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    Miss_Dada my camera is a Nikon P900. It is the perfect camera for me, because it has 83x optical zoom (2000mm focal length equivalent) in a camera that only weighs 2 lbs. I can hike with it all day without getting tired, and shoot photos handheld with no need for a monopod (which I would definitely need to support an actual 2000mm lens). It also has built in GPS, which is a huge time-saver for me when I post observations to iNaturalist, which requires all of my wildlife sightings to be geotagged.

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      Tuesday, February 18 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 88


      running: 3 km in 20:22 - in town

      upper body skill & strength training: 17 minutes - Crow As You Go

      lower body skill & strength training: 23 minutes - Power Cardio: Day 13 + Sweet Balance


      Total: 60 minutes


      Other stuff:

      7 km hiking
      6 minutes restorative yoga

      Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 48/48
      A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 38/38
      No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 69
      GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 5/6 - I was at least close
      GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 6/6

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        Wednesday, February 19 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 89


        running: 5 km in 33:45 - Spicebush Trail. The boardwalks were a bit frosty. Otherwise the trail was clear. I ran the entire 5K with negative splits, with my final km being almost a full minute faster than the first. Partially I am sluggish at the beginning of my runs because of the cold temperature. Partially it's a head game of not quite trusting myself to be able to keep up a faster pace. The good news is that I've got no signs of anaemia yet. (I stopped taking my iron pills sometime back in November.)

        upper body skill & strength training: 17 minutes - Hang Time - 3 x 10 straight-legged tricep dips, 3 x 10 full body scapular push-ups, 1 x 5 full standard push-ups, 2 x 5 kneeling standard push-ups, 4 x 3 seconds L-sit on blocks, plus a few "floating" into L-sit (also on blocks) - did more straight-legged work on this workout today than usual. (the scapular push-ups in particular I often do all kneeling.) It was tough, but doable.

        lower body skill & strength training: 17 minutes - Link & Connect - some progress on this class today: I was able to achieve full balance on my left leg in the weird inverted bird of paradise pose. (Not sure if this pose has a standardized name. It's like bound half moon, but with the top hip closed.)


        Total: 67 minutes


        Other stuff:

        3 km hiking

        Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 49/49
        A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 39/39
        No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 70
        GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 6/7
        GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 7/7

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          Thursday, February 20 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 90


          running: 3 km in 18:58 - in town

          upper body skill & strength training: 14 minutes - Balancing Act: Crane - I got a totally straight-armed crane! Probably held for less than a second. But I got one!

          lower body skill & strength training: 11:30 - Barre: Dancer Body Action

          yoga flow: 17 minutes


          Total: 61 minutes


          Other stuff:

          3 km hiking
          3 minutes restorative yoga

          Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 50/50
          A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 40/40
          No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 71
          GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 7/8
          GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 8/8

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            upper body skill & strength training[/B]: 14 minutes - Balancing Act: Crane - I got a totally straight-armed crane! Probably held for less than a second. But I got one!
            I was trying to look up the pose, but it looks identical to crow (they even used the same picture for both poses ?!?!?)

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              "Well, be confused no more! Bakasana – Crane, and Kakasana – Crow, are the same pose execept for elbows: Straight in Crane and bent (as in Chaturanga Dandasana) for Crow. As TribeSports put it,"

              Found it lol! Congrats!! WOW!

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                Originally posted by Trbrat75 View Post

                I was trying to look up the pose, but it looks identical to crow (they even used the same picture for both poses ?!?!?)
                Crane Pose (Bakasana) = Crow Pose (Kakasana) with straight arms. Sometimes you will hear the pose names used interchangeably, or you will hear Crow Pose referred to as Bakasana, I think simply because the bent arm version (Crow/Kakasana) is taught so much more frequently. Crow is considered to be the "gateway" pose for arm balances. It's typically the first arm balance taught to even relatively new yoga practitioners. Crane is much harder, so you'll typically only see it taught in an advanced level class. See:

                Crow: https://www.pocketyoga.com/pose/crow
                Crane: https://www.pocketyoga.com/pose/crane

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                  Originally posted by Trbrat75 View Post
                  "Well, be confused no more! Bakasana – Crane, and Kakasana – Crow, are the same pose execept for elbows: Straight in Crane and bent (as in Chaturanga Dandasana) for Crow. As TribeSports put it,"

                  Found it lol! Congrats!! WOW!
                  Beat me to the punch. Yes. That is the only difference.

                  Thanks!

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                    May I ask a few questions around these poses?... Is there any "rule" where to place the knees in crane? When I see crane it is as high as possible (armpits) most of the time...

                    And ... what is a frog stand ... compared to these poses... I thought the difference is the knee placement, crow: knees on tricep, frog: inner thighs on elbow... is that right?

