Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Beach yoga

My hamstrings and shoulders are so sore. Too many chaturanga and down-dogs for me!

The past two days I have finished each workout with one hour of yoga at my gym. On Sunday, I ran (see previous post), and then did a class with a new instructor, and her class was much quicker than the usual Sunday instructor. I liked it! But I am definitely feeling it today.
And yesterday, I went on a quick 7.5 mile bike ride, and then rushed to the gym for more yoga. This instructor holds her asanas for much longer, to the point of shaking for me. No complaints.

You know you've had a good couple of days of exercise when you're still shaking during normal activities throughout the day!

I must say though, taking up running has been the worst thing for my yoga practice.

As far as food, I haven't been taking any photos. Woops. Last night I made some of Emily's Vegan  burgers. I put mine on a toasted whole wheat kaiser roll, and made my own fries in the oven. I was worried about the texture since I don't have a food processor, but I used my vitamix and they came out perfect. I'm not sure why, but mine had a slight curry flavor to them? Perhaps it was the cumin? Mirza loved it because of this, but I told him that it wasn't supposed to taste like curry! ha. There are two patties leftover in my fridge, and I think they will be perfect on top of a salad, too.

After stuffing our faces, we decided to get the hell off of the couch and go somewhere. We're both pretty broke right now, and the weather is disgustingly hot, but settled on Fort Desoto. The reason I love Fort Desoto over all of the other beaches (besides the fact that we went there almost every weekend while growing up), is the fact that there are no hotels, no lights, and barely a sound of a car.

But damn, it was hot. Mirza covered his head with the towel to protect himself from the heat...
I think this is some sort impersonation of a beggar, religious...person? No idea! Don't ask...











North Beach at Fort Desoto was voted America's Best Beach in 2005!


And what would be a trip to Fort Desoto without some impromptu yoga on the beach??


And then I told Mirza to do warrior pose, and he proceeded to make goofy faces...

And then I took care of business...

I'm off to get my hair trimmed. It's out of control, but I don't want to chop it all off like I normally do...

I leave you with some more photos.



6 comments:

Kelly said...

Ooo Yoga on the beach sounds awesome!

How do you mean that running has been the worst thing for your yoga? Just that it makes you do yoga less since you're working out more? Just wondering :) I used to do pilates daily and now can only squeeze it in about once a week since I run now. I miss pilates! :)

Raspberry Stethoscope said...

Hi Kelly, sorry I shouldn't have been so vague. What I meant is that running makes my body more tight and less loose, which is not good for yoga. My hamstrings were already tight without running, but now they are even more so. With that being said, I still like to run and think it is highly beneficial, but when taken in the context of yoga, it messes it up. BUT, yoga is good for my running...hehe

Rachael said...

Love doing yoga outdoors! Great photos :)

Rachael said...

BTW- I found that yoga and running contradict (for my body) as well. I have also been suffering from a priformis injury, so I've tried everything to release muscle tension and relieve soreness.

Two things that have helped me:

*Doing flow yoga PRIOR to running. I know this isn't always convenient but when I do, it makes a world of difference for my muscle tightness, my speed & my breathing throughout (and after) my run.

*Foam Rolling after running. It helps release the muscles and the fascia to prevent soreness & tightness. Has helped significantly! Especially in the quads, hamstrings and my priformis injury!

Hope this helps! :)

Raspberry Stethoscope said...

Rachael, thanks for the reply. I never thought about it, but doing yoga before running actually makes sense and I may try it sometime. Also, I keep hearing/reading about foam rolling, so i need to give that a try, as well:)

lovelyascharged said...

I haven't had a good shakey workout in a while, but I'm actually craving it! I think a power yoga might be in order before I hit the hay!