Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Yoga'ing

I've thought about trying out Yoga for some time now, but it was always something I'd do in the future...whenever that time would be. It's kind of like when told my grandma when I was six that I would leave my parents and come live with her when I turned ten, because I didn't think ten would ever come. But I'd toyed with the idea and my uncle even got me 'The Everything Yoga Book' to peruse.

Last week, John, one of my coworkers bounced over to me on one of our exercies balls and asked if I wanted to go to a Yoga class with him and a couple of the guys in an hour. I thought about it for a little bit and told him I'd probably try it out sometime, but not that day. Besides, I didn't bring any workout clothes with me and I surely couldn't do yoga in my jeans. But John had gone to Walmart earlier that day and bought a couple pairs of sweatpants and told me that I could wear his extra pair. He went so far as to place the new sweatpants on my desk to taunt me for the next hour. I came up with more unconvincing excuses until I finally relented and decided to join the class. It was something I'd wanted to try out anyways, and I thought that I might as well get off my lazy butt and actually do it. (Btw, The pants were horrible on me. Guy's sweatpants on a little girl do not go together. The crotch went down to my knees and the tapered legs were hiked up over my socks.)

I came to the class late and walked in after everyone had already started. I tip-toed in and started trying to get in the zone and imitate the instructor. Yoga is hard. Any flexible'ness' that ever existed in my body went away and this class definetly proved it. I fell over a couple of times during the balancing/stretching poses and was embarrassed when I could barely touch my toes. The first half of the class was incredibly hard for me, but the second half got a lot better. At the end of the day, I felt worn out but good.

I have class again tomorrow and in preparation, I did some additional stretching this evening and practicing. If I keep this up, I'll soon be a yoga pro.

1 comment:

tine said...

i'm there with you for yoga.. we'll suffer together!