Earlier this year I started doing yoga pretty regularly for about a month. Every morning I did at least 10-20 minutes of a beginner’s yoga dvd and I felt great. I was more flexible, leaner, and I recovered better from my runs. I’ll admit, I’ve been a bit lazy about stretching and foam rolling during marathon training, and my tight muscles are still screaming at me from Sunday’s 18 miles.
There are 32 days until the Mount Desert Island Marathon and I’m feeling good about my running (finally). For the next 30 days, I am challenging myself to at least 10 minutes of yoga a day. I’m mainly doing this to increase my flexibility and loosen up my tight muscles, but in the long-term I’m hoping it will help me become a better runner, swimmer, cyclist, and also help me balance my day-to-day life (school, work, workouts, personal life).
I plan on doing a mix of classes at the YMCA (Gentle Yoga and Fit Yoga, in particular), a couple of videos from Exercise TV that I already own, Yoga Download, and YouTube. There are so many resources and videos on the internet it’s easy to get started.
You also don’t need much to do yoga…just a space and a mat will do! I have to areas at my apartment where I can do it:
Today, I did a couple of YouTube videos posted by Tara Stiles, a yoga instructor based in NYC. Here is her YouTube channel. She has some good beginner videos, as well as some more advanced routines.
I started with The Basic Breathing routine, which was really for beginners. It focused breathing technique while doing basic poses, which is great for me because when I tried yoga before, I just did the poses without regard to breathing. It was a short 9 minute, 42 second video.
I then went onto The Building Balance routine, which was way more challenging, as my balance is not the greatest. It was a little bit more advanced than what I had expected (I was expecting some more beginner poses–but maybe these were beginner poses?). It was another short 9 minute, 34 second video.
I feel like I got a great first yoga workout in today, and I’m excited for the next 29 days. Follow my 30 Days of Yoga Challenge on Instagram @runningmuffin. I’ll post daily pictures of a pose in the routine I choose.