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Meghann and I hit up Orlando Power Yoga tonight.  They’ve re-vamped the studio from a traditional bikram studio to a Baron Baptiste style of power vinyasa yoga.  It was so great that I bought a 40 day pass! Soooo… expect to see a lot of yoga in the next 40 days while I attempt to get my money’s worth. πŸ™‚

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This yoga practice is heart-thumping, cardio yoga… not the relaxation kind (which certainly has its place!).  It’s practiced in a 90 degree room and the sweat was literally dripping off of me.  I made a huge puddle at the front of my mat!

 

I can’t hold all the poses (or even get into them) but it was so fun to TRY.  Yoga isn’t about showing off or impressing the teacher… it’s just about you!  Which is one of the reasons that I really like it.

 

I’m planning to swap some run days for yoga days on my schedule in hopes of better preparing my body for May’s 100 mile bike ride.  I think it will be a good swap!

 

Pre-yoga snack was Pumpkin Yogurt with Grape Nuts.

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And after the yoga class, I hit up the grocery store so I could make exactly what I was craving!  I wanted pasta so bad!

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I had a serving of whole wheat angel hair pasta with red sauce.  I also had a chunk of baguette (and I ate a similar sized piece in the car on the way home).  And I also had a huge pile of roasted broccoli, mushrooms, and artichokes.

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Plus… my latest obsession.  Arugula salad.

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I am thinking about curling up on the couch with a little coconut ice cream… Mmm.

 

Do you practice yoga?  How regularly?  How did you get into it?  Any runners or cyclist out there have success with yoga and training?  Share your stories!

 

Namaste!

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  • Evan Thomas April 20, 2010, 9:04 pm

    I’ve never done yoga. I just don’t see it and me meshing, not nearly as good as me and coconut milk ice cream at least πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 20, 2010, 9:05 pm

    I love yoga. I do it about 2-3 times a week. It seriously cleanses my mind like nothing else. Sometimes I’m all ADD about it, but usually I get a great workout from it. I danced for about 18 years and it has really helped keep me flexible.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 20, 2010, 9:06 pm

    I have trouble getting into the slow relaxing yoga, but I’d love to get into something more upbeat- only I’m not sure I’d be able to handle the high temp- I’m a weakling when it comes to heat!

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 20, 2010, 9:27 pm

      You’d probably like an ashtanga or vinyasa class!

    • Christina April 21, 2010, 7:33 am

      I was nervous to try Bikram yoga, but I did and I love it! You get used to the heat. You focus on trying to keep the poses, etc and you forget about the heat (at least that’s what happened to me!). Give it a try and see – you may actually enjoy it =)

  • Christie {Honoring Health} April 20, 2010, 9:07 pm

    hoooray for Baptiste yoga. I went to Dallas and practiced for 8 hours straight with Baron Baptiste (recapped on my blog in Nov) and it was nothing short of amazing. We don’t have a Baptiste studio here in Richmond but the studio I practice in is full of Baptiste junkies. Love it!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) April 20, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I love fast paced yoga. I’m not good at slowing down and clearing my mind. I want to sweat and stretch at the same time.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 20, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I bet yoga was such a nice switch after all of the hard-core biking you’ve been doing!

    I try to do yoga semi-regularly, but the truth is, it comes and goes for me in waves. I’ll do it every other day for a month, and then not do it for three months or so.

  • Kelly April 20, 2010, 9:08 pm

    I finally found a yoga place I love about 2 years ago. I started going twice a week but got out of it when I bought my house and money was tight. I’m trying to get back into it now and I am taking a 31 times in 31 days challenge at my studio for the month of May, yikes πŸ™‚ I hope I can do it!

  • Anna April 20, 2010, 9:10 pm

    YES! I’m glad you loved it. That is the type of yoga I practice and it is the shiz, simply put.

    I started practicing in the middle of high school (about 4-5 years ago) and have been practicing at differing frequencies since then. There have been times when I got to the studio 4-5 times per week (that’s when I worked at lulu and all my classes were free!), there have been times when I practiced at home 4-5 times per week, and then there have been times when I only practiced once every week or so.

    Right now I can’t go to classes as often as I’d like because it’s so freaking expensive in DC ($17 for one class, STUDENT RATE. ridic).

    Yoga is definitely complementary to running because it basically lengthens the muscles that running shortens. I had tight hips and hamstrings (2 problems exacerbated by running) and yoga has definitely helped lengthen and loosen them up.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2010, 9:23 pm

      that is a ridiculous rate! i paid $40 for 40 days. i think afterwards the prices skyrocket though.

