My Yo Yoga Resolution Evolutions – 8th April 2015

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1 Step Forward…2 Poses back…

Following the completion of my first class, without forcing me to take any break from the class due to fatigue, i was ready to attend the 2nd – and went in gung ho, readied myself for a hot class, and waited a few precious moments for the instructor, the lovely Maike, to commence the class…

So the breathing exercises were good, and i could instantly feel my mind being coerced to shut out every distracting thought – and preparing myself, instead, for a fruitful class…

And then it happened.

I was immobile.  An old injury, a pelvic fracture to be exact, from literally 27 years ago, decided to make a stubborn appearance shortly after the initial breathing exercises – and made its presence known and felt for a long time thereafter. i ended up in a Shavasana (Corpse pose) for the better part of the hour, completely unable to join the rest of the class… 

What made this even worse, is that this was my first class with Maike, and i was so looking forward to her approach to leading a class.  She has this warmth about her – and a slight giggle is audible in her voice, evidence of her tendency to speak with a smile on her dial – such a pleasant disposition as a guiding backdrop to a session, can only be a positive thing! 

She noticed my discomfort and came over to check on me…but once i explained it’s an old injury, she immediately suggested listening to my body’s limits for THAT day, taking the time i needed to recover and to just “let it go”.  That was the moment i did.  I just let it go. Sadly, but deliberately.  Hate the feeling of letting myself down, but i also know better than to push past my own limitations.  What i appreciated, was that she made a point to acknowledge that it was temporary, and that the next class could be the polar opposite!  Hope, my favourite emotion, jumped straight into action! i eventually rejoined the class for the last 15 minutes or so… but i’m looking forward to my next class! 

As i listened to the rest of the class diligently following their instructions, all i could do, was shut my eyes and listen to Maroon 5’s “She will be loved”, as the one line from there played on repeat in my head…

so for now…

“…It’s not always rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise that moves us along… ” 

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My Yo Yoga Resolution Evolutions – 04th April 2015


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THE FIRST STEP TAKEN…

I attended my first Yo Yoga class in months, on Saturday morning with Zo as the instructor.

I was starting to think that I shouldn’t pursue this, since i wasted two mornings last week after intending to attend, with a phone-call delaying me with one class, and on the 2nd morning, arriving at the studio just after the class started – but Saturday morning, it seems, was destined to be the start of the resumption of classes, so weight and measurements recorded, off i went!

I expected it to be really hard, having to adjust to the heat and humidity, the difficulty of the poses with my current lack of fitness – and the reality of sharing a confined space with others – many of whom welcome the concept of loud exhalations of air – disastrous for my germaphobic psyche!

But luck was on my side, the class wasn’t as populated as i remember, most likely since the holidays inspire laziness in every form (something i am VERY guilty of!) , so i found a comfy spot (my 2nd favourite spot in the studio), and got ready.  I rolled out my yoga mat, covered it with a towel, tied up my hair, took off my jewellery, and decided to lie still for a moment or two before the class commenced to get my mind into a quiet space.  Instead, i ended up with “Eye of the Tiger” playing as background music to my never-ending stream of thoughts! 

This was my first class with Zo, and i found her to be ultra calm and she managed to convey a quiet sense of authority – without being over-bearing and pushy! 

We started with the breathing exercises, slow and rhythmic breaths with those loud exhalations i mentioned earlier, and i suddenly realised how weak my arm muscles are! These initial breathing exercises help me remember to BREATHE – as in properly.  So many of us tend to take shallow breaths, but the start of this class is going to remind me to consciously take those deep breaths throughout the day., not only during the chaotic parts of my days, but especially during those moments!   We then went on through all the other poses without a rush – in fact, at one point, i was worried we wouldn’t finish within the hour, but Zo seemed to know what she was doing as we finished on time! 

I managed to survive my first class, with not too much difficulty – hoping the post-class-unfitness-cramps aren’t going to be too bad, and hoping to catch my next class within the next few days! 

For now, i’m just proud of myself for not having to leave the room due to the heat or for needing to lie down through most of the session from exhaustion and an extreme lack of fitness!  

I have had some requests for posts of what i eat between classes, and while i do see the point of it being a more accurate description of what my classes accomplish, i must admit that i am a bit hesitant – i eat A LOT! Like A LOT!  But who knows, maybe with the next post i’ll feel braver and you’ll see some pics of typical meals and snacks i relish! 

Note to self: consider strengthening upper arm muscles and try to concentrate less on the music and more on the breathing!