Yoga is boring. I have said that statement a million times. It is slow and quiet and for old people. Yes, this is my probably flawed view of yoga. I’m all for a free yoga-ish class at a brewery, but not the whole go to a yoga studio thing. However, I figured I shouldn’t knock it before I try it… so here goes nothing. I am trying yoga and taking you along for the ride. I hope you enjoy the sweaty selfies.
Class 1 – I didn’t die
CorePower – C1 FREE community class
I had a list a mile long of why I shouldn’t go try yoga. I was tired (not really). I didn’t feel good (I felt fine). I didn’t have a yoga outfit (straight up lies). I was laying on my couch just thinking of why I shouldn’t go. Once I remembered last night I went to Target out of boredom, I figured yoga could at least kill an hour of time. I got there and was immediately reminded why I hate trying new studio and gyms. There is always the super awkward hi I’m new followed by the fastest 2 minute overview of what is going on. Hi you’re here there is the thing your bag goes there we’re in studio 1 you have these 53842823 options of class packages to buy even though you don’t know what these classes are sign a waiver so its not our fault if you die did you bring a mat and towel and water and…. I can’t. I walk away from the desk thinking where the heck is studio 1 and what did I just buy. Great start. Don’t get me wrong, this is any studio or gym, not just Core Power. Anyway… I figured it all out by using my context clue skills and was then happily sitting on my mat with water and a towel and a block (I had no idea what to do with a block but saw everyone else picking it up so I figured I should too). The class I went to was the beginner level and a free community class. I wanted to start with the basics, so thought this would be as basic as it gets. As we started, I began to feel more and more comfortable. I actually knew the first couple poses she mentioned! I was working on my breathing (always a struggle with my asthma)! I didn’t hate it! Once I thought I was settling in and getting it I swear she started talking in a different language. I guess she probably was. Isn’t yoga stuff in another language? I literally know nothing… but hey, I kept going. I went back to focusing on breathing. I kept telling myself just try your best. I repeated that in my head over and over and over again. Every time I thought I was going to fall, just try your best. Every time I had NO IDEA what was going on, just try your best. The coolest part, I have no idea what everyone else was doing, and from the little glimpses I saw around the room everyone was a little different and lots of eyes were closed. Everyone was in their own little world! Perfect because I was clueless. Next thing I knew we were kneeling-ish-something and I thought I might pass out. Crap. It was like Caro read my mind because she said it was okay to feel that way and to just breathe. Perfect, breathe and try my best. Then we were laying on the ground and class was over. Not going to lie, laying at the end was my favorite. Really though, it was over? It flew by! Maybe it was just the fact that I didn’t know what was going on and it was all new. Maybe it was a great class. Maybe I just loved it. Who knows. One thing I do know is that at the chaos before class I bought 14-days for $9, so I’m sure I will be back again soon!
Class 2 – I think I know what I’m doing
CorePower – C1
January 1st. *NEW YEAR, NEW ME!* Time to go to yoga! It was my second class and I was ready to be a pro. I knew what I was doing. This was the same class I went to last time. I’ve got this. Guess what… lots of people think new year new me on January 1st. The class was instantly super crowded. Fun fact about me: I get really overwhelmed really easily. My calm yoga mindset of “I know what I’m doing” was instantly replaced with am I going to hit someone, what is going on, do I stand here. I was stressed. The class started and I swear it was COMPLETELY different that the last class I took, even though it was supposedly the exact same flow. Anyway, standing in the middle of an insanely crowded and sweaty room my only choice was to figure out what I was doing. Then class ended. It went even quicker than the first. I don’t know the last time I was so sweaty. I remember nothing other than being overwhelmed, but I did it… even though I didn’t know what I was doing.
