So, I hit that phase in my life when I decided it was time to try something new. My body was feeling tight and out of wack, so a friend said I needed to try a little yoga. I figured hey, when I was a kid we used to have to stretch out in P.E. class, so I could hang in a yoga class. Little did I know!
My friend Mona told me to meet her at the studio in Tempe, and just bring a towel and some water. No problem! I have survived some of the toughest coaches and trainers during my years as an "athlete", so what's a little stretching in a "studio" hee hee.
Well, I showed up in my t-shirt and shorts, ready for a little workout. I have to admit I felt a little out of place with all the people in their tight shorts and sports bra, But lord knows I am nowhere near ready to let anyone see my stomach! But this wasn't just any old Yoga class, no, this was Bikram yoga. This is the hot yoga. This is where they keep you in a room heated to 105 degrees,
and have you stretch for an hour and a half!
Now, I always thought I was pretty tough, until I went through this class.
I swear to goodness I had already sweated through my shirt, and class had not even begun! We started with some breathing exercises, then began moving into the tough stuff... the standing on one leg, and reaching for the ceiling stuff. How the heck are you supposed to be able to hold on to your foot, reach straight out, oh yeah, and breath at the same time! As I kept questioning my sanity, I looked around and was surrounded by people holding their foot, reaching straight out, and breathing!
I tried to hang in there as long as I could, remembering the words of advice from the woman who welcomed me to class. She told me my only goal is to stay inside the room during the entire class. While I sort of blew it off when she said it, I must admit I was now repeating it as a mantra... stay inside, don't you dare leave the room, you wimp!
Well, I am happy to say I made it through the class, and although it took me about a half an hour to get my trembling legs to carry me to my car after class, I must admit I felt like I accomplished something. I accomplished my goal, I stayed inside the room the entire class!
I am thinking I am going to try another class tomorrow. Who knows, maybe one day I might even be able to grab my foot!