As most runners know, cross-training is key to prevent injuries and keep things fresh. I’ve always been one who knows that but never heeds it. I barely have time to run let alone do something else that I don’t necessarily love as much as running, right?! But when I saw a stellar deal at Tula Yoga & Reiki Professionals, I knew I had to dive in.
I’ve never actually taken a group yoga class before, so I was wicked nervous beforehand. I’ve done some at-home yoga videos and the yoga options on SWORKIT, but nothing in person. I signed up for the one-and-a-half-hour session called the Power Of Yoga *All-Levels Vinyasa on a Thursday evening. Kudos to hubs for tackling dinner and bath duty!
I left about ten minutes early, since the studio is close to our house. I typically use the Google Maps app, so I plugged the address in, and off I went. I have zero sense of direction and am a timid driver, so when I recognized the area I was in, I was relieved. But as I made a left turn where the studio was (supposedly), I realized I was in a residential area, which made no sense to me.
I drove around and crossed a busy highway several times (white-knuckling the steering wheel), until I found a parking lot to stop in. I opened up Waze this time, and voila—I was about two minutes away. I had driven by a large, purple flag that said YOGA right on it, but I didn’t realize that’s where Tula was. Duh! And thank you, Waze. I apologize for all of the times I’ve said, “Oh, I don’t like Waze. I just use Google.” Curse you, Google Maps!
Finally, I pull in to Tula, all shaky and nervous—not exactly the way I wanted to start this journey. For some reason I was expecting a large studio, but Tula is located in a small house, and the room itself where they hold classes is tiny. I put my things in a cubby, and the instructor showed me how to sign in on a tablet. I felt the need to announce right away that this was my first time, hoping that she would give me the lay of the land. I set up my very old Weight Watchers yoga mat (don’t laugh) in the back of the room, and there were only six students total (including myself) attending the session. The guy in front of me jokingly said that I picked one heck of a class to start off with; I thought because of the length of the class perhaps.
We started off with a few simple poses, and I liked the fact that the instructor went around periodically throughout the room and gently corrected people’s poses. She did it very silently, so that (at least to me) no one felt intimidated or like they were doing something incorrectly. I do feel, however, that I definitely need a Yoga 101 type of course, which would help me with basic moves.
For example, I thought I was doing child’s pose correctly, until the instructor sat behind me and gently pushed my backside down way farther than I thought it could ever go! Who knew I should be going so deep into a pose?! I also noticed that when I did a warrior pose, my front foot was apparently not nearly as forward as it should have been.
At one point, the instructor showed me how to move my right hip, and I clearly realized that I have no idea how my body works. How do you move just one body part or part of a body part at a time?! And another time, the instructor massaged my neck, which felt amazing, but all I could think of in my head was, “Oh my GOD I’m so sweaty; please, you really don’t have to touch me!” I felt so bad for her haha.
I took all of it in as a learning experience, and I hope I learn just as much at my second class tonight!
Here are a couple of hilarious observations:
- I had no idea how audibly people breathed during yoga!
- I sweat like a beast. I literally had to take my glasses off at one point because I couldn’t see. No one else appeared to sweat like I did, and it was NOT hot yoga, so I’m not sure what my problem is. You bet your bippy that I’m wearing a running headband tonight.
- During the cool down, people started snoring. The cool, lavender towel over my eyes was amazing, but I couldn’t slow down my thoughts; plus I kept wondering if the instructor would tell us when this part of the session was over or would people just get up and walk out? I was clueless.