Wii Fit Yoga Pose 

I apologize for the lack entries to this training log in the last couple of weeks. I had hurt my back while setting up a canopy for my son's birthday party. I was in a fair amount of pain and the range of movement in the lower half of my body was severely limited. Obviously, exercise of any kind wasn't an option.

Prior to that incident, I had decided that I would try focusing on the Wii Fit Yoga exercises on my weight training off days to improve my flexibility. I was always interested in Yoga, but I never took any classes. I was curious to see if long-term practice would yield any tangible benefits.

Before I injured myself, I did manage to squeeze in one Yoga-oriented session and I found it a bit underwhelming. I had yet to unlock some of the more advance poses and the introductory ones felt either too short in length, or not enough of a stretch to really be considered a workout of any kind.

The attention to balance in some of the one-leg poses was not something that I was accustomed to; I found the amount of shaking in my body a little disturbing. In spite of the shaking, I did managed to stay within the range of movement required and received decent scores from my Wii Fit trainer.

However, I wasn't confident that I was doing it correctly since my lack of steadiness did not fit the serene image I have of Yoga practioneers. Was the lack of stability normal for newbies? It didn't help that my breathing still felt erratic and I felt like a needed special instruction. The Wii Fit just isn't going to provide answers and the praise (from my Wii Fit trainer) only left me a little perplexed.

Still, finding my balance is something I would like to do and I bought a Yoga instructional book on sale at a bookstore to see if it could provide some answers to my questions. So, at least, the Wii Fit is serving as a gateway to the world of Yoga.

Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
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