Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dance, Dance Baby...

Week 9

We had such a blast this week. We were surprised with a visit from Veronica Taylor. She is a Paramedical Esthetician. She has spent years studying about human skin and how to keep it healthy. We learned about the different layers of our skin and how it protects our body from the "outside" world. She stressed how important a healthy diet is for maintaining healthy and clear skin. The only way to completely nurish skin is from the "inside out" she said. Drinking lots of water is not the only way to keep skin healthy. We need to consume the proper vitamins and minerals so they get to the deeper layers of the skin. She illustrated (on the white board) the anatomy of a follicle. She taught us how there are many different types of skin; there is oily , dry, or combination skin. Skin contains follicles can become clogged with bacteria and dead cells on our skin's surface. We learned our skin is the first indication of disease. Generally infections in our body also present on our skin. One of the most shocking pieces of information she provided us with was how the skin and acne products DO NOT WORK! They actually dry out our skin which forces our skin to produce more and more oils keeping our skin unhealthy. Instead she gave us a list of healthy foods and household products we can use to keep our skin healthy. One such food was Manuka honey. It is produced from bees in New Zealand and the honey has antimicrobial compounds. Other foods include milk, egg whites, avocado, pineapple, oatmeal, olive oil etc.... We can use Honey and sugar as a scrub and aspirin and water paste as an exfoliant. Wow so many things we can use right from our Fridge or cabinet! Finally she told us about certain cosmets and how they are good for our skin. Colore Science produces mineral cosmetics which actually protect our skin. She demonstrated how they remain on our skin even when exposed to water. We all received gift bags of samples and Veronica offered all of us a 1-hour free consultation! Thank you Veronica Taylor!!!

After school we revisted B-East for a Dance Aerobics class with Dalila Adams of Exclusive Naturopathic ( Dalila is a Naturopathic Practitioner as well as a dance aerobics instructor, Zumba instructor, Yoga and meditation instructor. Strike a Pose!!! We had soooo much fun. We all had smiles on our faces. For many of us, this was our favorite class yet. We danced to Shakira, Zumba music as well as other great music we all know. Delila led the dances and we followed along. She choreographed the dance moves so they included stretching, warm-up, a fast paced dance to get our heart rate up and a cool down. It was the most fun workout we have ever done! Who knew dancing could also be a workout! We definitely worked up a sweat!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Our First Ride....

Week 8

This week we was a week of firsts! Before our workshop we visited our plot in the greenhouse. Our plants are growing and our lettuces actually look like lettuce! We harvested some of the more mature leaves. We all got to taste the fruit or in our case vegetables of our labor. Our in school workshop theme was "The Power of Greens." Ms. Jennifer Taylor from the Wellness Foundation came in to speak with us again. She spoke with us about the importance of green leafy vegetables and adding them to our diet. She spoke with us about how greens how so many vitamins and nutrients as well as proteins, carbohydrates and especially fiber!!! After our discussion Ms. Taylor taught us how to make a "green" smoothie using kale, spinach and fruit. She said green smoothies are a good way to get greens into our diet without having to eat tons of salad. For some of us it was the first time we had tried a green smoothie. It was delicious! Ms. Taylor brought a friend with her to our discussion. Antonia Demas, PhD joined us in the nutrition discussion. She told us a touching story of a boy in her town who was in a terrible accident which put him in a coma. His doctors had no hope he would ever come out of his coma and informed his mother to prepare to slowly allow him to die via starvation. His mother then saught the help of Dr. Demas who created a soup-like food substance to feed the boy. Through the use of these greens and all its nutrients/vitamins the boy recovered from the coma and is living his life to the fullest!

Our afterschool activity was another first. We went on our first bike ride! Sharon McCobb from the YMCA, certified personal trainer and avid cyclist, led us on a ride from Springs School to Louse Point.  It was a great first ride; it was flat with not many turns. However we learned we are part of traffic when we ride. We learned how to ride single-file and how to signal our turns. Some of us did not have bikes to ride. However the community came together and people have loaned and donated bikes for us to use.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

We SEE........

