Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally changing who I am. I’m no Yogi (a word that I just learned, that I can only assume either involves wheat grass juice and some sort of Bio Fuel Ford Fiesta or a picnic basket loving bear who plays baseball). I’m still the fall over while putting on my underwear taco eating guy that you’ve all come to know and love. But, it became very obvious that I needed to tend to various parts of my body that had been neglected for far too long…..
Doing the single dad thing, I’ll often run and then immediately jump in my car for an hour on my way to work or run at lunch and then park my butt at my desk for 4 hours. I had gotten out of the habit of foam rolling after each run and my muscles were paying the price. While I can’t change my schedule, I could certainly do the right things in the evening to set me up to be a bit more limber and flexible. So, when I think of limber and flexible I think of yoga pants. And when I think of yoga pants I usually think of yoga, eventually.
The first session went.....okayish
So, here I am. Still sweaty after my 20 minute yoga session (youtube here). It honestly reminded me a lot of the Bikram yoga that I’ve done before, only MUCH more focused on my hamstrings and calves – certainly runner focused. It was really nice to be able to have someone telling me exactly what to do vs trying to figure out what stretches to do on my own. That I liked a lot. The yoga instructor really seemed like she knew what she was doing and spoke to the specific reasons for most of the stretches (to be honest though, I'm still not totally sold on the more touchy feely parts like "hands by your heart" or whatever).
Will it help cure me? Time will tell. But, if it means that I’ll be running again soon, I really AM willing to try anything once, or maybe even twice. Maybe even three times if there are yoga pants involved.