Thanks so much for the support, everyone! I was running around all day and didn't get a chance to follow up. This is what I sent a friend earlier, at lunch. :)
So I had my first yoga class ever today! I've been trying to figure out a way to articulate what it was like for me for the last two hours, and all I can come up with is "powerful."
It was hard, and my muscles are definitely still feeling it, but it was so much more than just a challenging workout. During the meditation, in the last few minutes of class, some emotion I still can't name brought tears to my eyes.
When class ended, I was struck by how quiet everyone was. We all left in almost complete silence. It wasn't a tense or sad silence, as people were smiling and obviously happy.
When I got in my car, I ended up turning off the music and making the 25 minute drive home in silence. I don't know--the music I always depend on in my car just felt like it was vulgar. It just felt somehow wrong to break the silence too quickly.
I'm still not really able to explain my feelings about the experience, even to myself. The only thing I do know is that I need to do it again, as soon as possible!
EXERCISE BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR BODY,
NOT BECAUSE YOU HATE IT.
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
You are not fat.
You have fat.
You also have fingernails,
But you are not fingernails.
| current weight: 175.2