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Add Half A Cuppa Yoga And Stir Well

weather: partly sunny
outside: 15°C
mood: cheerful
The previous Sunday (June 22) workout was pretty slugful, so I didn't say much. But this last Sunday (June 29) was a really good workout day.

I finished my 30 minutes on the treadmill and went on to the elliptical. I felt like a slug. I didn't want to pedal, barely clocking in at 50rpm. I usually try to keep it at 55rpm. I held onto the stationary bars instead.

5 minutes into my usual 10 minute go, I decided to just quit. I was just moping so there was no point.

I went over to this glass wall overlooking the gym where Husband Guy, Brother-In-Law Dude and some others were playing basketball. I watched them for a while, then decided to sit on some mats that were on the floor next to the glass wall.

As I sat down cross legged, I thought I may as well straighten my back and do some Yoga breathing, still watching the guys' game. Yoga breathing turned into a few neck tilts. Neck tilts felt good and it turned into neck rolls. Pretty soon, the shoes and socks came off and I was doing some minor stretching... then some Tree Pose stretching, pause to watch Husband Guy's lay up, then Warrior stretches.

And before I knew it, I had launched right into a Sun Salutation. I was upside down in a Downward Dog, gritty blue mat in my face and thinking "whoa, how'd I get here?!" But it felt good, so I finished up and did three more Sun Salutations. Bumbled around with some miscellaneous stretching. It couldn't have been more than 10 or 15 minutes.

The guys weren't done with their game yet, so I thought I'd drag myself back and do another 5 minutes on the elliptical. The Time Killing Plan™ was to do 5 minutes, rest a bit, do another 5 minutes and continue until they finished as many games as they wanted to play so that we could head into the pool.

Okay, so I get on the elliptical. A show on one of the 15 (20?) ceiling mounted TV monitors caught my eye, so I started reading along with the closed captioning. It was some political analysis talking thing, so it wasn't like a jumpy music video that could have gotten me going or anything. The next time I looked at the elliptical panel, I had done 15 minutes at 65rpm, my hands were on the moving bars. I was huffing it good too, my heart rate was up at almost 160bpm.

That was Sunday. It's Tuesday and the muscle aching above my pecs, near my shoulders hasn't completely faded yet. That was an amazing workout. And I have no doubt it was because of the Yoga. I'm going to take some time out to do some basic Yoga in between from now on.

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bride
Jul. 1st, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
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This is a good Yoga site for suggestions and poses... =)
aliasa
Jul. 1st, 2003 02:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, nice site! I like how they offer sequences for menstruation and headaches too. It's great that they offer pictures and step by step instructions too. Going to give it a whirl!
bride
Jul. 1st, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, go for it! =)
bdspitapit31
Jul. 1st, 2003 03:06 pm (UTC)
Hey maybe you'll know-- I use a pilates yoga video, and I really like it, but some of the poses really hurt my little weak wrists. For instance, the downward facing dog, I generally will rest on my knuckles instead of my hands, which makes it a little better, but... does it ever hurt your wrists?
bride
Jul. 1st, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Warning: Blind Leading the Blind Advice here =)

I don't have a problem with my wrists, no... but my instructor usually makes us do wrist twirls after we come out of the Sun Salutations or anything where we've been had our wrists bent (cobra, plank, table poses, etc.).

We just make a loose fist and twirl one way, then the other for about 5-10 twirls.

I imagine resting on your knuckles should be okay because I think the Downward Dog is to stretch your hamstrings and calves as well as relax your upper body from the weight of your head...

I'd find an "Ask the Yogi/Yogini" thing and ask though. =)
bdspitapit31
Jul. 1st, 2003 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Cool, thanks :)
bride
Jul. 3rd, 2003 04:08 pm (UTC)
I asked my instructor about this for you. Here's a link she gave me:
http://www.vancouveryoga.com/asana_downdog.html

She says it's not a good idea to rest on your knuckles (or you need to be very careful doing it that way) because it's very easy for your wrists to bend under the pressure, you'd twist your wrists and pitch your whole body forward landing on your head.

If your wrists are hurting, then it's likely that your centre of gravity is too far forward. You need to shift your weight so that your legs are carrying more of it. Try moving your hands a little closer to your feet and bending your knees (or bend them more) while you're in the DD.

The primary muscle group you're supposed to be targetting is your back, so if you're feeling most or all of the stretch in the back of your legs, you're doing it wrong. You can do your legs in all kinds of other ways, but this one's for your back =)

I discovered that I've been doing it wrong the whole time too! =O =}
bdspitapit31
Jul. 3rd, 2003 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much!! I've got to run off to work, but I'll save this for the next time I'm doing yoga!
katie_ah
Jul. 1st, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC)
I really like the elliptical machine, and I was doing it fairly regularily, but my shoulders hurt *so much* from doing it. I have no clue why, I stretched and everything...you'd think it'd be my legs/lower body that would be feeling it.

Anyway, that's my story. :D
bride
Jul. 1st, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC)
That actually makes sense me. I know that larger folks tend to have very strong legs because the legs have to support the weight when they're walking. They usually kick ass at leg benching =)

Your arms are usually not supporting as much weight so they'd be very achy from the pumping action like the elliptical.
fianna
Jul. 1st, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I love good workout days like that :)
bride
Jul. 1st, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah! *high five* =)
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