It was a long day. One of those days where you know that you need to workout, but you really want to find every excuse you can until you come across one that actually justifies your laziness - and there isn't.
So I got home from filming a Yoga for Swimmers Express Class and got on the bike. Unfortunately with a broken wrist getting on the bike means getting on the bike trainer. Fortunately in Vancouver it was a beautiful spring day and I took the bike trainer outside.
My legs were heavy and sore, but went for a strong 60 minutes being powered by a great e-book The Art of Learning.
After getting off the bike my wife and I did a yoga class together. It is always interesting to see how your approach to a class really dictates what you get out of it.
No matter how much I love yoga quite often after a hard workout it can be, "I know I need to do this to help my recovery and work on mobility, let's get it done." Approaching a session that way isn't wrong or bad it is going in with a purpose and most often I finish the practice feeling a lot better.
We did our online class today with a teacher we had never done one with before. When that happens I strive to stay open minded (see my blog post The Beginner's Mind). It gave me a chance to really feel what was happening in my body rather than wanting something to happen to my body.
I experimented with different poses and worked a lot with my intuition. By doing this my post workout yoga practice gave me an opportunity to develop my body awareness and learn new ways to allow my body to move and recover.
How will you approach your next yoga practice?
Is a 500-hour trained yoga teacher and therapist. He began teaching yoga after a 20-year swim coaching career.