Yoga: The Aftermath
By: 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: