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Self-Defense Class

Northwest Pearls: Self-Defense Class I went to a second self-defense class this past week. I've been wanting to learn basic self defense so I tried out this class a few weeks ago. I was hoping to do something at class, I'm not really sure what, but it didn't involve wearing huge helmets with face guards and punching someone (or getting punched in) the head.

But that's what we did.

It was so far out of my comfort zone. I've never done anything remotely similar to this. It was disorienting to keep on getting hit in the head. Even if it was done lightly and done with thick gloves and it was only a plastic shield in front of me that got hit. Still super scary.

I closed my eyes for just about every hit. Even though you're not supposed to close your eyes, it's really hard to keep your eyes open. I don't understand how you do so.

But while it was really far out of my comfort zone, I did have some fun. I didn't land very many hits, and most of my "opponents" were pretty easy on me. (There was one who I didn't like going against because he didn't go as easy on me and it was hard to block all his hits and annoying to get hit that much.)

If I had the money, I would continue to go to the classes for a workout, but since I'm looking for a self-defense class and this one is oriented towards men, I'm going to look for one that is for women. While it's probably good to know how to punch someone in the head and some of the other things that this class teaches, I think that I would be better off learning other techniques. At least until I have the money to take both.

Have you ever been to a self-defense class? What did you think?

Kickboxing Class

I went to a kickboxing class last night and let me tell you, I hate burpees. I like kicking and punching the bag, but there aren't words to describe how much I hate burpees. The class started out with a little jog, then some burpees, pushups, squats, and a little more before we started working on the bags. One of the employees made sure to show me all of the moves and I really enjoyed it.

We did jabs, hooks, roundhouse kicks, side kicks, and front kicks. I focused more on the form than the power behind the moves but it was fun.

Sadly membership is expensive and not worth it to me so I'm probably not going back, but it was a fun workout (except for the burpees) and I'm definitely feeling it today. I was even feeling it last night.

Have you ever tried out kickboxing? What did you think?

Yoga in the Park

Northwest Pearls: Yoga in the Park  

This past week I went down to Southern California. One of the many fun things I did was go to I Heart Yoga in the Park classes. The class is located in Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, CA, and is free with a suggested donation of $8.

This was the first time I had tried yoga (besides doing a YouTube class or two in college) although I have been thinking of taking classes for a while. The first class was incredibly hard but the other two I went to were a lot easier. I went to two evening classes and one 10 am class.

Around 30-60 people (forgive me if I'm way off, estimating people can be hard) attended the classes. I had a yoga mat, some water, my (somewhat baggy and loose in all the wrong places) yoga clothes, and my sunglasses. The park overlooks the ocean and it's very pretty.

Both men and women went to the classes; their ages ranged from late teens/early twenties to their fifties and sixties. (There may have been older people, I just didn't see them.) The instructors walked around so if you couldn't hear them at one point, you could hear them later; once in a while they commented on a specific person's pose to correct it or to praise it.

I can see the class being better for people who actually know what they're doing in yoga, but I didn't have too much trouble following along. I'm sure my form could have been better but I definitely got a workout and I was careful to not hurt myself. (I just looked at a picture of myself doing downward dog and I didn't realize that it was more like an upside down 'v' so I know that I was doing that one wrong, my back was curved.) 

Since I have some free time coming up and I enjoyed the classes, I might look into taking a few yoga classes here in the northwest.

Have you ever tried yoga? What have you thought of it?

Relieving Stress

Northwest Pearls: Stress and Running  

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I get stressed and then I feel it in my neck, shoulders, back, and head. Whenever I go to get a massage the masseuse will comment on how many knots I have and how much I carry my stress. It doesn't help that I have poor posture when I'm just sitting at my desk watching Netflix and that my posture at work isn't a ton better. That's probably where a chunk of my aches and pain come from.

So on days when I can feel the stress and all I want is for it to go away I've found the easiest way to get it out is to run.

About ten minutes into the run and I feel like a different person.

I've tried using a heating pad and using a neck-pillow that you microwave, but neither of those works as well as just getting on the treadmill, or going outside, and running. The elliptical works too, but not as well. And sleep can help, but if it's the middle of the day or it's not time to go to bed? Then running works pretty well for me.

What have you found gets rid of your stress? Do you have any tips?