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Virtual Yoga Teaching

I met Mr. Nick Schmidt when I commented on his blog post for Techie Diva. By ‘met’ I mean he contacted me after the posting and we kinda began to email back and forth, forging a virtual friendship. As we continued our conversation, videos and getting in shape surfaced, and I thought how cool would it be to send him a video so that he could do yoga! He’d never done yoga before. So I kinda got something simple done, it was really meant just for him, so he could feel comfy at doing the practice. I thought, how cool would it be if he could send me a corresponding video, so that I could watch him to see how he was doing. Well, lo and behold, he did such a good job at it! So good in fact that I gave him permission to use the video on his site and all. Here it is. check it out.

Yep. The mighty Nick got my name wrong. That kinda sucked. He called me Elise. I have nothing against all the fantastic Elise’s out there, but my name is Elsie. Kinda gave Mr. Nick some crap about that, but hey, what’s done is done, and I know that his heart was in the right place πŸ™‚ enjoy the video!


Marc Holzman (Part 1) and Children’s Fitness and Technology

Inge’s Blog

Yourself Fitness

Dance Dance Revolution

The Role of Media in Child Obesity

Fitness Magazine


‘cute’ Bell Stopwatch ( I don’t think that it’s cute at all)

Kombucha this is the drink that exploded πŸ˜€

Marc Holzman Guerrilla Yoga LA

Bryan Kest Power Yoga

Naime Jezzeny

Noah Maze

mitral valve prolapse

YoGeek Beginnings- Finally an intro! and Marcia Speaks…

marcia and I

yogic meaning- yoΒ·gic [yoh-gik] Pronunciation Key adjective, of or related to yoga (source: Dictionary.com)

Geek- Wikipedia

Workout- Answers.com, WordWebOnline

I’m officially a YoGeek!

So Dave Malkoff from CBS2 news showed up to my class to interview me about online fitness πŸ™‚ How cool is that? Well, we had a great time chatting and I showed him how I did my stuff (podcasting and the like), with my MacBook, my iRiver, and my lav mic. He and his camera man then filmed about 45 min of my yoga class at Swerve Studio. Since he asked me to, I proceeded to record my class, the way that I would normally do it, for my weekly yoga podcast. So there I was now, with 2 mics on me, one, my normal awkward way (with my iRiver on my arm and the lav mic clipped to the front of my top) and then a huge mic box thing inside the pocket of my lovely still crop pants, and another fancy lav mic wrapped around the back of me, and onto the right strap of my top.

Kinda hard to ignore

Still harder to ignore, the fact that the mighty camera man (he was great!) wove in and out of my students and myself carrying this heavy, enormous camera, as if it was a little camcorder. For some reason there was a moment where I actually sort of forgot he was there, as much as one can, and the class became ‘my class’ again. All I thought of was how to help my students stay comfortable being watched. I think that’s one of the hardest things to do, so the way to do it was to simply guide them there. I did my best. This class will be Episode 39, so that y’all can take the class along with them!

Dave told me that I was going to be on the 6 o’clock news πŸ™‚ yeay!!!!

Yea, not so much…as fate would have it some loon decided to make the police chase him all over the freeways, right at 6pm, so I was not on tv 😦 the loon was…or at least until today. Don’t know when the story aired but now the video is up on the website, you can check it out HERE

and check out the corresponding Blog post by Dave , the following is just the beginning of the post, but it’s my favorite part!

May 16, 2007 11:23 am

Who is the bigger computer geek? Comic Book Guy or the woman stretching next to him?

Don’t judge a Comic Book Guy by his cover… or Elsie Escobar by her perfect yoga pose. They’re both about as nerdy!

Aaaahhh, finally, to be compared to Comic Book Guy ***sigh*** the YoGeek has truly arrived!

Make sure you check out his full post.Β  There’s a link to a very interesting article about online fitness!

Knees in the Mirror: Alignment and Engagement

Can we bring our knees to anatomical neutral? Can we in very simple ways begin ( for this is just the beginning), to engage in new ways to align our bodies.
Using your muscles and making active choices with them can help stabilize and strengthen joints and connective tissue.

Just a simple video to delve into the most basic anatomical alignment for the knees.

Please let me know what you think!

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length: 8:50min

YoGeek Chillout after a Setback: Back to Basics and Breathe

So I had it all planned, this weekend I was going to get lots of footage for this show! Lots of it, thought it would be easy.