Class 3 – Lets hope for the best
CorePower – C1
First class was a success. Second class I’m not sure what happened. Third class, lets just hope for the best. I set expectations really low for this 8pm class after my first day back to work after 17 days off. My stress level was through the roof from work and raising by the second thinking this might be another overwhelming class. I walked into the room and it was darker than my prior class. It was quiet. It wasn’t as crowded. I slowly let myself relax and settle in. As we started, I found my muscles remembering the movements. I love routine and repetition, so my third class being a beginner level with the same flow was great. I understood what was coming next. I understood when to inhale and exhale. I was thinking about these things, not about being stressed. Wow. Maybe this is why people love yoga. My mind was focusing on movement instead of when the workout was over. When we ended in Shavasana (yes, I just had to google that) I felt not only accomplished, but at peace. Third times a charm y’all.
Class 4 – Trying yoga at home
Studio Tone It Up – Beach Yoga Flow with Kat
During a busy couple days I knew I wasn’t going to make it to a yoga class, but knew it was an option with my Studio Tone It Up app. I knew I had the equipment I needed, so tried to make my apartment as relaxing as possible. I turned off the lights, lit a candle, and rolled out my mat. The flow was great. It helped me to relax and stretch and think about what I had been learning at the yoga studio. The downside was, I wasn’t at a yoga studio. The flow was different and the vibe of my apartment was much different. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. I think that going to class is part of the fun. Being away from distractions and a to-do list is important. Separating from the stress. I know I’ll be incorporating more Studio yoga workouts, but they definitely won’t replace going to a studio.
Class 5 – Better with a friend
CorePower – C1
I have lots of friends who go to CorePower, and everything is better with a friend… right? I reached out to some of my favorite babes to see who was up for a beginner yoga class, and Julia decided to come with me! I was so excited. It was like I was part of a cool club that I hadn’t been to before. I was excited to see a friend, excited to go to another class, excited to be in a warm room when it was so cold outside. Then I got worried. I’m not actually good at this. I get really sweaty. I think I know what I’m doing, but I’m not totally sure. I don’t know why I got so nervous. I’ve done a million workouts with Julia, why is this any different? I really like my comfort zone. I’m cool with staying inside my comfort zone. Yoga was definitely outside of my comfort zone. It was scary to be outside of my comfort zone with someone else. However, getting to class and into the empty and welcoming studio it helped me relax. It was okay to not be the best as long as I was trying my best. It was fun to practice with a dear friend knowing there was no judgement. As class began I concentrated on my breathing (something I hadn’t truly been able to focus on in prior classes). I thought about each pose and how I could do it to the best of my ability. Thinking like this usually causes me to get stressed, but somehow in yoga I knew it was okay to just do whatever I can. At the end of class I felt so great and stretched and peaceful. I loved sharing the time with a friend and being able to chat after. Even with yoga being such a personal practice, it was definitely better with a friend.
Class 6 – What did I get myself into
Cirque de Vol – Aerial Boot Camp
You read that right, aerial boot camp. Like yoga in the air. Two weeks ago I would have never signed up for this. A group of friends decided to try something new and I ended up walking into a circus arts studio completely terrified. Good news is, the teacher was fantastic. We instantly bonded over the fact that my joints hate me, and he helped modify everything. I usually have to modify things on my own and teachers think I’m slacking, but he went out of his way to help me. This helped me feel so much more comfortable as we warmed up and got into the air. First was trapeze. Like straight up circus trapeze… and I was supposed to hang upside down from it. Like what?! But I did it! Then the silks came down and I was ready to play. Wrapped my wrists up and flipped upside down. It was really cool. I felt like I was a little kid again. Everyone was cheering for each other, regulars to the class were offering assistance, everyone was smiling. I walked in terrified, and left feeling carefree like I had made lots of new friends.
So to conclude, yoga is not boring. Yoga is fun. Yoga is a community. Yoga helps relieve stress. Yoga takes practice, but accepts that you may not know what your doing. It is supportive, and fun, and creative. Yoga is definitely something I will be doing again and again.