How’s that yoga challenge going?
On Tuesday, I declared that I was starting a yoga challenge for myself. I promised to do yoga 4 times a week in order to receive the many benefits practicing yoga offers, especially as I train for my half marathon.
I have done two sessions so far, one yesterday morning and one this morning. Both have been in the form of a Yoga Download 20-minute free class.
Yesterday, I did Gentle Hatha Yoga #1, which I had done before but it had been quite some time.
I really liked this one because it contained two of my favorite poses: tree pose and half pigeon pose. During half pigeon, I really noticed how much flexibility I have lost from not practicing. I used to be able to lay all the way forward and now I must stay on my forearms. My hips are soooo tight. I will definitely do this program again!
I really felt awake and relaxed on the way to work and just got to ease into my day. This makes me think I might have to make this a regular (daily) thing eventually.
Today, I tried to use Exercise TV and started a program with Shiva Rea that sounded pretty easy. All it took was a really hard lunge and the word “chatarunga” and I turned it off. I like those kind of yoga workouts but not first thing in the morning and not on running days. So I may go back to that one eventually.
I ended up doing Gentle Hatha Yoga #2 from Yoga Download. It was a slide show program, which I found so much more helpful than the audio + PDF file.
This one had a lot of great leg stretches and strength poses like the Warrior series and was a little more challenging (to me) than Gentle Hatha #1. I will definitely be keeping this one in my rotation as well.
Have you ever used Yoga Download? What is your favorite class?