Today is a scheduled off day from the gym. Similar to last week, I will do some yoga & possibly some light cardio on the gazelle later this evening.
The yoga is crucial in terms of maintaining flexibility & relieving soreness. After working out on Monday & Tuesday, I am experiencing some soreness in various areas. Yoga will help me get rid of much of this soreness. Especially in the core & hamstrings, which are really sore today.
I tend to perform an asana sequence, specifically Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). This is a rather “basic” series of yoga poses yet it is challenging.
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When I first began practicing yoga a year or so ago, I had little flexibility. Touching my toes was a chore. Now, I am able to place both hands, palms down on the floor. No more tight hamstrings for me! This is very helpful when it comes to stiff-legged deadlifts & other lower body exercises.
My balance was also not the greatest when I first began practicing yoga. Now, I am able to pull off poses such as Tree:
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Even on my lifting days, I still do a bit of yoga immediately after my workout (focusing more on the areas worked that day) & a bit prior to going to bed.
While I still have a ways to go before considering myself to be at an advanced level, I am getting closer with each session. Each day I am able to go a little deeper into a stretch, hold a pose for a longer amount of time, maintain my breathing pattern more easily & other subtle little things.