I wasn’t really expecting this to happen, but after just 3 days of strenuous yoga practice I’m feeling a lot of changes in my body. (I also feel a fair bit of soreness, but I did expect that.)
My arms and shoulders have dramatically improved range of motion– last week I couldn’t lace my fingers together and reach my arms all the way over my head, but now I can. My hip flexors have opened up a lot– I feel like I can stand up taller because my hips aren’t being pulled forward, my stride feels longer towards the back, and I can outer spiral my hips and stretch that area out.
Today’s yoga class kind of kicked my butt though. I’ve taken his class before, and he does some… interesting stuff. Mostly, though, I realized that: 1) I have short arms. If I sit on the ground, my hands can’t even lie flat on the floor. I certainly cannot lift my body up on my arms– there’s no extra arm to push with! Therefore any seated arm balances are sort of a no-go, and it also makes anything where I have to reach back to grab a foot awkward (bow, any held-leg pose). Props are good! GIve me a couple blocks and I can do it. 2) If you ask me, seated, to pull my foot back to my butt, it will not work. My thigh meat is in the way. I cannot remove my thigh to get my foot in the right position next to my butt. If you build an entire sequence based on that starting position, I will just have to sit there and look silly because it doesn’t work for me.
Other than those annoyances, it was a good class. The teacher has a fun and carefree approach, but my muscles were completely tapped out by the end. Shavasana was more like catching my breath. I think tomorrow I’m going to queue up an easy Youtube practice by myself.