>> GETTING CLEAN
This past week was all about getting in touch with nature and myself spiritually. I picked up a Veggeti spiral raw vegan pasta cutter that turns veggies into pasta strands and decided to make some changes in my life. I went all out and ate at least 50 percent less fast food than usual, and once, I even got trail mix instead of chips. But I didn’t stop at just food. I decided to awaken the hidden temple inside my body and participate in the seven-day free trial at CorePower Yoga.
I was a little unsure of what to expect, because when I was in line at Whole Foods to get an organic energy drink before my first session, I overheard a debate between two yoga students from some other studio about the authenticity of certain poses and that some of them actually are less ancient than they are thought to be. Things were getting really heated, and I hadn’t even unwrapped the plastic off my yoga mat that I had just picked up from Ross. So I decided to sneak away and go to Longs for the kind of chemical-laden energy drink I was more familiar with.
I had heard that CorePower is a new-school blend of things beyond just yoga and includes weights and aerobics, too, so I was looking forward to seeing what this modern bastardization was all about. If you can rate a workout’s efficacy on the amount that you sweat, I’d say this workout was at least five times better than any other workout I have done recently. It was so effective that the ink on the towel I had purchased started to run, and by the end of the practice, I had black hands and feet. The workout’s effectiveness dripped a trail of black splatter behind me as I hobbled out at the end of my first class.
And with that, I was hooked.
I only missed two days of my free trial, and I didn’t skip by choice — responsibilities got in the way, and I had to sacrifice my body’s enlightenment for studying and a beach cleanup with the John A. Burns School of Medicine class of 2018.
Beach cleanups are pretty fun because you get to learn a little bit more about the people behind the litter. It’s like a sneak peek into their lives. I can only imagine how magical the moment must have been for the people who threw metallic plastic confetti up into the air. Those four sparkling seconds must have been amazing and totally worth the fact that fish might eat the plastic and die.
Beach litterers are a special breed who live for the moment and like to appreciate nature’s beauty without investing any time toward protecting it. The top five hottest littered items we found at the beach were: bottle caps, soda tabs, Band-Aids, assorted little torn-off edges of wrappers/chip bags/straw wrappers etc., and unidentifiable plastic scraps.
If you want to get involved in a beach cleanup, party organizing group Mental Rager is hosting one with a potluck at 2 p.m. May 16 at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.