I HURT YOGA

Oh, sorry….that should have read “I HEART YOGA” but really I’m hurting from yesterday’s Yoga Flow class (and loving it).

As I sit at my desk on a balance ball and move slightly to the right or left, I notice my body is so achy from yoga. THAT is a good thing. It means I worked hard yesterday. I’ve talked before about how I never thought yoga would be enough of a workout for me but it is.

There were three of us in the class and our instructor asked if there was anything we wanted to work on. I said “core” knowing that it could potentially hurt and be extremely challenging. But I asked for it.

Half way through the class I couldn’t believe how warm I was and how much sweat I had all over my body. Seriously! What was up with that? Well, I was pushing my limits and challenging myself. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do every pose right and I fell over many times as my balance was off. However, I managed to hold “birds of paradise” on both sides with no problems and my crow was on point!

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It was great. It was challenging. It was hard. It was just what I needed to get excited about running again. What? What do you mean, running? Well, I needed something to really jump start my motivation again. I needed a push, a challenge and I got it.

I may have been sweaty, I may have fallen out of a pose or two…okay three, I may have pushed myself to try new things and fail but I didn’t give up. As I walked back to the office to quickly get cleaned up for the afternoon, my body felt wonderful.

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I may hurt all over (upper back, arms, abs, glutes and my thighs) but it’s a good hurt. So tonight I plan to lace up and either hit the streets bundled up (it’s -8C/17F  but feels like -12C) or jump on THE BEAST and get in some kilometers.

When was the last time you hurt all over from a workout?

What challenges you when you have low motivation?

Ever ask your yoga instructor for a specific pose or area to work on?

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “I HURT YOGA

  1. Oh, yoga can hurt…I know this for a fact! I used to always hurt from yoga, and it IS enough of a workout. When I was heavy into my Ashtanga practice, I would always sweat like a beast in my classes and hurt everywhere! Currently, I hurt all over from pole fitness regularly. Low motivation is tough, and usually comes in between training cycles for me. Usually, signing up for another race helps get me out of the rut!

  2. Sweet! I’ve been practicing the Ashtanga Primary Series for a while and it still makes me sore! There are so many mornings when I wake up and argue with myself about getting out of bed to practice or just falling back to sleep. I usually get on Instagram and look at my teacher’s pics to inspire me and get my butt out of bed and my feet on my mat lol. I was just certified a few months ago in a heavily ashtanga based vinyasa program and everyday I try to be better than I was the day before. Sometimes I am…and okay, some days I do go back to sleep LOL

  3. I am just back from Bikram Hot Yoga and I was just thinking how much I hurt … I mean heart yoga too!! I ask my instructors to point out my mistakes in poses all the time. Love the feedback.

  4. Nice! I love a good yoga workout – I always ask for hips and give the evil eye to anyone who says core LOL! I had an awesome workout last week where I left the gym on such a high it was great. And after skiing on Sunday my quads were shot but it was so worth it.

  5. I have so been there! I’ve never had one ask me what I wanted to do, but I’ve had them announce at the beginning what they’re going to do and if they say “core” or “arms” I know I’m in for a world of pain!

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