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Getting Back into Yoga: Day 1

Hi friends!

Thank you for all your sweet comments on my 4th of July Weekend Recap post! I sure do love those kiddos!

If you follow me on Insta, then you saw that last night I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something I’ve been itching to do for years!

first time doing yoga


I’ve been putting it off and putting it off and finally a friend of mine invited me last minute, and I couldn’t resist saying no! I took a class my sophomore year of college and LOVED it, and have played around occasionally since, but haven’t been to an actual yoga class in FIVE years! I was a little nervous how it would go, but was surprised at how much I remembered, and felt familiar with. We took the “Beginner/Intermediate” class at Barefoot Studio here in Little Rock, and I’m so glad we opted for this class as opposed to the “Beginner” class. I think the plain beginner class would have been too basic, and the class we took went at a good, non-intimidating pace, and the sweet instructor explained everything thoroughly.

I’m pretty sure I could have fallen asleep a couple times. Not because it was boring, but because it was SO relaxing. Put me in child’s pose and wake me up tomorrow. Kidding. But really. Ah, it was so great.

I’ll be the first to admit that I used to think yoga wasn’t exactly a “workout” and wasn’t enough cardio, but oh girl. I don’t think my legs have wobbled and shook that much in 5 years, and my hip flexors have definitely not been stretched out like they were last night in who knows how long! I don’t think yoga could ever be my only form of exercise though, but I’m excited to start pairing it with running more and hopefully become more flexible, relaxed, and let’s face it, stronger. I remember thinking how much I loved the core workout when I took it in college, and last night reminded me that as a runner, you really can’t rely solely on running to strengthen those inner muscles!

I left the studio feeling a sense of peace, and calmness, and really respect this about yoga. I don’t think you can appreciate this aspect until you take a class and experience it, but I can completely see how it’s addicting! I was able to literally zone out for an hour and a half, and focus only on the present, and how my body felt, and what it was able to do. There were a couple moments where I caught myself trying to hold in a giggle because I knew I was completely failing at a pose, but that’s okay, and I will get better! I think my body was not only in shock, but was also screaming “thank you!” for doing something other than pounding on the pavement.

I came home and showed Adam a few of the poses we went over tonight, and some things I learned! I wanted to be sure and remember them for next time, and more importantly, I want to be able to look back at Day 1 and see where I started! I can’t wait to look back and compare back-bends, because lord knows it needs some work! Whew!

So, here’s to trying new things, and not taking yourself too seriously!

yoga back stretch

downward dog pose

warrior pose

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photo 3

yoga lunge

chair pose


first time doing wheel pose

Do you practice yoga? Did you feel totally un-flexible when you first started? What is your favorite pose? 

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    July 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I have wanted to get into yoga because I know it’s so good for you! I just joined a gym and they offer some yoga classes so I plan on going!

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    July 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    i was going to yoga consistently every week a few years ago and absolutely loved it, but since we’ve moved i haven’t found a studio. i miss it and this is such a good reminder to get back on the mat!
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    Karen @ kama fitness
    July 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Isn’t it such a great feeling to accomplish something out of your comfort zone? I use to be a runner but a few years back a car accident took running out of my life. Today, I actually stepped on the treadmill and ran for the first time in over 3 years!!! I didn’t run a lot, but I ran, and that’s all that matters 🙂
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    July 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I love yoga! I’ve been doing hot yoga for over a year and I am addicted! It took a little while to get as flexible as I would like but once I got the hang of it, every class just got better and better! My favorite is pigeon pose lol
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    July 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Love doing yoga! I definitely don’t practice as much as I should or I want to. It is totally normal to feel really. Favorite pose is crow pose. Love the concentration and balance that it takes.
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    Melissa @ Mel's Miles
    July 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    My uncle teaches yoga, so I have been practicing on and off since high school. I am trying to attend at least one class per week because I also find it to be SO relaxing.
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    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
    July 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I try to go to yoga once a week. I used to dance and had lots of flexibility from that, but I’ve gotten way less flexible from all the years of running. My favorite pose that I love to hate is pigeon:)
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    July 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Love it! In your down dog, try to push your chest towards your thighs a little more, you are rounding your back just a little too much 😉 thanks!
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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    July 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I love pigeon pose, it helps keep my thigh/IT band region all stretched out for running and I also like balancing star pose.
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    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner
    July 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    This is awesome and so great to hear. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that feels like I need to giggle when I completely fail at a certain more. Love it! Can’t wait to see more updates from you. I have an on-again off-again relationship with yoga just because of time/schedule restraints, but I would love to start going more again.
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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    July 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I love yoga and I practice it regularly. Some pose I feel flexible, but because I run the hips and shoulder poses I also feel so clumsy and tight!
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    Alexis Teevens
    July 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Yoga is such a great compliment to running! Whenever I really get into it for a while, I notice definition in my shoulders and upper arms that running can never give me. I love the strength I get from it, especially since I hate weights with a passion. I hope you get to go regularly!
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    Nikki @ grab your kicks
    July 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    As a yoga instructor, I love seeing people try it! I teach a combo yoga+pilates class and most people have the notion that we’re just stretching. It’s so much more a workout than that. 🙂 We’re constantly engaging the muscles by reaching, pulling, and strength training with our body weight. I hear a lot of members say how sore they are after a workout. Enjoy it!!
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    July 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Yay for Yoga! I go to class as often as I can. I love hot yoga the best, but I practice in some shape or form every single day on my own since going to class that often isn’t sustainable for my other fitness loves like running. My favorite pose is tree pose. I feel strong and accomplished in this pose! You look like a natural yogi!
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    Molly Rose
    July 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Ahh, chair pose!! Hurts so good! I LOVE yoga 🙂 I just bought a Living Social coupon for another 30 days (no gym membership = lots of living socials 🙂 ) and I am excited to streeeetch. I danced for 8 years and it has somehow kept me fairly flexible all these years, so the moves aren’t too difficult for me, it’s the “being calm and totally relaxed and quiet” part that I struggle with, ha! I think it’s great you’re including this in your life again, those pounded joints will thank you!
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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    July 10, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I used to hate yoga, but within the past few months I have really fallen in love with it. I think I’ve realized how important the balance of yoga is for my running as well.
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    July 10, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I love warrior & pigeon pose. In fact I just love yoga, I don’t do it enough, and really need to get back to a class.
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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    July 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Yeah girl! Check out that wheel pose 🙂 I also used to think yoga wasn’t a workout, but it totally is! I couldn’t rely solely on yoga but I try to do it once or twice a week.
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