Monday’s Yoga (8/23/10)
It occurs to me that I spend more time writing about yoga than running on this blog. Hmm. What can I say to defend myself? I love my running and my yoga, but it appears that yoga is more of an everyday thing for me. I spend so much time running around that when I get home from work, yoga is what I want. It’s what I need. I need the stretch and the stillness of the poses, the feeling of being in one place with my body and my mind. Yoga is how I wind down. It’s part of who I am.
Monday was one of my craziest days at work in a long, long time, and when I finally got home, AFTER leaving my keys at work and calling a friend to rescue me, I was exhausted. Thank goodness dinner was a snap to put together, and it wasn’t too much work to watch a new episode of The L Word on Netflix while laying half-comatose on the floor. Then, and only then, was I ready to consider physical movement of any kind. Since I had done a long run the day before, I wanted to do a gentle yoga class, so I chose Gentle Hatha Yoga #3, which I hadn’t done in a while, so it seemed like a nice change of pace. This class is a great choice for runners because it features a lot of lunge poses and a decent amount of time in downward-facing dog, which is good for stretching all the muscles along the back of the legs. I hadn’t really thought of #3 as “Hatha for Runners,” but I think that’s the best way to describe it.
I felt wonderful afterward—it was exactly what I needed after my insane day. I just crossed my fingers that the next day would be a little more calm—and that I’d remember to take my keys home with me.