      • Anna April 20, 2010, 11:23 pm

        Yea my studio at home is $8 for students per class, AND it’s a better studio. $40 for 40 days definitely wins though!

  • Katey April 20, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I practice yoga like every other day. I do it mostly at home.. but I do sometimes go to the classes offered at my gym. After I emailed you about my knees- I went to a yoga class, and all my pain melted away. The warrior poses really strengthen the legs… I’ve noticed such a physical and mental change. If you have a motivating teacher then its almost like a therapy class in its own right! I suggest a vinyasa class.. its a tad easier than power, but its more about the different chakras(google them!). I’ve learned a lot about myself and my body through yoga. Its great!!! It helped me recover from many personal and mental hurdles. I just can’t get enough!!

  • Jacquie April 20, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I just got into bikram yoga and try to go 3 times a week even though that hasn’t been happening the last month or so. Luckily I can still get a student monthly rate so I’ve been trying to take advantage. I don’t know what will happen once May ends πŸ™
    I love it too not only because it’s relaxing, but because it reminds me of dance from my former life πŸ™‚

  • Erin April 20, 2010, 9:12 pm

    i love yoga and running! i think yoga stretches me out and running makes me strong. I do it 2-3 times a week. both clear my head.

  • Jenna April 20, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I am all about Baptiste yoga! I just wish there was a studio closer to my house.

    Yoga is probably the best thing I have ever done for my body and mind. I would love to teach it eventually! Can’t wait to see what you think when you start a regular practice! πŸ™‚

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 20, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I’ve very recently started practicing yoga and so far I am loving it. I was a cardio junkie before (and still am) but am trying to broaden my horizons. So far I’ve just done ExerciseTV on Demand yoga in the comfort of my own home because I am NOT very flexible. I am getting close to wanting to try it at a studio, but the price is right when you do it at home!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 20, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I wish I could get into yoga, but every time I go to the gym with the intention of trying out a class, I just end up running. I’m too much of a cardio junkie!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 20, 2010, 9:14 pm

    YUM!!! I had an Italian meal tonight too! We went to a little hole in the wall place where the chef/owner is actually from Italy so it’s REAL Italian. Oh my, one of the best meals of my LIFE.

    I really really want to get into yoga once I can exercise again!!! I’d love to try hot yoga!

  • ashleigh April 20, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Look at all those veggies!! I’m so proud of you ex veggie hater!I dont do yoga but it’s something I’d like to get into eventually. I might start doing some DVDs because I’d like to know some of the poses before I do a class.

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) April 20, 2010, 9:16 pm

    sounds intense! I do yoga at home but not at classes

  • swimsutra April 20, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Baptiste is my favorite style of yoga– so athletic but great stretching too. A combination of Bikram and Baptiste yoga really helps me keep up my cardio capabilities when I need rest days from running. Plus, the focus you need to get through the sweaty, challenging classes really translates for me into the focus in my running! Love hot yoga!

  • Sarah @ See Sing Live April 20, 2010, 9:17 pm

    I practiced ashtanga yoga on a regular basis when I was 18-20 but at college it was hard to find a good class so I started to focus more on running. I’ve continued my practice sporadically but it is my hope to get back into it more seriously. As an athlete in high school and a runner after, my hips are SO TIGHT. I can’t really ever see any lotus postures in my future, but the possibility keeps me motivated…I have a feeling that day will be very gratifying!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 20, 2010, 9:17 pm

    I’ve never tried yoga at a studio but the at-home DVD’s haven’t really interested me. Maybe I’ll try a class and see how that compares.

  • Wei-Wei April 20, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I recently downloaded a few “Yoga for Strength” workouts from yogadownload.com, because I feel I need to gain more muscle and be more toned.

    After recovering, I feel like “skinny fat” – skinny, yes, but jiggly! I would much rather be heavy but toned and strong. πŸ™ And I can’t go to the gym because 1) I’m underage (!!) and 2) they’re waaaay too expensive!

    I hope yoga will make a difference, though. πŸ™‚

    Wei-Wei

    • Caitlin April 20, 2010, 9:24 pm

      i think power yoga on fitnesstv is a great strength training based yoga. πŸ™‚

      you are beautiful πŸ™‚

      • Wei-Wei April 21, 2010, 7:11 am

        If only I could get fitnesstv in China… πŸ˜› Maybe should have mentioned that! Thanks for the suggestion though! πŸ™‚

        Thank you! You’re beautiful also… on the outside AND the inside! πŸ™‚

  • Shawna @ Balancing Me April 20, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I’ve done Bikram in the past, but it just seemed to be too much for me.

