Each January Austin, Texas yoga teacher Adriene (Mishler) — personal friend of mine (a quote from somewhere, though I did meet her once) — puts out a themed set of videos for the New Year. Smartly capitalizing on the resolution crowd, she also uses the opportunity to earn more adherents. With 9,000,000 followers now on her YouTube channel, Yoga With Adriene, clearly she has a recipe for success. During the coronavirus global pandemic, even more people are turning to stress-reducing practices and at-home fitness. Whether you currently have a practice like old A Dude Abikes here (seven years every day as of this past Christmas), used to but quit yoga due to lockdowns, or maybe have always wanted to try it, well, I recommend you give young Ms. Mishler’s current program — BREATH – A 30-Day Yoga Journey — a try. I’ll tell you why I am doing it, and why you’ll be glad you did if you do, too.Continue reading
South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual, huge, internationally-famous smorgasbord at the intersections of technology, creativity, business, and more began today in Austin, Texas. After four days volunteering for the educational conference (SXSW EDU), I was already exhausted. But having mostly earned my free platinum all-access badge, I wasn’t going to sit home all day and miss out. Although I got a slow start, I found my way downtown (by bicycle, of course) to join the festivities. Herein is my report.Continue reading
1,634 days is a long time to do something consecutively, but today, June 6, 2018, marks that anniversary for me. Back on December 6, 2013, I began a regular yoga practice of 30 minutes per day. (It was actually 12/4/13, but I missed two days early on so I move the anniversary date up two days. If you want to get technical my anniversary is 12/25.) The point is that I have continued practicing yoga ever since, every day – without interruption – at all. I resolved to follow some advice I didn’t have words for at the time: Don’t Break The Chain, when I blogged about forming habits back on January 2. It’s ironic to be proud of what at heart is an humbling and internal practice. But important milestones bear acknowledgement, and since a major thrust of this blog is to try to inspire people, my yoga is a major component of that goal, as well as my life. Continue reading
10 Commonalities Between Football and Bicycling
A Dude Abikes is not a huge football fan since the days when he parked cars for the Dallas Cowboys as a Boy Scout. He’d get in after the first quarter to watch “America’s Team,” but then they started doing drugs and he lost interest. But it’s a sport, so I appreciate everyone’s efforts. So when Holly O, a bad ass cyclist friend who is not on Strava whom I met on the “Don’t Fear The Finger” Prostate Cancer One-Day Ride in August of 2016 invited me south of downtown to watch the Super Bowl, I said sure, why not?
More than a few comparisons can be made between football and bicycling: Continue reading
Biking and Yoga: Two Complementary Practices
Yes, you read that correctly. Today I have completed my third year of daily yoga. Technically I began on 12/4/06, but I missed two days right before Christmas for a medical thing, so I count 12/6/13 as my yogaversary. Purists would say my uninterrupted consecutive practice began on 12/25/13. However you count it, it’s a heckuva lotta downward-facing dogs, which is something worth celebrating and announcing to the infinitesimal corner of the internet in which A Dude Abikes inhabits.Continue reading