Sue Ballard

Sue Ballard

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Assistant Trainer
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A Beach Blast and Re-boot 

Overall I really liked Beach Blast for the high intensity cardio and 28 day blast. Lots of sweat and those extra exercises compared with the other programs that I have taken was hard...but doable.

I feel like after a long summer of letting all slide - exercise, eating habits, focus on sweat - this was perfect. And although I signed up for it, there were two hard things about choosing this time of year. First, getting back in a routine with kids is painful enough, but add on me having to and there were some complaints for sure. Second, Hong Kong in this season is relentlessly hot! I could have worked out inside - and had to a couple of times- but I really don't enjoy doing that, so heat it was!

There were some eating slip ups and a few missed workouts, but overall blast reset and re-motivated me!


I love working out outside. Especially on my rooftop patio where sea and sky are in view. It's the openness that I always look for. The openness to fully move your body, get a little Vitamin D and not processed, air conditioned air. However lately my motivation has been on and off because of this heat! Come on Hong Kong, I thought I felt just a touch of a cool off....not the case. Hot hot hot! Have had to move some of the workout indoors so that someone does find me passed out on my roof.


Kenzai + Yoga

Wow!! I decided to try doing both Blast and regular morning yoga at home and see how the yoga would help my body recover from the workouts. The yoga I am doing is about an hour in length, done at home and developed to help lengthen and work on your spine and energy flow. I have realized what a difference the regular practice has made! The Kenzai workouts are kicking my a@@ but the soreness that I am feeling is minimal. compared to other programs. I feel strong and not tired or sore. Time is a factor but keeping this routine up feels like I am shedding years from my life.


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Thinking thinking thinking....when it's really hot outside, when it's raining, when I'd rather be sipping a coffee, lots of thinking and reasons to not do a workout. And so the more I think the harder it gets. Excuses creep in and the thought of hot and humid suffering in Hong Kong weather is the last thing that I want to do. By taking this thinking out and putting my body on autopilot: getting the jump rope, the mat, the workout gear on, the water and just starting always makes me feel better after. Dripping sweat, but so much better physically AND mentally.


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What a question! As a confirmed beach addict, surfer, paddleboarder and really most anything to do with the beach and ocean this question can only be answered with depends....depends on what I want to do at the beach, time of year, country I'm in. What I do know is that when I am sitting at the place where the ocean meets sand and the waves are washing over me, it doesn't matter which beach I am on. it's my favorite.

A blast is needed after a summer of wine, Ben and Jerry's(can't get it in Hong Kong...and Hong Kongers if I can please don't tell me where), overload of guac and chips AND not regular exercise routine, it was time to reel it in and shed that layer. I find when out of a routine too long I feel this unsettled energy running through me, which isn't good for me and especially not others in my life = easy motivation.

I am in Hong Kong and I design jewelry and run a small jewelry business. I love the beach and trails of Hong Kong and so spend a lot of time outdoors. As well, I have started to study integrative wellness which will be a part of my daily routine.

Look forward to training with everyone!


Trust and Timing
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After a long summer of lost routines, no regular workouts, eating and drinking not as clean as I would have liked to, I am back at it for a blast, which I thought perfect to get me back on track. It was almost without thought that I signed up, instinctively knowing that it was time to jump back in.

Knowing that Kenzai programs work best when timed best, this all came together as routines are being reset and working out and eating clean again can now take a leading role.

I look forward to going through this with everyone and literally sweating my a@@ off in Hong Kong's heat and humidity!


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A Shining Light 
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Words often do not encapsulate an experience because they can be limiting and restrictive. I find this is the case when trying to describe how I feel and what I experience during meditation. It is a being that is very pure. It is a presence that feels extremely light and is often flooded with light. It is as if light or energy is radiating from myself traveling outward connecting me to everything and disconnecting me from my spinning thoughts. These feelings are what I try throughout my days to hold onto.

Mind to me was a beautiful consolidation of meditation information - reminders for posture, the neuroscience, the purpose, the types of ways to practice and much more. There is a lot of information out there on meditation and this was a neatly presented gift for someone who is not experience or someone who is.

Thank you to Ward for always being that uplifting voice whether on your videos or comments to us. And thanks to everyone who was part of this little Mind tribe. I look forward to seeing everyone in the Kenzai world again soon!

To end, this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh summarizes one of the main ways meditation has influenced my life.

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”


When reading on suffering and compassion my children were who I thought of first.

Being a parent constantly reminds me of the differing perspectives that we all have and the need for compassion and understanding. When you add in a child with anxiety, this perspective and taking the time to understand with compassion is magnified. When either of my children are upset, nervous, not wanting to try something that I find easy, I make sure as much as I can to put myself in their situation. It can never be exactly theirs of course, but I can certainly join with them in conversation to help them understand.

I often will talk with them about times when I suffer, am anxious or nervous to bring this into their language and understanding that it is something we all experience. Along with this showing them that giving yourself compassion and not being too hard on yourself is important to remember.


