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Jen promised me that if I came to her hot yoga class at Y2Yoga this morning, she would play nice music, try not to crush my soul with too many half-moons, and turn on the fans every now and then.  An offer I cannot refuse!


No, really – the only reason I actually made it to class was because I promised Jen via email that I would make it (commitment – it’s a bitch).  I’ve really been slacking on yoga since my injury back in March.  It sounds counterintuitive because people always suggest yoga as a way to heal from sports injuries, but yoga really aggravated my troublesome knee.  So I went from 2 – 3 hot yoga session a week to… zero.


However, I know how good yoga is for me.  In fact, when I trained for a marathon and did regular yoga, I sailed through without an injury.  When I did a half marathon and no yoga, I suffered two minor injuries during training. 


For my body, the bottom line is that yoga will aggravate existing injuries but prevent future injuries.  Not saying this is true for everyone, but if your injury hurts more after doing any workout, definitely back off!  But since I’m currently injury-free (yay!), I figured it was time to hit the studio again.


Pre-yogi breakfast:


Raw oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries.  And lots and lots of coconut water as a preventative measure.


Lunch (part #1) was scrambled eggs on toast with Mmmm Sauce.  I am slowly turning into a giant bottle of Mmmm Sauce.


Up dog… Down dog…  And now it’s time to get some work done.


HAPPY SUNDAY!  (I just wrote,  “Happy Saturday!”  How sad is that?)



  • Samantha @ Bikini Birthday July 10, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I just finished doing yoga myself. I’ve always included it in in my exercise regimes… coincidentally I’ve never suffered a running or weight training injury.

  • Julia July 10, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Haha I love the down dog picture, it’s too cute. Have fun at yoga!

  • Errign July 10, 2011, 12:38 pm

    Have you ever tried a more gentle class while injured? I’m just curious, not trying to be a douche 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 1:16 pm


      Yes, I tried the intro to yoga class and it really aggravated my knee. 🙁

      • Errign July 10, 2011, 1:26 pm


  • Courtney @ girl in the pink July 10, 2011, 12:48 pm

    Ahh I never know what to eat before a morning hot yoga class! I always go either to light or to heavy. Haven’t found that happy medium!

    • Jen July 10, 2011, 1:43 pm

      courtney – i like to have half a banana with some almond/peanut butter. it doesn’t sit too heavy and gives me the little boost i need to make it through my practice!

    • Natalie July 10, 2011, 8:02 pm

      I read other advice that suggested morning hot yoga is best on an empty stomach. NOT TRUE. That is the reason I dramatically fainted in hot yoga last week :/

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 10, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Haha it looks like Maggie is a wannabe yogi! 😀

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 10, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I need to make that Mmm sauce!

    Happy Sunday! (and I wish it were still Saturday!)

  • ashley@cookingforjohn July 10, 2011, 1:01 pm

    nice job getting to yoga!! i am finally going to be moving into a rental home with wood floors, and am going to commit to a daily practice. i wish i could go to the studio, but it is too expensive. 🙁

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 10, 2011, 1:06 pm

    I need more yoga in my life. NEED. I should follow your lead and just freakin’ go! Also, coconut water… can never get enough coconut water in my system 🙂

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 10, 2011, 1:07 pm

    Sometimes you have to force yourself to get there, haha!

  • emily July 10, 2011, 1:21 pm

    Holy god, that picture of Maggie on the yoga mat just made my day!

  • Sonia The Mexigarian July 10, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Just ran my first 10k! Just finished some yoga stretches and it felt soooo good. I love doing yoga. Icing now.Thought of you on my run, and want to say thanks for the info on your post of pro tec knee sleeves. They helped! Going to write my post about the race later today 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life July 10, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Lots of yoga posts this morning, but yours is the only one that had a dog! Love it 🙂

  • Krystina (Organically Me) July 10, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I’ve been slacking with yoga lately too. I think it’s time to hit the mat tonight!

  • Jen July 10, 2011, 1:44 pm

    thanks much for coming to class this morning! loved having you and you rocked it. promise to pool with you soon!

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 10, 2011, 1:47 pm

    I am slowly increasing my yoga time to hopefully help with my running. I am liking it more day by day, too! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 10, 2011, 2:19 pm

    oh LOVE me some yoga! I gotta get to a class, ASAP!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 10, 2011, 2:29 pm

    Aww, Maggie is so cute on the yoga mat. My dog dows “down dog” on mine all the time yet I can never catch her in the act with the camera!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 10, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Awwwe your pup has updog down!! 😉 Glad you had a great class 🙂

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 10, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Yoga definitely makes a huge difference to me – I do mini-sessions almost every day and one or two long practices a week. Feels so good to stretch!

