I had the pleasure of being allowed to crash a WOD and instruct some Athlete Recovery yoga at Rifle CrossFit today. I was struck with the belief that (besides all boxes being welcoming and full of fun loving people)…
Yoga and CrossFit are made for each other.
Who needs a yoga mat when you have padded floors covered in chalk and sweat? Who needs the silence that follows tingshas and chimes when you’ve got the silence that spans after the clanging of barbells and signing of rigs? What better way to start a conversation with the body then when your muscles are already screaming at you?
The heat and inner fire that are needed to push through an intense WOD are powerful- that burning to be better, to be more can help overcome even the most insurmountable of obstacles.
But that fire can also rage wild without some temperance, without some cooling. Taking the time to soften into obstacles is one way to discover how to use them to your advantage. Slowing the burning, controlling the flames allows for the embers to remain a continuous source of heat.
Our bodies appreciate movement that is soft and slow as much as they appreciate movement that is hard and fast. Combining yoga and CrossFit provide both of these.
And sometimes, working solo on the mat is perfect because of the introspection and self awareness, but sometimes, high fives and group workouts are just as good for the soul.
It’s comforting to know that once the conversation with the body has started, it only gets deeper.
Thanks again, right CrossFit, for reminding how good it feels to throw some weight around.