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post workout recovery yoga—when to do it??
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Posted: 13 May 2008 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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I am training for triathlons. On the weekends I am either simulating a triathlon and working out super hard or having the actual triathlon events.

For muscle recovery, what do you think is most beneficial—doing a yoga class the same day as the hard workout or waiting until the next day? I probably cannot fit in both days.

Thanks for your thoughts,

Jill

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Posted: 13 May 2008 08:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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I have run marathons and done all that training. I would wait til the next day.  Enough already! 
Go sit in a tub or whirlpool, or even a sauna.  But no need to stress the body more.
enjoy and good luck.

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Posted: 16 May 2008 09:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Hello Jill

Edge and you both have the right idea. You ask it in your question! Muscle recovery. They have to have the time to get that rest and regenerate.

Hey, if you haven’t already got the Complete At Home Stretch Guide, email me and I can send it to you. It would certainly give you something to do on those days where you just don’t want to stress your body with cardiovascular work and just want to ease into some great targeted stretches.

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Posted: 19 May 2008 11:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Gabrielle,

Consider me very dense, let me see if I understand what you are saying, that Bikram Yoga shouldn’t be used for muscle recovory stretching because it is too much stress on the body after working my body through a triathlon, and that I should instead do just gentle stretches using “the Complete At Home Stretch Guide” for muscle recovery the day of the events or super hard workouts.  And then a day later I can follow up with my Bikram Yoga practice, or should I even be waiting 2 days later???

Is that the essence of what you said?  Sorry I’m slow at times.

Thanks for your insights,

Jill

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Posted: 09 July 2008 02:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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What about doing the pick-me-up set. layed out in Bikram’s book?

I do that (pick-me-up poses once) before and after my skateboarding sessions + 6 sun salutations (that I do after the standing forward bend).

if too tired after the skating, I skip the sun salutations.

Sometimes I do a half class (all postures once) after my skateboarding.

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Posted: 17 July 2008 08:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Hello Jill

Oops! A message that slipped through the cracks…

Firstly you are not dense! Secondly, please use your body’s voice to tell you what you need after your triathlon. Most triathlete students generally rest after their races. Usually a night is all you need before getting back to hot yoga. Although I have read recently that you may need up to 36 hours after a very intense session. Listen to your body. You might feel yourself craving a bikram session late on the same day. Be careful not to over do it.

The heat you generate in the Bikram class I believe is very healing so recover for an appropriate time post-race and then go to class.

I do wonder about how willing your muscles are to stretching after a race (yep, they sure need it wink ) and what you find is the most effective thing for you so far. Perhaps you can tell me what it is like when you finish a race and then head off to do some long duration deep stretches.

So no, I don’t think that Bikram yoga puts too much stress on the body after your race but that will depend on the post-race interval.

The 15 minute stretch sequences are great for your body - no doubt. You can string as many sequences together as you like. They may be quite intense for you after a race but no matter when you do them they are a great way to open yourself up. Post-race when your body is tight the muscles may initially be more resistant… but you will feel and even see your body relax and open…

Let’s put that out to the yogis at large and find out what experience they have.

PS Stefan has a point. You can do some home practice of selected poses to keep your body limber…

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Posted: 18 July 2008 02:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Gabrielle, your sequense of the “Pick-me-up” is great! Feel better for me than the sequence in Bikrams book. It feels better doing satnding postures first and then all floor, and especially for me the childs pose before the final twist.

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Posted: 08 August 2008 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Hello,

How do I get a copy of Gabrielle’s Pick Me Up sequence?  I didn’t see that anywhere.  It sounds like something to try on one of those days when my schedule doesn’t allow me to make it to the studio.

Thanks & great forum!

~Sara

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