My Yoga Journey

I came to the realization last month that I really need to get into an exercise program because quite frankly, I am 37, my body is looking less and less fit, and I need to keep in shape for health and secondly for my self esteem.

I HATE exercise.  I don’t think it feels good, I don’t like getting all sweaty, bla bla bla.

After using my gift certificate to my local fitness center, I discovered that I really enjoyed the PiYo class.  Once I had used up my gift certificate, I found a Groupon for a local yoga studio, and so far I have only taken 3 classes in 3 weeks.  Basically, I am averaging a class a week.  If you knew me, you would know that is a 180 degree turn for me.  I NEVER exercise… Well, I will take walks once in awhile, and I was trying to keep up on my exercise bike that Frank got me for my birthday one year (that reminds me… the Christmas tree has been gone for months I should move the bike back), and I do have a bare minimum exercise routine that I try to do when I remember, but that’s about it.  Pretty half hearted, actually.

I really need to be seriously exercising three times a week.  So here is my game plan: one yoga class a week, one bike ride a week, and then one loooooong walk a week.  That should work for now.  I shoulddo my bare minimum exercise on the other days; that way, I am doing something everyday.

I have chosen yoga as my choice of getting fit.  I like it, it kicks my ass, and yet I feel calmer afterwards.  I have taken three different classes at Shrikula Yoga (www.shrikulayoga.com) and so far, I really like the vibe of the place.  The first class I took was called Yoga Soup, is an hour long, and it kicked my ass.  The second class I took was called Chillsville, it is an hour and a half long, and though it didn’t kick my ass, it defintiely chilled me out and I really liked it.  Today I took Power Yoga, and it was in a 100 degree room, and I stupidly placed my mat almost smack in front of the hot air blower.  Dumb!  Guess who was getting their ass kicked?  Me.  Plus, I was sweating terribly.  At one point, I thought I was going to throw up, and was waiting for the feeling to get worse, but it didn’t; actually it went away after a bit.  At one point I thought I was going to faint from the heat… I don’t like hot.  Nope.  And it was HOT.  There were a bunch of times where I had to stop and just breathe.  I drank ALOT of water, and discovered that my water bottle sucked.  Well, it was free, what do you expect?  I am definitely going to need a better water bottle.  This was an hour and a half long class… But it actually went by pretty fast.

I will do it again.  But I will be better prepared.  I need not only my mat towel, which thankfully I had with me today, but I will also need a towel just wipe my face… And I need to tie my long hair up alot better.  And I need a better water bottle.   Phew.

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