If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me looking graceful and elegant in some awesome yoga poses. Or, you may have seen me looking awkward and stiff in some standard yoga poses. I guess is just depends on how fast you scroll through your feed 🙂 As a side note, it’s so great to have family members to take pictures of me in a pose before I fall on the floor!
But seriously, what is up with me and yoga? I’ve never really gotten into yoga. I went to one class and I giggled the whole time I was supposed to be silent and focusing on my third eye. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t relate to that concept. So when I saw Angela over at Happy Fit Mama talking about a yoga challenge happening, I was intrigued. I especially liked the name RunnersLoveYoga. I’m a runner! I want to love yoga! Well, I want to be able to stretch out and reap the benefits of yoga!
So each day I’ve been following along and trying to follow the instructions and mimic the poses presented on the Instagram feed.
I’ve done this:
It has been quite enlightening to see pictures of what I look like. I mean, I might think I’m making my back straight, or sitting up tall, but actually it might not really be the case. This is the pose I found my funny – I’m supposed to be laying with my back on the ground, “if that’s comfortable”. ha! I was getting no where near the floor. The sad part was that my husband was actually able to lay with his back on the floor easily!! Dang. I definitely need to get more flexible.
None the less, even though I lack slightly (a lot!) in the flexibility department, it has been fun following along with this and challenging myself. I need to get in the habit of stretching after my morning runs before work – I need to make the time to fit in the post-run stretch – and having a “go-to” set of routines really helps.
I doubt you will see me busting out handstands any time soon, but who knows 😉
How about you?….
Q) Do you practice yoga?
Q) Do you have a standard set of stretches that you do post run?
Q) How’s your holiday shopping going?
I haven’t really started mine, but I did finish a Christmas gift (calendar) at Shutterfly, and I think it turned out beautiful!