It’s my day off and I am sooo happy about it. This week has been super hectic, not just at work but at home as well with doing so many errands almost every day. While I have great work schedule, I truly relish my days off and try to make the most of them, even if I do nothing at all.
Two weeks ago on my day off I went to barre class, which was my first attempt in several months since the stress fracture. While I had some challenges, it went really well. This time, I decided to go to 9:30 am yoga.
Before anyone gets any wrong ideas, I must confess that I am a yoga newbie in every sense of the word. I only really know the poses that most fitness classes save for the end of the workout (downward dog, child’s pose and the like). I wanted to take yoga to increase strength and flexibility and to reduce stress!
I bought a Livingsocial for Raja Yoga that had 10 visits for $25. An absolute steal! The first time I went it was scorching hot and completely packed. This was hatha yoga, not bikram! It’s not a big place either…but it was really relaxing and I was surprised that I was able to do most of the moves.
This time, which is actually my 2nd time, the vibe was really different. The regular instructor/owner wasn’t there, and only four of us wanted to get our yoga on. I was nervous since the last time I went was maybe back in May or June, and it was much harder for me to keep my mind “present”. I kept thinking about my weekend plans or about how loud the man next to me was breathing.
But things improved as I went along and John was able to tweak me here and there to get into the poses. I really enjoyed myself and I always notice myself much calmer when I leave than when I come into the studio. I do feel a bit of pain in my left knee probably from that pigeon pose…but I feel great!
What kind of workouts do you do on your day off? Or do you use it as a rest day? I’m actually thinking about running or doing some kind of cardio later tonight…I haven’t run since Monday and I’m getting a little anxious.