I Face Planted in Yoga Class!

I fell flat on my face! (it’s okay to laugh)

Let me start at the beginning.

Tuesday I decided to go to yoga class during my lunch break. One of my goals this year is to do yoga 3 times a week; at home or in a class. Basically, I want to stretch more to avoid pulling my hamstring again (or any other muscles) and it complements my running.

So I quickly packed my yoga clothing and forgot that I hadn’t shaved my legs in a few days so my capris were out of the question. I grabbed my running pants – completely acceptable for yoga class. These pants are just lovely! #winterrunningproblems

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Anyway….this was a new-to-me instructor. There were eight of us in a fairly small room and enough space for maybe two more people. Kate, our instructor asked us to think of our focus for the next hour. Mine was stretch and strengthen my body; her’s was remain calm.

I’m not awesome at yoga but I do what I can. More recently, I’ve seen lost of photo’s of people holding specific poses and it made me think….can I do that? Where would I start? 

We did a warm up and then moved into Chaturanga *note…I’m just at the point of remembering all the words to the sequences – I don’t even know if I am explaining that right! Down dog never felt so good and I was keeping up with the others in the class – bonus. My right calf muscle, then my left…ahh that stretch felt so good.

Then came time for some ab work. Boat pose with the can-can,  you know, one leg out then the other and repeat a million times but in the boat pose. Boy, did this one challenge me. After a while we moved into some other poses with the first one being tree pose. I’m not great at this one and can only do it with my foot on my calf muscle not my thigh. *new goal* Tree pose from thigh.

Then came the crow pose. I watched. I watched some more and then gave it a go. Steady…..woah…you got this…holy shit you are totally doing this……FACE PLANT! And then I laughed! I did not remain calm when I face planted in crow pose but broke out laughing! Apparently, people don’t laugh in yoga classes! Who knew ???

I tried it again and again until I got it. *new goal* Master crow pose.

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Then we moved into savasana – possibly one of my favourite moments in the class. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Kate didn’t play what I would call traditional yoga music, she played music that was easy to listen to, comforting and had soft tones to it. However, it was everyday music you would hear on the radio and I loved it. She played Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip (Canadian) and some David Gray. It brought me back a few years and reminded me of music that I used to really enjoy listening to.

I may have face planted but it was so worth it.

Yup, I’m totally going back next week 🙂

Can you do crow pose?

Ever face plant in yoga?

Is it bad to laugh at yourself in a yoga class?

Yoga Me

It’s not often that I can get out to a yoga class or zumba class, so when a “Yoga for Runner’s” workshop happen to pop up on my Facebook feed a few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to go. One class. One and a half hours long. Why not?

Knowing that my husband wouldn’t be around that evening {before he surprised us} I secured Grammy and Grandad to take care of the girls. Win-win for everyone. My running buddy, Krystol signed up for the workshop too so that made it even better.

Last night we met up and left my house with Hilary screaming in the background. They were in good hands and I had to keep telling myself “this is good for her and good for me”. It can be hard leaving your screaming children even if it’s with your parents. Lilly was more concerned about playing with Grammy and Grandad then me leaving.

PR Yoga Me

Suzi taught the Yoga for Runner’s workshop and spent a lot of time going through each move, explaining what muscles it was stretching, why and the benefits. She gave us a handout to follow and later emailed it to us along with a video of the sequence – double bonus!

Each pose I felt my muscles stretch and lots of “ohhhhh’s” and “ahhhh’s” and “man that felt good” going on in my head. I normally stretch after every run or soccer game but not always in great length. I think that’s about to change!

I loved that we took the time on each pose and it wasn’t rushed like a yoga class. We practiced the flow of the moves and that was it. One hour and 55 minutes later we were done! Krystol and I went for an ice cream {no photo’s taken} and I’m pretty sure ice cream does not count as a “post workout protein” snack but we couldn’t resist…after all it was Mama’s x 2 night out!

I got home just before 10pm! My body felt great and I’m pretty confident that my stretching after running will be forever changed. The video/sequence is about 14 minutes long and my goal is to this after every run!

Next steps are getting the girls more into yoga 🙂

Do you go to regular scheduled fitness classes each week?

Ever go to a workshop for runners?

What’s the worst post-workout snack you’ve had recently?