Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So I tried Yoga...... I tried YOGA?!

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 :)


12 comments:

Meg said...

Totally, crazy smiling over here. So happy you stuck it out and saw the benefit of it. It's a heck of a workout, and your body surprises you, and then you learn to appreciate it. Blessings on your yogic journey!

officiallybetterfitbody said...

You described my feeling exactly... Yoga is practically cult-like and I've felt and seen people shake their heads, even giggling at me while I got the poses all wrong. But that's awesome that you had an instructor that acknowledged new participants and that's even more awesome that you stuck through it (unlike me who punked out). Tomorrow, I will push through because you've inspired me to. Thanks Al!

Steven said...

Nicely done, bro. Trying new things is a challenge but you stepped right up and took it. Don't worry about the everyone-is-watching-me thing. That stuff goes away eventually. Actually it doesn't - eventually you're thinking "hell yes they're watching me - I'm awesome!" ;)

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on trying something new! I know how you feel about being at a gym and thinking everyone is staring at you. I've decided that in their own minds they are really thinking "does my size 2 butt look big in these shorts?"..because everyone worries about these things.

You should be very proud of yourself!

Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose said...

so glad you enjoyed yourself! Im headed to a yoga class (outside!) in just a few hours.

A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes said...

When I first started going to classes I felt the same way. I thought everybody was staring at me, like what are you doing in here but I quickly got over it, and realized that I LOVE LOVE LOVE dance cardio classes, and I've gotten over being the biggest person in the room because even if I suck. It's fun and sweat my butt off! So, good for you!! You should be really proud of yourself! Yoga is definitely on my list of things to try! :)

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Alexia said...

haha...glad you liked it! i take hot yoga at my gym in new york.

ellen said...

Enjoy reading your blog and really felt the need to respond to this particular post. GOOD FOR YOU for trying something new and different and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. This is such a hard thing to do for some people (and I am one of them). I started an art class this evening - something I've been wanting to do for years but the thought of doing it gave me anxiety so I kept putting off. I'm so glad that I forced myself to do it. I completely relate to your post and yoga will be my next new thing to try. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to link to your site from my blog, if that's all right - I think you have good insight to offer (and it's great to have a guy's perspective on a familiar topic).

Alan said...

That would be great Ellen! Where can I read your blog?

Ellen said...

Thanks, Alan! I'm located at: http://www.fatgirlwearingthin.com
I plan to include a link and this post's topic especially on my blog tomorrow morning. Looking forward to following you.

Nicole said...

I wish you lived near me and could take me to my first yoga class. I've always wanted to give it a try, but I'm afraid to go because, well, I just feel too fat. It's so awesome that were able to overcome any hesitation and go and do it and LOVE it. I hope I can get that strength soon.