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CFBOTB Murph, Monday, May 29th, 9am, staggered start times

Murphy was killed on June 28, 2005 after he left his cover position and went to a clearing away from the mountains, exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to get a clear signal to contact his Headquarters for relaying the dire situation and requesting immediate support for his team. He dropped the satellite phone after being shot multiple times but picked the phone back up and finished the call, while continuing getting shot upon he even signed off saying, “Thank You”,[12] then continuing fighting from his exposed position until he died from his wounds.[1]

On July 4, 2005, Murphy’s remains were found by a group of American soldiers during a combat search and rescue operation and returned to the United States. Nine days later, on July 13, Murphy was buried with full military honors at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York, Section 67, Grave No. 3710,[13] less than 20 miles from his childhood home.

We will be doing MURPH non-partitioned at BOTB. My personal opinion is that this is the way the workout was intended to be done. When partitioned it is an entirely different workout and my personal opinion is that is does not honor this man properly so we will do the workout non-partitioned. You will have to complete each movement in totality before moving on to the next. All movements will be modified appropriately. Option for full or half Murph.


CrossFit Regionals

It is regional time and the South regional was last weekend. Arizona’s own Tennil Reed shook things up by ousting Camille LeBlanc-Basinet as the top female in the South and taking the #1 spot, you can read the full article here.

You can catch all the regional action at the CrossFit Games site. Our own JB will be DJ’ing the Central regional in Nashville this weekend so be sure to tune in!

Nutrition Challenge News

We are already seeing results with the nutrition challengers and we still have until June 22!  Keep up all the counting, measuring, prepping and you will be happy with the results.

Remember to ask for login to the FB group for new food ideas or to get support at anytime.

Coach Jesse heads to Peru

Jesse will be guiding hikes in Peru with K2 Adventures May 31 – June 30.  We know all those Saturday morning hikes, WOD’s, yoga sessions and meditations will serve him well.  Although it’s hard to see him go for a month we love when anyone makes their dreams come true.  Have a great time, be safe and see you in a month.

Ascension Yoga News

Congratulations to Brendan Lentz for officially completing his 800hr Dharma LOAY Teaching Certificate and getting engaged to Erin all in one weekend!  We are so fortunate to have you spread spiritual knowledge in our space.

Sue Ackerman Liechner will be attending the Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi 200 hr teacher training in NYC this July.  Huge congratulations to Bad Ass Sue for taking another step towards living her WHY.

Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 20, 108 Sun Salutations, 9am

The Summer Solstice offers the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button on your life. It’s a time to come together as a sangha. The Summer Solstice is also a great opportunity to take a pause and check in with yourself. It’s a great time to set priorities, goals, desires and give yourself gratitude.

Sun salutations open and energize the entire body, and when done with total awareness, bring increased prana into the system. Not only can you easily complete 108 sun salutations, but it’s an energizing practice.

Why 108? The number 108 has long been a number of significance in India, birthplace of yoga… Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture view 108 as the number representing the Wholeness of Existence. 1 stands for Higher Truth, 0 stands for Emptiness or Completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for Infinity or Eternity.

What I learned from teaching Dharma Yoga at a Crossfit Gym by Brendan Lentz

When I moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2016 I set a goal to complete my 800 hour yoga training through the Dharma Yoga Life of Yogi Teacher Training Program. Most of the required items were relatively easy for me – the self-practice, essays, karma yoga, etc. Those were already complete or would be done shortly. The one I put off till the end was teaching the Level IV asana sequence for twelve classes.

After a few stops and starts teaching the sequence at different locations, I reached out to fellow Dharma Yoga teacher Dawn Baumgartner. She along with her husband Justin recently opened a Crossfit Gym in Scottsdale called Crossfit Back on the Bar. Making use of a loft space within the building – Dawn created a yoga room and named it Ascension Yoga. If I had any preconceived notions about teaching yoga to Cross-fitters, they didn’t match the real experience. Here’s what I learned or reaffirmed:

1. If you are grounded in the teachings you are offering in a class, the students who are receptive will find you and stay. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dawn had a cultivated a sangha who came not just for the asanas but also for pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

2. Cross-fitters and yogis have many traits in common: perseverance, determination, and community. When I arrive to teach on Thursday evenings there is a Crossfit workout going on – pull-ups, heavy weights being lifted overhead and all kinds of intense exercises. What impresses me further is that some of these folks finish a grueling workout, then come upstairs and give it their all to a 90 minute Dharma Yoga class!

3. As Sri Dharma Mittra often says – the key to success is constant practice. People who are attracted to Crossfit know the value of making a commitment to practice and seeing it through.

I asked Dawn for her thoughts on what she has learned. She says “the teachings offered by Dharma Yoga transcend all stereotypes and touch everyone who is receptive. I notice Crossfit yogis in particular work with determination and commitment.” I couldn’t agree more Dawn. I’ve been inspired and energized by this great community I’ve met.

I’m happy to report I’ve completed teaching the twelve required classes and plan to continue offering Dharma Yoga classes at Crossfit Back on the Bar.

Check out Brendan’s Blog, travel schedule and teaching schedule. Did you know Brendan is offers privates at Ascension Yoga, just talk to Dawn or Brendan if you’re interested.