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Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Master Class

My first impression of Bryan Kest was from his cheesy Power Yoga videos from way back in the day.  Let’s be frank, it’s hard to take a man seriously who looks like this, see below with a super nubile Seane Corn.   Over the last year, I’ve taken a couple of Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Master Classes and he’s surprisingly down to earth and practical in his approach.  He begins the class with an informal lecture, followed by over an hour and a half of physical asana practice, and concludes with a guided meditation. Yeah, he recycles cheesy one liners like “yoga, it’s like dancing without the bulimia,” but he also peppers the practice with gems like (my personal favorite), “If you bring your shit into yoga, you turn your yoga into shit.”  He’s currently winding his way through the country teaching his 3 hour master class at different yoga studios.  He calls it a “master class,” but don’t be intimidated.  Kest keeps it basic and accessible to most.  I wouldn’t make it your first yoga class ever, but if you practice regularly you’ll be fine.  If the opportunity arises to take his class, I recommend it.And I hate to bring this up, but for the starfuckers that need a little more persuading….he dated Lisa Bonet a few years ago, and there is a persistent (but false) web rumor that he fathered a love child with her. 

The First to Go

Circumstances beyond my control forced me to give up yoga for a little over three months.  I’ve recently returned to my mat and can’t believe how much my practice has suffered for the absence.First I noticed the weakness in my feet.  Strong feet are the first to go.  Balancing series that were once no problem are now fireleg starters.The hands, another key foundation, also suffered atrophy.  Blame weak hands for slippage during downward facing dog.  My core is jello.  Tight quads rebel.  My stressed muscles have stiffened and weakened all over.Thankfully the resilient body recovers quickly.  Each day I regain a little steadiness.  Now I know, the practice won’t wait.  There are no breaks.  Do yoga everyday and it will improve your life and your body.  It may sound like some bougie Jennifer Aniston granola bullshit, but it is 100% true.

 

Black Friday Bloat

Between the drinking, pre-meal snacking, dinner, and dessert, on average each American consumes between 3,000 – 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving.  To put it in perspective, there are 3,500 calories in a pound.  Can America really afford to gain another collective pound? 

Here are some non-shopping options for creative calorie cremation this Black Friday.  Sex + Orgasm = approximately 200 calories burned, depending on ferocity.Watching 1 hour of bad reality TV requires approximately 60 calories.1 hour of power vinyasa yoga melts 500 calories.

Bickering for an hour torches at least 100 calories.  Even more if your arguments are intense and full of grand of gesticulations.

Vigorous cleaning burns 225 calories an hour.  Don’t deny the house could use a once over.