    BUT now I’ve been doing the P90X yoga once a week, and it’s TOUGH! I’ve done hour-long yogadownload classes, but the P90X one kills me every time. But afterward, every muscle feels sooooo good!

  • Amanda April 20, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I absolutely LOVE yoga. I started in college when I was battling an eating disorder, and yoga really allowed me to calm my mind and appreciate my body without comparing to others. Now I am in a muuuuch better place mentally and I have been competing in running races for 2 years. Right now I’m training for a 10 mile race and I incorporate vinyasa yoga into my training plan twice a week. It is the perfect active rest … strengthens my core, arms, and legs, while loosening my tight hips and hamstrings. I obviously can’t say enough good things about yoga πŸ™‚ Enjoy your 40 day pass!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 20, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I need to do more yoga – but I am kind of ‘saving’ it until the cooler months when it is too cold to run outside….strange huh!

  • Cindy April 20, 2010, 9:30 pm

    I have a hard time with yoga or classes that require transitions. I am not very coordinated and I get anxious when I can’t follow what is going on in class, especially when I am not sure of what I am supposed to be doing. I think that takes away from the relaxation part for me. I do try it at least once a month.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats April 20, 2010, 9:31 pm

    this summer I plan on getting into yoga. After long runs I always do long stretches that feel so good and I’m always thinking in my head, I bet this is how awesome yoga feels lol. Heather at the Health, Happiness, and Hope blog has really inspired me to start it up! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie April 20, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I adore yoga, but the more cardio/strength training geared routines (i.e. Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown, ExTV YogaWorks Body Slim). It changes your body and is an incredible form of not only exercise but also time to yourself which is calming and soothing in itself!

  • Molly @fuelherup April 20, 2010, 9:33 pm

    I loooooove sweaty yoga! As a runner everything gets sooooo tight…it’s amazing how throughout the class there’s a change in my flexibility! Also I can do headstands now- love that!

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight) April 20, 2010, 9:36 pm

    I do bikram yoga usually bt havent in a couple months because ive been busy BUT I tried a few new yoga styles this weekend (ashtanga, restorative, hatha flow) and I lOVED ashtanga. so i might try to start doing that more.

    good luck with your yoga practice! namaste! πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker April 20, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I heart yoga so much. And I agree. The best part is that you don’t have to impress anyone. Just do your own thing. Center yourself. I’ve found tremendous improvements in my flexibility through my practice. And tons more strength! Never tried hot yoga, though. Will need to sometime soon!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness April 20, 2010, 9:46 pm

    I don’t really enjoy yoga that much yet, but still love the benefits I get from it. So I’ve been getting into it by going the nontraditional route with Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown and “fitness fusion” yoga. It’s tricking me into liking it… πŸ™‚

  • John April 20, 2010, 9:51 pm

    I tried yoga 3 times when they were offering trials where I worked out. It was pretty good but couldn’t afford to add it at the time. Someday as it helps stretch you out.

    Where I did this they actually have quite a few members of the Ottawa Senators(nhl hockey team) take the yoga classes.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story April 20, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Dinner looks amazing!

    I do yoga dvds at home but since I live in the sticks there are no yoga studios here, well, there is one but they are insanely over priced (for the wealthy retired folks) so I don’t go. I would love to do more of it though, I always feel so much better afterward.

  • Sam (My Sugar Obsession) April 20, 2010, 10:00 pm

    i take yoga at a community college near my house. i take it twice a week (sometimes three). i LOVE it. it is the best way to start my morning! i always leaving feeling relaxed and happy. i just woke up one morning and decided i wanted to do it regularly and i’m so happy that i have. it’s awesome!

  • Bethany April 20, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I enjoy yoga…to a point. I am currently doing P90X and there is a really intense (to me) 90 minute yoga DVD. It’s just once a week, but that’s enough. It’s really hard. I’ve heard it’s not the best yoga DVD out there, but I find it challenging, so I think it’s working. I”m looking to gain strength but mostly work on my flexibility.

  • heidi April 20, 2010, 10:04 pm

    as i said on twitter – LOVE hot vinyasa. It is an amazing workout – i did it Sunday after a 13 mile run and it helped my recovery SOOO much. It is all about you. My hot yoga instructor (who is amazing) said the other day to listen to your body and don’t be afraid if you can’t do the poses, to go into “warrior 4” aka childs pose πŸ˜‰ It’s all about listening to what feels good.

