I wish I was more flexible.
My flexibility before the ITB injury was mediocre. Mediocre, but it was there. After taking 6 weeks off? It’s almost nonexistent.
A few days ago, I met my friend Robyn at the gym to take the yoga class they have in the evening. We had some time to kill before class so she hopped on the elliptical and I did my Return to Running Plan on the treadmill.
Distance: 1.5 mile walk/jog
Calories Burned: 177
Robyn and I found a spot in the middle of the room and had plenty of space to spread out. The class was very small, so it was nice. It did a little stretching to loosen up before the class started. The room dimmed and the music started.
The teacher seemed nice and she kept the class moving very quickly. She gave quick demonstrations and verbal commands. I didn’t feel lost during the class. I did have to watch her a few times for some of the moves to copy her.
This pose felt fantastic:
That stretch felt really good on my legs. Especially after walking/jogging on the treadmill right before the class. Then she had us do another stretch from that move. It was standing up right with the lunge pose and raising hands above my head. I didn’t catch the name but that one was hard!
I like Warrior Pose, Sumo Pose, Chair Pose and the Falling Star Pose. They all stretched me in such good ways. My favorite pose has always been Downward Dog. I do it as part of my normal stretching routine after running.
I will definitely be returning to yoga as soon as I can. I hope I can shake whatever this nasty bug is so I can continue with my goals. The last thing I want is to be sick for a week and then lose everything I’ve gained in the last month!
Time: 1 hour
Calories Burned: 251