Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Presto Change-O

The seasons are changing here in Panama. We haven't had rain in three whole days which feels crazy. 

This time of year, I often find myself embarking on some sort of health and wellness kick. Winter feels like a natural time for slowing down, simplifying, and turning inward. And, for me, inward focus brings with it a tinge of the blues that is tempered by efforts to reconnect with my body.  

What's unique this year is having prioritized space and time to do just that. It feels like such a mercy. 

I was dubious when Evan suggested using exercise videos to help achieve the recuperation we're looking for here in Panama, but they've proven to be a great tool. 

Welcome to the World of YAYOG. See that guy up there balancing on his fingertips like a Zen warrior? That's Mark Lauren. He's our sensei on this adventure in fitness.  

Is he legit? 

Lauren broke, and still holds, the Pararescue/Combat Control Indoctrination Course's long standing "underwater record" by swimming 133 meters, on one breath, subsurface, for 2 minutes and 23 seconds, until losing consciousness.

Too legit to quit.

He has created four ten-week programs (we're doing the most basic one) as well as mobility workouts and something mysterious called EFX (which makes me feel like a phoenix rising from the puddle of my own sweat or death depending on the day).

To switch things up a bit, we're mixing in walks (a girl needs her Vitamin D), some Yoga Studio (with a teacher who has an endlessly fascinating hairdo), and pilates (if you have a recommendation for a good source of pilates videos, let us know-- the Scandinavian fellow we're currently following leaves us disoriented in his dust).

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