Thursday, February 12, 2015

Maybe I'll Like This Yoga Thing

Tuesday night's yoga class was good. In fact, it was exactly what I was looking for.

We had a brief introduction where the teacher introduced herself and went over what we could expect in class. She asked the group a few questions to get to know everyone's previous experience with yoga. This was the absolute first ever yoga class for the vast majority of the class. There are a couple of folks who had taken one or two classes in the past with mixed results (including myself). There was also one person who just wanted to brush up on fundamentals and use the class as a way to get back into yoga.

We spent the remainder of class going through a handful of basic poses, with the teacher taking her time to make sure that everyone understood not just how to do the pose correctly, but also how different poses worked different parts of the body. She offered tips and variations and welcomed questions. In fact, what I appreciated most about the class was the emphasis to listen to your own body, going at your own pace, and making adjustments if needed. She offered variations on some of the poses and made a point that it was our choice which variation we chose. There was no right or wrong, and everyone's poses would not look the same, and that was okay.

Yoga doesn't seem so scary anymore. In fact, I think I might like it.

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