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About pogo69

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    Mt Warren Park, QLD, Australia
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    Trail running, hiking, camping, frolicking in the forest, playing the guitar.

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  1. After many years (SO many years) reading, intermittently watching, listening, and occasionally dabbling in Stretch Therapy concepts, movements and practises; I have finally got around to actually implementing some of them, on a semi-regular basis. Early days, but I hope that it will be the start of a consistent practise. I have chosen HtSfM as the basis/genesis of my practise for several reasons: It is fundamental. I could have chosen Master Squat, Master Back Bend, Master Shoulder, as each involve areas in which I have mobility issues. But there are things going on in my hips that feel like fundamental impediments to improvement in mobility, no matter the target. I suspect that for a very large number of people, this would equally be the most efficient point of entry. It is also the area in which I experience the greatest level of imbalance. Hip flexors, piriformis, tailor pose, burmese sitting position, simple cross-legged sit; everything is highly imbalanced; something I hope to improve, and ultimately correct. It is broadly applicable. While I see the major initial benefits around the hips, there is peripheral benefit to the shoulders, lats, spine, neck etc. I wish to incorporate the result in a sitting meditation practise. I have begun, and will continue to finish my practise with what will hopefully be a gradually extended period of sitting meditation. Limbering + meditation = a better balanced Pat. How's it been going? Really well, really quickly, thus far. While I know that appreciable improvements will come non-linearly and slowly, I have been encouraged by some useful initial changes. My first session resulted in a creaky body, that needed at least 15 minutes before I could stand and walk without stiffness and pain. I also experienced quite intense and unexpected glute DOMS for a couple of days afterwards. I have since experienced no lingering stiffness or pain, and have gradually extended my post-limbering sitting meditation period to around 10 minutes. I don't measure it - merely sit in meditation until I feel my posture flagging without overt effort. This has been quite the revelation. My final sitting position requires a small cushioned bolster under my right knee. But with this, I can now sit quite comfortably. Kudos again, to @Nathan for producing his PDF cheat sheet. I have used it a couple of times now, as a quick reference to obviate the need to follow along with the video. Yesterday, I tried to run through the sequence without prompts. (*) Only forgot the Lying Side Bend, which is a bit of a bummer, as I love how that feels. PDF Cheat Sheet: How to Sit for Meditation PDF Cheat Sheet @Kit_L: Can you please consider inserting the link to Nathan's cheat sheet in the initial post? Also, pinning this post in the forum? I had to search for it, as it had drifted down to page 4, and I think HtSfM is far more important than it has been thus far regarded. (*) Last night's run-through of HtSfM was done while trying to "encourage" our 4yo to eat his dinner. The period of sitting meditation afterwards, was greatly appreciated.
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    Swiss Danny Workout Log

  3. I love this aspect of your training log! Of course, that you have, thus far, an eclectic and - to me - appealing taste in music, helps a great deal.
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    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    I've bought it here in Australia, from a Japanese Grocery Supplies store. I'd be very surprised, if you couldn't find similar in Korea. But if you can't find a local supplier, you can certainly find a Korean supplier online: http://www.greennae.kr/product-category/matcha-all/?orderby=price At least one of the products listed purports to be "the real thing":
  5. Good stuff Ditto 😍
  6. I'm in much the same position as you, with respect to each of these issues. Of course they can all be improved. I've had better mobility in the tailor pose, but have since lost it. How quickly you improve is impossible to say, being contingent on so many factors. I would expect with consistently efficacious practise you might be very surprised what you can achieve in one year. On the flip side, you may never achieve full mobility in one or all of these areas. The most important thing is consistent and mindful practise. Easy for me to say, having known of Kit's work for many years (so many years!!!) but never yet applying myself to consistent mindful practise. That said, I'm in about the same place as you are right now with my view to the future, also. Finally got around to making my way through the 'How to Sit for Meditation' video, ran through it a second time, and intend to make it the basis of my continuing practise for now. I have all of the Stretch Therapy materials but consider working towards a fully mobile, comfortable sitting position my biggest bang for buck right now. Lots of things going on in my hips that I think will great unlock my body, should I make significant headway.
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    Nathan's Nook

