Before Team Myles I had never tried yoga. I had no real desire to try yoga. Well I guess that’s not true, I had done yoga on the Wii Fit – although I’m not sure that really qualifies!
So I started easy with a Halifax Rec class a few weeks ago. It was great. It was fun, a great stretch and a nice way to ease into it.
Then I tried GoodLife and things got real – real quick. They were doing poses and movements pretty quickly. I got trough the class and still managed to enjoy myself.
As part of Team Myles we were lucky enough to be given 10 free classes at Moksha Yoga. I began my journey at Moksha with a 6:30 am class last week. Yes 6:30 AM. Not quite sure what I was thinking but once you sign up you are committed so off I went. It was my first hot yoga class. And let me tell you, when they say hot yoga they are not joking. It’s like a sauna in the room. And then you are moving and breathing and bending and stretching. If anyone ever says yoga is not a workout they are wrong. I think I sweat three gallons of sweat during the hour (sorry for that horrible image). But let me tell you it feels AMAZING when you are done and have your shower. Everything that hurts is stretched. You feel powerful and like you can take on the world.
I then partnered up with one of my pod mates Russell and tried Yin Yoga. It is reduced heat (a subjective term since it was still hot as hades) and you hold stretches for 3-5 minutes. This is a 90 minute class and probably my favourite. It helps you really stretch out your whole body.
Things I have learned about yoga during the past week:
1- Why they make yoga towels – they have two purposes – to sop up your icky sweat and to keep your sweaty hands and feet from sliding during poses such as downward dog- note to self, buy a yoga towel
2- The thickness of your mat matters. While a think may is nice for Yin Yoga it makes standing one one foot for the tree pose extremely difficult.
3- That every sound you make, whether a grunt or the knocking over of your water bottle sounds a million times louder in a quiet yoga studio.
4- That yoga can be for everyone and anyone. It is a great workout, a wonderful stretch and abs be modified to suit your skill and flexibility level.
If you have the opportunity to try it go for it!!
So all this being said I would still not describe myself as a yogi but I do enjoy it way more then I thought possible. I think it is something I will continue to do throughout the rest of my life. Another wonderful thing to come out of my experience with Team Myles!!