I have to say that in the past few months since I made the committment to be more active it has been hard to spice up my exercise routines. How do you go from running 50 miles in week to be an extreme weight lifter? Well I was a work this past weekend and I was talking to a coworker about how they went to their first yoga class and hated every minute of it. I was very interested in yoga but more about this person’s unique experience. Is yoga that bad? Is is that hard?
I have always had a very strong opinion about yoga. That it was way too hard and that I might not be that flexible to do downward dog. Like really the last thing anyone wants to see is me with my head buried in the floor and but sticking up in the air. I always thought yoga was for only two things: the birds and women. How many men do you see rushing off to class with a yoga mat in hand? Not many where I live!
I decided to give yoga a chance to see if it is really that hard. So after dropping K-Dub at the gym daycare, I went to class. I got there and the instructor introduced herself to me and told me to grab a mat in the back and lay it where I wanted. I chose the back of the room cause that way if I felt it was too hard then no one would see me leave. I got comfortable and waited for class to start.
I have to say that I am really glad I got there early cause a minute before we started there was not anymore room. I looked around the room to see that there was only myself and another guy there. I stand uncorrected on my above statement. There was also a lot of older women. So my first thought was that if these older women can do these moves then I should be able to.
Class started with our instructor, her name was Mia, talking about how yoga is for everyone and that we need to listen to our bodies. My body was telling me that I needed to fart but I simply told it to wait. Then she told us concentrate on our breathing and to roll our heads in a circle. After two circles, I was starting to feel really relaxed. Then we moved our shoulders and then our arms, while taking slow breathes. I have to say I felt really good.
Then we did some balance moves. I found out that I was more flexible than I knew. We stood on one leg and brought the other one up and placed it under our knee while keeping a praying stance with our hands. Mia called it a tree. She walked by and made sure everyone was in the right position. She came to me and said I made a good tree. To me being a “yoga virgin”, that was the best compliment I could ever get.
After a few more moves followed by some relaxing breathing, class was over and I have to say that I have never been more relaxed and sore at the same time. I loved yoga and I might go back next week considering that it was nice to just be “centered” for a change.