    Thanks again for this, @Nathan. I finally got around to following along the entire HtSfM on the weekend. I went through it again today, just using the PDF and found it very useful for prompts. About the right level of detail, I think. I'll probably need to follow the video again a couple of times for nuance, but the cheat sheet is plenty for continuing practise.
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    Joe's Joint

    No, I'll leave them, as is. I did look into all manner of crampons sometime last year, in preparation for a race that I ended up missing, due to injury. There isn't anything out there that is specifically compatible. I found anecdotal evidence of people using some with FiveFingers, but they will all carry the risk of slippage due to being designed to fit over a full toe box. Shouldn't be necessary for next year's race. Terry, the RD, does a very thorough pre-race sweep. Any ice patches, of which there are usually relatively few, are well marked.
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    Joe's Joint

    They really are incomparable on steep, technical terrain. As close as one can get to a climbing shoe, without having to cram your foot into a space several sizes too small; upon which you can barely hobble, much less walk or run. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Vibrams hold up (or more accurately, how I hold up), next June. Running in Winter in NZ's South Island around snow-capped mountains will be something different for us both.
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    Joe's Joint

    There are limits to everything, but it will differ between individuals, and between versions of yourself. You will adapt, with carefully graded exposure. I've given myself a couple of doses of mild chilblains after running on frost-covered grass. Not from the cold, but from too rapidly re-heating my feet in a hot shower.
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    Joe's Joint

    Haha! I experience much the same, @jaja. I am generally very agile outdoors, but as soon as I venture inside, I am all big toes! I'm certain it is largely psychosomatic.
  12. Could not agree more! Watched it yesterday on my phone, and saved it away so that I could watch it on a bigger screen today. Beautiful movement.
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    Joe's Joint

    I invariably find that after lengthy trail races (5, 10, 20hrs+) in my Vibrams + Injinjis, my feet are in much better condition afterwards than people who wear shoes with more protection from the elements. Less wrinkly, less battered, less smelly, zero blisters ever. But yes, the toe stubbing is a thing. I even broke my right little toe a few years back. Because the Vibrams allow your toes to move independently, it clipped a "hidden" root, went sideways, and snapped in half. The Spyridons (that I wear) - and now the V-Trail - have toe protection and a stone guard in the mid-foot. They certainly help against the odd rock, but the ultimate goal is of course to improve one's proprioception, mindfulness and observational skills, to the point where they are no longer necessary. Yes. Barefoot at work, around the streets, at the shops (except when a security guard taps me on the shoulder to tell me "excuse me sir, the centre has a footwear policy; I'm going to have to ask you..."). Certainly, the danger is far greater in "civilisation" than in nature, but that can be seen as an opportunity for increased awareness. Besides, I REALLY don't like having anything on my feet. Actually, I generally wear as little as possible on any part of my body, at all times. Luckily, you cannot go wrong, no matter your itinerary! NZ is beautiful, no matter which way you look.
  14. It certainly is a problem area for me! My Tailor Pose is disgraceful. Also discovered a gracilis issue during my last trail race. I experienced truly awful cramping in my adductors for most of the race. That triggered a tendinopathy in the medial left knee area. Turns out it was excessively tight, overworked gracilis - they REALLY hurt when the physio applied minimal pressure. Physio did some dry needling on them and it let go almost instantaneously. Re: piriformis. I'm not at the stage where I need to (nor indeed can) lower my body that far, so I may have a little more time up my sleeve!
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    Joe's Joint

    Vivo is a great brand, but I'm not keen on boots for hiking. Proprioception + mobility > "protection", in my opinion. I am barefoot almost all of the time, wearing Vibrams only for trail running. We don't experience much of a Winter in SE Qld, but I don't dress any differently when travelling to areas much more cold. I'm heading down to NZ for a trail race next June, so I'll get to see how the Vibrams hold up running through the snow. Where will you be hiking? I've not been to NZ yet, but sent my partner down there last year to do the Milford Track. So very beautiful.