So I have been toying with the idea of trying yoga ever since I joined my new gym about a month ago. I had checked the schedule many times and even watched a few classes through the window of the studio but I hadn't been brave enough to enter..... Until today that is!
So today I finally walked through those doors, I can even begin to tell you how nervous I was. The class which was called Hatha Yoga started at 7pm, and I showed up around 6:50 so I could pick where I wanted to sit in the studio. When I walked in there were a few people already setup and stretching getting ready for class to begin. I grabbed a yoga mat and found a nice roomy place near the far end of the studio, not quite on the back row but the row right before it. As it got closer to 7 the room starting filling up and I wont lie I felt like people were staring at me like I didn't belong there. You see I constantly feel like people always stare at me in the gym but I know its just in my head, its hard to get past that belief but I am getting better about it everyday. I quickly shook off the notion and just tried to stay calm, I wont lie I really wanted to get up and leave but there was no way I was going to do that.
At 7 sharp the lights went off , music was turned on, and class started. The instructor asked if anyone was new and me and few people raised our hands. So we started doing our different moves and stretches. Everything was new to me, I didn't know any of the names of the moves but I kept a close eye on the instructor and tried to keep up the best I could.
About 15 min into the class I found myself in a downward dog position and I was sweating like crazy! I thought to myself I am sweating from YOGA?! Damn right I was! We did a series of poses that went from a downward dog into a plank position and then into a cobra pose and back up into a downward dog. Now at my size that isn't easy but I did it! And it felt good. So like I said at 15 min into the class I was wondering what I had gotten myself into but I knew I wasn't going to quit. It was an hour class and I made myself understand that I was going to be there for the whole hour, NO EXCUSES. We did a bunch of other poses and to be honest I don't remember most of the names, I was just trying to concentrate on my breathing and my balance. Oh we did do something called a spinal twist I believe, those feel GOOD!
So at the end of class we laid on our backs with our eyes closed while the instructor told us to imagine a white hole or something on our chest. So I laid there breathing in and out and trying to imagine this white object on my chest. She said imagine it spreading to your pelvis and toward your head. She said some other stuff that I cant quite remember and to be honest I thought she was crazy at first. But honestly I got really relaxed and I felt extremely calm inside. It almost felt like I was somewhere else for a few minutes. It felt really good!
So I can finally scratch yoga from my list of things I want to try. It was a great experience and I can see why people love it. Will I try it again??...... ABSOLUTELY! I plan on fitting it in to my weekly routine and I cant wait until my next class.
I wonder if I will feel tonight class in the morning? ..... We shall see :)