I had one of those yoga classes today that I just HATED. Halfway through the class, I was just wishing evil on the teacher. I was so mad at her for 'lying', I was so mad at the class for not matching its description - my muscles were screaming, I was hot and I needed a scapegoat. Around the halfway point, I had a little 'aha' moment.
Source It could be argued that all poses in yoga are full-body poses. The great thing about the yoga practice is that it certainly encourages the body to work as one. The key for me is to centre my body so I have a solid foundation, as this allows my poses to have more balance, grace and effectiveness. *Note: I am NOT a yoga teacher. I compiled this list after extensive research and discussion with friends who are yoga teachers. It is, however, a subjective list. There are plenty of challenging, total-body yoga poses. These are just five that I picked as good ones to work on that challenge as many muscles as possible.
Source You guys, I'm excited. You've nearly done it! Now, there are two approaches to take to this final week of training:
- If this 'final week' is the week right before your race, please omit one of the running days and give yourself an extra rest day (it can be an active rest day, where you do a yoga class or have a long walk).
- If this is just another week of training and your race is still a few weeks away, then try to commit to the whole week of training.
Source And pretty strong abs too! I first tried Pilates when I was in high school and got a bit addicted to it for a while. I directed a school play when I was in my final year of high school and the cast got me a book about Pilates for a director's gift, that's how much everyone knew I loved it! (The book was The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler - still one of the best Pilates books on the market...check it out!)