More on My Retreat... - Livin' the Good Life
Sep. 4th, 2008
05:46 pm - More on My Retreat...
Another thing I've been enjoying is my daily yoga. I've been doing a one-hour Bikram yoga session every day at noon for about nine months, just before our main meal of the day. Since I've never felt flexible, it has been easy for me to avoid stretching programs in the past. It hurt too much! It's felt more natural for me to do things that build up my muscles, like running and hiking. But, I find when I do yoga that stretching gives me something that feels different and especially satisfying... if I can just tough-out the initial discomfort. I enjoy the progress I experience whenever I can stretch a bit farther than I could the day before. And the pleasurable feeling of a thoroughly stretched body is not to be found in other disciplines. So, every day I get out my Bikram yoga CD and get started, whether I feel like it or not, and give it my best effort. I never regret it. As for my retreat experience, I found that adding the hiking and swimming to my regular yoga routine left me quite sore the next day. It sure felt like a well-rounded day of exercise, though. Not sustainable, however, because it would take about three and a half hours a day to do it all! I am fitness fan, but I DO have a life! I'm looking forward to my six-day retreat, though, which I intend to begin next Tuesday. I feel very self-indulgent in doing it, but Steve is going away for a week, so it will be natural for me to focus on myself alone with all that time on my hands. Should be very interesting.