I went to my first yoga class in more than a decade, this morning! It was terrifying – as in “Pet Cemetery” meets “It” – sleep-preventing, TERRIFYING. I had to go some place new, where I didn’t know anyone, to do something (that I have extensive experience failing at) in front of other people, who would all know exactly what they were doing.
It started off as I expected. I was too early, the door was locked, the instructor popped up behind me (scaring the crap out of me), I screamed, and it was very embarrassing. Then she introduced herself, unlocked the door and let us both into the studio. Since it was just her and I for a bit, she was able to give me an idea about what to expect, and I was able to tell her about my hopes/goals for the class. She actually ended up adjusting her plans for the whole class to fit what I was looking for (it really didn’t seem like this was a big deal, but I LOVED that she listened to what I was looking for and was so willing to accommodate it!)
The class is 45 minutes away, so there’s no way I can attend every Sunday. I mentioned that I’m hoping to attend every other week and practice on my own in between. She said that’s very similar to how she started yoga. She had someone teach her 6 poses and challenge her to practice those 6 poses, 6 days a week for one month to see how she felt. Her whole style/class of yoga focuses on the details of poses without any flow or music. The instructor commented that it had been a long time since she’d really focused a class on those 6 poses, and mused that today would be a good day to do that. She even wrote them down for me, to make it easier for me to look them up and practice more at home.
There were only 3 other students for the class (2 of whom where exactly the super-skinny/very bendy women I imaged I would find in a yoga class), but they were all 3 SO welcoming and nice! They introduced themselves sincerely, and I quickly felt very comfortable. I was able to do all of moves, though my flexibility is non-existent. I even managed to do this weird pose where my feet were spread wide with my hands between them and then I put the crown of my head on blocks. I really thought I was going come crashing down at that point, but I didn’t! The final pose was a shoulder stand, and it looked really scary – even one of the other ladies chuckled and commented that I looked a bit nervous (she assured me it was okay no matter what – she had fallen over while attempting a head-stand the previous week and almost took out the person on the mat next to her). Have I mentioned how social and informal the class was? It was really nice! AND… I managed to do the shoulder stand!!!
I’ve had some successes recently – my running is going really well, and I’m very excited about yoga! But I’m also still struggling with stuff – my tracking has been horribly hit-or-miss, and I know I’ve been consistently over-eating. I was thinking about challenging myself to 30 days of something, but then I realized that Thanksgiving is only 26 days away! In honor of that, I’m committing to 26 days of healthy choices! For the next 26 days I’m going to do the following things, and then I’ll see what difference there is on November 24th!
- Weigh, measure & track every bite, every day – NO EXCUSES!
- Keep running (I’ve been consistently hitting 4 days/week for a total of 16-20 miles/week.)
- Attempt my 6 yoga poses 5 days/week (I don’t think 6 is realistic for me at this point)
- Post here regularly to log my progress (This one is less of a goal and more of how I’ll track my goals. It may be that I end up doing a weekly post summarizing how things are going or a quick daily update – we’ll see.)
The first goal is one of those things that just needs to happen. I’d been really good about tracking consistently, and I’m not sure how that fell off. The second one is easy – I just need to keep it up. The third one is a biggie. I’m not sure exactly how yoga will fit into my life, but I know that I want it to. I felt like the class this morning gave me a very manageable starting point, and I even bought my own yoga mat!
I love the purple color, and it’s one of the thicker mats.
Anyone else have goals for the next 26 days? What daily choices are important to you? Anything new you’ve worked up the courage to try?