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Fitness Friday!

Have you ever been to a yoga class? Did it involve:

a. Chanting

b. Complicated poses that involve you looking and feeling like a pretzel

c. An instructor that seemed to think she/he was a great guru

d. Leaving with a feeling of failure and not a sense of calm and well-being

If so, I have the perfect book for you! The No Om Zone came into my library the other day with its glossy pics and it’s bright green and grey cover. I had never heard of the author – Kimberly Fowler – or of her brand of yoga. But the more I read about her approach to creating a fun, relaxing, enjoyable kind of yoga that appeals to a broader range of people, the more I wanted to try it!

I have taken yoga classes before but it was at a local gym and they were more of a hybrid of tai chi, pilates, and yoga and I loved them! For those who haven’t tried it, if you take away the chanting, the hope for enlightenment and the religious aspect of the exercise, you are left with a great way to find relaxation while becoming more flexible and balanced in the process. As a runner it’s a perfect way to stay injury-free (and since I’m currently battling an injury – I miss it even more!).

Fowler says: “No OM Yoga is Yoga everyone can relate to. It’s practical, straightforward Yoga that’s fun and energizing and not intimidating. No OM Yoga was designed to get rid of the reasons many people have for not doing Yoga.”

Sounds good to me!

If I was able to take a yoga class like that along with a pilates class every week I would be one happy lady! 🙂 If you’ve never taken a yoga class before I highly recommend it. Make sure that you do your research and take a yoga class that fits your needs and personality as there is a spectrum of classes ranging from highly spiritual to not at all.

For more on Fowler and The No Om Zone – check out her sleek, new website HERE.

Friends and Food

There’s nothing like sharing a good meal with close friends. After rock climbing Friday night I went with some friends to try an Afghan restaurant that my friends absolutely love and rave about often. The name of the restaurant is Silk Road and it’s in Warren, NJ.

The ambience was nice – quiet, cultural (I’m assuming) decorations, set within two small sized rooms. The staff was friendly and attentive except for one spacey guy who I’m not sure even knew he was actually supposed to take our orders and then actually bring those orders to us. Such a concept!

I had no idea what to expect from the food and went with an open mind. It wasn’t very spicy at all but had lots of flavor. I had an appetizer of rice wrapped in grape leaves (a cold dish and not my favorite) and bholani which was a pastry filled with spices and potato and was very good. They have a lot of rice and kabob dishes and I tried an orange spiced rice dish (Naringe Palaw) with a side of vegetarian dumplings – both had a lot of flavor and were very tasty.

For dessert I shared a plate of Elephant Ears – flat pastry with powdered sugar – and a Turkish coffee. I could have passed on the pastry as it was nothing special but the Turkish coffee was very interesting. It’s a really, really thick coffee served in espresso cups that can be likened to taking espresso grounds stirring in hot water and serving it. It was fun to try something new, but I think I’ll stick to American style coffee and Italian style espresso still.

Silk Road was a great restaurant and I would definitely recommend it to someone who enjoys trying new, ethnic foods. I would have to say that the best part about going out to eat however is the company. Great conversations, lots of laughter and I’m looking forward to the next time we all go out again.