sun salutations

Today was a busy day and my knee was ready for a rest.  My sisters both arrived and we began our March round of trio rehearsals.   It was pouring in the morning so I began my day with a few rounds of sun salutations, hoping to inspire some sunshine.  It didn’t work but I felt good after my morning yoga!   The rest of the day was a wash of  rehearsals and “sister time” on Clement, where I purchased The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health at Green Apple Books.  The goal of the day was to rest my knee, stay hydrated and get enough sleep in preparations for Thursday’s photo shoot.

The workout:

Learn to enjoy exercise and how proper exercise is one of the most powerful lymphatic moving techniques!   Dr. John Douillard of LifeSpa in Colorado has posted a fascinating YouTube video.  Dr. Douillard has been teaching Ayurvedic medicine, natural health, fitness, and nutrition internationally for 22 years.

Nikken wellness:

My complete sleep system– mattress pad, comforter and pillow- allows my body faster recovery and deeper rest


Today was the most centered day I’ve had in a long time. I began my morning with hibiscus orange tea on the lanai and opened up The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health.  I read all of the forwards and decided that it was high time I do something to calm my scattered energies and start restoring lost flexibility. Since all of my back stuff started last September I had given all yoga with the excuse that I didn’t want to hurt myself more. I am much stronger now and have a pretty good grip on what feels good versus what might hurt. In April when I’m home again, I plan to attend the Iyengar Institute’s back classes. Although I’ve practiced yoga on and off for years, it will be best for me to have a master teacher helping me with form and modifications.
Anyway, my short yoga practice left me ready to tackle a delicious breakfast and Mozart performances for Mom’s students at Iolani. I felt full of life and vibrant. My performances were interesting and centered!
I relaxed away the afternoon at the beach and was inspired to do a sunset run.
The workout:
40 minutes, brisk & steady pace
Full body roll-out
Core exercises
I finally feel mostly normal again. My head is still somewhat congested but there is no semblance of a fever and I didn’t hack through my run!

Nikken wellness:

knee wrap– my left knee was aching a bit after my run