Wednesday, February 22, 2012
On Saturday, I took my first ever Yoga class.
To be honest (or tbh according to my little brother's facebook abbreviations), I really hadn't been that interested to try one out before. It seemed boring. And the "ohm-ing" quite silly!
I also tend to prefer activities where being loud is encouraged. Boxing. Bootcamps. Soccer. Triathlons. Something to get out a little aggression. Where I know I'll break a hard sweat...and push my body to its limits.
But this past fall/winter, I've had less than little motivation to work out. Period. I guess this happens to everyone - we all go through phases - but I needed something to get me out of this funk!
So, I decided to try something new.
The class was an hour and fifteen minutes long and quite full. There was no "ohm-ing", but still plenty of laughing at myself. And it did feel good to stretch, particularly after the extended period of lethargy I was coming out of.
But, I was absolutely terrible!
(Not that this surprised me. I'm athletic, but I am in no shape or form flexible).
However, I decided to go back on Sunday (with Nate, which was a fun experience on its own). And Monday too. And while I don't "drink the juice" (yet) - what I refer to as the "breathe out all your toxins" mumbo jumbo - I am enjoying the process of learning the practice. My competitive side hates being the worst in the class, so I'm determined to keep at it for a bit to see my improvements. Plus, the ladies in the class are beyond buff; there must be some truth behind it all then, right?!
I'm curious to hear how you were introduced to yoga. And what you like about it. Are there any variations you recommend trying? Did you have the same reservations as I did about trying?
P.S. I'll let you know when I buy my own mat...
(Image via Urban Bliss Yoga)