I was really into Barre 3 and honestly I was ok with that. I had no wish to try other workouts. I did have some variations in my workouts over the last four months but it was 90% Barre 3, 1% running, 3% BBG and 6% pilates.
But in June I got back on track and I decided to try Yoga again. I am clearly a glutton for punishment.
I kid, I kid.
It actually went really well and was a little eye opening. Here are my conclusions:
- It is impossible to practice yoga in the morning. My body physically can't bend. It is so painful it makes me want to cry.
- It does require more time. I tried a couple of 40 minute practices but you really get more out of 60+ minutes.
- I feel a lot calmer.
- I actually feel stiffer after this month than I did before.
The last one is the most shocking, right? I know I was shocked. I have always had really tight hips. Years of running have made it almost impossible for me to do moves like baddha konasana or upavistha konasana. But I usually grit my teeth and force myself thru those poses.
After a couple of days on the yoga train, I noticed that while I was able to move farther than ever in these poses, when I finally came out of them, I could almost hear my hips creaking. The same thing happened when I did any pose involving my hamstrings.
I really believed that yoga would make my joints feel looser and more flexible but that didn't happen. As frustrating as that is, I do feel a lot calmer after this month. I am determined to do malasana without crying in pain so I definitely want to stick with yoga. I don't know that I can do a full time yoga practice but it definitely deserves to stay in the rotation!