I did it.
I tried yoga.
This may not sound like any significant feat but this is coming from the girl who said she would NEVER do yoga.
“It looks boring, my mind will never be able to shut off and actually get any benefit; it is not even a work out just a waste of time…”
I said all those things and more for as long as I can remember, even though every therapist, treatment center and friend has tried to get me to a class.
A few months ago I did kind of get the itch to make an attempt but the new thing that held me back was fear.
Shocker, right? Me…SCARED?!
I was so concerned that I would look like a fool that I avoided even the sessions where I knew the instructor, but I started reflecting upon past experiences; particularly ones where I was initially terrified, and realized none of those instances turned out so bad so perhaps yoga would be similar.
I have probably explained the cross-country ski story before, when my husband and I took our first getaway together, alone.
Neither of us had ever cross-country skied but we were in an old castle, where activities were included and the weekend we were there the mountain got hammered with snow.
Beautiful, fresh powder just waiting to be explored.
We did a group snow-shoe tour and thought it was ok, but not nearly as exhilarating as our bodies wanted, so Ryan suggested we grab 2 pair of skies.
I was hesitant and wanted to say no at first, but since I obviously wanted to win his heart, the word, “SURE!” came out of my mouth before I even knew what I was doing.
After a few falls, you couldn’t part us from our new favorite winter sport. We spent HOURS on the trails taking in the scenery and just enjoying being together.
It was absolutely fabulous and one of our favorite memories of all time.
I tried to channel that experience when I asked my friend Brielle if she minded me coming along to her yoga studio.
I have to admit I was pretty excited all day.
I was stepping out of my box, which always makes me somewhat proud of myself, and I was getting to do it with someone I really like to be around.
The ninety minute aspect of the class intimidated me, but hey, I can do anything I put my mind to, and that is exactly what I did.
I tried to focus on my breathing, concentrate on correct form, and ultimately just BE.
I’ll tell you honestly, even thought the teacher asked us to look at ourselves in the mirror or use a reference point based on our reflection, I couldn’t do it.
I have a hard time with mirrors and I just couldn’t stare directly at my physique without looking away almost instantaneously.
Perhaps that’s my goal for next class because between that and actually lying still on my back, I found those components the MOST challenging of the entire hour and a half.
Overall the experience was fantastic; between the instructor being gentle, helpful and engaging, the studio having a very inviting feeling, spending time with a friend and actually FEELING my body rather than trying to completely disassociate from it, I definitely want to try it again.
Maybe even this weekend since my pass is good for 7 days 🙂
When I got home I was pretty darn exhausted, NEEDED a shower in the worst possible way, and was actually excited about snack.
Peanut Butter Gnu, frozen Vanilla Cho mixed with some unsweetened vanilla Silk.
Yup, that is the snack of champions!
And guess what!?!
YOU CAN HAVE THAT SAME SNACK TOO!!!!
Ok well, I can give you the opportunity to have 1/3 of that snack, at least 😉
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Happy Friday, Friends!!!