Yoga: Sounds Like Some Hippie Spiritual Thing
Updated: Jan 15, 2018
I'm always up for trying new things, especially new ventures to keep me active and to keep from getting bored. My friend/co-worker had a dvd of Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown, so we decided to get in a good workout during our lunch break. Let me tell you, Jillian's "yoga" is great and it's hardcore. You WILL feel it the next day and the day after that, which is definitely a good thing. I like to feel that I did some work. Jillian's dvd added in movement with the poses, which helped keep the heart rate up, so you're getting some cardio along with strength and flexibility. Oh, and chaturanga push-ups. Can anyone else besides Jillian even do chaturanga push-ups? Anyway, this is wonderful for a lunchtime workout to give you that boost of energy to make it through the afternoon and to burn some extra calories. By doing this video several times a week, I noticed it becoming easier to complete. That's when I knew I was getting stronger, which is an
awesome feeling. There is nothing wrong with Jillian's Yoga Meltdown. It definitely served its purpose for the time we used it.
However, several years later and just recently, I heard about an actual local yoga class near me and really felt the need to check it out. Now I live outside of a very small town that to my knowledge has never had a real yoga class in its existence. I had a friend tell me about the class. One thing I love about this class is the instructor donates ALL of the money to a nearby dog shelter. All the more reason to go and help contribute to making the world a better place. So I went to my first class, and there were about 6 other women there, which was great considering I am not an experienced yogi. But then I got moved to the front row. I really did not want to be where everyone could watch me fall over and twist my ankle, but I took one for the team and moved to the front row. It was comforting to know that most of the other ladies in the class were beginners as well.
During the class, the instructor had soft, peaceful music playing in the background, which gave a sense of calmness. The movements were slow and fluid and actually for the most part, doable for a beginner. I think I had stretched muscles that had not been stretched, since I had last done a cartwheel, which was circa 1995. It felt wonderful though. Toward the end of the class, the instructor had us lie on our backs in a comfortable position with our eyes closed. She came
around and put these little eye pillows infused with essential oils over our eyes (only if we wanted to). The scents were both calming and invigorating at the same time. I felt relaxed while feeling my senses opened and alive. The instructor spoke softly advising us ways to relax more while lying in this meditative state. Yes, it was like a meditation. I am not one to meditate; however, I have nothing against it and would actually like to add that to my routine on a regular basis. Once the class ended, the hard part was wanting to get up after relaxing myself into that meditative state. We slowly came back alive, and I felt so calm. When I stood up, my body had no aches or stiffness like it sometimes does after I've been sitting or lying too long. My body felt loose and relaxed. I could get used to that feeling, so I decided to come back. I am now making yoga a part of my weekly routine. Being a regular runner, I have noticed more hip flexibility and less tightness. I can also use some of the poses I have learned in class at home when I need some stretching or relaxation in between classes.
I encourage anyone, and I mean anyone to try yoga. There are beginner variations of every pose, so it can be done by most all ages and fitness levels. Just remember to know your limits and keep a positive, open mind, and you will get the most out of your practice.
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