With the ringing of Jenna's words in my ear, singing the praises of yoga, I decided to turn my total lack of motivation to run tonight (again) into something positive. I tried yoga for the 4th time in my life.
I've always deemed myself an "anti-yoga" type of chick because I am simply not flexible.
Like, not flexible at all. Prior to becoming serious about running, I couldn't even touch my toes. Now that I do a little bit of stretching post-run, I can at least do that.
Sometimes, My Gazelle has to stretch me out in strange sports therapist-type ways just so that I can properly move. This is not healthy. Sometimes I wonder if I would run better if I was more flexible.
The Healthy Living Summit inspired me to yoga again. Thank you, Healthy Living Summit.
According to Health and Yoga, practicing yoga on a regular basis can do the following:
- Increase flexibility.
- Increase lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons
- Send messages to all of the organs of the body. Apparently, this provides benefits by keeping away disease, and warns the body of the likely onset of a disease or disorder.
- Detoxify the body.
- Tone the muscles.
So, I did it.
I did yoga.
I turned on my TV, hit "On Demand", and chose the 50 minute "Yoga Fitness Fusion" program.
It was really frockin hard! Way harder than I ever thought it was going to be.
And, I liked it.
I liked yoga?!
The fitness/fusion aspect of this yoga episode promised that it would incorporate strength, stretch, and cardio moves.
It definitely did what it said it would.
I mean, this is not a problem...I rather liked it. It was just a bit of a surprise.
And, I fell.
Yep, yep. Definitely crashed over backwards on my arse. I laughed, and Maya came over to check on me and lick my leg.
She loves me.
I've decided that yoga is my friend.
And now I might even be mentally prepared to run in the morning.
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