    I also recommend trying Restorative yoga, it’s much different than the hot vinyasa, but it’s great for athletes. I went to it for the first time last week and my instructor was a marathoner/triathlete and raved about the benefits so definitely give it a try πŸ™‚

  • Lisa April 20, 2010, 10:06 pm

    I have never heard of Power Yoga!!! One of the things that keeps me from doing yoga (even though I know I should do it as a runner AND cyclist) is how SLOW yoga is. I can’t take it! But upbeat “power yoga” sounds like my speed! I did try a Kundalini yoga class once and loved that.

  • Meredith April 20, 2010, 10:08 pm

    This is completely unrelated, but after you raved about the sweet potato/baked bean combo on both the blog and twitter yesterday, I just knew I had to try it today. I followed your steps to a “T” and the results were nothing short of AMAZING!! Who knew something so simple and quick could be so fabulous. Thanks for sharing! I raved about it on my own blog tonight, linking back to you of course πŸ™‚ http://runningtotheaisle.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/race-prep-and-paparazzi/

    • Caitlin April 20, 2010, 10:32 pm

      oooo im glad you liked it!

  • emily April 20, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Unrelated, sorry! I’m not sure if I missed it but have you seen Earthlings yet? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2010, 10:32 pm

      i havent watched the movie. i watched the trailer and seriously almost vomited. it gave me nightmares. did you watch it!

      • emily April 20, 2010, 10:41 pm

        I did. And I cried for 20minutes and felt like I wanted to die. I did a short post about it on my blog (I won’t link-spam your comments, but it’s my most recent post) but I felt like my response was so negative and you are Mrs.NOT-Negative so I was curious about your take.

  • Amanda (modernation) April 20, 2010, 10:13 pm

    I love yoga – hot yoga in particular but I don’t do it enough due to cost and the fact that it pretty much takes about 2.5-3 hours when all said and done. I know I need to do it more to prepare for the ride in May, so you may have just inspired me to get to some classes.

  • zoe April 20, 2010, 10:16 pm

    i love love LOVE yoga. i am a runner and started to include it regularly into my work out schedule in december of 2009, so pretty recently. BUT in these few months i’ve noticed an increase in my strength and endurance. plus, it makes me FEEL amazing! AND stretches out muscles tight from running πŸ™‚ stick with it, definitely!

  • Alex April 20, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I’m a recovering cardio junkie who’s learning to love yoga too! When I was in my 20s and 30s, my body could recover from vigorous exercise really quickly. Now that I’m…um…over 40 (yipes!), I notice that I’m getting a lot more aches and pains when I recover. Yoga really helps with reducing those, plus it keeps me flexible. That’s my long-winded way of saying that if you can get in a good routine with yoga when you’re younger, it will definitely prevent injuries as you get older.

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething April 20, 2010, 10:20 pm

    I love yoga! I believe it helps me run faster and feel better πŸ™‚

  • katie April 20, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I haven’t done much yoga. I downloaded a podcast which I do sometimes. And I used to take Les Mill’s BodyFlow at my old gym. Its some yoga but also some pilates and tai chi (I think). I really liked it but sadly its too far away from me now.

  • Hangry Pants April 20, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I am so excited for you!!! I heart my yoga and right now I am doing a 20 in 30 day thing at my studio (same kind w/ the heat as you) and training for a half. I definitely notice that my running is improved by yoga, but not the other way around at all. Have fun!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 20, 2010, 10:43 pm

    I used to do yoga years ago when it was the most exercise I could do. Once I got into going to the gym I stopped doing it. I have definitely lost the flexibility I had gained! I defniitely want to get back into it though!

    (And I did my push-ups today! yay!)

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 20, 2010, 10:46 pm

    I occasionally practice yoga. I love how it has improved my posture, balance and ligament strength. It’s truly amazing and really helps me relax and let go after a super stressful day

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) April 20, 2010, 10:58 pm

    I have actually never tried yoga!! I am worried I will get bored – I don’t have a long attention span for holding a pose!

  • Holly April 20, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Love power yoga! It cured my plantars faciatis after a 1/2 marathon and keeps me from getting sore. I tend to get bored during the traditional yoga, power yoga is more my style. The penguin stretch is great for runners!

  • Chelsea (runtheline.tumblr.com) April 20, 2010, 11:10 pm

    I used to have a membership at CorePower Yoga, and I did really like the classes. However, it just got to be too pricey for me ($90 bucks a month) on my law student budget. If I hit the lottery, I’d definitely go back there though!

