Friday, September 4, 2009

Namaste: My First Day Back in Yoga Class

"The light within me honors the light within you."

Well, dear readers, I did in fact make it to yoga class last night. Yay me for even going! I must say, I could tell it had been a while, too long, since I'd done yoga.

I was thrilled to see my teacher, whom I adore. I'm not "friends" with her, I only know her through class, but she's just one of those people who has something special. I love to bask in her energy. She truly has a gift for teaching yoga, and I'm so blessed that she's decided to share it in my little podunk town. She teaches in a way that makes you aware of your own body, your muscles, your breath, your thoughts, and makes you completely oblivious to what anybody else in the room is or is not doing better or worse than you are. It's incredible, and something I've never before experienced in an exercise class.

We started in, and my poor body said, "Oh dear! What is Janet doing to me?! We don't usually do this." Even just breathing deeply at the start, my lungs protested, "Deeper? You want me to breathe deeper? Are you sure?"

But I'll tell you, about halfway through class, my body sighed, "Oh, yes, this is why we do this."

My muscles whispered, "Thank you. I needed that."

My spirit patted me on the back, "There you go. Feel better now."

I found myself even tearing up a little bit with gratitude for my teacher, my body and what it was capable of, my own determination in going back to class after all this time.

I wish she was teaching more often, and that it was on different days. She's only doing Thursday evenings right now, and I have to work a lot of Thursday evenings. I can't go next Thursday because of a doctor thing (more to come in another post), so it will be two weeks before I can go again. I need you all to remind me how good I felt last time, and make me go Thursday after next.

Tomorrow morning will be my next weigh in. I'm a little unsure what that will bring. I did manage to walk every single day this week, but I also ate a lot. I was pretty stressed out from various things, and it showed in my eating. Tune in tomorrow and find out.

Oh, and congrats to Regina who has already updated her ticker. What are you doing girlfriend?! We want details!


Karen said...

I love yoga. I really need to get back into it, but the classes at my gym are so late and if I go early in the morning, I don't want to go back late at night.

And yeah, I think we ALL want to know what Regina is doing!

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

Hurray for going!! Yoga sounds awesome!

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