I love when I’m doing yoga and I can lean a certain way or shift my weight to feel that deep stretch, doesn’t everyone love that feeling? It’s like an affirmation that you’re making your body work a little bit, or it’s making you a little more limber.
but sometimes aiming for that deep stretch isn’t always a good thing. Yeah, we do yoga to be stronger, more flexible, and see just how incredible the human body really is, but pushing to the limit is not necessarily the way to get there.
I’m bringing this up because I was so caught up in reaching that “open” feeling that I really did a number on my elbow, and I don’t even know how. Today I was more cautious and managed to relieve it, but it made me nervous to think that I felt like I was doing so much good for my body only to find out after the flow that I may have injured myself.
My way of thinking is that I do my poses so that they are comfortable, but I am still doing my best to do them correctly. No, I can’t completely fold in half in my forward bends and some days I can’t stay in cow face pose for very long, but it doesn’t matter because I’ve improved so much just by doing the poses regularly to the best of my ability.
All in all, if it hurts— don’t push through it. Listen to your body, and improvements will come.
I love the feeling after I work out when my levitator muscles are a little shaky. Sometimes I feel like I’m cheating myself when I do core yoga because I’m not sure if I’m going all the poses 100%, but I definitely know my muscles worked today.
I don’t want you to get the impression that I’m really trying to lose weight here, I’m completely happy with my weight. I just find that weight loss yoga targets your core and thighs primarily, and they’re great for working up a sweat.
Got about halfway through a Sadie Nadini flow (until she got the the handstands, and that’s where I bowed out), then worked up a sweat on the elliptical and the treadmill.
Post-run snack: Chobani strawberry banana