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Friday, December 16, 2011
I have many favorite yoga poses. Anything that opens my hips feels like heaven. But, my all time favorite pose is Halasana or Plow Pose. I seriously could stay in Halasana for the entire hour, but I doubt that would be recommended. :-) Inversions are very soothing and relaxing for me. These are poses where your heart is above your head, so you are basically upside down. Headstands, Shoulder Stands, Handstands, etc...
I discovered yoga after my second marathon in 2006. During that training cycle, I started to feel pain down the side of my leg and knee. The first thing I thought - Iliotibial band syndrome. I just happened to stumble upon this cute little yoga studio in Rocky River, OH called Inner Bliss Yoga and decided to give it a try. In my first class, the instructor focused on hip opening poses. Long story short - I walked out of class with no pain in my leg or knee. I was amazed and really fell in love with the practice. Once I moved to the DC-area, I stopped going to yoga classes altogether. I lost so much flexibility training for the 50 mile race, that I have decided that I need to make yoga part of my routine again. I am aiming to go at least twice a week. I prefer a gentle-type of flow yoga, but may try Bikram. I hear that is a different beast though!