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Thursday, September 24, 2009

TIART: Yoga

Today's Take It and Run Thursday is sponsored by Kitzzy, who asks: "I find yoga to be an excellent companion to my running to avoid injury, improve flexibility, and help relieve sore muscles after a hard workout or race. Tell us about your experience with yoga as it relates to running. If you have not tried it, why not? If you have, did it help? How often do you feature yoga in your weekly workout regime? What are your favorite yoga poses and routines? Pass on your recommendations for your favorite yoga DVDs, instructors, podcasts, online resources, etc.

You know, I am not particularly a yoga person. I've taken a single real-life yoga class, once when a previous employer offered yoga (we had to pay for it) in the office after work. We were in a room where any other day I would NEVER have gotten cell phone reception (as it was an all-glass building and cell signal seemed to bounce off of it), but this ONE DAY... I didn't turn off my cell and it rang during class. I was horrified and embarrassed and never returned.

That, of course, has little to do with my like or dislike of yoga. If I'd really liked the class, I'd have gone back, but it wasn't fitting in my schedule. Yoga classes never seem to fit into my schedule. I feel as though I would sign up and then promptly not attend the classes. Plus, they're not exactly cheap. I kind of have enough trouble juggling my running schedule without adding another commitment in.

So, there comes the next best thing - videos. I have a few yoga videos. My two favorites are The Firm Yoga, and Candlelight Yoga. I used to do them both more frequently when I was doing videos more often, but I will occasionally do one. However, I just can't get in the habit and on days when I plan to do a yoga video, I often blow them off and don't do them, which is why I haven't invested in any more videos. Plus, I'm incredibly picky about them. I have to admit, I'm really curious about Bob Harper's Yoga Video.

First of all, I just can't get into the meditation/spiritual side of yoga. When a yoga instructor or video goes too far into this area, it's a turn off. I usually end up preferring videos that include "athletic stretching" or something similar, where the moves are yoga moves, but the spiritual part is absent.

Second, yoga is HARD. Unlike with running, I haven't been able to commit myself to it enough to get past the "this is really hard" part into the "yay, I can do this, and it's fun!" part. I haven't had the incentive to do so, and while I'd like to get more flexible, it's just not at the top of my list.

I do need to get my abs in gear, so maybe yoga (or perhaps pilates) would be a good thing to try (btw, SOMEBODY has a pilates DVD of mine, and I think they've had it for like 4 years. I can't find it. If it's you, I might want it back).

As far as poses go, well, I really like corpse pose :) Beyond that, my absolute fav is child's pose... See what I mean? I'm a lazy yoga person. I do end up doing yoga a lot more often if I am injured or recovering from something, but in general... not too often.

3 comments:

Laura said...

I feel the same way. I do like yoga but the minute it gets too .... 'new-agey' I am out of there. My brain will totally focus for about 5 min tops and then I will be thinking about other stuff.
Corpse pose rocks.

Lacey Nicole said...

lol! i love corpse pose, too. hehe.

i didn't know bob harper had a yoga dvd?!?! omG! get me on that!! :)

i totally agree-- yoga never seems to fit in my schedule. it's either wayyyyyy too early, during lunch, or exactly when i go running. so i feel like it has to be either or- yoga or running. and if i'm training then i iwll be running.

Kim said...

I mean, I don't want to dis yoga. Yoga is pretty cool and I could see myself getting into it pretty easily if I could just get that "click". You know the click - where something becomes something you MUST do in order to stay sane. Right now, I just don't have the time.

One of the reasons why I love the Firm Yoga DVD is that it's only 30 minutes, so it fits into my schedule better.

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