I’m back! It has been a doozy of a week for me (Chloe). Thank goodness I have such an awesome blogging partner who can hold down the fort.
I am leaving tomorrow to go out of the country for a little over two weeks, so have had lots of preparation both personally as well as for work that has got me
a little super stressed and overwhelmed. To add fuel to the fire, I have also been struggling with a foot injury, which has had me relatively inactive for about 3 weeks now. I have been doing a little bit of swimming, a tiny ellipticalizing and have even introduced weights back into my life. At first, I was super mopy and complained to Chris any time that he laced up his running shoes and headed out for a run, but once I got over the fact that I wouldn’t be running for a while, I refocused my attention….on this.
No, I have not planned a move to some beautiful land where the sun sets over the ocean and volcanoes dot the skyline. I still live in D.C., but I have introduced Yoga back into my life. A few weeks ago, I blogged about taking a strength class at STROGA with Steph.
On top of their super tough strength classes, which include group strength training, TRX training and Ab-Domination , STROGA also offers tons of different types of yoga classes, from Vinyasa Flow to Budokon Power Yoga (which I have yet to try). Lululemon even offers a complementary class on Sunday afternoons. I have taken advantage of this free class and have become a regular at 7 am power hour yoga. When I was in grad school, I went to yoga about 4 days a week, but once I graduated and got on the triathlon train, I really let yoga fall to the wayside. It has definitely taken me a few classes to get my yoga flow back…aka remember how to focus while standing on a rectangular mat for an hour, but I am really getting back into it, and in just three weeks, I can already feel and see the difference.
yeah…I wish. But in reality, my body has definitely responded to the change in exercise. The big muscle groups that responded to endurance training, such as my lats and quads are starting to get smaller, but the smaller muscles in my arms and back are definitely starting to pop out a little more. And I swear that my abs (especially my side abs) are getting more toned! And on top of the physical changes, I really think that yoga has helped to ease some of the stress that I have been feeling recently. I have been enjoying yoga at STROGA so much that I bought yet another living social deal to the studio. Anyone else in the D.C. area buy this deal and want to join me for a yoga date? Sometimes it is hard to trust that one hour of anything, be it yoga, running, reading a book, etc., will ease stress and make you feel revived, but often times I have found that if you just turn off the side of your brain that is fighting you and JUST DO IT!, that 9 out of 10 times you will feel better.
No, I am not sponsored by Nike, but hey Nike, if you do want to sponsor me, just shoot me an email! Anyway…back to yoga. Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and still remains one of the most common forms of exercise. It has come in and out of my life for the past 10 years and I have talked to many friends and family members who have also practiced yoga at some point in their lives and really enjoyed it.
I have no idea how long this yoga kick will last, but in the meantime, it is keeping my mind off of my foot injury, building the tiny muscles in side abs and really giving my concentration a good workout. And I have even learned some really corny jokes from fellow yogis…
Q: What did the ad say for the yoga studio searching for a new instructor?
A: “Inquire within.”
Q: What did the police say to the Yogi?
A: “You have the right to remain silent.”
Question of the Day: How do you deal with stress?