Not so much 😦

I was so disappointed and quite defeated, but really that’s what it’s all about, allowing yourself to step in fully and whatever happens is part of your yoga. How do we then make the best choice, to the best of our ability. The time that I had at the studio was truly almost over and I felt that nothing that I had shot was remotely what I wanted to offer. It was at that moment that I decided that I just needed to breathe and chill out, so here it is…5 min of movement a little bit of quiet time to pay attention to the basics and breathe.

Once I opened my eyes and once again stepped into the world, I felt so much better, knowing that perfection lies in the imperfection, and that it’s there that we are given the Grace to be the best that we can, all the time, even if it’s not what you imagined it would be!

Check it out!

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It’s about 8 min long πŸ™‚


Booty Kickin’ Sculpt on a Thursday Afternoon

I so got my booty kicked.

Let me just tell you now, full disclosure, I work for Swerve Studio, the studio that I went to today. I teach yoga there MWF at 7:30am and have taught there since 2003. I can take free classes at the studios where I work, hence I can take free classes at Swerve. Given this information, one would think that I go there all the time. Yea, no such luck. I can count on one hand the classes that I have taken at Swerve in the past 4 yrs. That’s the sort of the curse of the teacher (at least in the world of health and fitness), you teach more than you are able to take, but that’s another post πŸ˜‰

So, since I started this little journey of the YoGeek Workout, I decided to make it a priority to experience as many ways to experience fitness as I could. Today, it was Booty Kickin’ Sculpt with Gillian Clark founder of Yoga Booty Ballet.

The funniest thing about this, is that I keep thinking that I’m in shape, and I keep being reminded that, no, that’s not the case!

The class was so much fun and soooo hard for me! It was full of fantastic women (gentlemen, you are welcome, mind you) all glowing with beauty and life from the inside out. There was such joy for working out in that class, not this manic self involved do it or loose it energy that I tend to feel from gyms and gym group classes. Gillian was delightful. She kept the energy going with lightness, brightness, wisdom and a deep sense of humor. We began by doing and energetic quick warm up, full of dance moves and funky beats. We then continued to do what it seemed to me like endless repetitions working with body toning bars and hand weights. We worked the majority of the upper body muscles, deltoids, pecs, biceps, rhomboids and of course the bottom half of the body, quads, glutes, outerhips and inner thighs. There were many times where I just had to stop. I felt that my muscles just were not up to the task. I did my best to move my feet to the beat, but gotta tell y’all, even through the exhaustion, I had a great time.

What made the class special was Gillian herself. As she teaches there is an exuberance that comes from her, a true zeal for tasting life at it’s fullest. She is ALIVE. She is uncensored. Her heart is pure sunshine. As she was doing the class with us, she spoke practically the whole time, either leading the class, or giving us incredible tips about health, fitness, environmental issues, love, books, anatomy, food, seriously, I felt like I needed to take notes. Her brilliant musings were welcomed and wanted given what we were doing with our bodies πŸ˜‰ It was her personality that made this class so deeply enjoyable, even though, it seems to me I’m going to be mighty sore tomorrow!

Gillian spoke of the 5 things that are necessary for fitness: strength, flexibility, endurance, cardiovascular health, and that whole 30% fat or less thing (I know that there is a technical term for this, but just cannot recall it right now.) I thought about these 5 things and I recognized that there are at least 2 that I never address, and those 2 are the ones that are kicking my behind right now: endurance and cardiovascular health. I know that I am flexible ( I should be practicing yoga and teaching it and all) and given my yoga practice I have built quite a bit of strength, which I’m very proud off. Part of the fact that the class was so hard is that it required endurance, to keep going, to strive through, not using momentum but an inner strength. I fell short, and recognized that. I also can feel that my heart needs to be worked out. It’s so strange that even though I bike so much around town, I never push myself to a place where I make my heart beat faster. I bike at a pace that is necessary to get me from point a to point b. Biking is not my workout, and I have never viewed it in that way, so I’m careful as to how long it takes me to get to my locations and choose not to exceed the speed that is necessary to get there, so I have built up this rhythm, internally, where I don’t work harder than necessary. This process has been truly humbling.

This class once again gave me more, there’s always more, and I’m happy to meet the challenge πŸ™‚

If any of you want to take Gillian’s Booty Kickin’ Sculpt and happen to live in LA or maybe coming to LA to visit, check out her schedule

Truly worth it!