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It's fun to yoga at the YMCA

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I went to my first ever yoga class last night. I've done some using DVDs at home but never a class. When I joined the y 2 summers ago, I went to Zumba and loved it and also an interval training class which I can't say I liked that much because I don't like strength training but it was effective. So we just rejoined again cuz I felt like I just need some extra motivation right now and I really want to do some classes but I'm still so nervous about it, even though I've done it before. I have serious social anxiety and I don't really know where it comes from. In some ways I can be really crazy and outgoing but then in other ways, I almost have panic attacks in new situations and want someone to hold my hand.

So it was a big accomplishment for me to go to a class last night ALL BY MYSELF! When I got there, I went to get my little temporary card out of my wallet and it wasn't there. So I almost turned around and went home. But I didn't. I was a big girl. I called the front desk from the parking lot and asked if I could still come in and luckily I was already in the system and she remembered me from before.

It ended up being perfect timing. I wasn't so early that I needed to stand around feeling like an idiot or late so everyone already has there spot and then I come in feeling like an idiot. Very minimal idiot-feelings here.

It was pretty good. I still felt super self-conscious looking at myself in the mirror most of the class. I was definitely jiggly-er than most of the other people. Those mirrors, man.... They are top of the list of my enemies. Right under serial killers and southern drivers. (No offense if you are either a serial killer or a southern driver). So yeah, staring at my huge stomach and arms in the mirror definitely didn't help my zen but I was able to do everything. Some of it was slightly challenging but she didn't hold any poses for long so I really didn't struggle at all. I'm gonna go at some other times and see if there's any more challenging classes and maybe even try the piyo class which is Pilates and yoga combined. That will probably kick my butt.

But there were some good stretches that I think will help with my running and I felt more de-stressed after. I really wish my husband could go too but it doesn't end until after the childcare area closes so we can't both go. He needs it though so maybe we'll take turns or something. I don't know if I could talk him into doing it alone. He's weirded out by classes. Anyway....

Today is a running day and I'm working at the high school today which has a track so I'm going to use that after work.

And tomorrow I want to go to the beginner spinning class which I'm also very very anxious about. I'm only 5'0". Will I have to adjust the bike? What if I don't know how? My heart is beating faster just thinking about it and its not even tomorrow yet. I haven't done any spinning ever so I don't have a clue.... Except the little bit I've seen on biggest loser and it looks intense. I hope I can keep up. Eek!
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    very funny blog ....... I am that way too about new people events... and you put it so well !! LOL !!!

    great job ... maybe I should try a yoga class ???

    1871 days ago
    I love to yoga but not looking in a mirror, it throws me off because I tend to notice everyone twitching! Congratulations on your weight loss and confidence to go into the class!
    1873 days ago
    I joined the Y in October and I LOVE it! I have huge people phobias(not a fear of huge people, just a huge fear of people), but the classes have been helping with that. I love spin class. The instructors are SUPER helpful. Just let them know it's your first time and they'll show you how to set up your bike and everything. It is tough. It's going to take a few times to build the endurance, but it's so worth it! It's helped me out in my running, too.
    Great job putting yourself out there trying new classes! I know how hard it is! The more you go, the easier it'll be. emoticon
    1873 days ago
    SO proud of you!!! And can't wait to hear about the spinner class. I've never been either.
    1873 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Way to go! Glad to hear that you liked the class! Part of being successful with workouts and sticking to them is finding some sort of joy in them so it doesn't feel like such a chore! I do yoga 2 times a week and have for months and it has made a huge difference! I would recommend yoga to anyone. As far as spinning goes and adjusting the bike, you probably will have to only being 5'0" because I know I always have to being 6'7". So if you don't know, just ask, and I am sure it will be ok.
    1873 days ago
    I used to go to a pilates/yoga class and I loved it but hated the mirrors too! Way to go and overcoming your anxiety and going to yoga anyway!! emoticon
    1873 days ago
  • LIS193
    Those mirrors should be illegal!
    1873 days ago
    Yeah! I'm so proud of you! Can't wait for the spinning report! I've only done it in 3 min intervals as part of a personal training session and it was an incredible workout. I bet you're going to love it!
    1873 days ago
    Fun! And btw, you are hilarious! I hate all of the mirrors in gyms too. Isn't one wall enough? Is it supposed to be some sort of cheap carnival room meant to disorient?

    Anyway, glad you had a good time at yoga!
    1874 days ago
    I would get to the class kind of early and talk to the instructor or another person who looks like they know what they're doing. Going to spin class for the first time was scary (same reasons you cited), but ended up being no big deal once we started. You will definitely have to adjust the bike. I ended up asking a fellow noobie, so we waited for the instructor to help us both. The seats at the YMCA I used to go to adjusted up and down and forward and backwards. It really helpes to have the instructor set it up for you. Since it is a beginners class (and the beginning of January), you definitely won't be the only new person there. Good luck! Spin class is a great workout!
    1874 days ago
  • LEB0401
    Hahahaha!! Down here we say the same about Northern drivers emoticon

    Great job doing something out of your element. Sometimes that's the scariest part. I TOTALLY related to the timing issue.. being too early/too late gives me the heebies too.

    For spinning, ask the instructor to adjust your bike for you. Every bike brand is different, and if it's not adjusted properly you could hurt yourself. Also, be prepared for your butt bones to HURT.. but that goes away after about the 3rd class. Have fun!!!
    1874 days ago
  • JR0124
    Way to go. I am so proud of you for going to the class all alone. and even more YAY for minimal idiot feelings!
    1874 days ago
    Go get 'em!
    1874 days ago
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