Yoga. :(

Dec. 6th, 2011 03:57 pm
starzki: (FMP Awkward Situation)
I don't remember if I've mentioned it here or not, but I really hate my Tuesday yoga teacher.  I'm seriously thinking of not going back to her in the future.

First of all, the class is listed as Hatha and what she's teaching is not Hatha.  She just picks a muscle group and works on it.  Which isn't terrible, but I'm doing Hatha for the breathing and meditation to chill me the fuck out now that the holidays and all of the stress they bring are upon us.

Today just sucked.  She tried to correct a position of mine, and wasn't really explaining herself well.  "Push your thigh back."  I felt I was.  So she tried moving my thigh which threw me off balance to the point where I would fall.  But she insisted that's where my thigh should go.  When I said that my thigh didn't go that way, she proceeded to poke my thigh several times to try to move it "back."  I gave a huff and said, "Would you stop that?"

She then asked if I was ticklish.

I really don't like her.  She does this with others in the class, too.  She even said, "What are you thinking?" to a guy in the last class who was obviously brand new to yoga when he couldn't get into the correct position.

She both needs to be clearer on her instructions and not be so dismissive when a student doesn't get her meaning on the first couple of tries.  Yoga is supposed to relax me, not make me want to punch someone!  Grrr.


Nov. 17th, 2011 04:12 pm
starzki: (orchid)
I don't remember if I mentioned it here, but I finally joined a gym about three weeks ago.  I mostly did it because it's getting colder out and I won't be able to run outside every day like I'm used to.  Also, I was really interested in starting up yoga again.  I had noticed when running how tight the muscles in my hips and legs were getting.  I got to the point I couldn't bend over and touch the ground any more.  I felt like my stride was different because I was so inflexible.

My new gym offers yoga classes.  I tend to prefer Hatha yoga because of the focus on breathing and meditation that helps me chill out after stressful days/weeks.  I started going to these classes three weeks ago and I could feel the difference right away.

First of all, I was sore as hell after that first class.  It wasn't even a hard class, but I hadn't been working anything but my running muscles for almost a year now, so this yoga has been awesome in getting me to strengthen up the rest of my body.

Secondly, I could notice that I sit differently when my hips are looser.  It's more comfortable.  I have better posture.  I'm no where near as flexible as I used to be, but I remember how I was able to pull such long hours at my computer without hurting.

Finally, I'm sleeping better.  I didn't realize how my hips were so tight that I had a hard time laying flat against the mattress.  My legs would want to fall further away, but my muscles wouldn't let them go, so I would wake up with them hurting from the strain all night.  Right away I noticed how much more comfortable I was when in bed.

Awesome!  I've even starting going to yoga twice a week in the hope of gaining more flexibility over the next few months.  I hadn't realized how much I had missed it.  :)
starzki: (Sango Bzuh?)
I've been saying I've been missing yoga for some time now.  Well, a couple of days ago, my mom finally said, "Why not just do my yoga DVD?"  I was worried that it had her hot yoga stuff on it (I prefer Hatha), but no, it's just a generic yoga DVD with Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced lessons.

I look and see that the beginner is similar to Hatha, so I was excited to try it.

Holy friggin' cow!  The Beginner setting nearly did me in.  I used to be okay at yoga, but that was 3 years ago.  I've lost any flexibility I had, and then some.  Today, I can barely lift my arm to scratch my head.  And let me say it again, this was the BEGINNER level.

But this is good.  I'm excited to keep at it.  I'll just have to wait a couple more days before I can move again.  :P

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