This morning I took an early morning yoga class. Getting up at 5:15 and taking yoga before many people have even brushed their teeth takes a bit of discipline but it it one of the best times of the day to practice. Being relegated to “alternate” forms of exercise since my injury, I was eager to move my body in yoga class.
Since I have been running so much more, I haven’t been taking as many classes as I usually do. But taking class this morning, I was struck by how perfect a practice it is. It’s really all you need. It’s cardiovascular, it builds strength. It increases balance, it decreases stress. It increases focus, it provides one with a better ability to breathe and deliver oxygen to the muscles. I could go on and on, but really you just need to try it. I assume if you’ve found my blog, you love running, love yoga or love both, or perhaps you love either one but not both. Well, today the message is this: If you have never tried yoga and especially if you are a runner, you must try a class very soon! It is one of the best ways to keep the body in shape and to keep your “inner body” in shape. Now, I know what you’ll say. “My body is too inflexible to do yoga.” Well guess what?! That’s what yoga is meant to do! Get you more flexible! Do you think continuing to use that as an excuse is doing anything to increase your flexibility? Nope. So, stop using that for what it is: an excuse.
There are plenty of classes these days and lots of styles. Take the time, do some checking with friends. Get some recommendations. Then take a class and see for yourself.
If you have questions, feel free to drop me a note.
I promise. You will not be sorry!
And, as for the injury: it’s 20% better!