It’s been five months, but today I faced my fears and headed back to yoga.
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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 – and this sounds kind of weird – I felt too in-between classes. My studio offers mainly hot classes, which were nixed by my doctor, and I felt like I was ‘too early’ to attend real prenatal classes and needed a visible bump or people would think, “What is she doing here?”. I know, I know – yoga is a judge-free zone. My own hang-up, I guess!
After a large pep talk, I headed to prenatal yoga… 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 wouldn’t be on). The instructor told me to avoid deep twists, inversions, and lying on my stomach or back.
To be totally honest… I felt so incompetent. Since last attending yoga, I’ve gained ten pounds and my center of gravity feels like it’s completely shifted (not that I was a pro at balancing poses before!). I couldn’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 – how crap I was at running was the impetus for training for a 10K – so I’m already excited to go back. Can’t improve if I don’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 “me so hungry, sleepy, funny” 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!