Moms Run EVERYTHING!
DM member and mom shares her experience practicing yoga.
Deborah is the mother of two teens, a Moms Run This Town chapter leader, Race Ambassador for The Rock N Roll Marathon/Half Marathon in Washington, DC, and a Girls On The Run Coach. We think she’s pretty spectacular! She was gracious enough to share her experience with our studio. We are stoked to have her as a part of our Community as she adds grit, fun, and a sparkling sense of humor.
The past few months however, I’ve been exploring yoga again-Baptiste Yoga- as way to cross train and hopefully reduce injuries from running. I’ve been taking classes at Dancing Mind the past few weeks and I’m finding a completely different experience. The Baptiste method seems to be less structured and more free flow. The randomness of the poses keeps me interested and feels a lot less like “going through the motions”. I find the emphasis is more on the upper body with lots of planks and push ups. I’m learning how to use my core more to find balance. I’m working my abs in ways I never thought of in the gym and boy am I feeling it the next day. The poses are less rigid and more free flow which seem to allow for lots of individual expression. I get the sense that anything goes. I notice less of the Speedo & bikini clad attendees who tend to take themselves way too seriously and find myself amongst more of the Lululemon crowd.
And the SWEAT did I mention the sweat? The sweats reminds me of my love, running. Sometimes you start a run (in severe cold or hot temps), have to challenge yourself to find your pace and eventually your body adapts and without even realizing it you find your pace. In both hot yoga and running, you come to embrace the sweat and see it as a sign of cleansing and strength.
I don’t know if I am really getting anything more from hot yoga vs. regular yoga but what I do know is I like it. I like to sweat-it makes me feel as though I am doing something meaningful. I’ve also learned that I am a little more flexible than I thought. I certainly won’t be giving up running for yoga but I think it is a nice compliment and the extra flexibility can’t hurt. Who knows? Maybe I will even walk away with a “Yoga Butt”!
Read the full blog here: Confessions of a Mother Runner