Itâ€™s been five months, but today I faced my fears and headed back to yoga.
(Shirt from For Two Fitness)
I used to be a pretty regular yogini. My practice tapered off during the summer (too hot for hot yoga!) and then came to a complete standstill when we found out I was pregnant. The most action my yoga mat has seen recently has been this:
Anyway, the idea of bending, twisting, and stretching seemed too scary for me, even though I know that the majority of yoga poses are very beneficial for pregnancy. Also â€“ and this sounds kind of weird â€“ I felt too in-between classes. My studio offers mainly hot classes, which were nixed by my doctor, and I felt like I was â€˜too earlyâ€™ to attend real prenatal classes and needed a visible bump or people would think, â€œWhat is she doing here?â€. I know, I know â€“ yoga is a judge-free zone. My own hang-up, I guess!
After a large pep talk, I headed to prenatal yogaâ€¦ only to find out it was canceled! Since I was already there, I pulled on my big girl panties and attended the Introduction to Vinyasa class (after being assured that the heaters wouldnâ€™t be on). The instructor told me to avoid deep twists, inversions, and lying on my stomach or back.
To be totally honestâ€¦ I felt so incompetent. Since last attending yoga, Iâ€™ve gained ten pounds and my center of gravity feels like itâ€™s completely shifted (not that I was a pro at balancing poses before!). I couldnâ€™t do 50% of what I was once able to do, although it felt really, really good to try. I clearly need regular yoga. Feeling like a sucker at sports has actually always been very motivational â€“ how crap I was at running was the impetus for training for a 10K â€“ so Iâ€™m already excited to go back. Canâ€™t improve if I donâ€™t try again, right?
Pre-yoga snack: eggs and toast.
Post-yoga snack: a Green Monster with pumpkin seeds.
The Green Monster contained a banana, two cups packed raw spinach, almond milk, and protein powder.
And for dinner, we went to our favorite sushi place, Cowfish. I started off with Miso Soup, which promoted lots of â€œme so hungry, sleepy, funnyâ€ jokes. Apparently, miso annoying after a while.
And two vegetarian rolls. One had carrots, asparagus, and cream cheese, and then other had tofu, beets, carrots, and Thai basil. Mmm.
Anyone else trying to get back into a sport or workout they used to regularly do? Re-rookies, unite!