I made it to the gym again today. I did 30 minutes cardio on the bike and then did an hour fifteen minutes of yoga. The yoga class was intense. I have to say, though, the instructor was fantastic.
The class was fairly advanced, that is to say, it was not for beginners. I have taken yoga classes in the past as I mentioned yesterday. I’m not unfamiliar with the different poses. I would still qualify myself as a beginner, however. It has been quite a while since I have really done any yoga, apart from the Bodyflow class yesterday, which I guess doesn’t really qualify as yoga exactly.
This instructor really seems to like the downward facing dog position quite a lot. I can do it, but it is a fairly difficult position, particularly for someone who is still a bit heavy. The fact that most of my weight is still in my stomach and upper body makes it even more difficult.
Every series of poses that she did either ended up in downward dog position or started there. I had a really hard time with it. The nice thing about this teacher is she kind of let us do things at our own pace. When I found I could not do that position over and over, she said it was OK to either do the plank position or the child position instead.
This helped. I alternated between downward dog and the child position. She moved fast, but she let people find their own way to get from one position to the other. Some of the students have apparently been doing this a long time and did not have the struggles I had. Other students were far behind me.
Another student said that this teacher is great because she gives you permission to fail and find your own way through the practice. That you don’t have to be perfect, but you just have to try.
This is good news for me because I am certainly far from perfect. Nonetheless, I feel I had a good practice today. I really tried to stretch and breathe through each pose or series of poses. I am sore, but I feel good. And the meditation at the end was wonderful. I really like meditation. It helps me feel centered.
I will definitely go back to this class, but I also think I’m going to start practicing the poses and breathing at home on my own. Clearly, there are plenty of videos on Youtube to help me out.
I have my consult with the personal trainer on Thursday so that I can learn to use the weight equipment. I know how to use some of them, but I really want to learn how to properly use them so that I can focus on strengthening and firming my body in addition to the cardio and fat burning that I’m doing on the bike. I want to move away from the bike and onto the treadmill, but I have to admit, I’m a bit apprehensive of running. I don’t like running at all, but I’m getting bored with the bike. Maybe I will give it a try for 15 minutes or so tomorrow. We shall see.