Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Twisting and Sweating

Hi guys!

Bikram this morning was awesome. It was definitely challenging, as I haven’t been to a Bikram class in a looong time. Great to sweat everything out and release all those nasty toxins though! I left feeling refreshed and anew. Before I left, I snacked on a yogurt and a clementine because I knew lunch wouldn’t be until 2:00


When I got home I decided to try a cup of my new Amy’s soup—


Yuuuuuuuuuuum!!!!!!! This was by far the best canned soup I have EVER HAD. It was awesome!!! It had zero “canned” taste, was incredibly filling and tasted very authentic. Love at first spoonful! I will have to stock up!!!


I also had a slice of freshly baked olive bread (baked this morning by Publix, not me sadly) with provolone:


Another clementine—


And a piece of dark chocolate toblerone for dessert 😉


My mom and I are headed out to Linens and Things because apparently they are going out of business and everything is on major clearance. I am trying to find black-out curtains for my room for when I start my new job! Tonight my mom’s friend, Margaret, is coming over for dinner with her cute little 6 year old daughter, Bella. I believe chicken of some sorts is on the menu….

Oh and this is fun! I found out about this workshop when I was at yoga this morning. Apparently, Kishan Shah, a world renowned yoga instructor that currently teaches at UCLA, is coming to Tampa in January and giving an entire weekend workshop titled “Vinyasa Yoga & Ayurveda—Detoxification and Pranification Weekend. Here’s some info on the weekend—

Friday night 6-9 pm

“The Friday night practice is a celebration of our bodies, calling awareness to our own natural healing abilities and empowering that natural gift with the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. Using Dinacharya (daily cleansing techniques), intention setting, through the practice of Sankalpa, Herbs, and a special Yoga Asana sequence we will empower the body and mind to detoxify itself. This session is designed to help uproot deeply seated toxins. These toxins are called Ama in Ayurveda and over time they bind into the body’s tissues which are weak and unstable. Practitioners will learn how to integrate this practice into a daily ritual (Dinacharya). We will begin by sipping on a specially prepared Ayurvedic tea which helps in the detoxification process and then massage herbally medicated oils onto the body. From there we will then launch into a Yoga Asana practice sequenced to help detoxify the internal organs and the tissues while integrating Marma Points (acupressure points). It is a fun, challenging Yoga practice in a heated room for level 2/3 practitioners only. The class will end in an intention setting guided Yoga Nidra and Vedic chanting. Followed by re-hydrating beverages and cleansing fruits”

Saturday morning 12-2:30

“The Saturday morning class is a Vata Pacifying practice. Vata Dosha is comprised of the elements of Akash (Space), and Vayu (Air). In Ayurveda this Dosha is the most important to keep in balance as it is the Vata dosha is the physiological function in charge if all movement principles in the body as well as the nervous system, cardiovascular system, etc. Common symptoms of Vata imbalance are constipation, bloating, cracking joints, body pain/aching, insomnia, anxiety, depression, emotional sensitivity, and an over-active mind. The asana class is sequenced to alleviate excess Vata dosha through lots of grounding work, opening and mobilizing the major joints in the body, working with the lower chakras if Mooladhara and Swadisthana as well as Manipura. It will emphasize the balance of the pancha vayus, or 5 sub-doshas of vata . The integration of marma point therapy into the asanas will aid in the pacification of Vata, and the stimulation of the metabolic force in the body called Agni. This class is most suitable to Intermediate and Advanced level practitioners but is open to all levels with prior yoga experience.”

Saturday afternoon 4-7 pm

“Lecture. In this lecture Kishan will explain basic Ayurvedic principles and how they apply in the world and our lives, practical Ayurveda for staying in balance this season and moving forwards to this coming Spring, Dinacharya which is the Ayurvedic daily routine, and an open session for questions and answers”

Sunday morning 11-1:30

“A Prana Vinyasa Yoga class devoted to transformation through Tapasya on the yoga mat focusing on Agni Bala, or the strength of metabolic transformation within the Body and Mind. Kapha Dosha has been accumulating in the body over the winter season. Incorporating Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas to ignite our internal flame catalyzing our bodies down to the cellular level. A challenging and empowering practice to uplift the spirit, awaken the body, and center the mind in Dharana of the Self. For level 2/3 practitioners”

Sounds interesting, no?! The whole weekend package is actually only 100 bucks, which is pretty good for all that and Kishan is supposedly amazing. Check out his website—his bio is crazy! I am totally going to do it. I’ll probably sign up later today or tomorrow to make sure I have my space reserved!

