely look into this one :)

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13 strongandhealthy January 23, 2009

That smoothie looks so great! You’re so creative!

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14 Erin January 23, 2009

Cue JAWS theme….dun dun dun dun dun dun

Green Monster emerges!!!!!

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15 emily January 23, 2009

sometimes things are just more fun through a straw! I do have a question though; is there a reason you eat your flax unground? I’ve read that it passes through your body undigested (i.e. without you absorbing the healthy fats) if it is not ground. I’ve only had it ground, do you prefer the flavor unground?

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