Having done a 13.1 mile run last weekend, plus speedwork the following Tuesday, my body and soul was in need of some love. And so I headed off to my new favourite studio, Another Space for a yoga class. As I mentioned previously, I got a few free classes through work, I’m a bit in love. It’s legit fancy with proper Cowshed toiletries and fluffy towels in the changing rooms. Swoon.
Like I said: yoga time!
I have to say I was really impressed by the yoga at Another Space. Firstly, the studio itself; mats were already set up, each accompanied by a yoga block, belt and towel, in an OCD-porn way that satisfied my inner neat-freak. And I have to mention the yoga mats- they were really great quality, and for once I didn’t spend the majority of my class slipping and sliding around. It made a huge difference to actually be able to remain in the poses and clear my mind, as opposed to constantly worrying about a face-palm situation.
The instructor may have been my favourite yoga practitioner to date. An Irish guy called Chris, he was bearded, muscular, and looked more like a rugby player than your typical yogi. He was absolutely fantastic- just the right amount of zen for me- and definitely pushed us by making us hold the poses for longer than you usually would in a vinyasa-style class. I found myself able to open up and get a lot more from the poses than in previous classes, and even managed some really satisfying binds.
Do you have those exercises classes where you really have to psyche yourself up to do them? This isn’t one of those at all. It was really strenuous on my upper and lower body, but yet it didn’t feel like a lot of effort psychologically- I felt very calm throughout, not rushed or constantly comparing myself to other yogis in the class.
And the next day, I could feel- specifically in my legs and shoulders. But this time it was in a good way, like I could feel myself getting stronger and my muscles growing. So it was a good kind of pain!
What’s your favourite way to cross train?
Any specific yoga pose you love for those post-run pains?
Lots of love,