Playing Boom Beach from Supercell

Boom Beach

My friend Dave showed me his latest obsession: Boom Beach, which is a game from Supercell. They are the folks that made Clash of Clans and Hay Day, which are always in the top 10 charts on the App Store.

I’m usually not a big fan of war games, but Boom Beach was fun to play. It’s very cartoonish (not gruesome at all) and loosely based on World War II.

The basic idea is you build up an island base in an archipelago and then try to conquer all the neighboring islands with an invading force that you assemble. Some of the islands are defended by computer-controlled opponents, but most are other players in the game. It’s that competitive aspect of player vs. player that really keeps it interesting.

You can assemble your army with a wide variety of troops–everything from simple riflemen to powerful tanks. There are lots of different strategies that you can employ, and I got some great ideas at a site called Boom Beach Secrets. There are also lots of tips in the Supercell forums and plenty of other places on the Web.

I don’t know if I’ll play this game as much as Dave, but it’s been fun for the past few days!

Ashtanga Yoga – A Beginner’s Journey

Ashtanga Yoga

I’ve been practicing Ashtanga Yoga recently and attending classes as well as watching videos at home. Here are a few good tips and techniques I have picked up while learning the basics.

Beginner Suggestions

There are a number of vital tips you should be aware of, prior to getting into the various asanas of Ashtanga Yoga.

Patience and practice have become significant. First read on it, before you starting practicing the poses. Subsequently start out slowly, perhaps a few times weekly. Tend not to drive yourself to adore it. With time, you practice it frequently and will be dependent on it.

Master your respiration. The respiration should be relaxed and heavy as it enables more profound thinking. For the whole respiration sequence called ujjayi breath consult with your teacher.

The web is filled with materials. It is also possible to locate DVDs and publications in library or the local shop.

This fundamental position is nearly just like the one. This one is yet held for a longer duration of time. You begin with the posture that is samasthitih where you stand erect on a mat. It calls for bringing the palms and lifting your arms above your head. It’s also called the tree posture that is up.

It is extended position or the uttanasana a. Without transferring hands and your feet from where they’ve been on the mat, straighten your arms fully. The human body makes in what’s called the uttanasana b location a triangle shape.

From the uttanasana b position yourself onto the mat into a pushup position where just toes and your hands are in connection with the mat. In Ashtanga Yoga, this can be called the four-limbed chaturanga dandasana or stick posture. Lift your torso up. As you lift your torso up, it also needs to bend back. This is called the up-facing urdhva mukha shvanasana or dog.

It is the down-facing dog place or adho mukha shvanasan. Be sure your head looks at your legs and the ground and arms are right.

Transfer your legs nearer to the torso while your head continues to be in a lowered position and put your hands. To take the body back to the start position, lift your hands and just stand up straight. The palms should be jointly above you. This finishes the cycle that is complete.

Where to Find Equilibrium

All the described positions above demand an excellent deal of physical equilibrium without which it is not possible to perform them. Additionally, before it is possible to proceed to complicated and more sophisticated poses, it’s vital to find out how to balance the human body.

Equilibrium begins in the head. With internal equilibrium, its actual symptom comes naturally. To attain an ideal equilibrium, practice often. With time, you may find a way to harmonize body and the mind so achieving coordination that is perfect.

In addition, you need to have the appropriate shoes and clothing. Tight wear poses and can lower circulation and influence your equilibrium. What you wear should be quite comfortable but still let you completely participate in your places. It’s possible for you to start with an one legged position before moving into other asanas to work off the pressure and anxiety.

You will find really lots of instruction manuals which are being extensively bought now only so they are able to learn to perform the Ashtanga correctly. The truth is, specialists say that in their expertise, the Ashtanga helped them feel relaxed and relax the wind.

Many also practiced this special type because it supplied a ground-breaking exercise session to them.

Ashtanga is really a difficult job. For this reason those who want to know more about performing it should check with their physicians if they will have any health conditions which may hamper the way in which the Ashtanga is performed by them. Their doctor will be advised to not perform anything strenuous, particularly the Ashtanga type of yoga, if they finds anything wrong. The Ashtanga yoga is really regarded among the most strenuous exercise procedures to have been found.

They are able to find out about Ashtanga by listening to what yoga specialists say as well as by buying the instruction manuals. According to today’s bestselling Ashtanga guides, the finest shops to buy yoga merchandises are and eBay.

Since the Ashtanga moves are not rather easy to do, whoever desires to practice this special type follow the guides right and should listen carefully to the pros. Yoga Experts should always warm up when they’re done before they begin and cool down. Warming up and cooling down can mainly reduce the potential for obtaining harms that getting into the yoga postures too fast causes. Since the poses related to Ashtanga Yoga are challenging, the professionals should gradually and slowly enter the posture rather than rushing.

It’s a good idea to find out about the Ashtanga Yoga before determining to practice it as they need this kind of yoga to be because if the understand nothing about it, then their expertise isn’t going to be as successful.

Training Time

With things winding down this Fall, I decided it was time to get back into running shape. Since I’ll be up and down the California coast in October and November, I went ahead and registered for the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in November. It’s a beautiful course, and I’ll use any excuse I can to visit Santa Barbara, especially at that time of year.

Now it’s on to training. I’m following some basic steps outlined at, and I’m doing a modified 10-week plan to get into shape. I would have loved to have had a full 12 weeks to train, but schedules wouldn’t allow for it. It’s vital to adhere to those rest days, so I think I will just increase my mileage on my long run days to compensate. It’s pretty straightforward. I just need to run long on Sundays. Mondays and Fridays are days off, and the other days I’m going to stay between 3 and 5 miles. There’s no need to do anything too intense, because my basic goal is simply to finish the race.