Life has been really busy recently with work and numerous lacrosse obligations I have undertaken. Unfortunately, my plan for healing my back and getting back into shape has suffered because of it. After realizing my lapse this weekend, I decided to jump back on the bandwagon. The article, Yoga Therapy for Athletes, made me realize yoga was going to be the tool to get me back to an active lifestyle. So, I roped my friend and former teammate, Kristy, into going to hot yoga with me on Monday night.
It seemed innocent enough and I figured the heat would be great for my extremely tight muscles. Well, the heat was good for my muscles, but it came with a price. I dont even know if I can explain the intensity of the heat in this room. In the first ten minutes, while going through some postural awareness and breathing exercises, I caught my mind pondering over an escape route. One look at Kristy and I broke down laughing, knowing very well she was thinking the same thing. I pulled myself together and mouthed to Kristy with a smirk, Dont let hot yoga girl beat you. This expression was first said by our coach in college, Sue Murphy, who threatened us all before going into a kick boxing class that, if we let Aerobic Girl beat us we would surely regret it. That being said, Hot Yoga Girl could crank the heat up as high as she wanted and we were going to melt into the floor before we walked out of that door.
The instructor, Cindy aka Hot Yoga Girl, guided us through some deep breathing exercises before taking us through the different poses and stretches. I warned Cindy that I was rehabbing some pretty serious abdominal, back, and hip injuries before we started so she gave me so alternative options just in case.
When the class ended Kristy and I thanked Cindy, peeled ourselves off the mats, and dragged ourselves out the door to the outside air we had been longing for. Im not sure if I was in any state to drive, but somehow we ended up at Dennys. Yes, I realize this isnt the healthiest option, especially not after what we just went through to get healthy, but we both felt so drained that we needed to replenish. Naturally, two Grand Slam breakfasts, several pitchers of water later, clean plates were the only thing left.
After arriving back at the house we discussed the days events and came to the conclusion that although hot yoga was way more intense than we ever imagined, we would return. Besides feeling absolutely drained, our bodies felt great. My muscles felt stronger and more flexible. The benefits of yoga are incredible and the heat, although somewhat painful, just takes some getting used to. We will be returning later this week for round two! Oh and we will not be going to Dennys this time.
This is not me in the picture, but this pose is great. It really helped me stretch out my abs, hips, and quads.