Truthfully though, there really is no excuse so recently I have began working on my posture, movement and generally 'practicing what I preach'. I feel great for doing this and have found it very helpful being able to relate to my patients experiences and it has certainly added to my knowledge. In fact it has added to such an extent that I would regard this as CPD (continuing professional development).
As I am based inside Canning Street Yoga, I have finally tried a session of Yoga, and I was thrown it at the deep end doing Hot Yoga with instructor Amanda McKenna. A Hot Yoga class is exactly what it sounds like – yoga performed in hot and humid conditions. The reason behind doing yoga in such conditions is down to increasing the flexibility of the body and generally improving fitness as well as muscular endurance.
My experience was very pleasant but for anyone wondering, this is far from easy-going. Any thoughts that Yoga is purely about relaxing or 'just for girls' will be totally destroyed by the intense workout that Hot Yoga delivers. There were three male students and five female and nobody had it easy, superficially some people appear stronger but almost everyone is challenged by the tough core-engaging and muscle-stretching postures you are required to hold.
Although challenging the instructor Amanda is very caring over the class and always reminds you to relax into an easier stretch or take a drink whenever you need to. Unbelievably I managed to do the entire routine without any rest but a few cups of water were certainly needed throughout. Towards the end of the session we were taken through some easier and more relaxing postures. Due to the smooth transition of movements I felt very relaxed, alert and focused a the end, but my body still felt very worked. It's the day after today and I feel fantastic, my range of movement is increased and I am not constantly stretching to try and maintain this great improvement.
I am now due to try a session with my good friend and owner of the studio Lee Derrick. I have a very strong feeling this won't be an easy session either.
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