Why my thighs feel dead

Photo: forward fold, leaning towards the foot
Forward bends are so deceptive -- you shouldn't work too hard at them

I took in a workshop for hamstrings, quads and forward bends with Jessica Apo as part of Thrive Yoga ‘s 360 Degrees of Yoga series of workshops, instead of my normal Saturday class. The two-hour session started out slowly with some restorative poses and gradually built up some heat. By the end, I was sweating up a storm and glad that I could fall back on my mat for savasana. After dinner, I noticed that my thighs felt as if they had been numbed with a pain killer. They were not sore (that will probably come tomorrow). It was just the intensive work on my hips down that burned my muscle to a crisp. I could probably use this kind of session once or twice a month (if not more often) because it’s an area of my practice that needs help.

Jessica has another two-hour workshop coming up on June 26 on inversions for beginners and advanced beginners at Thrive. Jessica has an approachable style of teaching, which betrays her six-years experience as an elementary teacher and prenatal yoga. During the class, she came around frequently for adjustments. I will probably grab it because I am relearning practically all my poses.

The past work week had a hectic pace. I did not make it back to a formal class until Friday when I took a yin yoga session. It’s good to chill out on the mat, but it’s also good to burn: the key question is how to find a balance.

PS: I had a hard time getting to sleep at night because my muscles were sore and my sleep was shallow. After several attempts of just lying there and taking it, I ended up going through my standard yoga bedtime routine and that help me release some of the muscle  stress that had been locked into my body. I did not get to my Sunday morning class.