  • Rachel July 10, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Yup, I swear by coconut H2O before hot yoga. Even if I’ve poorly hydrated throughout the day, chugging some before class keeps me from passing out / laying on the floor the entire class. 🙂

  • Nicole July 10, 2011, 4:37 pm

    My dogs do yoga too! Loved this post =)

  • Melissa July 10, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Okay, so I finally got good and tired of reading you gush about Mmmm Sauce every day and finally made my own. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!! SAUCY!!!! I am totally over being tired of reading about it. Now I’m typing about how good it is!!! Man it’s good!!!
    Thanks for gushing about it so much!!!

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 4:47 pm

      TOLD YA!!! 🙂

      • julia July 10, 2011, 10:21 pm

        I just made it this week too, after seeing it on your blog. It certainly is mmmmm. I made mine by blending spinach right into the sauce. It makes it really pretty and green and i figure it’s another way to make myself consume more veggies!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) July 10, 2011, 4:53 pm

    I thought it was Saturday today too….ouch!

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher July 10, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Your breakfast was very patriotic.

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) July 10, 2011, 5:14 pm

    i’ll go to yoga any tiiiiiiiiime. it’s my refuge right now. seriously. daily. let’s do this

  • Marisa E July 10, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Gah!!! Half moon pose is my arch nemesis!!! I just can’t seem to ever get it right without getting dizzy and practically falling over. And that is with me looking down at my mat- looking up is not even an option
    Glad to see your getting back into practice. I only pra.ctice 1-2 times a week. Wish I could do more though.

  • Lynn July 10, 2011, 7:14 pm

    What a bummer about yoga aggravating your injury! Have you talked to your teacher about modifying your practice to accommodate your injury? There are definitely poses that are inappropriate for certain injuries, but generally there are substitute poses that can strengthen your weaknesses. I am sure you know this but never do anything that feels wrong. I’m a yoga teacher and it kills me to hear that yoga is causing you pain!

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 9:29 pm

      I definitely should be more vocal about asking for modifications! i think i just push myself too hard in yoga.

  • Samantha July 10, 2011, 7:31 pm

    I’ve read and loved your site for a long time but I’ve never really commented! I know that many active, athletic people really enjoy active and athletic forms of yoga, but other styles may be very helpful for your injury. In Anusara, Iyengar, and other more alignment-based styles, you may be able to get a strengthening workout without tweaking your knee. Gentle, restorative styles may not be great at burning calories, but they help with stress and lubricate your joints without strain. When you flow quickly in a heated room, it’s often possible to aggravate injuries without knowing it. I know sometimes I’m just trying to keep up, and I don’t pay enough attention to my alignment, and the heat makes me feel like I can stretch further than I should. Anyway, I’m glad you’re getting back into yoga!

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 9:29 pm

      great suggestions! thank you samantha! 🙂

  • Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) July 10, 2011, 7:48 pm

    What types of poses aggravate your knee? Maybe there are some modifications you can make? I’m a yoga instructor and would love to help out!

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 9:30 pm

      anything that involves standing on one leg 🙁 or bending the leg.

      • Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) July 11, 2011, 8:24 am

        For starters I would definitely stop any of the poses that cause pain. For standing one legged poses modify so that you are just letting the upper body do the action. I however would stay away from still doing the poses on the good leg. You don’t want to create that imbalance in the body.

        Are poses such as triangle ok for you? You may be better off trying to do a home practice while your knee heals. If you are comfortable with the names of the poses I would be happy to write one up for you!

        • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 10:38 am

          I think I’m okay now – I went balls to the wall yesterday and my knee is fine 🙂 I wish we had spoken sooner! Bah!

  • Pam C July 10, 2011, 9:13 pm

    Those berries made my mouth water! I just got back from grocery shopping and the strawberries were awful looking 🙁 boo!

    I’m curious how the stick-on zebra polish worked out. Did you like it? Was it easy? Would love to see a pic.

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 9:30 pm

      IT IS FIERCE. and so easy to use! definitely try it.

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 11, 2011, 5:31 am

    ahh, yoga is so amazing, and makes you feel so great…my boyfriend practised with me to a DVD in our living yesterday and it was so much fun! 😀 i was over the moon that he joined in, and i didn’t even ask HIM, he asked ME if he could…yay! 😀 It was so funny though, I had trouble giggling too much from all his straining noises in side plank and chaturanga, lol! 😛
    I’m happy for you that you were able to hit up yoga and hope that it went well – did your knee feel okay?
    And that breakfast looks divine…deliciousness indeed, I love all the vibrant colours of the berries! <3 xyx

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 11, 2011, 5:32 am

    I should have said “over the half moon”, lol! 😉 xyx

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