Vegan Living

The Rollerblading Vegan

One of my very favorite things to do as a workout is rollerblading.  It’s a workout I do by myself (mainly because I don’t know many others who rollerblade lol) and I love the time it gives me to reflect on anything and everything.  It’s a form of meditation, as weird as that sounds.  The bike paths I rollerblade on have some amazing views and I do my best to take it all in as often as possible.  One thing I’m always cautious of however, are all the little creatures who are currently on the same route as myself.  I do my absolute best to avoid rollerblading over them even though I know it’s impossible to dodge every single one.  This is a prime example of how and when vegans aren’t “perfect”.   We as a species are bound to cause harm to many non-human animals simply for existing.  This is an argument I hear often from non-vegans who claim vegans think they’re perfect and claim to not harm any animal.  The huge difference between incidents like rollerblading or even walking for that matter, is that the harm is UNINTENTIONAL.    Unintentional harm is inevitable.  Farming vegetables causes unintentional harm, construction causes unintentional harm, even driving your car causes unintentional harm (most likely) every time.  These are unintentional deaths simply because humans exist.  INTENTIONAL deaths directly harm others simply for our benefit.  The most obvious being the billions of intentional slaughters that happen around the world every single year simply for our pallet pleasure.  The second most obvious being the intentional killing of the animals we kill to wear and test on. 

 Sheesh, just typing this makes me realize how vain we can be as a species.  One thing we can all strive for however, is to limit the intentional deaths as much as possible, wherever possible.  Most of us live in civilized communities where survival situations are few and far between.  Meaning we have (healthier) alternatives when it comes to food and clothing so there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t be striving to live a vegan lifestyle.  It’s the only way we can limit the intentional deaths (aka murders) of all the innocent non-human animals we share this wonderful planet with. 

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Hot hoT YoGa

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If you enjoy yoga and or meditation, you should totally give Bikram Yoga a shot.  According to Wikipedia- Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques. It became popular in the early 1970s. All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises.  The hubby and I currently signed up for a 21 day unlimited package and we’re scheduling two days a week.  It’s an intense course that helps you focus on breathing, technique and meditation.  My favorite pose is the one we get to do in between poses called savasana.  It means corpse pose and is a relaxation technique.. definitely right up my alley haha! I’m hoping it will help me with my March goal to finally get my splits and overall flexibility.

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Move it Mondays

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Like 99.9% of people, I made a New Years resolution this year to get in shape.  Not only to get in shape, but to get more flexible.  I have a goal to get both of my splits by the end of February.  Growing up, I considered myself pretty athletic.  I did gymnastics then competition cheerleading through high school and then urban dance in college.  Throughout my life however, I was never able to master both left and right splits.

I envision myself dancing to choreography I make up in my head.  Why is it that I’m so much better at picturing myself dancing than ACTUALLY dancing??  I feel like a complete tool when I try and recreate the moves I envision in real life.  Even more so when I take a dance class… especially hip hop.  That’s the style I feel more comfortable in but only when I free style.  Try and teach me some moves and I forget all my skills.

A long term goal for me is to be able to choreography a dance I actually look good performing so I can incorporate my activism lifestyle with it.  To accomplish this however, I need to take all sorts of dance classes, gym classes, and put in the long hours and hard work myself.  As for gym classes, I take a Balance and Flex class on Tuesdays, a Strength Training class on Wednesdays and a Pilates class on Thursdays.  Mondays are for actual dance classes (either hip hop or modern).  And of course, I can’t forget yoga!  No set days for yoga but it’s so good for the body and mind as well, so I try and fit it in when possible.

I feel so out of my comfort zone on Mondays but it’s a small price to pay in order to achieve my long term dance goal.  Tonight I’ll take one step closer on turning this goal into a reality.  Even if it means putting myself out there and feeling so out of place.

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