I started a beginner’s lunch hour yoga class today through my day job and I’m really glad I signed up.
At first I was a little bit apprehensive because I had taken a yoga class five or so years ago and wasn’t that into it. I didn’t mind the instructor so much but I was slightly put off by the instructor’s keener sidekick. You know the type — there’s one in every class — stringy hair, don’t look like they’ve updated their look since 1977, and even though they shop in health food stores, they look pale and fragile. And they seem to sell free-range chicken eggs on the side. That’s basically what I think of when I think of yoga. But I digress.
This time though, the yoga class was more my speed. The instructor was easy to follow. I felt like I could keep up and wasn’t doing it all wrong. I’m not a nimble person. I have no range of motion. Never have been. If I sit on the floor with my legs stretched out in front of me, I can’t reach past my shins. I’m hoping practicing yoga will help me be more flexible in my body and less rigid in my thinking.
The hardest move for me was when I was on my belly and I had to lift my legs and arms off the floor as if they were floating. It’s kind of like Superman flying. The instructor buysoma said “some people can lift their feet off, some people can lift their shins off and some people can lift their thighs off the mat.” I thought that’s not going to happen. I will keep you posted if it ever does.
I particularly liked the balancing poses. The instructor said, “if you fall, make it dramatic, take out your neighbours.” Nobody did. And there was “No real wind in the trees today.”
Although I was looking forward to the class, I was stressed before I got there. Work has been crazy busy and I was feeling rather overwhelmed. I was also concerned about how this was going to work with work. Was it wise to break up my day with yoga?
But somehow, after doing this pose and that pose for an hour, I did end up feeling relaxed. And then the afternoon went by more smoothly. I wondered if I would end up crashing at some point, but I didn’t. I managed to keep a steady feeling of alertness and clear thinking all day.
I think this is definitely a good idea for me. I’m hoping this will help me manage my stress and compliment my cardio and weight lifting activities. Even several hours later, I’m feeling in good spirits.
Have you ever practiced yoga? What kind? Do you enjoy it? Please leave a comment and share your experiences.
And as we closed today’s class, I’ll say to you, Namaste.