Yoga: The Aftermath

catyogaBy: Kevin Larrabee, CSCS

Last Friday I blogged about my thoughts on yoga and that I would be participating in one of the classes on Sunday. Well, I did, so now I have some things to day.

1. I did enjoy the class, it was relaxing while still being challenging enough to make some sweat slide off my head and onto the purple yoga mat. But, I feel relaxed and the endorphins flowing when I do heavy deadlifts too.

2. Yes, there is a lot of lumbar flexion and rotation in some of the yoga poses and stretches. That still bothered me although the instructor did mention that you should not do the movements if you feel discomfort in the low back.

3. I need to stretch my calves more

4. Thanks to single leg training (single legged squats/deadlifts and lunges) I was able to do all of the 1-foot poses without issue.

5. A good instructor is crucial. Our instructor Jenn gave clear and concise step by step instructions that made it easy to visualize the movements (although I had to look around a few times to make sure I was doing certain things correctly)

6. I will be going back as long as it fits in my schedule. We record The FitCast on Sunday mornings, so I need to see if we can record earlier or later as the class is at 11am. In my opinion, for some yoga is a good complementary form of exercise for healthy active individuals with no low back pain or major asymmetry issues.

And again, one more picture of Moon Bloodgood:

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8 Responses

  1. Nia Shanks says:

    Glad you enjoyed the Yoga class. I have never taken one, but I would like to try it just to say I have actually done it. ; )

  2. Deepak says:

    Dude that looks like a picture of someones mom.

  3. Sarah says:

    You should also try out the g2 fit yoga mats…they have illustrations of the program imprinted on the face of the mat…so if you don’t have time to go to a yoga class, this might be a convenient alternative. just go to g2fit.com

  4. Deepak? Really? Seriously? Come on.

  5. Kimberley says:

    Deepak… Who’s mum exactly???

    Sarah… I had a look at those mats. They’re fantastic. My dad has back problems, so I think I’ll order him the back stretches one. Thanks for the link. The things people think of!!!

  6. Craig says:

    He’s probably talking about the cat.

    Btw Daybreak and Journeyman are awesome shows.

  7. rafael says:

    IF thats someones mom, then I’m gonna say…., MILF!

  8. Daniel says:

    Have you tried Iyengar Yoga? Iyengar yoga is much more focused on anatomical preciseness of the postures. A lot of the mobility in the twisting and back bending comes from the hips and thoracic spine. Iyengar Yoga focusses not only on flexibility, but a lot on isometric holds and proper breathing.