Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Yoga 101

Tonight is my first yoga class. I've signed up for Yoga 101 (a four class workshop for beginners) at Bloom Yoga Studio. Yeah....I'm a nervous wreck.

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With running, I generally know what to expect. And if I don't know, then I've found that the friendly faces at my neighborhood running store are usually happy to answer my questions and provide me with information. Yoga, on the other hand, has remained a mystery to me.

I've tried yoga a couple of times, but I always felt as though I out of place or in over my head. I've walked into one of the "All Levels" yoga classes at the gym on several occasions (they claim these are great for beginners), only to discover that I'm the only beginner in the class and everyone else is an advanced student who has been doing yoga for years.

I keep hearing about how important cross training is, so I figured I might as well try to find some activities other than running that I enjoy. And one of my goals for 2015 was to try new things. Why not try yoga? I've always wanted to give it a real chance, and now seems as good a never as ever. If I hate it, then at least I'll know I hate it and won't feel the need to try it anymore. And if I love it, then I have another activity to enjoy. Maybe next month I'll give spinning a try. Or learn how to swim. There are so many things I could try! But first, I have to make it through Yoga 101.

I bought a yoga mat. I don't own any "yoga clothes", but I figure my regular running tights and shirts should work just fine.

I bought this one because I liked the green color.
Oh, and I had a gift card a friend sent me, so it was pretty much free, which is always nice. (Image Source

I just keep reminding myself that this is a class for beginners, so I'm not supposed to know how to do everything. Trying new things can be scary, but it is good to go outside your comfort zone from time to time.

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