Thank you for all your sweet comments on my 4th of July Weekend Recap post! I sure do love those kiddos!
If you follow me on Insta, then you saw that last night I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something I’ve been itching to do for years!
I’ve been putting it off and putting it off and finally a friend of mine invited me last minute, and I couldn’t resist saying no! I took a class my sophomore year of college and LOVED it, and have played around occasionally since, but haven’t been to an actual yoga class in FIVE years! I was a little nervous how it would go, but was surprised at how much I remembered, and felt familiar with. We took the “Beginner/Intermediate” class at Barefoot Studio here in Little Rock, and I’m so glad we opted for this class as opposed to the “Beginner” class. I think the plain beginner class would have been too basic, and the class we took went at a good, non-intimidating pace, and the sweet instructor explained everything thoroughly.
I’m pretty sure I could have fallen asleep a couple times. Not because it was boring, but because it was SO relaxing. Put me in child’s pose and wake me up tomorrow. Kidding. But really. Ah, it was so great.
I’ll be the first to admit that I used to think yoga wasn’t exactly a “workout” and wasn’t enough cardio, but oh girl. I don’t think my legs have wobbled and shook that much in 5 years, and my hip flexors have definitely not been stretched out like they were last night in who knows how long! I don’t think yoga could ever be my only form of exercise though, but I’m excited to start pairing it with running more and hopefully become more flexible, relaxed, and let’s face it, stronger. I remember thinking how much I loved the core workout when I took it in college, and last night reminded me that as a runner, you really can’t rely solely on running to strengthen those inner muscles!
I left the studio feeling a sense of peace, and calmness, and really respect this about yoga. I don’t think you can appreciate this aspect until you take a class and experience it, but I can completely see how it’s addicting! I was able to literally zone out for an hour and a half, and focus only on the present, and how my body felt, and what it was able to do. There were a couple moments where I caught myself trying to hold in a giggle because I knew I was completely failing at a pose, but that’s okay, and I will get better! I think my body was not only in shock, but was also screaming “thank you!” for doing something other than pounding on the pavement.
I came home and showed Adam a few of the poses we went over tonight, and some things I learned! I wanted to be sure and remember them for next time, and more importantly, I want to be able to look back at Day 1 and see where I started! I can’t wait to look back and compare back-bends, because lord knows it needs some work! Whew!
So, here’s to trying new things, and not taking yourself too seriously!
Do you practice yoga? Did you feel totally un-flexible when you first started? What is your favorite pose?