29 August, 2012

Slowly breaking down

Today was Power Vinyasa with Carley.

I am realizing that I am slowly breaking down. This has become such an automatic routine for me, I don't even think about whether or not it's a strain to go as often I have been going. I just do it.

But today was Day 95.

And believe it or not, it takes a toll. I'm 44, not 24. And my body has not ever been fantastic at recovering quickly. I've been asking it to recover on 24 hours rest for over three months. The homestretch is upon me, and all I want to do right now is take it easy.

Carley was tough today, again, but the energy in the room was good. We did a lot of fun variations and things you don't often or ever see in a Baptiste class. We did a version of Rag Doll, where we pivoted around 180 degrees without moving our feet, so our legs were crossed, and then folded forward. That's similar to a runner's stretch we used to do back in high school track, which I think we called "Burger Kings" (for reasons that were never explained to me). We also did (or tried to do) a deeper variant of a hip stretch in Malasana, which involved pushing one knee outward with a hand, while resting the other palm on the floor. I was pretty much unable to get anywhere in that stretch, since my hips are so tight.

Day after day of Warriors is really making my hip joints sore. I want it to be loosening them, and making me feel more open. But everything just hurts.

Tomorrow I am going to find out what "Gentle Yoga" is. Nicole Tsong @ Be Luminous. I hope it's gentler than what I've been doing to myself for the past three months.

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