There was once a time when I frequented the studio. I rolled out my mat on most days of the week, trying to fight against my inflexible genetics to “further my practice”, and ultimately stand upside down without support (that’s on most people’s bucket list, right?). I started a 25-day challenge (prompted by Sassy), and ended the month of December with an entirely new outlook on this bendy-posing thing.
That month changed a lot of things in my mind, and I never looked back.
When we boomerang’d to DC, my running was much more of a priority – train, meet Kate in the mornings, get across the MCM finish line. We hit the mat at Stroga once – maybe twice – per week, and that was that (though Beth’s classes are arguably a two-in-one – she will not leave you with any energy to spare).
Now, I currently have three purchased groupons / holiday-deals for three different studios. Suddenly this week, my old habit resurfaced. I took a tally and have a total of 20 classes to use, with a variety of options.
Winter, you are the perfect yoga friend – cold air, dark mornings and evenings, and eventually snow? I’ll venture inside to my mat more often, thanks.
So, what was different this week? Well, my arms will be the first to tell you that we’ve stepped it up! We started with a Sunrise Yoga (6 a.m.) on Monday morning, and the triceps, biceps and shoulders have been sore ever since.
This class just happened to include quite a few chatarangas, and chataranga push-ups (down & hold/hover, back up in to plank – repeat). We then happened to have a Push-Up Tabata session at work. And my arms happened to turn into jelly.
Next: a double-class on Wednesday (6 a.m. Sunrise Yoga, 7 a.m. Power Hour Yoga), and another Sunrise class today.
My chatarangas, side-planks and down-dogs may have hard my arms screaming, but that just means they’re still breathing – still attached! That also means we have a long way to go, right? Strengthen up!
Those 20 classes will be checked, and my bendy-poses will be better because of it.
Just because it’s my favorite…
What’s making your muscles speak up this week / weekend?