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                      HellYeah In all the schools of yoga with which I am familiar, the version of this pose with bent arms is always called crow, regardless of whether your knees are on top of your triceps or outside your elbows. In yoga, there are two different poses called frog pose, neither of which are arm balances at all.

                      There is a backbend called frog pose, a.k.a. bhekasana. See: https://www.yogajournal.com/practice...sana-frog-pose
                      There is also a hip/groin/inner thigh stretch called frog pose, a.k.a. mandukasana or adho mukha mandukasana (downward facing frog pose). In the confusion typical of many different modern yoga schools all translating pose names between English and Sanskrit, this frog pose is often called bhekasana too. See: https://www.yogabasics.com/asana/downward-facing-frog/ and https://www.pocketyoga.com/pose/frog .

                      I think frog pose as a name for an arm balance comes from gymnastics. The exercise database on Fitocracy has an exercise called "Crow Stand" which is the yoga crow pose with knees outside the elbows, and an exercise called "Frog Stand" which is the yoga crow pose with knees on top of the triceps. I have no idea if this is standard nomenclature or just what the Fito developers decided on to distinguish between the two versions.

                      Re: crane pose: there is no "rule" regarding where on the arms your knees must touch. I usually hear it taught to place your knees as close to your armpits as you can--but I think this is just for ease of actually getting into the pose. Whether or not any given individual can get their knees into their armpits depends a lot on hip and spinal flexibility. Whether or not one can balance in crane with their knees further down their triceps will depend on their wrist flexibility, core strength, and technique.

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                        Friday, February 21 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 91


                        running: 5 km in 31:36 - Spicebush Trail. Weather and trail conditions (dry and clear today) do have a significant impact on my runs. But this was my fasted 5K since July (when I had one run which was 2 seconds faster) and before that since June of the previous year (again, only one faster run). I guess there is something to this whole training consistently gig after all.

                        upper body skill & strength training: 23 minutes - Walking Float - Not exactly "floating" yet. But I did consistently achieve lift off using blocks on only the 3" height.

                        lower body skill & strength training: 8:10 - Pistol Squat Prep


                        Total: 62 minutes


                        Other stuff:

                        6 km hiking

                        Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 51/51
                        A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 41/41
                        No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 72
                        GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 8/9
                        GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 9/9

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                          How’d the PSP go for you this time?

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                            That workout exhausts my legs, DorothyMH . I do it from start to finish without any breaks (alternating legs on the split squats after every 5 reps). I also do this workout often right at the end of my day--certainly after my run, which I did not get to until after 5PM this day. So I'm usually a little tired even before I start. My range of motion continues to improve, however. On this day, I concentrated on going as low as I could in the two-legged squats while keeping my feet parallel and hip-distance apart. (I can drop butt to heels no problem if I turn my toes out and place my heels wider than my hips--i.e.: garland pose--but I lack the ankle flexibility/weight distribution/something-else-I'm-missing-I'm-not-sure-what to squat full depth with my thighs in front of me and heels on the ground. I can actually lower into a full depth pistol squat unassisted. But once down, I immediately fall backwards onto my butt. (I usually need to lift the heel on my supporting leg to hold my balance in the side-to-side lunges as well.) I need to find a way to be able to hold my balance in the pistol squat position to ever be able to build the strength to lift back up out of it. (I don't think the issue is ankle flexibility. I have good form in my downward-facing dog, which I practice pretty much every day. But I'm definitely missing something to nail that balance.)

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                              Saturday, February 22 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 92


                              running: 3 km in 18:52 - in town

                              yoga flow: 45 minutes


                              Total: 64 minutes


                              Other stuff:

                              8.3 km hiking
                              12 minutes restorative yoga
                              20 minutes meditation - 10 minutes on the beach in Rondeau, 5 minutes each seated meditation to open and close yoga practice

                              Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 52/52
                              A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 42/42
                              No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 73
                              GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 9/10
                              GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 10/10

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                                Sunday, February 23 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 93

                                16.5 km hiking - This was a windy day, but the temperature was above zero and the sun was shining. (I actually got too much sun on my face. I carry a stick of sunscreen in the knapsack I use to carry my gear on these longer hikes, but we haven't had enough sun to warrant wearing it in so long, I didn't even think to dig it out of my pack until it was too late.) This was also the first time in months I made it out to Rondeau early enough to hike the Marsh Trail all the way out to its end. Didn't see too many small birds (just a few chickadees), no doubt due to the fierce wind, but I did see plenty of waterfowl (tundra swans, Canada geese, mute swans, mallards, buffleheads, mergansers, redheads, scaup) and gulls as well as a few eagles. The blackbirds were laying low during my hike south, but on the return journey I counted no less than 42 male redwings, singing loudly from treetops and displaying their bright red shoulder patches, staking out their territory in preparation for the imminent return of their lady friends.

                                Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 53/53
                                A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 43/43
                                No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 74
                                GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 10/11
                                GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 11/11

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