Friday, February 18, 2011

one too many ashtangas

Well I did it.  I got myself motivated yesterday and ran around uptown Charlotte. 
  • 4.1 miles in 36 minutes
Three days in a row of solid running has led to some sore legs.  Instead of pushing myself too hard this morning with another run I headed to the YMCA for a yoga class.  I figured some stretching and deep breathing would help loosen those sore muscles. 

I was partially right.  The yoga instructor this morning believed in doing ashtanga vinyasa yoga.  From wikipedia, "A standard viṅyāsa consists (for example) of the flow from caturaṅga, or plank, to caturaṅga daṇḍāsana, or low plank, to ūrdhva mukha śvānāsana or upward-facing dog, to Adho Mukha Svanasana, or downward-facing dog."  So basically a lot of plank position and push-ups. 

My arms were shaking towards the end of the hour long class.  We did, however, do some excellent stretching for my hamstrings and hips.  Plus I left the class relaxed and peaceful.  I'm now sitting on my balcony enjoying some coffee while I blog.  Happy Friday my friends.  Namaste. 

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