Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WLJ: Adding balance

In September, I asked for help choosing a monthly fitness challenge.  More than one person suggested yoga, so I decided to look into it.  I found a local class that was affordable and fit in to my schedule.  I've now been to five sessions, so it's time to share my thoughts on yoga.

Prior to going to this class, the only yoga I've done was on my Wii games.  Surprisingly, those helped a little.  I had some idea of what was expected in some of the poses.  But in class, there's someone to make sure you're doing them right.  My instructor is very helpful and gentle.  She doesn't make me feel bad if I can't get into the pose or if I can't hold a pose very long.  The class is small too.  Less than ten people, usually.  And they're all at different levels of familiarity with yoga.  That makes me feel more comfortable as well.

What I've discovered during yoga is that I do not have very good balance. I mean, I kind of knew that before, but it's a lot more obvious now.  I need to be near a wall or chair for some of the poses that require me to stand on one foot.  Hopefully, as I continue with yoga, that will improve.  I've also discovered that I don't relax as often as I should.  Again, hopefully yoga will encourage me to do that more often.

I feel amazing at the end of each one-hour session.  My whole body just feels loose and relaxed. As one of my classmates said, "It feels like I just had a massage ... except I did it for myself."  Yoga is not a workout that gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat, but I think it's still good for my body and my fitness. I think it's a good element in my routine and I plan to continue.

Have you ever tried yoga?  What was your experience like?

Weight-loss goal: 40 lbs.
This week's progress: +/- 0 lbs.
Progress to date: -35.6 lbs.
Non-scale victory: Again, I don't have one this week.  It's been a bad week, and I haven't behaved very well.

4 comments:

  1. I know yoga is good for you, but I just find it boring. Pilates is a little more high impact, especially when there's weights involved so I've always gravitated that way.
    I feel very relaxed after yoga, but it's a real battle to get myself there.

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  2. Sometimes the non-scale victory is just surviving a bad week. You have had a lot of little and big surprises lately and look at you! You are surviving in grand fashion.

    Yoga and I are not so much friends but it you feel good, that is awesome. It kind of bores me and I feel the need for something more physical.

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  3. Your NSV is that you had a rough week and instead of beating yourself up over it, you just called it what is was: a rough week. Forgive yourself, give yourself some grace and move on. I'm super proud of you and you've inspired me me more than you'll ever know.

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  4. I have been thinking of taking up yoga but I just hate the price of it. it's so expensive around here! I definitely need to do something because I'm not getting enough exercise.

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