Earlier this year, I started doing yoga regularly after experiencing a running injury. After I ran the Ebenezer Miles for Missions 12K, I had lots of hip and lower back pain when I got out of cars or stood up out of chairs. Fortunately, I was able to run pain free, but I cut back on the running and added extra yoga and weight training.
Even though I started yoga so my hips would feel better, I’ve really grown to love it and love the Wednesday night class. I coach track on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and usually do races on Saturday and longer runs on Sunday- so Wednesday is my “running-free” day when I focus on yoga and recovery, and it’s worked out well! I’m definitely looking to join a gym in Charleston that has yoga classes and get plugged into one at least once a week.
Teresa, the instructor, says she’s noticed that my muscles have gotten longer and leaner I started practicing, and I have too. You might not sweat buckets or get your heart rate up, but yoga is definitely a workout and you *will* feel it the next day- especially your core! I’m not sure if my running has improved because of yoga, but I know it’s really made a big difference in my life by making me more “in tune” with my body and spirit.
I also made lots of amazing friends who kept me entertained and accountable for showing up. They all made my 4-5 months in the 6:30 PM Wednesday yoga class special and I’ll remember them forever.
Thanks for the dinner, guys! Here’s to many years of practicing, good health, friends, and memories. Namaste!