In my continued effort to "change-in-up" in terms of exercise, I attended a new yoga class yesterday -- Slow Flow Vinyasa, followed by a 30 minute REstorative Yoga session. 90 minutes total. And I have to say... it's probably the best yoga class I've ever attended. I absolutely loved the instructor, and her peaceful, playful nature made the class relaxed and non-intimidating. It was my first official vinyasa class, and I think I found the right yoga for me -- I"ve always done hatha or beginner yoga, and while I love it, I have never found the peace and centered breathing that I found in yesterday's vinyasa class. The flowing, move-throughs really put me in touch with my body, and of course, the Restorative session felt like it had the same after-effects as a $90 massage.
This morning, I was up early to hit the gym and swim laps (done and done), however due to some scheduling and goggle issues, it wasn't quite the workout I wanted it to be - thus, I am out the door momentarily to meet a friend for yoga at a DIFFERENT studio -- one that I don't really consider yoga in the spiritual sense, but... it is a workout that will kick my ass. :-)
Tomorrow I'll hit the gym for a weight / cardio workout before starting meetings at 10 AM that last until about 1 PM (note: I might switch the workout to 1 PM, AFTER my meetings, depending on what my morning ends up looking like -- things have a way of coming undone when I have co-workers in town, as is the case this week).
Thursday I am contemplating a trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to run -- it's free on Thursdays, and I was there on Sunday and blown away by the beautiful, peaceful landscapes. It seems like an ideal running setting, so why not, huh?
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I'm all about whatever outdoor workouts weather will allow -- and if weather won't allow, I'll work with my basement equipment or hit the gym.
I'm considering this week my "boot camp," and as I continue to push myself physically, I'm reminded that the more I exericse, the more I WANT to exercise. THis week's regiment might seem excessive, but it really isn't -- humans were born to move.
Off and running,