Namaste: yogini word meaning "howdy".

This morning, I got to check another item off of my 40x40 list... take up yoga.

After checking in at Core Power in Pt. Loma, we walked into a heated studio, laid down on our mats, eyes closed, and relaxed. The warmth of the room was so comforting. The only thing disturbing me was the little squeak of the door every time another person entered. After a few moments, though, even the squeak seemed to disappear. When I opened my eyes, I saw that the room had filled up. I was glad to be in the back row, just in case I messed up a pose.
I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the others, plus I was intimidated that I didn't know any of the poses. I mean, I know some poses, but my knowledge is extremely limited. Thankfully, this was an intro class, so the instructor translated the names of each pose every time she called them out in Yogini.
Breathing deeply, in and out only through my nose, I became more centered. My concerns faded as the sweat (and there was a LOT of it) beaded off of me. I was surprised at the strength I had to get through the poses. I even attempted (and sort of accomplished) The Crow. Check this bad boy out:

Not bad for an almost-40-year-old, huh?
Halfway through the class, we did the eagle pose. It felt GREAT and I was amazed at my form in the mirror. I was standing on a bent leg with all my limbs twisted up without any wavering. As we held the pose, the instructor told us that it was good for getting the blood flowing to our joints. But when I untwisted myself, the blood rushed past my joints and straight to my head. I got super light-headed. Not good. Might have had something to do with the fact that I hadn't eaten any breakfast and that I ran out of water 3/4 of the way through the class. I had to take a quick walk out to the locker room to splash some water on. I was only gone for maybe a minute and I was fine. When I got back, everyone was doing the tree... one of the ONLY poses I knew. I jumped back into it and kept going on with the class. 
It felt SO good to sweat out all the toxins in my body. Thankfully, I was wearing yoga clothes from Old Navy. Their active wear has "moisture management", which means the sweat coming off of you is wicked away. Unfortunately, my sweaty hands weren't covered by any moisture management garment and I found it difficult to do some poses because they kept slipping on the mat.
The class ended with everyone sitting quietly, legs crossed, shoulders relaxed, eyes closed, breathing softly. A CD was softly playing a mellow reggae cover of One Love by U2. After a stressful week, both physical and mental, I really needed this class. I did not want to leave.
A few things I have to remember for the next class:
  • Bring a towel to avoid slipping on the yoga mat and to wipe the sweat off my face.
  • Bring more water. Clearly, one bottle was no where near enough to replenish myself.
  • Eat a light breakfast like boiled eggs or cereal, avoiding any caffeine before class.
If you've ever wanted to try yoga, check out Core Power. They have studios nationwide and their first class is free. If you don't have time to make it to a class, you can always try Yoga on the Nintendo Wii. The Balance Board is incredibly sensitive and helpful in putting the right amount of weight on your feet. That's what I'll be using between visits to the studio... whenever the kids let me have it back.
Don't forget to check out Old Navy's Activewear. Super cute. Super affordable.

Leave me a comment for a chance to win a Yoga Mat from Old Navy!! Winner will be chosen Monday, April 12th.
Thanks to Old Navy for all of my workout gear and mats. I loved looking stylish while falling on my face doing The Crow.

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