Yoga

I go to yoga once a week.  I don’t love it and I don’t hate it.  I do it because I think it’s good for me – particularly in stretching out my angry legs and improving my non existent balance. I sometimes go to Pilates too, but I prefer yoga because there’s more of a sense of achievement in pulling off a difficult move after weeks and weeks of falling over trying.  It was a very proud moment when I finally performed a Utthita Hasta Padangustasana without calamity.   What I don’t like about yoga is the meditation aspect of it; I’m just not a very spiritual person and I don’t like relaxing.  I’m afraid to say that I use the ten minutes of relaxation at the end to plan my shopping list or think about EastEnders.  I would get up and leave if it wasn’t rude to do so!

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This is a Utthita Hasta Padangustasana.  This is not a picture of me, obviously.

I am incredibly stretchy and flexible but have very little sense of balance and as you can imagine this is an explosive combination during yoga.  The class usually goes something like this:

Instructor:  Wrap your left arm six times around your body, turn upside down and stick your nose in your ear.

Me: (does so with ease)

Instructor: Now lift your left foot half an inch off the ground.

Me: *splat* *crunch*

The other problem I have is that I have very poor proprioception, so once I start wrapping my body parts around each other, I can’t find them again.  I go to grab my foot and it isn’t there and I have to look for it in the mirror, and this disrupts my concentration and I fall over.  Again.

Anyway, the point of this post is to announce that today I did a thing where I went from a Crescent Lunge to grabbing my back leg to standing up whilst still holding on to my leg and felt so proud that I wanted to hop all the way home like that to show people.  I tried to find a video but Google didn’t seem to know what I was talking about.  I am not brave enough to try to do it again and video myself.

Track session with the ViewTubers tonight and 10k Chase The Moon race tomorrow.  I am still snotty and just don’t have the time for a long run this week, but I’ve rejigged my training calendar so so somehow everything is still on track for Barcelona and the marathon so I am feeling a bit more optimistic.

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