I’ve been having some trouble with my legs and feet for the last week or two, mainly tightness and cramping.
I’m sure there could be many causes, but it’s probably just that I’ve been more sedentary, doing a lot more sitting, during the holidays.
Not wanting this to continue on any longer than it has to, or cost me any more sleep than it already has, I figured I needed to loosen up my muscles, especially in my posterior chain.
As it was the only thing readily available to me (since no one has gotten me a personal sauna or built a float tank in my area), I decided to get the old yoga mat out for the first time in, quite literally, years.
I went with my old faithful routine from back when I did yoga regularly – Baron Baptiste’s Beginners Power Yoga. Just the Sun Salutations though because, like I said, it’s been years and I didn’t feel like dying today.
I don’t care what you think about yoga, if you haven’t done it in quite some time, that first time back is absolutely as difficult and demoralizing as hitting the weights for the first time in just as long. And boy was that true for me today.
I did the routine from memory, which failed me at times, but I think by the end it had really started to come back to me. Mentally, that is. Physically, not so much.
I was shaking, sweating, getting winded, and nearly falling over almost the entire time. My forward bend is barely closer to touching my toes than just standing straight up.
I’m realizing as I write this that, perhaps mercifully, I forgot some of the poses in the routine. BUT, I made it through in one piece.
I finished it off with some myofascial release with the RumbleRoller – especially my hamstrings, lower back, and feet. That thing hurts in ways that make it hard to remember it’s helping.
Lastly I finished it all of by stealing my wife’s yoga wheel. I’ve got no idea what I’m supposed to do with it, but I pretty much put it under my lower back and let my muscles relax. It was a great stretch to cap off the workout.
Hopefully the legs respond well. Now it’s time to snuggle up on the couch for our weekly Family Movie Night! My favorite time of every week.