  • Marla April 20, 2010, 11:27 pm

    I love baptiste and hot yoga….but after the inital “special” deal they give you get truly addicted to it…but then find out it’s too friggin’ ecpernsive for
    the average gal….
    Makes me sad cause I miss it so,I will try and make so with free downloads on Itunes of Kinndli (she is great but I miss the heat and class aspect!!!)
    Boo hoo hooo……jealous of your 40 days..watch out you will be Hooked!!!
    Are you planning on checking out Tanner’s classes that Kath loves when you move???

    • Caitlin April 21, 2010, 8:51 am

      yes. most definitely!!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com April 20, 2010, 11:32 pm

    I have a hard time fitting yoga into my schedule. Shoot, lately, I’ve haven’t been doing anything but running. I’ve got to incorporate some cross training and weight training again.

  • Megan April 20, 2010, 11:34 pm

    I think I actually got to my strongest point and best racing condition last year when I was about 45 miles a week and doing yoga or pilates 3 times a week.
    I fell into taking yoga just by showing up randomly to a class at my park district gym. The yoga instructor showed me how to do binding and couldn’t believe at the end of class when I told her I was a first timer.
    My schedule doesn’t allow for much of a practice, but I really enjoy this instructor– I’m not very good at separating myself from the world, but she puts me at ease. Although I know there are schools of thought to the contrary, I think yoga is a great training addition.

  • Claire April 21, 2010, 12:16 am

    That is so great that you bought a pass for such a reasonable price…I am so jealous! I love yoga but definitely prefer the heated room, more rigorous type or I find my mind wandering too much. In college, during Cross Country season, I did yoga at least once a week and could feel a difference with my racing/running. The flexibility really helped my constantly tight calves and mornings after yoga classes often resulted in wonderful runs! I haven’t found a comparable class to the one in Boston but I am still searching!

  • Andrea @ TastebudApproved April 21, 2010, 12:27 am

    Pumpkin yogurt?! What a great idea. I’m definitely going to be making some this week! πŸ™‚

  • meagan April 21, 2010, 12:33 am

    i practice yoga regularly–i’ve done a teaching training session for 9 months that was awesome. i started taking classes as a side to therapy when working on eating disorder issues and practiced irregularly until last year. then i started taking classes/practicing multiple times a week.

    i’m 25 weeks pregnant and yoga feels awesome. i didn’t practice much during the 1st trimester, but now…it’s a life-saver, mentally and physically.

    i love all kinds, except for bikram which i have several reservations about. i hope you enjoy your pass! it’s a great complement to training.

  • Star April 21, 2010, 12:38 am

    I think yoga is the perfect compliment to running. And that food looks damn good. I am hungry. I want pasta too!

  • Mama Pea April 21, 2010, 12:42 am

    So cool that you tried something new! I’m trying room temperature couch sitting right now and it’s fabulous.

  • Hallie April 21, 2010, 12:54 am

    I’m hit or miss with the yoga too but I do really like Bikram…in that “OMG I’m going to die why the hell am I here” way, lol. It’s $15 a class for me to Bikram so I can’t go often. I also like doing short yoga podcasts at home to stretch but I can’t do more than 25 min on my own. But as I get further into my 1/2 mary training, I def want to keep it up for the stretching aspect.

  • andrea April 21, 2010, 1:08 am

    hi caitlin!! where do you get your canned pumpkin?? i am having a hard time finding it!

    • Caitlin April 21, 2010, 8:39 am

      i bought a dozen cans of the conventional stuff in january because i knew it was going to go off season in Florida LOL but you can find the organic kind at places like whole foods.

  • Jaclyn April 21, 2010, 1:15 am

    I love, love yoga! Yoga, specifically hot yoga to me is like running or cycling is to you… can’t get enough! πŸ˜‰ I’m a college student and I actually just started a cool new program at my hot yoga center called “Karma Yogi” where I swap 90 minutes of free work cleaning and vacuuming the studio a week in exchange for free classes! Sounds good to me!!

  • Tiffany @ Moving Meditation April 21, 2010, 2:22 am

    I am so excited you went to a power yoga class, and I think you’ll find that it’s a terrific addition to your training! I’ve been practicing for about 10 years total, and for the last 5-6 years yoga has been a HUGE part of my life. I absolutely love it, and now I’m teaching as well. It helps with so many things- physical strength and flexibility, mental clarity, stress relief, and much more. One of my favorite things is that it teaches you to love yourself and have compassion for yourself – a great complement to Operation Beautiful, I’m sure! Love it, love it, love it!

