You Should Keep Doing It

The other day, I got this great comment from finoarl who said:

I definitely think yoga has much more of an impact on other sports that a lot of people realise or give it credit.  I find a regular yoga practice really maintains my strength and staminar and I really feel the difference this makes to the other sports and activities I do!

I completely agree. And let me tell you, people notice too!

When I was in Puerto Rico, I spent a day doing some hiking, free-climbing, zip-lining, and rappelling. Early on, we had to hike/climb up a steep slope. It was one of those things were it was sorta hiking but more like crawling up a dirt incline while grabbing on to tree roots. When I got near the top, one of the guides was there to give me his hand and pull me on up. As he did so, the following conversation occurred:

Guide: You’re a runner, right?

Me: No. I used to be, but not anymore.

Guide: Well you do something. You’re in great shape. What do you do?

Me: Bikram yoga.

Guide: Whatever that is, you should keep doing it.

I don’t want to give the impression that the other people in my group were not in good shape. We all free-climbed up a waterfall, and I don’t think anyone had any problems, and no one slipped or got scratched up. What impresses me is how I can manage to be in good shape doing just Bikram. It defies all logic to me. Yes, I enjoy going for walks. I will take a walk everyday if the weather is good. But when it’s cold (and you all know what I consider to be cold), I’m not going out there. I am not a super-trooper like my 87 year old neighbor who will brave the cold to walk up and down our street.

Of course the day after I did all this stuff I was massively sore. But I used different muscles or used my muscles differently. In any case, I hurt for about two days.

How have you noticed Bikram effecting other physical activites you do?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. teenieyogini
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 07:06:44

    As a kid, I did a lot of dingy sailing. There was this one day, I was out playing around, and I flipped my boat. I was trapped under the sail, tangled in the lines, and my foot was pinned at a strange angle against my stomach. I distinctly remember opening my eyes under water, realizing what a mess I was in, and telling myself “look. That’s tree pose. You know what to do.” I recited dialogue inside my head to keep from panicking while extracting myself.

    It’s probably the most afraid I’ve ever been while sailing and I honestly think I would have died without the yoga. Not only did it help me recognize the position I was in and keep me from panicking. Through my practice, I had the flexibility already built so getting stuck like that didn’t injure or even hurt. I knew how to control my breathing, which allowed me enough time to untangle and extract myself while underwater. And, I had the strength to pull myself out.

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    • leighahall
      Jul 01, 2013 @ 15:14:15

      Teenie, that is terrifying! Not only did you have the strength to pull yourself out, you were able to get your mind under control and not panic. That was very important.

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  2. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Oct 01, 2014 @ 19:53:38

    You Should Keep Doing It http://t.co/gvGcjJf1SU #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag

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  3. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 01:26:54

    You Should Keep Doing It http://t.co/sTk2OeuKZq #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag

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