Forever looking for help and relief from my tight hips, I embarked on a new challenge. One of my local yoga studios offered a Yoga For Hips series just when I needed it most. I did the 15 minute yoga everyday for 2 weeks. Here’s what happened.
Yoga everyday for 2 weeks-here’s what happened
My friends over at Sytera yoga have been offering a few series during the past few months. Usually, I am not ready to commit to yoga on a regular basis. However, when I saw a yoga for hips series it was a sign that this was the time. Classes were offered everyday at 7:45 am and then available on demand. I opted for the on demand because 7:45 yoga is not me. The short 15 minute class appealed to me and seemed doable. Here’s how it went.
Days 1 & 2
I chose to do my practice after my cycling or running and strength training daily. The first 2 days I had a lot of “is she kidding me”? My body cannot do these poses. Since it was just me and my yoga mat, I really did not care how I looked. I did my best and continued on. My Cobbler’s pose was more like a “Hobbler’s pose”.
Days 3 -5
This is starting to feel a little better. I started to become a lot more aware of my posture after class. Am I sleeping better? My butt even felt like it got a workout. Still having trouble with the yogi squat. I can do it but it is not comfortable.
I realized when I got into my yogi squat today that it felt much more natural. I could comfortably hold without hoping it would end.
I started to really look forward to my 15 min of yoga and took advantage of the extra stretch time.I am becoming more aware of how my hip flexibility or lack there of can effect other activities that I do.
Home stretch of the challenge. I am noticing feeling a lot more flexible in my hips and lower back. Positions are no longer uncomfortable to hold. I still have some trouble with twisting an holding those poses.
Sitting cross legged is now much more comfortable. I realized that getting into my yogi squat was no longer causing me to wince.
Paying attention to and giving my hips some love makes a huge difference for me. My flexibility and mobility were greatly improved with just 15 minutes a day of work for 15 days. I wonder how I would feel if I continued this for a few more weeks? Runners bodies are not made and kept up on running alone. Yoga is obviously a discipline that my body responds well to. My biggest challenge now is how to keep this yoga everyday up!
[I practiced with Sytera Yoga in McLean, Virginia. Since everything is virtual now, if you are interested in the program that I did, find info on the studio here]
Have you ever done a yoga challenge? How did it change you? Did you keep it up?
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