As you know, if you’ve been following my blog, I injured my hip about a month ago while snowshoeing. As a result, running and lower body strength training were out of the question for a short time. I knew I needed to do something to keep my mind and my body occupied, and a friend suggested the Down Dog app for yoga.
If you know me, you probably know that I’m not a fan of yoga. I’ve tried hot yoga and other yoga classes over the years (starting in my first year of university), and just couldn’t get in to it. But I needed something. And as a runner, I’m pretty tight and inflexible. So, in my injured state, I thought I would give yoga a try again, and set a goal of doing it every day for 30 days….or almost 30 days, actually it was only 23 days in total, because you know…life.
Here’s what happened.
Not much, to be honest with you. The biggest thing is that I didn’t hate it. With the app, I stuck to 10 to 15 minutes every day. I think I did 20 minutes a couple of times. I mostly did it after my strength workouts and as a way to get in my stretching after running (I’m notoriously bad at not stretching after a run). So, I guess that’s the biggest change that happened – I made a really good effort to do at least 10 minutes after every workout. And since I was doing it immediately after, either at the gym or in my basement, depending on where I did my workout, I knew it would happen. I enjoyed it, because it made me take time to really stretch and relax, to gather my thoughts and stay in the moment afterwards. There were days when I wasn’t going to get to the gym or out for a run, so I would close the blinds and the door in my office at work, and do 15 minutes in there. I guess I’m more aware of my body and the tight spots, but I’m still pretty inflexible.
So what now? I’m going to try to keep doing some yoga after my strength and running workouts, and maybe for those times when I can’t get to the gym for a few days. And I’m going to keep an open mind, and to use the app as a way to take a break and reconnect with myself – my mind and body – every once in awhile.
What are your thoughts about yoga? Do you do it on the regular? Are you attending a class on a weekly or daily basis? Do you use an app?