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My First Muay Thai Boxing Experience

Posted in life with tags , on September 27, 2010 by Robin Eller
High kick and block

A high kick and block

Yesterday I went to my first Mauy Thai Boxing Event. My BFF and her husband own a Gym/Muay Thai Boxing School (At1Fitness/Muay Thai School, USA) The husband is a former Mauy Thai Boxing champion from Thailand. I never knew there was such a following for this sport. There were almost 1200 people at this Event. The entrance each boxer made was quite similar to the entrances that the traditional boxers make. I’ve never been to live boxing event but have seen enough of it on TV. These fighters don’t do all the “grand standing” that some of the boxers do; however they have their favorite songs (Eminem, Jay Z, Tupac, etc) to energize them while they walk to the ring. There’s a ritual or preparation that the professionals do before they fight in which they go around the ring and touch each corner in a certain way. the middle of the ring fighter goes down on his knees which appears almost as if they are praying with the gestures they make to the sky but then there is a choreography with the arms. They get up and have another movement that they do which also appears choreographed. I’m going to have to ask the experts more about it. This takes around 5-10 more minutes to complete before they get the rules from the referee, touch gloves and come out fighting. Now that was familiar. Throughout the “preparation” there is Thai music playing in the back round that sounds quite primitive. I loved it!! This music was played during the entire fight.  The amateurs fight 3 rounds and the pros fight 5 rounds. We saw a few knockouts and which of course made me nervous for the well being of the fighter that went down. There is always a doctor nearby. If the fighter is knocked down real hard, he doesn’t stay in the ring  when they announce the winner. I’m certain the fighter is taken somewhere to get a better examination. I’m so impressed with the strength the pros have to execute these high kicks to the body without losing their balance. In some instances, one would think that the fighter would fall off balance. This one pro-fighter from Thailand had some amazing moves. He was declared the winner and took the belt from the other fighter. I appreciate the respect that each fighter demonstrates for his opponent especially after the match. They bow to each other and to the support team of their opponent. A word used so often in martial arts that I have always appreciated: Respect. If only all people would stop to use just a bit of that human kindness in their daily lives; the world just might be filled with less hate. Okay, I digress. The Muay Thai Event was quite educational and I look forward to going back again.

Finding Calm in Chaos recommends: Find Calm in Chaos

Posted in life with tags , , , on September 26, 2010 by Robin Eller
Scenes of Inner Taksang, temple hall, built ju...

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A dear friend sent this to me today. It arrived in her email box after we exchanged emails about balance in our lives. Talk about the universe speaking to you. It felt fitting to place this on my blog as a reminder to myself to find the “calm even in chaos.”

Find Calm in Chaos
Posted By Jane Powell – http://www.meditationsforwomen.com/meditations

“Take care of you!”

If you live inside an out-of-control schedule, like trying to cram three days of work into one, the personal toll is high. Undoubtedly, your stress levels are high and you feel overwhelmed.

It’s okay to slow down and pace yourself. The truth is you’ll accomplish more if you set a reasonable pace; one that you can maintain for the long run.

Don’t forget to schedule time to relax and refresh your body, soul, and spirit. Dinner with friends, a long walk or even a relaxing bubble bath will do wonders in letting go and grounding yourself.

You deserve balance in your life. It’s up to you to make it happen.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women
Today’s Affirmation: I have a balanced life.

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Bikram Yoga

Posted in life, people, travel with tags , , on September 11, 2010 by Robin Eller
Bikram Choudhury at a book signing in New York...

Bikram Choudhry "Boss"

I have tried a few types of yoga in the past and although I enjoyed them in the moment; none of the classes have inspired me enough to get me to come back until now.  It’s old news to most people in the Yoga scene but for my body, it’s a new journey.  I’m on my second week of taking Bikram yoga which is also known as “hot yoga.”  I fell in love with this yoga class after taking my first one. Two weeks ago was when I took my first class and now it seems like a lifetime ago. As I reflect on the first day: I recall the room being a bit intimidating; I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard about the heat and there was the uncertainty of how my body would respond to this new experience. I told myself to crawl first before I try to walk. The most important thing was to stay in the room.  I thought it was a good sign that the “Boss”; as he is referred to so lovingly by the other teachers; Bikram Choudhury taught my very first class. I am told by a few friends who used to take Bikram yoga, that they had never experienced a class with him. Now I really know it was good karma for me. What a sense of humor this man has! I am inspired by his energy and tickled by what might come out of his mouth next. There is no edit button. LOL!! Bikram’s humor makes it easier to hold a pose and not think too much about what my body is doing.  Most importantly, I try not think about what I “can’t” do and more of what I “can” do. In a previous life I had been a dancer which made some of the poses recognizable for me; at least in some ways.  In spite of my dance experience; this is this the most difficult exercise I have ever experienced. With my mind remaining positive, I quickly realized that I went beyond what I thought were my limitations.  A great discovery in the first week was that my entire body was truly energized afterward. In the 90 minutes it takes to do just 26 poses: it felt as if I had basically worked myself to death. The question of  “will I make it?” came up with 15 minutes left to go. Those thoughts disappeared each time I went back. Today, the time really flew by for me.  Bikram taught again and was hysterical as usual.  I realize that there are 86 poses to learn which might take the rest of my life.  I am still finding my way through 26 poses. Hey, I have something to look forward to. In the meantime, there are 26 poses that I have to perfect and that’s enough to give me the determination to take class as much as my schedule will permit. Yoga really puts me in a good mood to face my day.  It’s nice to have something to keep me strong inside and out; especially during a time when one can be affected by the imbalances that are around us. It’s too soon to say where this yoga journey will take me but I already like how my body and my mind are responding to it.  Chissa` but for now….Namaste…

Words of Encouragement

Posted in friends, life with tags , , , on September 10, 2010 by Robin Eller
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I have the privilege to share a weekly class with a wonderful group of women. We are different in so many ways; age, backgrounds, race, body types and even the way we express ourselves through movement. At the same time we share the same passion every week. I look forward to seeing them every week and most of all, I am inspired by all of these women. One person in particular shared these words of encouragement in an email exchange and they spoke to me so loudly. I read these words in the book “A Woman’s Worth” by Marianne Williamson.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, talented, gorgeous, fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. And as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

It was probably 9 or 10 years ago when I read this book. I know this is a message to pick up this book again and really absorb the words. Thanks to “J” I have the desire to read this book again and the courage to let my light shine ever so brightly. Here’s to our pact to walk taller and prouder in the daylight.