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My first yoga experience & 5K training advice?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

So I had my first yoga class yesterday. When I parked, I noticed how beautiful the area was. There was a small lake, barn with chickens, wild turkeys, and it was very peaceful. I signed in & the one lady explained what I Should do. The whole atmosphere was very calming. It was nice. It didn't feel rushed like the rest of the world. I put out my mat & was told to get some foam blocks and a blanket. There were about 12 people in the class with me - all beginners! I sat and waited until the class started. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be - actually it wasn't hard, it was just different. It was strange to hold some poses while trying to relax at the same time. I liked when they said to focus on which body parts were stretching & also which side had more tension. Some other poses were very relaxing and I could focus on my breathing. We did a Tree Pose and I actually didn't fall over! The last few minutes were my favorite - we laid down in a pose and just relaxed and tried not to think about anything. I haven't done that in a long time. It was nice to let go of everything and just focus on me. When I left the class, I saw one of the outside cats. It walked by two other people and came right up to me. It rubbed on my legs for a minute and then was rolling on the ground. Kitty was so cute!

Yes I have not been to the dentist in 5 years - yikes! But I went this morning before work & my teeth are all clean. No cavities! Woohoo! I thought I may of had one in one area of my mouth, but apparently not. I just need to floss a bit more - as usual!

I was going to do Zumba on Mondays & Yoga on Wednesdays, but my Mom wants to go to Zumba on Thursday night now. I am going to do my 4 more yoga classes Mondays now. I don't think I will continue yoga - it seems to be very expensive. I may get more workout dvds to do at home for the other nights.

I also decided I want to start training for a 5K. There are a few in the area I live in. I signed up to walk for CF next month and I thought... why can't I do other 5K? They are for a good cause & I think it will be great exercise. I just need to do some research to see the best way to do that! If anyone has any advice or training ideas, please let me know!

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    I agree, yoga is very relaxing..it feels good. Did you know it is highly recommended if you suffer from anxiety or depression. I love yoga! However, I agree, it is very expensive. I have a membership at the Y and if I want to do Yoga I have to pay more money for those classes.
    I have been trying to work my way up to running 5km on the treadmill. For some reason I find it a bit easier than running outside.
    2905 days ago
    I started running again after many years of being very ill. I walked quickly at first, then started running 50 steps walking a few minutes, running 50 steps, walking a few minutes until I could do 30 minutes. Thsn I added more steps of running (25 or 50 each interval with the walking in between) When I was running 150 steps I decreased the time between running intervals. You can do any amount you like and are comfortable with. I like Jeff Galloway training. I didn't find it until I was running more but it lets you continue your walk intervals. You can search his training and many others. There is a C25k team on spark and they also have a training schedule. You can sign up for a virtual race, too. I'm currently training for a half-marathon. Let me know how it goes. Have fun running! You'll love it. Don't overdo and you won't give up. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2905 days ago
    Sounds like a good experience. I'm thinking about doing SP's deal on $29 for lifetime online yoga. Can't afford classes. emoticon
    2905 days ago
    Glad you found a peaceful Yoga place! It can be hard in our fast paced lives to slow down.

    Like KAPELAKIN said - C25K programs are great. Basically its about training for a 5K by slowing building up your running time. Alternating walking and running while going the distance or time of the day.

    Good luck!
    2905 days ago
    If you search Couch to 5K, or C25K, you'll find lots of information on training. Good luck, and the yoga place sounds wonderful!
    2905 days ago
    Glad to hear you had a positive yoga experience!
    2905 days ago
    Active.com is the easiest way (for me, anyway) to find local 5k races. For training, there are tons of interval training plans available at running.about.com.

    Good luck! 5k races can be a LOT of fun!
    2905 days ago
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