I started my first round of beginner’s yoga at the end of February and am now half-way through my second round of beginner’s yoga. I’m loving every minute of it and needed round 2 for a bit of confidence. Once I wrap up this series I think I will be ready to venture out into “open level” class.
I always wanted to take a yoga class and for a plethora of reasons (mostly focused on “time”), I never did. I tried to do it on my own with “Yoga for Dummies”, a bunch of DVDs, and the ever-popular yoga expert, Wii Fit. The downfall of trying it at home is that you don’t have anyone to say if you are doing it right. The Wii Fit board was the closest thing I had to an instructor — it was really good at telling me if I was tipping over!
And let’s face it… all the other times I tried this, I was heavier and not nearly as healthy.
I thought it would take a lot longer to actually feel a difference in my body, but in reality, I noticed a difference in only one week. Two classes and a couple of practice sessions in between and I could feel a difference in the strength of my upper body and lower back. So now, after 8 classes, and practicing on my own, I notice a difference in everything I do.
The first night of class, my arms shook so badly, I thought I was going to fall on my face! Now, I’m able to a pretty decent chaturanga dandasana, and a whole slew of other poses! I can’t say my arms (or legs) never shake, but it’s rare. And as a person who almost never sweats, I find myself working up quite a sweat at yoga. I feel like I’m on fire (yes! Let’s get that metabolism rolling!)!
I have to be honest that my favorite part of the class is at the end, when lying in corpse pose, when the instructor massages lavender oil on our temples and forehead. Bliss.
When I leave class, I feel both energized and relaxed! It feels awesome! It’s so nice to be able to take my self-care to a whole new level. Thanks to my yoga partner, my sister-in-law, Sandy, because I probably would never have gotten there without someone holding my hand. :) Here’s to taking our yoga practice to the next level — and managing our stress in the meantime!
IMDb: Pose (2010)