For the past six months I've been doing a yoga routine that I got out of my hero Laird Hamilton's book, Force of Nature. But I knew how much good coaching can improve movement, so about a month ago I joined Searchlight Yoga, a studio down the street from me.
I remember the first time we hit downward dog. The instructor referred to it as a restorative pose, and I thought, "Ohhhh shit". But as the weeks passed, downward dog slowly became a friend, and I made a few observations. Number one, nothing beats child's pose. Now THAT'S restorative.
Number two, yoga is a great complement to high intensity exercise like Crossfit. I've noticed that my joints feel much better, and I'm not as sore as I used to be. That gives me renewed vigor and allows me to go harder in the gym.
My favorite lessons are the ones you never see coming. At yoga, the instructor often says, "Thank you for bringing your practice here today". That made a big impression on me. It's true. Everyone has their own practice... even in a group setting. Now I bring that same idea to Crossfit, and it helps to quiet my mind. We're all at a different point in our journey. We all have our own practice... and that's what makes us connected.
One of the teachers closes her class with these words that I really like... "The light in me honors the light in each of you. Namaste."