  • Sarah (GF vegan) April 21, 2010, 2:28 am

    I LOVE yoga and I try to practice 3-4 times a week. I got into it about a year ago, mainly to help with my IBS, and now I’m addicted. I think it’s my sport, y’know? Running, I quite enjoy but I’m more addicted to yoga πŸ™‚

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete April 21, 2010, 2:47 am

    I love yoga, but somewhat fell off the wagon towards the end of my marathon training. I just took it the other day after not taking for about a month and a half, and lets just say I was hurtin’ the next day! Bad! It felt so good though. I’m going to try to go at least once a week during my half ironman training, but we shall see!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 21, 2010, 3:19 am

    I wish I practiced more yoga – sadly there are no gyms or clubs near me, which sucks πŸ™ I have a few home DVDs, but there’s a limit to how many times you can do the same routine!

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 21, 2010, 4:41 am

    I’ve been practicing yoga since I was 7 years old. Ha, what with that and the comment yesterday about home grown vegetables I guess you’re starting to realise my parents were hippies! πŸ™‚

    Anyhoo, couldn’t live without it now. My chiropractor says that my long term practice of yoga is the main reason my scoliosis hasn’t had a much more detrimental affect on my body. That’s one of the many reasons I became a yoga teacher.

    I guess as a yoga teacher I could go on and on. But suffice to say yoga is probably the most powerful thing you can do, not just for your body but for your mind and spirit as well. It helps to achieve a mental clarity that I’m sure you will find useful during a century bike ride!!

  • Julia @ British Bride April 21, 2010, 4:58 am

    That yoga sounds intense. I have tried Ashtanga in the past, I enjoy it, but I go alone and I hate the classes where they make you pair up with strangers!

    I prefer running.

    Your dinner looks good!

    • Caitlin April 21, 2010, 8:40 am

      ew! i would never touch a sweaty stranger

  • Emmanuelle April 21, 2010, 5:06 am

    I love yoga, yoga is my true home. I practice at home almost daily, around 20 minutes when I get up and at least one 1h30-session on Sundays (mainly vinyasa or Baptiste power vinyasa yoga), and at a small studio once a week (ashtanga vinyasa yoga). Sometimes, when I feel tired physically and mentally, I add in a gentle hatha yoga class.
    I am starting a yoga teacher training course in September with a pre-immersion week-end in July, which means I will get to travel to London once a month (yay!). And next week (wow, can’t believe it, where does the time go?) I am already going to London for an intensive week end workshop with Baron Baptiste. I mean, the guy doesn’t come over to Europe so often, so I just had to sign up πŸ™‚ (not that I need an excuse to go to London, love it there! my bank account will suffer but it’s all carefully thought and sorted out).

    I started practicing in 2007 but it’s only last year that my practice took off, developing and deepening. My body has changed, but it has also changed the way I feel and relate to the world, and to myself. Now I can’t live without yoga!

  • Becky April 21, 2010, 6:35 am

    I’ve been practicing yoga for over a year but I only recently got into hot power yoga. I found a great studio and try to go to class a couple times a week. I feel like yoga is the perfect compliment to my running. I run with a group, but I’m the only yogi among us. I have definitely had the least amount of soreness, aches, and pains, and I attribute it to yoga…love it!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind April 21, 2010, 6:40 am

    Very much a yoga novice here. I’ve done a few classes from yogadownload.com, but that’s it. I liked them, but I didn’t *love* them like I do other forms of exercise. Now “heart-thumping, cardio” yoga? THAT sounds like something I would love. I think the reason I wasn’t so pumped up about the other classes I tried is because I really didn’t feel like I got a good workout. (Although I know that’s not the point of many yoga classes.)

    Do you (or does anyone) know a specific class on YogaDownload I should try? I guess look for Baptiste???

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 21, 2010, 6:53 am

    After years of reluctance because I was under the assumption that it was “too new-agey,” I finally got over my pig-headedness regarding yoga and tried a donation-based vinyasa yoga class at Yoga to the People. It was easily a more intense workout than any run I had experienced up to that point. I was instantly hooked, and that was two years ago!

    Your roasted veggies look divine! And yes, sometimes there is nothing more delicious and comforting than pasta.

  • Wendy April 21, 2010, 7:11 am

    I love yoga! I go to a vinyasa flow class at my gym once a week, and try to practice at home a couple more times a week. I like the classes on yogadownload.com, especially the yoga for runners series. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 21, 2010, 7:21 am

    I enjoy doing yoga about twice a week! I like to mix it in with my strength training moves for the ultimate two-in-one workout. πŸ˜€ And I always feel awesome afterwards.

