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This newsletter covers fall classes, pacing ourselves and eating more vegetables.

St. Louis Park Rec Center Classes all in Wolfe Park 3700 Monterey Dr, SLP, MN 55416

Here is the new website to register for the fall series of fitness classes

Vinyasa Flow Mon 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM from 9/9 to 10/21. This class moves through more flow and strength poses. Many modifications will be offered for all levels.

Express Strength and More Core Mon 6 to 6:45 PM from 9/9 to 10/21. This all levels class includes strength training and targets lower back, hips and abs at the end of class.

Express Cardio Strength Circuit and Core Wed 6 to 6:45 PM from 9/11 to 10/23. Format will be 2 minutes of cardio, 2 minutes of strength training with weights then core work, ending with a five minute cool down. Low impact options will be offered in this all levels class.

Gentle Yoga Wed 7 to 7:45 PM from 9/11 to 10/23. This yoga is great for beginners or anyone who wants a slower paced class.

Thanks to all who came to FREE OUTDOOR YOGA. We are done in St. Louis Park for the year. Early birds there is still an hour long class every morning up to Labor Day at 6:30 AM. We meet between the Lake Harriet Bandshell and the lake. No class if temp are 55 or lower or if rain with chance of lightning. A number of teachers with many different styles will guide your practice. I taught six times so far and a news crew showed up once. My only scheduled August date is Friday 8/9.

Everyone has a different pace. Not just walking or running but the way we make decisions or process information. It is really importance to pace ourselves. We use sayings like pickup the pace or the pace of life is slow there. When our pace is faster than those around us we sometimes become impatient. In fact Minnesota just passed a law to fine slow drivers in the left lane. The Eagles had a hit with the song Life in the Fast Lane.

When I was in corporate America full time I was asked to work on a project that was behind so mandatory 12 hour days were required. It was the 2nd largest project in the long history of this large company. Being told it would only be a few months I said yes. Well the crazy pace lasted even after we launched the project. Many people got sick at the end and I got shingles, misdiagnosed as everyone said I was too young for it. My saving grace was taking yoga. For an hour I was encourage to listen to the pace in which my body was telling me to move.

These squirrels on my deck railing look like they over did it! Over the years I have learned to better pace myself. I am a type A with lots of energy. My grandmother told me when I very little and wanted to go out to play, I was ready in a snap. Most of my friends moved at a slower pace so I would be tying their shoes and helping them into their coats and hats so we could “get a move on it!” Because I have a lot of energy, I tend to exhaust myself then I move really slow, like sloth slow. How do you monitor your energy level and pace?

One way to monitor energy is to have part of your exercise plan be the same. Taking a walk at the same time every day you can tune into your energy. Having a short yoga flow at the same time can also help. I try to meditate at the same time every day and also tune into my energy level there. If I fall asleep I know I’m over doing it (it happend once). Some people have more energy in the morning and you know who you are. It can also help if you can time your important tasks to your peak energy. Tuning into our energy so we can pace our selves is a valuable tool in our toolkit.

Pug photo by Clint Bustrillos from

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a food production and distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. It is my advice for getting in more veggies. People always ask me what is in my weekly organic CSA. Pictured above is a typical haul. I have a small share, perfect for a vegetarian. Mine also has medium and large shares and a salad share. Think about CSA’s or just making a weekly trip to the farmer’s market especially if you are in a colder climate. There are so many fresh vegatables now.

Happy rest of August enjoy summer!!!