A couple things that have occurred to me as I’ve been working through Section Two of the Shaolin Workout:
(There are actually four sections, by the way, not five as I thought before.)
- The stretches definitely do get easier, and more quickly than I’d expected. I can now pretty much blaze through the first section; the easy ones are nigh effortless, and the hard ones are getting faster and easier every time.
- There are stretches in this section that assume that you can start in a full lotus position! SERIOUSLY now, that’s a little much! (Or perhaps I’m stung because I was so proud a few months ago to realize I could do a half-lotus…)
- My knees & ankles tend to hate me for a few hours after I do this workout…they get a lot cracklier than normal…but then, a few hours after that, they stop crackling altogether, which is pretty much a first for me — I’ve always had crackly knees! Also, while I’ve had plenty of pain in my legs, back, etc., there’s been no pain in my knees from these exercises, which also surprises me.
- I wonder if they add instructions like “And if you can, tuck your toes under your chin!” just to give us all a good chuckle? I wouldn’t put that past a monk… ;)
Definitely stretchier than I was — plus the moves I added today are getting into “complex and cool and make me look like Jet Li” territory. Yay!