03 Jan Merry Yoga/Happy Yoga 2014
Saving Time with Char
Merry Yoga/Happy Yoga 2014
By the time you read this, your holiday tree may be history. Most people who know me are still in amazement that I am taking yoga. Yup, three-four classes per week, it has become a saving grace for me.
On the day of my last birthday, I made a list of things that were intimidating to me. There were three things on the list: Bungee jumping; skydiving; and yoga. Now, by comparison, you are probably thinking that yoga wouldn’t be on the same list as thrusting yourself from a cliff. But, it was. I think it began some time ago when someone asked me if I wanted to go to a “Yoga for Round Women Class.” As a former 300 pounder, I remember thinking, “Round women, really?” And, like always, going to a yoga class meant that more than likely, I would have been the largest women in the class.
But, after that BIG birthday in November, I found a yoga studio, quite by accident, and decided that I would sign up for a beginner’s class. Not wanting to spend too much money, I got a yoga mat at the store, $5 Below. It was as thin as an onion skin, and smelled like a petroleum tanker. When I got to the class, I WAS THE ONLY THERE! I politely said to the teacher, “I guess you have a class quota, and since I am the only one here, shall we re-schedule?” Nope, we headed into the yoga room, and my only freak-out was that I hadn’t had a pedicure!
Not sure what transpired in that 90 minute session, but I was cognizant of one thing. And it was time. No clocks. No iPhone. No distraction. Just me, a yoga mat, and that nice teacher. I am a funny and clumsy, but ever-so-diligent yoga student. I’ve been to yin classes, movement classes, gentle classes, still classes, and I have even been to more than one yoga studio. This is huge.
And here is what I know…I am very worthy of the time afforded me during a yoga class. And the other thing I know?
I often say this to myself: How different would my life be if I wasn’t plant-strong? I kind of see my plant-strong opportunity as a fork in the road. Yoga? Really? I would not have ever had the courage and strength to put on a yoga shirt and pants and head to a studio. It just wasn’t part of my fabric. Yoga refreshes me. Gives me confidence. Strengthens my body. All without a clock and a sense of time. Being plant-strong is life’s confidence builder.
My intentions at the end of a yoga session are about balance and wise choices. To challenge yourself is a good thing.
If you decide to take a yoga class, here is the list I made for myself to make my first experience a good and lasting one:
- Visit the studio, check it out. A friend once told me she left in the middle of a yoga class, because a mouse was doing a Conscientious Mountain Pose with her. I asked: Do you have a rodent issue here?
- See where the yoga instructor got his/her training.
- What kind of supplemental materials are provided (straps, blocks, etc.)
- Check out the bathroom. Call me a nut, but I figured that would be a good measure. And it was.
- Talk to friends.
Find a yoga class for yourself. And just go! Do your research and make your class a great experience. Go to one class, and you will get hooked!
Wishing you a wonderful 2014 filled with kindness and wisdom. And all of the plant-strong timesavers there are in a day.