When I injured my ankle last month (which is doing much better by the way), my fitness routine inevitably changed. I had to take a chill pill, get creative, and step outside my fitness box.
Running and any sort of plyometrics were out of the question. Body Pump remained constant, but everything else had to fall to the wayside.
I needed something new. Enter: Yoga
Yoga was something I had never done before. When I was married to P90X, I tried the yoga DVD for five minutes before I rendered it useless.
This doesn’t make me sweat! I need to burn one million calories! Who cares if I can’t touch my toes!?
Needless to say, my tone has changed. Determined not to turn into a mushy mound of flesh, I gave yoga a try last week. I told Emily that I wouldn’t be trying the class alone, so she had to go with me. Neither of us were particularly excited, as we were both convinced we’d hate it.
Guys, I don’t have one snarky or sarcastic thing to say about my yoga experience – other than the fact that “happy baby pose” nearly made Emily and I lose it.
Our class was at 6AM, and I left feeling absolutely energized, calm, and accomplished. Not ten minutes into the workout, I looked over at Emily and mouthed Oh my God, I’m actually sweating!
Additionally, I had been a nervous wreck all week – just anxious about anything and everything (does anyone else ever get like that?) and I was blown away by how practicing yoga one time had such a positive effect of my state of mind.
With the little research I’ve done so far, I’m convinced that yoga needs to be a part of my regular routine. And I don’t even need to Google how great the effects are – look at my Aunt Janet! She is my fitness inspiration, for sure. If she does yoga, I do too!
Listen – I can’t touch my toes (yet), I don’t know the names of any poses besides Downward Dog, Child’s, and Happy Baby (yet), and I don’t move in a fluid motion (yet) – but I have a feeling I’ll be sticking around long enough to get there eventually.
Let’s chat – What’s your take on yoga? If you have a success story (i.e. you couldn’t touch your toes, but now you can) please share!