Relaxing yoga? Um, no!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Friday is yoga/pilates day at Kaia FIT, and while that sounds like it would be relaxing, it's totally not!

Our coach wants to get our heart rates way up before moving into yoga, and each time, the routine is different. Today, we started with 10 minutes or so of an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) circuit. We did 10 reps of each exercise:

* Squat thrusts (almost like a burpee)
* Russian twists
* Squats with 10-lb medicine ball
* Push-ups (I'm on my knees)
* Reverse crunches
* Ball-ups (I cannot go from flat on my back to up in a ball! I just do what I can.)
* Laundry loaders (woodchoppers, cross body foot to shoulder press with 10-lb medicine ball)
* Sit-ups (crunches for me)

I got through 2 rounds, plus 2 more squat thrusts. Whew. My heart rate was up for sure.

Now that I was drenched in sweat and could barely see straight, we moved in to the yoga portion of things. I basically do not stop sweating for the rest of the hour. We're doing fairly basic sun salutations and it all flows together, but getting my heart rate up like that in the beginning wears me out! It's a really tough workout for me. Plus, my balance is not as good as it was last year and I struggle with occasional foot cramps. I'm sure those will lessen as my feet get stronger.

Each week, during the final portion where you lie in silence and relax/let go, I end up crying. I was able to stop myself this morning, but then I also left feeling not as relaxed and fluid as I normally do. I guess I need to release some stuff!
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    Yoga is way too hard for me. Good for you to get through that workout. It sounds like a killer.
    1875 days ago
    Crying like that is simply watering your growth. Haha! Maybe.

    You are awesome.
    1878 days ago
    Wow, sounds intense! Nothing like yoga I'm used to. It is a serious workout for sure! Maybe some day you will try a more gentle yoga class! emoticon
    1878 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon this all sounds a bit too intence for my liking - it sounds rather stressful!!! But if we don't push sometimes we don't gain anything either so I guess what I am saying is if you can stick with it kiddo your doing great!
    1878 days ago
  • FIREFLY413
    I'm sweating just reading this! emoticon

    I've only done yoga a few times, but I've gotten emotional too. I think you get so in tune with your body, you're unable to block some stuff that you normally do! Awesome workout though, great job emoticon
    1878 days ago
    Wow. That sounds like an awesome class, but I understand how that yoga might not be the most relaxing.
    1878 days ago
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