Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Yoga and Non-Scale Victories

I was really looking forward to my week of yoga.  So much so that I dragged my butt to the gym for 8pm after already coming home, making dinner, relaxing, etc.  I even jumped on the treadmill for a jog/walk to warm up my muscles while I waited. 

Last night was Yogafit for one hour.  The only other yoga class I've been to was a relax and rejuvenate class so I was looking forward to doing more than lie on mat in meditation.  I was eager to learn some poses that I can try at home.  I was excited to see progress in my ability.

"Welcome to Yogafit.  My name is Marsha and it is my goal that by the time you leave tonight you will feel like you've done 1000 squats."  Oh God.  What did I sign myself up for?

Let's start with successes...

Downward Dog

And the I'm still working on it...

This one
Eagle (I did a modification)

Moving from plank to crocodile

I left dripping in sweat and sore everywhere.  I even had to take a break from the poses halfway through the class and just sit on my mat to watch.  However, during that time I stretched my legs and discovered that I can finally touch my toes!  I firmly grasped the ball of each foot with my legs extended out in front of me.  This is a big deal because even in my ballet days as a child I have never been able to gain enough flexibility to touch my toes.  All in all it was a success.  Looking forward to relax and rejuvenate with a friend tomorrow.



  1. Hi Amber! Love this! I always think of yoga as body poetry. But, I must tell you that for the first 4 months or so of yoga, I couldn't do most of the yoga poses well. It wasn't for lack of trying, it was because it takes time for us less flexible people to do these poses--some months of un-tightening our bodies. So give yoga time, and you'll be so happy with your results.

    And yes, yoga is *much harder!* than most people think. The women in yoga class who are doing Warrior poses, well--we are being freakin' warriors! Honestly, what guy can hold a warrior pose as long as women do in yoga?!!! It makes my thighs tortured! Yoga will make you tough, and you will love it. :D

    :-) Marion

  2. Woohoo awesome NSVs!!! I've never tried a real yoga class but I would definitely like to sometime!