As I lay in savasana at the end of a yoga class the other day, I found myself reflecting on an old cross-country ritual called visualization. Much like savasana, it requires you to lie on the ground on your back and let your muscles soften as your mind engages.
Seeing my neighbor easing into a full split while I strain my legs into (something vaguely resembling) a half split is disheartening. But I take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone, that many fellow marathoners have muscles wound as tightly as mine. If you’re one of those runners, you’ll understand the struggles of these 5 common yoga poses.
Normally I head to the fast flow or advanced classes to push my muscles to the limit, but this week I got back to basics at foundation and slow flow classes. I’ve gotta say, it was kind of wonderful.
This was a fantastic year for me—it felt like a fresh start. I started a new position at work, moved into a new apartment, met my new nephew and started dating somebody new and wonderful. Oh, and I ran the Chicago Marathon for the first time! I could wax poetic about all the good times with family and friends or jaw-droppingly good food I ate, but instead I’ll just share five simple but wonderful things I did in 2015.
Since finishing the Chicago Marathon last month, I’ve really missed having a goal race to keep me on a regimented running schedule. Between the darker evenings, my trip to Texas and a nagging runner’s knee, I’ve only been running two or three days a week lately—yoga’s been keeping me sane.
During slow work weeks, it’s the weird little triggers of joy that give me perspective and keep me smiling. Because it’s finally Friday, here are a handful of small but delightful things that got me through the week…
You know what hurts? Going to a Monday yoga class after running 20 miles the day before. But ahhh—that sweet, sweet burn works all the kinks out of my muscles. Give me some hip-opening half pigeon poses and a steady stream of down dogs to stretch out my calves and I’m a happy runner.