Yoga

Clearly I’ve Lost My Mind…

Hi everyone!  Crazy news.  News that I never thought I’d type on here.  Ever.  And no, it’s not a marathon (not yet!).  So despite the fact that I took a few spin classes last January, and then fell in love with Barre3 on the Main Line and went to 4 classes a week before moving away, I HATE WORKING OUT IN PUBLIC.  I legit sweat more than the usual person and I’m not flexible at all.  I look like an idiot at every fitness related thing that I do.  And this is why I love running alone in the forest with only the moose to observe my sweaty awkwardness.  I’ve been running with people more than usual lately and I’ve been the sweatiest, slowest one every time which is doing wonders for my self esteem.  I definitely don’t run like a graceful gazelle – I think an awkward moose is more accurate.

IMG_3498This finish line pic sums it up.  Not even going to show the one from the Her Tern Half.

But even with all of my current lack of training motivation, I’m really loving my 30 days of yoga challenge with Yoga With Adrienne.  She is not your typical online yoga instructor who has to stay perfect and focused the whole time.  I find myself cracking up as she says something silly when I’m struggling with a pose, and I find that she pushes me in just the right way.  And I never scream at her – does anyone else do that when online instructors are too excited about pain?  Even though I’m only 3 days into my challenge, I’m finding so much relaxation in doing a new video each night.  There are so many poses that I used to do in Barre3 that I can fully let myself get into because I know exactly what to do.  But there are lots of other poses that I have no idea how to do (seriously chaturanga why do you feel so awkward?) and I just feel like I’m doing half of this stuff wrong and don’t know how to tell if my body is doing the right thing since I can’t fully get into most poses anyways.

trexSo do I.

Which leads me to the moment where I lost my mind.  I was checking out local studios in Anchorage this week to see if there were any specials going on, and I discovered a yoga studio only 2 blocks from me (next to the drive-through pie place, winning) that focuses on a modern yoga practice.  They are offering a Yoga Basics Workshop this weekend and for $25 I get the 90 minute workshop and 3 future class passes to start my yoga journey!  I obviously did not sign up because that would involve attempting to do downward dog in front of people, and went on my way.  Except that all throughout 30 days of yoga yesterday, it’s all I could think about.  Knowing how to do common poses correctly is really all I need to keep doing my yoga in private.  So after some serious thinking in savasana, I got back online and signed up for my very first in-studio yoga class!  Here’s the workshop I signed up for as described on their website:

If you’re new to yoga, it’s the best place to start!
This special workshop is designed to safely and comfortably introduce existing and new students to the physical practice of yoga. In a relaxed, supportive environment, you’ll learn basic yoga postures through an easy-does-it, step-by-step approach which focuses on proper form and alignment. These special yoga poses (asanas) help to stretch, strengthen, and release tension in your body while developing concentration and awareness. Detailed instructions (including modifications for all needs/abilities), demonstrations, and personal hands-on adjustments are provided. We’ll go slowly so you can ask questions which will help you develop good habits from the start. Breathing and meditation techniques are also taught to help reduce stress by quieting and focusing the mind (can be used on or off the mat). The session will end with guided relaxation as your body quietly absorbs the benefits of the practice… ahhhh!  At the end of the workshop, you’ll be prepared to transition into our on-going beginning level classes. To support you in this process, once you complete the workshop, you’ll receive THREE FREE CLASSES. (This workshop is designed for those that are brand new to yoga as well as continuing students interested in reviewing the basics and reconnecting to the fundamentals of the practice. The workshop may be repeated.)

Tips for Yoga Basics:

Arrive 10 minutes early (for initial paperwork, tour).
Wear clothing that allows you to bend/move freely (we practice with bare feet).
Avoid wearing fragrances, including body sprays and lotions.
Bring a yoga mat if you have one (if not, you can use ours).
A small towel and a bottle of water are optional, but nice to have.
Try not to eat a heavy meal before class.
NO CELL PHONES in studio.
Leave your ambition at the door.
Be light. Try not to be too serious.
Taught by two of our certified yoga instructors.

