missing yoga

yoga is pure bliss

I'm a runner, not a yogi, so I never thought I would feel a void for my yoga practice. I brought yoga into my life when I started training for my first triathlon in 2007, and it became a vital addition to my exercise regime when I was training for my first half marathon later that year.

Since then, I have practiced once every other week to four times a week. Running, cycling and strength training have always taken precedence.

Now, I miss yoga.

Yoga represents to me an inner centered energy, peace, calm...until pigeon pose. Yoga is recovery at that point. Since it's said we hold emotion in certain parts of our body, I wonder what I am holding in my hips. I subconsciously - or consciously - have a hard time letting go there. Certainly the runner in me craves the hip opener pigeon offers after a long run that tightens up the hip flexors.

I'm competitive by nature and am thankful one of the first pieces of advice my instructor gave me was to not worry about what/how my fellow students were doing. And to never compete with myself or push my body further than it is willing to go.

Since I pushed through triathlon training at the start of this season, both to be prepared for Encinitas and to win the Carlsbad store's Triathlon/Yoga Bingo Challenge (I tied for first place and won a new pair of Reverse Groove Shorts to wear to hot yoga) I am feeling minor burn-out, and am craving the steady flow and grounding yoga offers me.

I want to let go. Power Yoga 1 by Candlelight at Sculpt Fusion Yoga tonight at 7:30 couldn't come sooner. My hips are tight.

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I was actually in amazing yoga class at Octopus Garden in Toronto (JP rules in case anyone from Ontario reads this) and anger is a common emotion stored in the hips. If you’re someone who doesn’t express when you’re upset you may find them tighter.

Comment by Sheena — June 10, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

JP is an amazing teacher! Lauren, I hope you enjoyed your class and found yourself able to breathe through pigeon.

Comment by Tracy — June 11, 2009 @ 4:49 am

i too am more of a runner than “yogi”, so this post really speaks to me. i never thought i’d love yoga as much as i do now… so now i try to squeeze in both – i see how important both are and yoga has significantly improved my running training!

Comment by jiggaroo — June 11, 2009 @ 11:23 am


Comment by JustHereForCatCalls — June 11, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

In my last yoga class the teacher said your hip area represents the second chakra and relates to past relationships. She then said if you’re jammed up about past relationships or haven’t had them mentally resolved it will manifest in your hip movement or lack thereof. Something along those lines. I have never tried pigeon pose, but I will be thinking about this once I do now! Great post.

Comment by Tara — June 17, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

ehh.. really like it )

Comment by Artisanat Asiatique — June 30, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

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