Originally Posted by umami_mommy
i do yoga class 2-3 times a week, swim 2-3 times a week, walk and do weight training. but my legs are *always* tight!!
(i am not new to yoga i have done it for 15 years and am very careful about my alignment and posture)
what am i doing wrong that i am always tight and in pain??
walking and weight training make you tighter. I'm not sure about swimming, it's kinda of elongating. How is your alignment and posture during weight training?
When and where are you in pain? In the meaty part of the muscles, or near the joints? Pain means different things depending on where you feel it.
Are you stretching after you work out, lift weights, etc? Back when I was working out at a gym, I noticed that most people didn't stretch at the end, or they did half a$$ stretches for a 3 minutes.
If you are feeling pain during yoga, then back out of the posture or take a simplier modification. Use a block or a strap, bend your knees, etc. There is tremendous benefits in yoga for someone who works in ways that makes their body really tight, but they need to do the yoga in ways that is appropriate for them. I used to be in a yoga class with a marathon runner and that guy was TIGHT, but when he added yoga in a couple of times a week, his recovery time from marathons went WAY down. He was never gonna get bendy while putting all those miles on his body.
If there is a specific posture you are feeling pain in, talk to your yoga teacher about it, or try to describe it here. (I'm a yoga teacher)