I've decided to try to recommit to yoga and instead of doing long sessions less often, I will aim for shorter (20-25min) sessions more often.
The month got off to a bad start with my back spasm issues, but things are looking up now and yesterday I decided that I felt well enough to give it a go.
What I know about myself is that I need some sort of video or DVD to follow along with. I wanted to try something different from what I've tried in the past and settled on Kate Potter's Namaste Yoga. I've actually ordered the full Season 1 DVD set (13 episodes, each is about 22-24 minutes long - PERFECT) and found a few episodes online to follow along with while I wait for my DVDs to arrive.
I have sort of a love-hate relationship with yoga. For one thing, I pretty much suck at it. But it does make me feel better afterwards and I know that if I stick with it I will see improvements in flexibility and strength. I've failed in the past trying to do classes - travel time and the rigid schedule make it difficult and feeling like I have two left feet in a class full of graceful students doesn't help my motivation one bit. I've also failed with longer DVD workouts, I seem to have a lot of trouble making time for them. But these shorter sessions seem just right from a time perspective.
So far I'm two for two, but the real test will probably be whether or not I'm still doing it a few weeks from now.
I could use some yoga motivation. If you are a yoga fan, please tell me about your favorite yoga classes, poses, style, DVDs, etc. If you aren't a yoga fan, if you have ideas on how to stick with it anyway, I'd be happy to hear about that as well.
p.s. From a knee perspective, I'm cleared to try easy running again one week from today! Yippee!!
Great news about the knee! I mostly do my own short practices because I've been to so many classes over the years (ashtanga, kundalini, vinyasa flow, and now hatha), but I do like the yoga journal to go practices to mix things up sometimes. You can find some of them on youtube.ReplyDelete
Kate's tv show used to air on Discovery Health Network where I dvr'd it for years and loved it. Get as many seasons as you can, it's really fantastic.ReplyDelete
Now I do an Ashtanga practice which has me on the mat 6 days a week doing the exact same poses in sequence. Boring and repetitive, but effective. it's made a huge difference in my running.
I always got motivated by being in the back of the room and watching all the ............... Oh, congrats on being cleared to run! LOL.....ReplyDelete
Awesome news on the running!! YEAH!ReplyDelete