  • Christina April 21, 2010, 7:36 am

    β™₯yogaβ™₯ It’s wonderful. I try to go at least 1x/week but it’s sometimes hard with my schedule (work full time + grad school at night). It’s also expensive. You got a great deal! You should definitely take advantage of that πŸ™‚

    I’m so glad you’re trying yoga! I think you’ll find it will improve your life in ways you didn’t think it would.

  • rachael April 21, 2010, 7:49 am

    I love yoga. Passes like the one you bought are the best because then you can go as much as you want without feeling the wallet drain. I am a YA certified teacher and have a strong home practice, but there is something especially wonderful about practicing in a hot room with a wonderful yoga community:)

  • haya April 21, 2010, 7:54 am

    awesome! i just recently started going to yoga at a studio and i absolutely adore it. have been to one hot class and one reduced heat class so far and i thought it would be too much for me, but it felt really great.
    i plan to go at least once or twice a week from now on

  • Sarah April 21, 2010, 7:56 am

    I’ve been practicing yoga for about a year and a half. I don’t remember why I started going- maybe just because it was something I was curious about? But I kept going because I was a person who always had around 10 things speeding around her mind at any given time. But in yoga, I couldn’t do that. I had to be present. And that’s when I could truly “relax” <-I use the quotations because I started with power vinyasa, too! I have since done a yoga work study program, and right now, I practice around 3 times a week.

  • Caroline April 21, 2010, 8:21 am

    I started doing Baptiste Power Yoga here in Boston about a year ago and absolutely love it as a compliment to my running! It’s the perfect way to keep toned, stretched and to vary your routine so you don’t get bored. I love Baptiste because it’s different every class, and the heat! I couldn’t do without the heat! I am so glad you have a studio to practice at now. Enjoy it, I think you’ll be really happy with the way it helps your body train for the bike ride.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 21, 2010, 8:35 am

    Ahhh I’m jealous you have such amazing classes around the area. We have ONE studio, and there’s really no baptiste, bikram, OR ashtanga. It’s all hatha and gentle.

  • Jes (Self Motivation) April 21, 2010, 8:35 am

    I took a yoga class in college, but that was before I was running, and I didn’t really appreciate it. Now I do the yoga videos on Exercise TV. I really enjoy it as a way to stretch and relax before going to bed.

  • Heather April 21, 2010, 9:04 am

    I’ve started practicing yoga recently and have fallen in love. I try to go 2 times a week but would love to go more. I am currently dealing with an injury and it has reinvigorated my workouts and has definitely helped with flexibility!

  • Therese April 21, 2010, 9:06 am

    I don’t practice yoga regularly but have started to incoporate it into my Thursday morning routine (as I have spin class Thursday evenings). I’ve lost a LOT of flexibility since I took up running. I deliberately stick with the calmer forms of yoga seeing as I’m doing pretty hardcore workouts 6 days a week, I see it as a “treat” for my body!

  • Rachel April 21, 2010, 9:07 am

    Hi Caitlin! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and I love it!

    I do Bikram yoga on a regular basis and it has changed my body and my life! Most people think that yoga is just about flexibility, but Bikram really puts your strength, balance, and endurance to the test too. I’ve noticed that I have a lot more stamina now. Bikram yoga is something I plan to do for the rest of my life…I hope you enjoy your yoga classes.

    • Caitlin April 21, 2010, 9:09 am

      thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  • ActiveEggplant April 21, 2010, 9:43 am

    I absolutely LOVE yoga – it’s just hard to fit it in because the classes at my YMCA don’t quite fit with my work schedule which is a total bummer. When I was able to take it regularly I noticed a big improvement in my running – mostly because my posture was better and my muscles were stronger! Also helped with my back getting sore while riding because my back muscles were stronger!

  • Chrissy April 21, 2010, 9:52 am

    I live in a small town in East Texas, so I consider myself extremely lucky to have a local yoga studio… which is owned by my best friend… who gives me a free membership in exchange for writing a monthly newsletter! I try to go 2-3 times a week. My studio mostly teachers hatha classes but we occassionally have a vinyasa or ashtanga workshop. I would love to try Bikram, but I’d have to go to the big city for that! I think any yoga – slow, fast, hot – is a great compliment to running and/or cycling. Plus savasana is the only time of the day where I let myself do absolutely nothing for five whole minutes. πŸ™‚

  • Cyclist Kate April 21, 2010, 9:58 am

    Eeeeee! I’m so excited for you and your 40 day pass! I started practicing Ashtanga and power yoga when I was 15 and practiced up to 5 days a week for about 3 years. Now (6 years later, holy sh*t), I go to a class maybe once a month or so. Pilates and cycling have taken over! But yoga is so fabulous, and power has a very special place in my heart. I would imagine that the increased strength (especially core strength) and flexibility would make you recover more quickly from your training and have more power on the bike. Have fun!

