National Running Day = Yoga?

June 2, 2011

Yesterday was National Running Day.  And guess what I did…NOT RUN!  I feel like everyday I run is National Running Day because I love it so much and need my runs to keep me sane.  So I didn’t feel too guilty about missing out.  I am working on balancing out my workout routines and focusing on becoming a triathlete for my half Ironman in September.

Sidenote:

I don’t want you to think I don’t have a passion for running anymore.  I am still in love with running, but giving my body a rest.  With Boston Marathon and Ragnar Relay, my legs need some recovery time so I can conquer the Philadelphia Marathon!  I am going to celebrate National Running Day on a random day :)

Check out City Sports blog and their National Running post.  If you comment on their Facebook page about why you run, you are entered to win a $50 gift certificate!

I said…I run to learn more and more about myself-who I am, what I can be, and who I am going to be!”

Tell me…WHY DO YOU RUN?!

Back to my point…originally on my schedule was a 20-25 mile bike ride, but with the thunder and lightning going on I was a bit scared off from that.  I was in a texting war with my two friends, Kim and Carrie, trying to figure out what we were going to do.  We decided on….

BIKRAM YOGA!

Kim and I had bought the BuyWithMe deal for 5 sessions (within one month) of Bikram for $25 and we wanted to get started!  Carrie wasn’t able to make it, but maybe next time!

Bikram is a series of 26 postures that warm and stretch the muslces.  (Warm….?!  How about BOIL!! It’s hot in that room!).   Here is a diagram with the poses from Bikram Yoga Jakarta, which also has the names and verbal descriptions of each pose:

 

Check out a video on what bikram is:

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From my experience, I had to take off my shirt and just wear just my sports bra and shorts because when I had shirt on the heat was suffocating my body!  I was sweating SO much.  I probably could have filled up a bucket, really!  I will spear you from any pictures.  Just picture me running in a rain storm and then stopping to say hi.  I was that soaked.

BUT, I felt REALLY great after.  I couldn’t do all the poses, but with practice I’m sure I could get close!  The instructor we had was really nice and understood that we all have our own limits.  He mentioned that if we can’t go any farther with his instructions, that is the best position for our body and the spot where we will see the most benefits.  I can tell it would improve my flexibility so much.  Kim and I were talking after the class and decided we are going to try to go a couple more times this month before our deal runs out!

Besides, the more I do yoga, the more I feel like I can buy the beautiful Lululemon clothing since I will not only be a runner, but a yoga-er?  (What do you call a person who practices yoga?)  I plan on posting more information as I learn it about Bikram!  I am loving all the new fitness activities that I’m trying!

If you want to give it a try, here is some advice from the Bikram Yoga Boston:

  • Drink lots of water throughout the day before class.
  • Don’t hydrate in class because you don’t want food or liquid in your stomach during the practice.
  • For noticeable beneifits, go at least 3 times a week.
  • Wear lightweight workout clothes, no long pants!

 

If you have done Bikram, what type of results have you seen?

I am trying to get into more yoga, do you like another type of yoga that I should try?  Why do you like it?

What is a new fitness activity that you want to try?

 

Articles you may be interested in:

How Often Can I do Bikram Yoga, Livestrong.com

BikramYoga.com

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4 Comments

4 Responses to National Running Day = Yoga?

  1. If you are a boy, you're called a yogi and if you're a girl, you're a yogini. Glad you enjoyed the yoga. :-)

  2. I did Bikram once and it was too intense for me. I thought I would pass out from being so hot! Good for you for sticking it though and wanting to go back for more!!!! Definitely buy lululemon stuff I recently made my first (second and third) purchase and have loved them all!!!!!

  3. I would like to try it, but not so much that I probably. I did get a p90x yoga dvd though. I'll start with that.

  4. Pingback: Back to Bikram Yoga | Little Miss Runshine

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