I Love Yoga

I had an amazing yoga class yesterday…and am so sore today.

So as I’ve written before, I’ve been really loving cycling classes lately. But yoga has been slowly growing on me too. Every time I go to a class, I end up leaving feeling good and on some sort of endorphin high. But for some reason it’s getting to the class that is hard. But after yesterday I plan on going more often for sure.

I got to class and it turns out it was just me and one other woman. The instructor said she would give us a workshop on “the basics” and do hands on adjustments throughout. 

She put us up against the wall and then we went through poses like Warrior I, Warrior II, Triangle Pose and more. We used the wall to align oursevles right, and the instructor gave me cues for things I had never even thought to do or engage. I am feeling it all today!

We ended with handstand practice. I’m no where near close to doing a handstand, but she showed me how to practice kicking up, how to engage my core and back, and other tips.

We used the wall to do revolved half moon pose but I just couldn’t get it. My foot kept sliding off the wall and then my standing leg hip started to cramp (why does this always happen to me??). The other lady did it perfectly haha. Here’s a photo of what it should have looked like:

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I really, really enjoyed this class. I like that the classes offered at Ride + Reflect are strength based (along with offering more vinyasa flows and gentle yoga classes). I guess in the past I wasn’t going to yoga as much because I wanted to lift in order to gain muscle strength, but let me tell ya…yoga works your muscles. My glutes are on fire today.

So for you yogis and yoga teachers, I have a few questions and hopefully someone can help!

  • Why does my hip cramp up in the above pose and also crow pose? Is it because I need more hip flexor strength? My hips aren’t tight (the instructor and an athletic trainer told me this), so I’m not sure what the deal is. I legit can’t even get into crow pose because one of my hip flexors immediately will cramp up.
  • What are some cues you give to people for basic poses like the warrior poses? Something I need to remember is to keep my chest and ribs up.
  • Any tips for learning how to do handstand? Should I also be doing poses or exercises for my arms?
  • If someone has anterior pelvic tilt like I do, should we avoid poses where you bend backwards?

Thanks for your input!

How often do you take yoga classes? What do you think it has helped you with the most?

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  1. I never do yoga I am not a big fan. I do love handstands though and I am working on mastering one.
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  2. I’ve really noticed a difference in my running recovery since I added in yoga. It’s great now I just need to find the time to keep it going
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  3. I’ve been going to yoga classes since I was 19 and I still struggle with revolved half moon so don’t feel bad. Ideally I go to 2 classes a week but lately it’s been more like one. Something is better than nothing, right?
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  4. What has been really helpful for me is taking pictures of my poses. I stumbled on this accidently when I started taking yoga selfies for a yoga challenge. When I saw my pictures, it helped me become much more conscious of my form!
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  5. That sounds like a great class, and I love the idea that since it was just the two of you she went through with instructional cues. I can’t really juggle putting classes on my schedule but am trying to add in at home. Even 10-15 minutes a few days I think is beneficial!
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  6. I love the way I feel after yoga, but I really don’t enjoy the classes (and I’ve tried all types). I need to find some short videos and just do those on occasion because I know my body will benefit.
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  7. Ok you look AMAZING!!! I need to do some more yoga!
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  8. I struggle with going to yoga. I know I should go more often but I hate packing and carrying my mat
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  9. I really need to be more diligent about my yoga practice. There are so many benefits to it, especially when it comes to recovery.

  10. I used to have a consistent yoga practice, but I haven’t been doing much of it lately. I did always really enjoy it when I did do it.
    I’m not sure why your hip would be cramping. Did your instructor offer any suggestions?
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