I did some checking the day before class to see what I need to bring. Answer: nothing, as the gym provides mats, pilates balls, yoga blocks (to use if one is not flexible to reach a position without a little extra height), blankets (to cushion the knees or tush if needed) and wipes to clean the mat after use.
The same room was used for Yoga classes. It had fabric-draped ceilings, some candle lights (the kind without real flame), soft music, low lighting, and a beautiful hardwood floor.
Participants on this Saturday morning were all women and the class was rather small. The Yoga I did last week on a weekday was busier, and had several men. One was a muscular trainer at the gym. That was a diverse group of all shapes and sizes, although it was still a very mixed group with much variability in their flexibility.
I tried to observe to see the "protocol" and politics. Yes, even classes have their own politics. Don't choose to use somebody else's favorite space on the floor. These people are quite loyal to their routine and all seem to know each other. I needed a spot near the wall, since my balance is poor, has been ever since my stroke. I found a spot that nobody else claimed and set out my equipment.
This was not a beginning class, and I had to observe what the others were doing. I just followed their lead. The instructor did keep telling us how to properly hold the positions. There was some similarity to Yoga, in that some yoga poses were included like planks, child's pose, downward facing dog.
The positions are done slowly and held, as in yoga. These poses stretch the body and take muscle control. The teacher mentioned what to do if we were beginners and how to modify a position, and how to make it more difficult. The instructor came up to me a few times to help me with my positioning. After class, she came up to me and told me that I had done well. (Oh, really?).
My goal from this class is to gain better balance and flexibility. I have to try to improve the balance, but I'm not sure if it will be possible with the stroke damage to my balance quite a few years ago.
The next day I was a little sore and knew I had used some unused muscles.
Today I am taking a rest day, the first one this week. Tomorrow I will do a spinning class, and then try Vinyasa Yoga. I was told that poses move from one to another without a pause. (Not so much on one leg--YEAH!) Hope that will be fun and beneficial.
I had not been doing classes, have not done them in years. It was good to have people in the class to motivate me. I don't need to be the Lone Ranger, which I tend to do, since I am a pretty quiet and reserved personality. I want to change that.
On to more adventures and experiences!!