Adventures in Yoga Land

Hey! 🙂 I hope you all are having a happy Monday so far. I just wanted to drop in to discuss my newbie yoga experiences!

First off, I was never a fan of yoga. Yep, I said it.

It just didn’t do it for me. However, I think that I’ve realized why. The first time I did yoga was back in the early 2000s during my high school days a.k.a my very plump days. I was a sophomore enrolled in a Jazz/Aerobics class and my teacher decided that Wednesdays would be devoted to yoga. Oh, how I hated Wednesdays.

I couldn’t do half of the poses. It was difficult to focus. My balance was a mess. I always felt rushed since after the short period ended, I had to quickly run off and get changed and get ready for lunch. More-so, I think that my size psyched me out and led me to believe that I wouldn’t be able to get through the class. That, coupled with just not being in the right frame of mind definitely put a downer on yoga.

Fast forward years and years later during my law school days. Luckily I met my lovely co-blogger Kyra who definitely opened my mind to new fitness routines, including yoga. And not only regular yoga, but Bikram yoga! I had heard about it and I think I recall being adamantly against the concept of doing a form of exercise that I hated in a hot, piping 105°F room. Nevertheless, I figured I had to explore new routines in order to switch things up and keep the results coming. So we signed up for a week of Bikram in Dupont Circle back in D.C. and…

Namaste
Namaste

I loved it? It was so odd. I didn’t understand how I could love Bikram but I just felt more open, in tune, and I found that the heat allowed for more flexibility. Who knew? Because I loved Bikram so much, I decided to give “regular” yoga a chance once more. I started back last week and it was so much better than I remembered. The environment was peaceful and the instructor was great and clear with her directions. I stuck mostly to level 1 for the majority of the poses since I’m a complete beginner. You really are stretched to the limit in the class, which I think is great since I’ve been doing heavy cardio and weight training as well. Also, I found myself to be sore which I was surprised by.  All and all, Yoga land really isn’t half bad.

I’m hoping for some great results including feeling less stressed and seeing a more lean appearance (especially in my arms which have just not been cooperating with me since my weight loss, grrr!). I will definitely be keeping you all posted. Oh, also, I got a great Living Social deal out here in the Bay Area! I paid 35 bucks for a month of unlimited Bikram yoga. I will be doing Bikram on Tues, Thurs and Saturdays and my regular cardio and weight training on the alternate days from August to early September.

Namaste. 🙂

UBU

More about Udeme

Hi! I'm Udeme and I'm an attorney by day and a blogger by night. I dropped 70 pounds 12 years ago and health/fitness became a passion of mine. I live in the DC metro area with my "husby" although I'll forever be a California girl at heart. I love a good read, BravoTV, natural hair, anything fitness related (of course) and spending time with my family and friends. ?

4 Comments

    1. Good for you! Happy to hear you are now loving yoga… would you be willing to branch out and try other types of asana? There are so many and each offer something different. Let me know if you need any suggestions! I look forward to following! 😉

      1. Thank you! I’m still doing my research, but I’m sure your blog content will help to see what to try next. 🙂

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