So there it is.  And now I actually have to show up at 2:00 on Saturday.  Other than the tips they listed, is there any advice you think I need in order to get through this without crying/accidentally kicking someone in the face?  How did you get the courage to go to your first in-person yoga class?  And for my running yogis (Rebecca and Salt I’m looking at you!) how do you balance doing both yoga and running, especially during a half marathon training plan?

IMG_3990Hopefully it’s heavy on savasana.  Got that covered.

19 thoughts on “Clearly I’ve Lost My Mind…

    1. I hope! No matter what, it’s just one class so if I hate it I never have to go back. That’s what I’m going to tell myself if I start hating it haha. It sounds like they’re really nice and patient so hopefully I’ll feel okay!

  1. I have no advice since I feel the same way about exercising in public, but I will say that you’ve inspired me to check out yoga with Adrienne. Thanks!

    1. Awesome! I will say that she’s probably not for everyone, but I love how non-seriously she takes yoga while still remaining super into it. If I had an instructional video, it would probably turn out like hers. I hope you like it!

  2. All I can say is, focus on yourself and your own practice. There will be super bendy, strong people and it can be really intimidating. Just remember that, like with running, you can’t compare yourself to them. It’s about improving yourself and your practice, not competing with others.

    1. I love this. This should be something I focus on with running too. I’m hoping the super bendy people will not be in this workshop, but I know they’ll be in any other classes I take and I better just get used to the idea of it! I was always the least flexible in my Barre3 classes but the instructors used to make me feel awesome so I loved going. Hopefully that happens here!

  3. 😉 That’a girl! Although, don’t worry if you don’t like studio classes. I don’t. That’s why I have fully devoted myself to being an at-home practicer and I couldn’t be happier with my choice! I can’t wait to hear how it goes though! XOXOXOXOXO

    1. This is awesome! I had no idea you hated studio classes! I feel so much better now. If you can be amazing at home, I’m definitely going to try it too! I will let you know how it goes as soon as I get out!

  4. Love that t-rex picture! 😛

    Hooray for stepping out of your comfort zone! Don’t worry about the people there–most people are usually focused in their own worlds and concentrating on the move themselves, so they likely won’t notice as much what’s going on around them! If you don’t end up liking the class/being at the studio, you can always do em’ at home! :]

    1. That is definitely true. When I think back on my Barre3 classes, I barely noticed other people unless they were right next to me. And as long as I can learn the poses correctly in class I totally plan on taking that knowledge back to my home practice! Let’s hope it works out!

  5. Hey girl!! I think you look fabulous running!! You beauty you!! 🙂 Also, I’m a huge yoga advocate, like HUGE!! I’m currently going through yoga teacher training! I started in October! So fabulous you’re loving yoga! My fave teacher ever is Bryan Kest!! He has studios in Santa Monica, CA, but since I don’t live there, I’m a member of poweryoga.com!! He’s my hero!! He’s taught me a lot about my body and about my life. Definitely do your thing and don’t worry about comparing. Just like everyone else, your body is unique to the world and moves in the way it’s supposed to move. No two bodies are alike!! Rock it!! XOXO

    1. I love that philosophy! I do feel especially awkward though because I can’t (and never have been able to) touch my toes, so it makes yoga really tough for me. I will definitely try to remember this if I start feeling awkward in yoga!

  6. This is so cool. I’m the total opposite – I just don’t have it in me to do yoga at home so I have to go to the studio. And it took me a while to get the courage to go to my first class but I love it. Teachers are great for making sure that you are doing the poses correctly and giving great cues for remembering the right alignment when you’re at home. They’ll also push you out of your comfort zone which is always a good thing. And like Rae said – just focus on yourself. Nobody cares what you look like. Just focus on your breath and look inwards. I also like to close my eyes during my salutes! Have fun!

    1. That is such a good idea to close your eyes! I’m still in the “stare at the screen the entire time” phase because I have no idea what I’m doing, so once I get more comfortable I will have to try that!

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