Monday, January 16, 2012

Yog-AHHH!!!

** This was written on Sunday, January 15 but someone managed to save it instead of publish it. Oops. 

The "ahhhh" in the title of this post indicates pain. I woke up this morning and I was SO SORE. I knew I was doing some body weight training by doing yoga but I didn't think I'd wake up today and feel it. I felt it all over; arms, upper back, legs (a little), abs, butt...Definitely not the effects of the race training session I did last night.  Must be the yoga from yesterday morning!

It felt amazing! I honestly did not think yoga would make me feel so sore. I was pleasantly surprised. As the day went on I didn't feel the soreness as much, and I think this is partly because I did yoga again today. I stretched those muscles out and worked them again. Later in the day, just to make sure I still felt it I'd move in a way that would use those muscles, just so I could feel a little bit of that pain. It's still there. Yay! My favorite has to contracting my abs and feel it.

I honestly love this kind of pain. I feel accomplished. I know I did something good for my body. That soreness reminds me of that.

Oddly I burned more calories today than I did yesterday. 24 more to be exact. I think that's a pretty decent addition. Another unexpected (but pleasant) surprise! I'm thinking that it has something to do with the fact that I'm more familiar with the moves so I probably put more effort into them.  I think that knowing what I was doing helped me to focus more on the poses and what I put into them rather than learning how to do them. 

I know I mentioned it in my last post but I am so, so happy that I decided to give yoga a try. It makes me feel good and even though it's not a major calorie burning activity I can feel that I worked when I'm finished.  I love feeling my muscles shake in poses, not knowing if I'll be able to make it through without dropping out of a pose. I make it. Talk abut feeling accomplished!  Also? I have learned that I can do regular push-ups! Finally! I haven't given them a try in ages so it was another great surprise to learn that I can actually do them, non-girly style. These push-ups are done in a yoga pose, but are very similar to regular push-ups. 

I'm definitely working this into my routine a little more. I love yoga!!


XOXO

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