It’s a good six months since I blogged here, not sure where that time went! It’s been much longer since I did a yoga class however, the last time was in the 6th form when we all tried not to fall asleep on our mats or roll off the stepped floor in the auditorium where we practised.
I started yoga again because I was fed up with flunking out of the Couch to 5k running program at week 7 of 9, injured. I also started again because of the impending menopause and the need to build strength and flexibility as well as the cardiovascular fitness from running and cycling. Helped by the fact that some of the most sorted women I know – of all ages – do yoga or have benefitted from yoga in the past. I also quite fancied some of those long lean yoga muscles. I wanted some meaningful exercise that could be done indoors, at a time of my choosing and that didn’t require a special pair of shoes. So I looked around in real life and online, and found a weekly Vinyasa Flow class at a local studio and Erin Motz’s Fall Challenge, which is 10-15 minutes of yoga daily for 28 days. They have worked together well, not to mention with C25K which I have now finished without injury and with a respectable time (smirk).
Yoga is definitely more strenuous than I remember. Vinyasa Flow is a more energetic yoga than that which we practised at school, and I’ve no doubt that my flexibility has decreased over the intervening years. There was some aching after the first two classes. Doing 10-15 minutes daily with Erin has helped considerably, not least her hamstring class which fortuitously arrived in my inbox moments after a tiring run. My core muscles are returning, my waist is trimmer and my trousers looser. Of course my running is contributing here too, but I’m seeing results that I never saw before from just running. I’m also learning to accept and occasionally welcome the opportunities presented by the current limits of my flexibility.
The biggest surprise was just how easy I found it to accommodate 15 minutes of yoga into my daily life. It’s felt like brushing my teeth – something that’s no big deal in terms of effort but that I really don’t fancy missing. I finished the challenge yesterday and today signed up for her original 30 day challenge. I’ve also subscribed to myyogapro – a subscription site with video instructions for poses and a range of classes and courses graded to different levels. At present I’m using it to learn more about the poses introduced by my weekly class but I’m sure that I’ll be doing some of the classes and courses once I’ve got more of a grip on the basics.
It’s good to be back. I hope you’re all well.