Back to Yoga

Early January I made a list of 12 things to do in 2012 that you can find here!

I’ve been plugging away at the list and accomplishing some of these goals. One is getting back into Yoga.

I wanted to work out tonight but my muscles are a little sore from my “Ripped in 30” workout from last night, which I am quite enjoying. So I thought I would give Yoga a try …. seeing that it’s on my list.

About 10 years ago I took a yoga class with two friends – it was terrible. All we did was laugh the whole time. Fun for us but not cool for the others; good thing it was at a Recreation Centre and not a yoga studio or we probably would have been kicked out.

When I got pregnant with Lilly I wanted to remain active but had to give up playing soccer. You can’t really play with a big belly hanging out of your jersey…can ya ? I got pregnant in the fall, stopped playing soccer but ran occasionally and walked our dog every day. When the snow fell I started cross-country skiing as that was a relatively easy activity for me to do – you still couldn’t tell I was pregnant at that point. I actually volunteered that winter to help coach the Para Nordic (sit skiing) at our local hill. Lots of fun but I ended up not being able to keep up with them – they were fast. And these were kids, not adults.

At 14 weeks, I started prenatal yoga! And I fell in love! I left the yoga studio feeling wonderful, I had lots of energy….I was SOLD! I continued attending the prenatal yoga class and made a few friends along the way. I went to my last class on June 12th 2010, I was exactly 36 weeks that day. During the last few months of my pregnancy I had some problems with my sciatic nerve. During my last yoga class my instructor and I talked about how much pain I was in and that it was probable a good thing it was my last class. [Side note – I had just been put off work the day before – June 11th 2010].

The next evening my water broke at home at 10:30 pm and off to the hospital we went. Contractions started in the car and things progressed rather quickly. Lilly was born at 2:22am June 14th (4 weeks early). I guess I know why my back was REALLY bothering me the day before at yoga.

After Lilly was born I attended 1-2 mom and baby yoga classes. I wanted to keep it up but I just couldn’t. Since then, I haven’t done any yoga. So tonight, instead of doing an intense workout, I did Tony Horton’s Yoga Flex – 10 minutes.

It was okay. Well it was good. I am feeling a little less sore but it just wasn’t long enough. I think next time I will pair this with “Ripped in 30” or “30 day Shred”. I feel like this would be a good dvd to do in the morning before Lilly wakes up – or with her.

Oh, and Lilly know’s how to do a downward dog – or Down Dog as we call it. If we ask her to do a “Down Dog” this is what she does. BUT, yes there is a BUT – she wants me to do it with her 🙂

Can someone please recommend a good Yoga DVD for me ?

AND can you recommend a Yoga DVD I can do with Lilly?