Friday was supposed to be leg day

Today’s Friday. According to my workout schedule, I should be heading to the gym and working on legs and shoulders. Didn’t really feel like it. Probably because I taught Boot Camp on Wednesday morning and did a quick, whole body circuit Thursday (squats, chinups, deadlifts, pushups and jump rope). Maybe because I knew that my weekend is going to be eaten up by children’s activities and I needed a bit of time to myself. Regardless, my legs convinced my brain that they needed a break and that we’d all just be better off going to yoga instead. ‘Cause yoga’s easier, right? (Wait for it.)

Well, the joke’s on them.

Seventy-five minutes of downward dog


hero pose


chair pose


pigeon pose


happy baby


and my own new personal nemesis, the half-spinal-twist


Notice that she’s actually clasping her hands together behind her back.

While none of these poses on their own, is particularly difficult, when you string them all together and hold them for (what feels like) forever, your legs will eventually turn to jelly.

The instructor (Andrew, of Kushala yoga) was fabulous. Encouraging us to intensify each pose with our breath, his voice was almost able to drown out my inner screams of protest. Almost.

Clearly, there’s some sort of lesson to be learned here; something about taking the easy way out and karma and getting bit in the butt, but I’m too tired to elaborate on it and instead am making my way (slowly) up the stairs to the bath to continue savasana in the bubbles….

Have you ever left a yoga class completely wrung out?

What’s your favorite yoga post?

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  1. I don’t know why I fool myself into thinking that yoga will be easier than other workouts – it never is! Sounds like a fabulous class!

  2. i love yoga, and i really need to practice it more – this was a fabulous article!

  3. I really like pigeon and the chair pose. I also like Warrior 1, 2 and 3 poses. I’ve been good about fitting yoga into my workouts once a week. Loving it!

  4. i so want to take a beginners yoga class or dvd!

    • What are you waiting for? I found it much less intimidating than entering a new group fitness class. If there aren’t any available, check out your local library for DVD’s you can borrow. I even have a free yoga app on my iPad!
      Let me know how you liked your first class.

  5. The only yoga I have ever done is Bikram. My favorite pose was Standing Bow… so beautiful and when it came together, so strong πŸ™‚

    • I haven’t tried bikram yet. I find the temperature of the studio during regular classes hot enough, especially combined with strenuous poses and the occasional hot flash! LOL

  6. right now my favorite pose is the half spinal twist but without the hand clasping thing.

    anything that twists at the waist feels soooooooooooooooooo good.

    I am going to my first yoga (in studio) class I think in Wednesday.

    so excited

    • Hi Cindy,
      I couldn’t clasp my hands together, but the instructor showed me how to use a strap to get the deepest stretch I could. It felt soooo good!
      Let me know how Wednesday’s class goes!

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