Another day, another class per my personal yoga challenge (the only rules are â€œpractice moreâ€ and â€œdonâ€™t feel pressureâ€). I caved and bought a month-long pass, which was affordable with my new student (i.e new to the studio) rate.
Since I have a flexible work schedule, I went to class around lunch time (itâ€™s less crowded and cheaper when you pay by the class). Going at noon makes it difficult to time lunch (yoga on a full belly = hell). I snacked on some sesame covered cashews before I left.
To my surprise, the Husband joined me for class! This was his second class EVER. We attended Power Mixed, which was a hot yoga class with minimal vinyasas and lots of long poses.
I think Iâ€™ve been done 35 or 40 yoga classes in my life, but I remember how weird it felt when I was starting because the teacher just barks out commands like, â€œUp dog! Down dog! Pigeon! Crow!â€ And youâ€™re like, â€œWTF?â€ Itâ€™s really just a learning process. I only know about 80% of poses now, but I quickly look around and figure out what Iâ€™m suppose to do.
If youâ€™re a yoga newbie, Iâ€™d recommend calling the studio and asking which class is the easiest, and then Googling poses like downward facing dog, childâ€™s pose, and Warrior I, II, and III. If you know those â€“ it will be a lot easier.
Interview with Husband, post-yoga:
- Me: What did you think of yoga?
- Husband: It was great!
- Me: Did you feel awkward?
- Husband: For the first ten minutes, I did. I had no clue what I was doing. But then I realized that no one really cared what I was doing and relaxed.
- Me: Did you like it when the teacher came up and helped you [she gave him a block]?
- Husband: Yes, I liked that she just moved me into position and didnâ€™t tell me what to do. No one knew she was helping me and I didnâ€™t feel singled out. And having the block was great because I couldnâ€™t stretch as far as a lot of the other women in class.
- Me: Is it weird to be the only guy in yoga class?
- Husband: No, because Iâ€™m married! [Laughs] But maybe being a single man in a yoga class wouldnâ€™t be so badâ€¦.
He says he wants to start attending regularly with me, which would be really nice!
Stopped by a deli and grabbed this spinach salad with onions, sunflower seeds, raisins, sprouts, goat cheese, and feta dressing. Mmm.
Back to work I go! I had a meeting with Girls on the Run this morning about their annual Summit (Iâ€™m presenting about Operation Beautiful) and tonight, Iâ€™m going to coachâ€™s training. Iâ€™m really excited to volunteer with the organization on a weekly basis.