I used to love doing Yoga, but I fell out of the "Yoga habit" and never really got back into it. I have a video (yes, for use in a VCR, don't laugh) that I like called Cardio Autonomy Yoga. For someone (like me) who has never taken a Yoga class and doesn't really know what she's doing, I think the moves are pretty intense. I haven't done this video in about 8 months. The last time I did it I found it difficult to hold many of the poses. I kept wobbling and falling all over the place. Today, it is obvious that I have gotten stronger in the last few months. The moves were no less intense, and I am far from flexible, but I was able to hold the poses, and I didn't fall over as often, especially during the praying twist.
The post I wrote the next day was titled, "It must have been the downward dog," and I wrote:
Bad news: my shoulders are absolutely killing me. Jillian thought it was going to be the third cardio section in Level 2 that was going to kill me, but she failed to account for all the shoulder work in a Yoga workout. (Yes, I know that Yoga isn't part of her program.)
I managed to get through the 30 Day Shred without much problem (related to my sore shoulders, anyway) despite the fact that there is quite a bit of shoulder work in Level 2 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred. (Walk out push ups, plank jacks, plank twists, squat thrusts... all of these moves are hard on the shoulders!)
I have incorporated more Yoga into my workout plans over the last few months, but until yesterday, I hadn't done any yoga in over two weeks. Yesterday, I started wtih 30 minutes of Yoga Sculpt and then did the Shred. When the alarm went off this morning, I felt a certain deja vu and immediately flashed back to those posts from last fall. I could absolutely re-write the part about how much stronger I have become over the last few months. Even taking a short break from the 2 yoga routines I normally do, I could tell that I am much stronger than I was even a month ago. And, I can also report that my shoulders are killing me this morning, and I think it was absolutely the downward dog that did it!
Unlike last time, I didn't go back to my Shred workout this morning because I have a training session this afternoon, but I did 20 minutes of Pilates and 45 minutes of more Yoga instead. I'm not sure I'll be able to lift my arms over my head by the time tomorrow morning rolls around.