Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 207 of 365 - Yoga

I did 8am Sunday morning yoga with my Mom again today. My cardio is starting to keep pace with the class a little better. As a result, I was able to focus on how I entered into movements and my breathing during them. The main points were:

1. Load my muscles, not my joints, easing in to the point of mild tension

2. Lessen the stretch as I breathe in, increase it when I breathe out, fluctuating the muscular tension with my breathing, similar to a mild form of PNF stretching

I think doing this will help maximize the benefit I get from the yoga, especially as a supplement to my lifting and sitting pain free all day long.

I also applied a few "cheats" to the class:

1. Immediately upon waking, I had a bunch of water and a greek yogurt to fuel up

2. Prior to going, I did a mobility warm up with my 12k kettlebell, including soft tissue work with my foam roller and fit ball. My hips are loaded with trigger points right now, probably from sitting too much. My upper body around my shoulders isn't too much better.

3. During the quiet laying at the end of class, I opted for some progressive muscle relaxation instead. There is no way the amount of tension I load into my body will leave by just laying there. I know I should not be loading myself up with tension during the class, but until that time comes...

4. Immediately upon returning home, I had an orange, nuts and a bunch more water - replenishing lost resources.

My expectation is all the tricks I use to help a weights session will also help a yoga session. I need all the help I can get!

No grocery shopping this week, but I did blow $21 buying food at Walgreens.