Week 7

This week Mr. Eric Casale, our school principal, visited us to let us know how proud we have made him and the entire school community as they watch our progress- he told us that we have inspired him and that he will be competing in his first triathlon in July as well!!!

During our in school workshop we learned all about visualization.  We learned visualization is the process by which we imagine and feel ourselves actually doing something we WANT to do or accomplish. We learned many Olympic and professional athletes use this technique in order to improve their success in their sport. For example a swimmer might imagine his/her race. He/She would see themselves (in their minds) stepping up to the blocks to start, hear the horn and see their perfect dive into the water. They would see themselves competing from start to finish. This makes the actual race seem less intimidating as the athlete has already experienced it. Theresa led us through a visualization.
We all sat quietly at our desks with our heads down as she spoke to us. She led us through imagining every detail of our race day. From getting our gear in the car, driving to Maidstone Park, setting up our transition area, to swimming, biking and running the course. And of course crossing the finish line. We all imagined and felt everything we would do and see on the day of our race. Alana said when she crossed the finish line, Theresa and Alyson hugged her and had tears in their eyes! Other girls imagined people they cared about at the finish line waiting to congratulate them!!! Kirstin saw and felt herself swimming along the beach. Swimming has been by far the most difficult challenge for Kirstin. She has been using visualization from our first day in the pool to get herself down to the deep end of the pool. She has come such a long way! Each of the girls have! Go Girls!

Greenhouse Update: Our plants are coming up! The lettuces are beginning to look like Lettuce! YUM-O!!!

After School we returned to Kama Deva Yoga studio in East Hampton where we FINALLY got to meet owner Jessica Bellofatto. She led us through another yoga class. However this class challenged us a bit more. We warmed up with a familiar series of asanas known as a Sun Salutation. Then.....she had us doing some inversions. This was a challenge for many of us. First she had us practice the bow pose and upward upward bow pose.  Then we tried the full wheel pose where we were upside down with only our hands and feet touching the floor. Then she led us through an inversion where we used the wall to support our legs. We started in downward dog with our feel close to the wall. We then walked our feet up the wall to make a 90 degree angle between our torso and our legs. This took focus as we attempted to raise one leg at a time straight in the air. Finally we faced the wall and attempted to raise our legs above our head as if we were going to do a hand stand with our feet resting on the wall. Many of us were able to get up. Some of us had support and others of us were able to briefly get up. Thank you Jess for helping us realize we can attempt these sometimes scary experiences!

After we finished our yoga class, we were joined by Steve Eaton. Steve is an avid student of both yoga and music. He leads Kirtan at various yoga studios around town. Kirtan is call and response chanting. The i-tri girls loved chanting during the other yoga sessions, Theresa and Alyson had to bring Steve in to share this experience with the girls. He led us through two different chants. Each started soft and slow and increased in speed and volume as we kept repeating the words. Steve brought hand held instruments for us to use during our mini kirtan. It was exhilarating! Thank you Steve!

Saturday we had our very first Track workout at the East Hampton High School. Coach Yanina "Yani" Cuesta taught us about the importance of a warm-up- to warm up our muscles so as not to get hurt. She led us through important stretches so we can begin to gain flexibility and strength. After our stretching she taught us about good form. We learned we do not only use our legs when we run. We have to use our arms as well. She taught us how to "pump" our arms while we run. The faster our arms move, it is proven, the faster our legs will move. She had us do what are called "high knees". She had us move forward as though we were running, but we had to lift our knees as high as we could. We also had to do the same thing except this time trying to kick our feet back to our backside. These are drills to improve ours stride and our overall running.  Then came the difficult part. Coach Yani asked us to run for 10 minutes around the track. Each time she blew her whistle we had to pick up the pace a little bit. All while focusing on our technique. We did not complete the full ten minutes. We finished about half of it.  It was hard!  It showed us how hard our training was going to get and what we needed to work on! Thank you Yani for all of your help!