  • Rosa April 21, 2010, 9:59 am

    I do Yoga 2-3 times a week, but have been lazy the last 2 weeks. I started with Biggest Loser Yoga because I exercise at home and I am obese (like using the technical term); I have taken pictures of me in poses and posted them to my blog.
    I find that it has loosened me up for running, made my arms stronger, and kept me really relaxed after suffering from anxiety for many years. I noticed my legs were stronger from holding Warrior poses, etc. It is a great way to round out intense cardio and weigh training. I wish you well and can’t wait to read more of your experience with Yoga.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 21, 2010, 10:00 am

    I am not a huge yoga fan but I am thinking of giving it a go again tonight actually. For one, my whole body kills from yesterdays Body Pump class and I could use a good stretch! Also, I have a lot of stress right now and it might help to just let some things go. I really like the idea of power yoga…usually a good sweat is what I miss!

  • Bethany (@ NotUnlessI'mBeingChased) April 21, 2010, 10:05 am

    I’m a beginner yoga-er (yogi?), but I love doing some of the “peaceful, flowy” kind of my days after long runs. It really helps with the soreness and gets my muscles ready for another run!
    I’m excited to see how your 40-pass works out :).

  • Raya April 21, 2010, 10:09 am

    I loooooooooove power yoga! It makes me feel so happy afterwards! I go to College Park Yoga (CPY) wed nights (tonight yay!) but I’ve also been to Orlando Power Yoga (donation saturdays!) and loved it. As soon as my CPY classes run out I’m going to do their 40 days for $40 too!

  • PippaPatchwork April 21, 2010, 10:41 am

    I’m lucky enough to be a 5 minute bikeride from a Baron Baptiste studio. I love yoga because i’m really bad about strength training with weights, but it helps me build muscles and stay flexible (which prevents injury). To be honest, I can only really get into power/hot yoga because it feels like a ‘real’ workout whereas other kinds are more like meditation or just good old stretching (which have their own benefits, of course). yay yoga!

  • Amanda April 21, 2010, 10:55 am

    I do yoga three times a week here at UF. I started at the beginning of my sophomore year (last semester), and the style of practices ranges from Vinyasa to Hatha to “Power.” I ride about 100 miles on the bike per week so my leg muscles can get really tense. Yoga, especially the Pigeon Pose, helps me stretch out the tight spots (hip flexors) and get that lactic acid moving around. I’d say that being a yogi has definitely improved my cycling.

    I can’t wait to read some of your yoga posts.

  • Julie April 21, 2010, 11:00 am

    i also have a mild obsession with arugula at the moment…arugula, balsamic, olive oil, sea salt…so good

  • Tina April 21, 2010, 12:21 pm

    I’ve only just recently started doing yoga. I go to a class at my gym once a week, since I can’t afford classes from a studio right now. I am quickly falling in love with it though.

  • Bree April 21, 2010, 12:52 pm

    I started incorporating yoga into my life about a month ago. I am mostly a runner and weight lifter, so this is a new challenge for me! I found a Baron Baptiste video on Netflix that I have been doing about 2x a week and I love it so far. A fun new challenge for my body. I am still working up the courage to go to a studio πŸ™‚

  • Katie April 21, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I love hot yoga. I’ve been doing it on and off for about a year. Last year I did a 30 day challenge for charity and I couldn’t believe the difference in my body after 30 days of just hot yoga (no other exercise). I hope you enjoy your hot yoga experience.

  • Di April 21, 2010, 8:42 pm

    I did yoga as part of P90X, but since I started working again the yoga side has taken a backseat. I really need to start again though! Maybe on my rest day I’ll do yoga instead!

  • Andrea (Fit Healthy Fun) April 22, 2010, 7:24 am

    I love hot yoga! I am a runner and think it has totally helped my running – especially with breathing and flexibility. I have been consistently practicing Bikram for about 6 months and will throw in a Vinyasa, Baptiste or Barkan method every now and then to keep things spicy. I also sweat like a beast. I love my Manduka towel for that reason – it soaks up all of my sweat and keeps me stable when I go into triangle pose.

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