I was right. I am in fact really really sore from my HIIT workout. Mainly in my triceps, calves, abs….okay everywhere.
BUT it is already feeling a little better than yesterday and I am already excited to do the next one. Today I have a little gentle slow jog on the cards to hopefully loosen up my muscles, and then tomorrow it’s gonna be HIIT focusing on whatever feels the least sore at that time 🙂
It is feeling really good to add something new to the mix. It is so easy for me to get fixated on doing only yoga and running because I love them sooo much, but variety is awesome too and I know it is only going to mean good things for my yoga and running.
And speaking of trying new things, I found this cute lil’ chart on how to find the best yoga style for you:
I think this could be a great starting point for new yogis and could help someone feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the weird yoga words and number of choices. Sooo many people say to me that they tried yoga once and hated it, and that absolutely makes sense to me- between the different styles of asana practice and different teacher styles it is highly possible that the first class you try might not be the one that floats your boat the most. This chart might help narrow down what style could suit your personality.
I lucked out when I started yoga because I had come from a ballet background and was majorly into cardio and high intensity workouts and I just happened to start off with vinyasa which was perfect for me at that time. My way of approaching yoga has definitely evolved over time though and now I love the alignment focused classes like iyengar and classes with longer holds in poses like ashtanga. I still love me some vinyasa but I definitely don’t want to do that all the time like I used to – in particular with flexibility being difficult for me I like to spend longer in a pose which vinyasa doesn’t always allow for. Also because my brain is usually all over the place it can sometimes be easier for me to slow it down and sink into the meditation more when I am doing a slower practice.
To sum up my little yoga journey ramble, it is so important to choose the style that is right for you personally, and also to be open to that changing over time. If you don’t love the first class you try or the teaching style that is totally fine – but if you feel like yoga could be something you could enjoy then it is soo worth it to get back in there and try a different class. Of course it’s possible that yoga might never float your boat, but at least if you’ve given it a good whack you can move on knowing that being able to meditate and lick your heel at the same time isn’t for you and you can find your bliss elsewhere 🙂
And if you want a little extra incentive to start doing yoga:
So cool 🙂
What yoga style did the quiz say would be best for you?
What style yoga class did you first try? Did you love it or hate it?