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Hi all. So sorry to have been missing on the blogs. I have been in Mexico, where luckily I have had time to practice meditation, however I thought internet was going to be better. I am way behind in readings and out of the loop on supporting on the blogs and so I apologize for this . Last week strong as Ward wrote.

Meditations, although not all exactly what was asked for, have been great. A while ago there was a reading regarding the importance of posture and the differing postures that show how you are feeling. I have been super cognisant about this and readjusting and coming back to the proper posture.

As well, I have been incorporating breathing before each meditation as it feels that it gets me deeper into a meditation quicker.

Hope all is well and I'll get out on the blogs and see how everyone is doing.


Metta

I enjoyed this meditation and was glad o be brought back to it. I’ve only practiced this a few times before but found myself to be more in tune with this than before. The warmth was felt even for the more difficult person in my life. I’ve been writing in a daily gratitude journal and see some connections, especially of the feelings, with metta and that practice.


Making it Your Own

I have found that with meditation, as with anything, we are all very individualised and need to make this our own. We luckily are being given tools that we get to try out and see which work best for us. From the hand position, to the seating position, differing types of meditation techniques...I like this program for this. Putting a potpourri of known, tested for ages techniques together into one source to help us find our path. And more importantly having us commit to the time of doing it each day, which is really the key.

I read page from 365 Tao, Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao which reminded me of our process:

"Retrospective

You could labor ten years under a master
Trying to discern whether the teachings are true.
But all you might learn is this:
One must live one's own life.

When one starts out learning a spiritual system, there are many absolute assertions that the masters make. These must be accepted with a provisional faith: Each must be tested and proved to yourself before you can believe in them. You will be exposed to all types of esoteric knowledge, but you need only be concerned with whether or not you can make them work for yourself....."


I have found a common thread with some blogs that evening meditations are easier than morning ones. I agree! I am always surprised at how busy my thoughts are when I meditate first thing in the morning. Just waking and many thought chains are going on. Is this because of the coming day? Not usually as I am not making lists of things to do, etc... Or is it based on sleep brain activity that then gets transferred to our waking time? I'm not sure. Does anyone out there know why morning might be filled with more thought chains? Is there any data on this or it just my experience?

What it tells me is that my work is in the morning and that my meditations will be focused on this time. This work of meditation is where I find the benefits.


I’ve been meditating for a while now and at first had all the pitfalls of falling asleep, achy hips, thought chain after thought chain, etc.. I would have days where There was progress, coming out with a deep sense of centering, and days where I felt like I was back at the start again.

Although the gap between the great mediations and ones that are off are longer they of course still happen. I find that a guided meditation helps when I feel particularly off before starting. Being able to recognize when one is needed is now my focus so that I get the most out of all my meditations.


Hi fellow Kenzai Mind people...

I'm Sue and have completed Kenzai programs off and on for the past couple of years. I was introduced by a good friend Sam and have since not only completed some programs but was an assistant trainer on one of them. I love the community and the discipline that it offers. Looking into our mind, researching, trying different 'mind' methods for focus, health and transformation has been a big part of my life in the last few years and so I thought that this program would compliment perfectly.

I am in Hong Kong, but heading to San Diego for the summer so this program will be done from there. I own a jewelry company, Zoko Jewelry, and am the head designer. As well, I partly homeschool my son. I love getting outside and exercising - trails, paddle boarding, surfing, anything water related really!

This time spent learning from Kenzai about the Mind is what I can't wait to dig into, but more importantly to have people to interact with who are interested in our beautiful mind and how it works. I often find it difficult to have a community of people who are interested in this and so I look forward to all of our interactions and learnings together.


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Continued Learnings 

Sculpt did two things for me:

1. Gave more definition, muscle and strength to my booty, posterior chain and overall legs...and it feels great tapping into muscles that I haven't completely focused on. From now on I am incorporating more leg focused exercises into my routines. I especially liked the Barre exercises as the small focused movements made huge results. It is the adage a little adds up to a lot over time. The burn and after burn felt by those was a bit addictive. I realized how much they worked when my daughter did the routine with me and had sore legs for 4 days! Made this ol' lady feel pretty strong!

2. It made me realize that although we don't want life to get into the way of our routines that it can and not to be too hard on yourself mentally when it does. Travel, Bali Belly, and then mentally off game made the eating a bit slack. Not bad, but not as tight as I would have liked. Kenzai though over the last 1 1/2 years has created such an imbedded routine I now naturally follow that a bit off is made up over the long run of my normal everyday routine. As I continue with what I have built in the programs I see my body continue to change, even when not on a program. It is slow and steady change. The kind where all of a sudden you notice a muscle or a strength that you used to not have. As I have said many times it is this routine that spreads to all aspects of my life. Meditation, journaling, reading, a morning routine are all now the norm thanks to the fire sparked from Kenzai!

Thanks Jess for motivating us on and joining in at the same time! Thanks to all who commented and did the program. Look forward to seeing you in the Kenzai world soon!


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