Great Post-Running Date with Shiya of Shanti Yoga Shala!

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Yesterday, I had a WONDERFUL 6-miler, as unfortunately, the Husband was working again, so I used the time to bang it out on the TM!  After, I had the most AMAZING post-run date with my girl Shiya!

Obviously Shiya is on the left, her man on the right 😉

If you all remember, I went to the opening of Shiya’s BEAUTIFUL yoga studio, Shanti Yoga Shala, back in December.  Again, I HIGHLY reccommend this Yoga Studio to ANYONE living in the Philadelphia area.  Here is a description of SYS (my nickname for it) from the site

Shanti means peace. Yoga means union or unity. Shala means center.

The Shanti Yoga Shala is a community for spiritual gathering offering vigorous yoga classes based on the linage and teachings of Sri K. Patthabi Jois and Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Our yoga classes have an emphasis on teachings from ancient texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Shanti Yoga Shala offers Vinyasa Yoga classes in two styles, Ashtanga Yoga and Jivamukti Vinyasa Yoga. Vinyasa simply means the linking of movement, breath and intention.

I am so excited, as I am attending a workshop there later this month regarding Jivamukti Yoga.  According to Shiya’s Site

The Jivamukti Yoga Method found in 1984 by Sharon Ganon and David Life focuses on teaching and practicing yoga as a means to enlightenment. Jivamukti promotes the educational aspect of the practice and give students access to where these ideas have come from. Each class focuses on a theme, which is supported by chanting, readings, references to scriptural texts, music (from the Beatles to Moby), spoken word, Ashtanga based Vinyasa asana sequencing and yogic breathing practices.

The name Jivamukti means Liberation while living. Jivamukti is taken from the Sanskrit term, Jivanmukti, which is used to describe the state of enlightenment. Shanon Ganon and David Life chose the name because they wanted the student to be reminded of the ultimate aim of the practice.

The Jivamukti method of Yoga is one of the nine internationally recognized styles of Hatha Yoga. The other eight being: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Sivananda, Integral, Bikram, Kripalu, and Kundalini.

I will keep you posted on my wonderful experiences at SYS and hope to see you there! 😉  Email me at jessdownes1@gmail.com if you wanna hit up a class with me. You can find the schedule here.

OK, moving on…Shiya and I had an AWESOME sauna/steam/whirlpool date at the Sporting Club  after my run.  We both TOTALLY needed it, as Shiya had just “Mysored” and I had just 6-ered 😉  You can see a review of my amazing gym here as they have wonderful workout features.  But yesterday it was ALL about the SPA amenities!  We made several rotations through the steam room, sauna and whirlpool, but definitely spent the most of our time in the last two (sauna/whirlpool).  Ummm and I take it back about exercizing because our mouths got a GREAT workout.  We had some GREAT conversation.  Shiya is a lovely girl and I cannot WAIT for our next Sporting Club date!  We said we would try to do it monthly.  Sounds like a plan! 

OK, have a wonderful Monday!  Toodles!

Attention Philly Runners! Who wants to BS with me!?!?

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Hehe- BS is the Broad Street Run that I have decided to run!  It will be my first BIG race- it is ten miles!  It is the 2010 Blue Cross Broad Street Run and registration opens in February!  I am PSYCHED! I KNOW I can do it, as I had a GREAT 6 miler yesterday and am “trusting my training.” Here is information from the site reagarding the course (which I know from personal experience living in Philly is F-L-A-T!)

Course: A 10-mile, point-to-point course (named one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country by Runner’s World) starts at the Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue. The course is a pleasing run past the varied neighborhoods of Philadelphia along Broad Street. It finishes inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street in South Philadelphia. There are eleven water stations, digital clocks at each <!–Motrin –>Mile, aid stations, port-a-potties, entertainment and numerous ambulances on the course. The course is traffic-free in the south-bound lanes and monitored by police. This course is certified by USATF.

Now, for the BIG question…who’s in with me?!?! Come on people!  Email me at jessdownes1@gmail.com and we can get a team together to train or just support each other! 

I am also considering doing a smaller race 3 days after my BIG 3-0!  April 17th is the 5K for Clean Air.  It is an environmentally friendly race in all ways, and a celebration of Earth Day. I figure I don’t really do a TON to help the environment on a daily basis (especially with my HUGE SUV, I know I know…) and this looks like a fun way to start my 30th year, a committment to being nice to the environment and my first racing season!  Here is information from the site:

The 29th Annual 5K Run for Clean Air and Earth Day celebration will take place April 17th, 2010.  The course starts at the Philadelphia Art Museum and runs along Martin Luther King Drive.  Arriving back at the finish line, the Clean Air Council has invited its partners and sponsors to participate in the Earth Day Celebration,  providing an opportunity for community participants to hear about the latest Green event news, resources, and trends.

PS:  You get a free ORGANIC run shirt wootwoot!

Email me if you are interested in joining my efforts!  OK, have a WONDERFUL Monday!