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  • BethT
    December 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I would love to try Bikram while I’m on my holiday break from work. I’m probably an advanced beginner….would it be too tough for me, you think? or is it really just a matter of adjusting to the temps?

    • jenna
      December 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm


      You could TOTALLY do it. Just be forewarned that it is going to be HOT. I remember thinking how can all that heat be normal, but it really is so great and cleansing for your body and you do get used to it after a few times. The important thing is do not push yourself and if you feel lightheaded you should rest. Also, drink tons of water before and after to hydrate yourself. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I’m always cold and love to be warm and toasty so its perfect for me!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    HELL YES FOR YOGA!! Bikram definitely sounds intense – I haven’t tried it yet.

    Definitely sign up!!

    Glad to know that that soup is worthy!! Can’t really go wrong with a lot of Amy’s prodcuts.

  • VeggieGirl
    December 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm


  • polly
    December 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    hey Jenna! I looooove yoga and reading about your yoga adventures just makes me happy!

    I would love to know your thoughts on Ayruveda and the food. I am a for SURE Vata, and it says warming foods are best for me. I totally agree, but I do love raw fruits and veggies. I can tell my body responds better when I eat heavier, stick to your ribs food like oatmeal and soothing fruits like bananas. Both supposed to be best for Vatas. Anyone taken the quiz to figure out what type that are?

    Here is a link to find out.

    I’d love to get some other’s feedback on this, too! 🙂

    • jenna
      December 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm


      I’m 100% totally a Vata in every which way. I actually own a book on all the dosha types and had a wonderful yoga instructor that was incredibly knowledgeable on that about 4 years or so ago. She used to have all these crazy food sensitivities and whatnot and then when she began “eating for her type” more, everything disappeared. Totally. I’ve always been fascinated with it, especially since after reading about the Vata type, it fits me perfectly. Crazy!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    $100 is an amazing price for that weekend workshop! Go for it. Love love love Fage Greek yogurt. Whenever I try another brand of Greek, I always go back to Fage. It’s the best!

  • fitforfree
    December 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I love Bikram! Wish it wasn’t so expensive, though 🙁 haha
    That detox workshop sounds like an interesting experience—I’ve done a couple detoxes (one on fruit&juice while working at a vegan cafe; and a sweat lodge, which is a long story)—it definitely helps you “get to know yourself” in a new way. Good luck!

  • fitforfree
    December 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Also – BethT – I’m sure Jenna will answer but just wanted to give you my 2 cents: when I did Bikram there was a woman in my class who couldn’t walk when she started, but she modified the poses to suit her and ended up getting back some function in her legs!! So I think as an advanced beginner you will be TOTALLY fine if you just listen to your body and take a rest if you need one 🙂

  • Oh She Glows
    December 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Wow what a great yoga weekend! Sounds like it would be really interesting. 🙂


  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Where can I find that soup?!

  • Fitness Surfer
    December 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I’m feeling the build up of nasty toxins from not exercising yesterday. I usually like to take at least one day of on the weekend, but then by the end of that day I’m a wreck. Maybe even a simple cardio on that day to help keep my body on the same schedule?

    That yoga week sounds amazing. I love how energized, relaxed and focused I feel after a yoga workout. Please share with us how it goes.

  • K
    December 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Amy’s can just do no wrong! Hope you found some curtains!!

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I totally have to try that soup now.

  • Maureen
    December 22, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Yum, dal! My favourite. I’ll remember your recommendation next time I’m picking up soup.

  • Shelby
    December 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I’ll be trying that soup for sure now!!

  • Jenny
    December 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Amy’s soups are the best! What an awesome yoga package too!

  • ModelBehavior
    December 22, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I tried yoga once…and hated it! But you make me really want to give it another shot! Perhaps I’ll try some of these yoga downloads I’ve been hearing so much about!


  • Kristie
    December 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I’ll definitely be on the lookout for that soup now!

    You should definitely sign up for that weekend yoga sesh, 100 bucks sounds like an awesome deal. I’ve honestly never really even tried yoga before but I keep hearing so many positive things.. maybe one day!

  • HangryPants
    December 22, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Good to know about the soup! I feel like alll canned soups taste like a can, so I’ll have to check it out!

    That sounds like a fantastic yoga weekend! I hope you get to sign up.

  • runjess
    December 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I really want to try Bikram. I have trouble considering yoga to be a good “workout,” but I hear that Bikram is pretty intense.