Good morning! I didn’t have to work until 10 this morning, so I got up a bit early to get my yoga practice in before I headed out for the day. Last night was my weekly dance practice, which my body is not quite used to lately since I’ve had to take multiple weeks off throughout the year. Years of bad posture habits (not tucking my tailbone in during hip circles and undulations) has caused me to experience some definite pain in my lower back when I dance now. Between that and my shoulders being sore from the two hours of dance and two videos of yoga earlier in the day, I knew I wanted to get my stretch in BEFORE eight hours working rather than after.
The video I ended up selecting was another one from Adriene. I wanted to try a typical wake-up/morning routine, but wanted a different variation from the regular sun salutation. This one was just what I was looking for!
30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day Two
Adriene’s Yoga Morning Fresh was perfect blend of mental warm-ups and gentle body stretches leading into more energizing moves. Over the years, I’ve started to feel way more stiff in the mornings than I had before, so easing into poses is 100% necessary. Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I really don’t like downward dog, and I especially don’t like it first thing in the morning. What I will say, though, is that I do like noticing the difference in the pose throughout a morning practice. My first down dog today was pretty weak — legs way bent, arms shaking, back rounded. After the second or third, though, I noticed that I was able to straighten my legs a bit more, straighten my back out a lot more, and feel more at ease.
My favorite part of the practice was around the 29 minute mark, where you hug one knee up with the other leg extended, and twisted to the side for a great stretch. I do this quite a bit on my own when I need that spinal twist, but the difference here was that she has you bring your gaze straight ahead instead of over your shoulder and slowly tilt your head up and down. It was different than anything I’d tried, and it felt great.
- During the initial seated forward folds, it felt like I had one rubber band of a muscle running from the base of my skull through my shoulder all the way down to my hip. And it felt like that rubber band was a couple inches too short. That tightness is something I really want to focus on getting rid of.
- The “knocking on heaven’s door” spin move around minute 16 leading into a completely still mountain pose was a neat transition.
- I ended the practice after the video was over with a few minutes of savasana on my own, something that I think is a great start to the day.
We’ll see if I can fit another short one in tonight after work, but I’m glad I got today’s done early. Here is a bonus pic of sweet Chester, who watched over me throughout my whole practice. Namaste and see you tomorrow!
Disclaimer: I am so so so so so not even close to being a medical professional and the same goes for being a professional yoga instructor. All I’m doing is journaling my personal experiences regarding my physical health and my yoga practice, please do not follow any of this instead of going to a physician yourself. I do not believe YouTube is a substitution for true medical care, but can be a supplement to what you and your doctor decide what’s best for you!