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…
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.