Guys. I think I might be a closet yogi.
I don’t know for sure—it’s too early to tell. But some of the signs are definitely there:
–I love yoga pants. (Oh, right. Me and every woman on the planet.)
–I love beaches and babbling brooks, and would have nothing against sitting cross-legged near them with my eyes closed for extended periods of time.
–I’ve recently learned how to do my hair in a sock bun.
And possibly the most telling sign of all:
–I went to a yoga class last night, and liked it.
I mean, I talk all this big game about how I’m all into happiness and balance and “inner” health, and yet, before last night, I’d never tried the one workout that’s basically defined by those things.
I’m not 100% sure why, either…maybe my snobby running side didn’t see it as a “real” workout, or something. Maybe I thought that if you weren’t pouring sweat at the end, it wasn’t a good use of an hour. Or something.
But that’s obviously not true, or why would anyone do it? Is the draw of working out barefoot with your hair in a high bun (sock or otherwise) just that appealing?
Well, I’m here to report that I think it’s more than that. I actually got a good workout last night, and I’m legitimately feeling it today. Plus, I came out of class feeling really rejuvenated, both physically and mentally.
The class I did was actually Les Mills’ Bodyflow, which is a combination of yoga, pilates, and tai chi. From the Les Mills website:
You read that right. 10 minutes of relaxation and meditation. Yeah, we just laid on the floor. (While going through a meditation.)
I liked the mix of yoga, pilates, and tai chi in this class, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t super clear on which we were doing when. I recognized some of the yoga poses that everyone kinda knows (downward dog?) as well as some of the pilates positions, from when I was freshly postpartum and doing a pilates video pretty regularly. The tai chi stuff was 100% new to me.
My notes from the class:
–I loved the low lights, relaxing music, and (fake) candles. I’m not a huge spa-goer (I know, I’m barely considered a woman), but I felt really comfortable in the environment. There’s always a teensy bit of self-consciousness in group classes, but that pretty much disappears when you can’t really see each other.
–The balance work was HARD. I tried to focus, but I kept seeing everyone else wobbling out of the corner of my eye, and it would throw me out of position. Plus, I obviously didn’t know the routine, so I felt compelled to look up at the instructor every 10 seconds for reassurance. Leave it to me to still be in the downward dog two minutes after everyone else has transitioned to the crane.
I’m focusing on the piece of grass at 12 o’clock. No, to the right of that one.
Oh, no. NO. It’s swaying. THE GRASS IS SWAYING…
–There was a lot of plank action, and well, it’s no secret that planks suck. I pulled the “I’m new at this” card and stayed on my knees for a lot of it. (I know, I know…)
–The meditation at the end was really cool. I know it sounds silly to some (“Focus on your left thumb. Now your middle finger. To your wrist…”), but it truly works. It kind of reminded me of being in labor though…I’m not sure if that’s what any yoga instructor is going for.
The cool thing about workouts that involve balance training is that they force you to work random, tiny muscles that you probably wouldn’t otherwise work. It’s those random little muscles that I’m feeling the most today. Hi, muscles!
On the way home, I felt calm, peaceful…and noodly. I wasn’t very stressed out when I walked in the door, but I can imagine that if I had been, this class would have zapped it out of me.
So I can’t say for sure, but I think I might be a yoga convert. At minimum, I’m definitely going back for another class. My gym also offers several other options I still need to try, including regular yoga, vinyasa yoga, and yoga core (read: PLANKS).
Could it be the NEW ME?
In other news, in case you haven’t heard:
–New Balance active wear is on sale today at Zulily.
–Fitmixer is giving away a 2 pound bag of their products to one lucky winner. To enter, pop over to their site and write one new thing you’d like to try in 2013. The contest runs until February 4—good luck!