Lovely yoga class tonight from our wonderful teacher FF. I've been paying a lot of attention to my legs lately. Stretching. Strengthening. Rolling. Running. So it was the oddest experience to be in Mountain Pose, and suddenly be really aware of my legs. I think I could have stood there quite happily for much longer, feeling the interplay of the muscles as they settled down.
Later on in the class we were in a hamstring stretch and I could tell the left ham is way, WAY tighter than the right, but the right quads and ITB are the tight ones. Let's not even talk about my low back, which I think is the real root of the problem. I'm seriously thinking of going back for more of the IMS.
The rest of the class was a nice flow of poses that I really enjoyed, and seemed to do me good. Part way through I was trying to have quiet hysterics as she talked about the groin stretch that was happening. She was talking about feeling what our bodies were capable of and honoring that. We shouldn't be saying to ourselves "our groins are inferior" because someone else can do the stretch better or deeper or whatever. There is no someone else in yoga practice. There is just us. I knew instantly what the blog title would be tonight. For the record, my groins are better than they once were, and not as good as they've been.
It used to be I hated tree pose. But now it's relaxing and enjoyable. I could have done that much longer tonight as well. Somehow, when I'm downstairs doing stuff, I forget some of these great poses. I should make a list and post it near my mat downstairs.
Scurrying around getting ready to run after work tomorrow. It should be nice. Can't waste it. The weekend is supposed to be crappy rainy weather again. At least it's not calling for snow. Our backyard work may be delayed more.
Do you balance your running with yoga? What are your best and least liked poses?