Friday, January 25, 2013
I'm hooked! I loved it from the first [attempted] pose to the relaxation at the end. Took a coworker with me...I believe it always pays to share the pain. As soon as the instructor turned on her little battery operated candles, and turned out the light, I knew this was going to be my type of exercise.
After all, there is nothing better than exercising in the dark, is there? No one could see my face turning red as I struggled to stretch and pose, or see my muscles quivering in complaint about being stretched like dry rotted rubber bands. And only I could feel the sweat I knew no one could see, running in rivers down my face.
Of course, that sweat was partially caused by wearing the clothes I had left in my office for the yoga class I was supposed to start last week, when it snowed and we couldn't get there. I had long sleeves and pants, knowing it would be cold that night. It was much warmer today...so I was overdressed. I also found out some other valuable things about yoga tonight:
1. You don't wear running shoes. You don't run in yoga. You barely move in fact.
2. It takes longer to put shoes back on sweaty feet than it does to do the whole class. (My friend applauded when I finally got them on. I didn't know hand claps could sound that sarcastic.)
3. The fact that your muscles turn to jello after the first exercise you have had in years contributes to the fact it is hard to lift your sweaty leg and shove your sweaty feet into your shoes.
4. Your butt tends to stick to the mat. When the instructor says slide this way or that on your butt, she is the only one sliding. The rest of the class is stuck like glue to their mats.
5. Every time you stick your butt in the air and do some kind of dog walk pose, you move farther back on your mat, until your feet end up on bare floor. It is yoga magic.
6. The music is soothing. It is nicer to sweat to soothing music than to loud rock and roll. But it also makes it harder to crack a joke in the middle of class when you are struggling to hike your butt in the air.
7. You can fake it in yoga, and still fit in. At least half the class is faking at any given time.
8. It is hard to tell what the instructor is doing when you are laying on your back and she is laying on her back, and you see nothing but the ceiling. This is when faking it comes in handy. She can't see you either.
9. You should always do the tree pose first, before your muscles turn to jello. After almost an hour of posing, you have no balance left. Zero. Zip. Nada. You spend your time with your foot going up and down like you are stomping out a fire.
10. It is easy to fall asleep during the relaxation period at the end. Sleeping in a room full of strangers is the easy part, and your reward for all the sweat and jello muscles.
The nicest thing said to me was by the lady next to me, who told me I did better than she did, and she had been doing yoga for years. That was all it took for me...compliments and fake poses...I was sold.
I have found my niche... :D
...life is good.~cath
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