Stork on Dizzy Drugs

I just attended my very first yoga class.

I have been thinking about learning yoga for the past year or so, but really it’s been quite a lot longer than that—I can recall checking out yoga videos from the library as far back as my junior year of high school, and I even bought a yoga mat during my first year of college.  I tried my hand at it at home, but the thing was, I could never tell if I was doing it right.

I always knew I needed to participate in real, live, active yoga in order for me to get it right—or at least feel like I was getting it right.

Over the past six months I’ve been looking into various yoga options around my area, and I finally found one that seems to fit my life the best—wouldn’t you know that there would be a class available right here in Mayberry?  I had no idea this town had such vast opportunities to offer its citizens, but wonders never cease, right?  So I signed right up, paid my reasonable fee (it’s actually comparable, if not slightly cheaper, than the student rates at the yoga studios I researched in the nearby city).

I’ve read from lots of yoga-doing bloggers that yoga actually is a really good workout, and I wanted to believe these people, but deep down, I honestly didn’t.  And I knew I never would if I didn’t try it myself.  Come to find out, I was sweating the entire time, and I am a bit sore today (although the soreness is slightly overshadowed by Jillian’s soreness, so it’s hard to say for sure.  It seemed to me more of a slow, controlled workout.  As far as I can tell, yoga uses the body’s own weight as resistance for the various moves.  I have no doubt that I was burning calories, but I’m certain it was nothing like heavy-breathing cardio. Which is great, because I hate heavy-breathing cardio.)

The only problem now is that I am fairly certain that when I do yoga I look like a frumpy stork on dizzy drugs.  I thought I had good balance, y’know, because I can stand up without tipping over, but apparently that kind of balance has no place in the yoga room.  Yoga balance is crazy—it’s all about channeling your inner tight-rope walker, only that tight rope is only a thread, and the walker is on her tippy toes.

So yeah.  Yoga is kind of crazy.

But I like it.

Have you ever tried yoga?  Have you ever wanted to?

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16 Responses to Stork on Dizzy Drugs

  1. Maureen says:

    I LOVE yoga! We have class here at work every Tuesday during lunchtime. So today I put on my yoga pants, got out my yoga mat and was all set to go to class, when someone told me it was cancelled! They were having a meeting in the conference room where we usually have class. I mean, seriously, who has meetings in a conference room at an office building in the middle of the day? The nerve!

  2. Carmen says:

    What class are you taking? The one from Norma Zemp? I too have always wanted to try yoga. I love pilates so I think I would really like yoga too.

  3. Jordan says:

    My friend convinced me to go to yoga with her one time. It was power yoga. Which means they turn up the heat and you do positions faster and the goal is to sweat A LOT. I was totally sore the next day. And then I never went back. Oops!

  4. Rachel says:

    I like yoga. I always feel less sore after doing it because of all the stretching! I have the Yoga for Dummies DVD. I figured it was a pretty good bet I could handle it.

  5. you already know this, but i love yoga. (i think i talk about it more than i do it though.) you should see if the place you signed up offers various classes. some yoga is more intense/more of a cardio workout, and some is more relaxing/restorative.

    bikram, or hot yoga, makes me want to DIE though. i hate being hot.

  6. Jen says:

    I have tried yoga… but I normally loose my balance just walking normally from my office to the bathroom… so you can imagine how “graceful” I look doing the poses…
    I also like it… and I WON’T give up! ;-)

  7. Molly says:

    Yoga is great for getting rid of menstrual cramps… at least it was the one time I tried it…. I knew I would learn something in Weight Training class Jr year!

    However if I took up Yoga it would be mostly for my sanity than my physical health… though losing weight would definitely be an added bonus :)

  8. Dutch girl says:

    I started doing yoga only a year ago, when I moved to Belfast and decided to do something active and meet people. I absolutely love it (I don’t like any sports, except climbing) and I even met a great friend :) I go every Tuesday, and I’m now thinking of doing it twice a week. For me it’s more about the mind than the body. It helps me get rid of negative thoughts and worries.
    Enjoy!

  9. Lisa says:

    I am not into yoga at all, partially for the same reason as you said – I definitely don’t think I’m doing it right. I’m doing P90X and yoga is once a week.. I dread it every time. But I dread exercise classes even more so looks like I may never learn how to do the moves correctly and I’ll just have to deal with my dizzy, storkiness from the comfort of my living room… *sigh*

  10. Tisha says:

    I had to take a yoga class in university (it was a requirement for my theater degree) and I got hooked! I’ve done yoga almost every morning since!

  11. Cristin Lassen says:

    I tried Yoga at BYU a long time ago. I did not like it at all. Too much work to get those poses right. I prefer cardio any day.

  12. Geevz says:

    I.love.yoga. I’m glad that you had a good time. One hour of yoga gives my abs a better workout than 1000 crunches. Plus, it is an AWESOME way prevent injuries.

  13. cyndi says:

    Yay for yoga – I would love to be a fly on the wall of your class LOL. Some friends from water aerobics and I went to an old ladies’ version of stretch yoga recently – that was cool because it didn’t involve too many embarrassing poses ;-) GL with all your 2010 adventures!

  14. malia says:

    If you have netflix, they have a couple good options for instant streaming yoga videos.

    Some of the power yogas are legit workouts. I think I get more exhausted from those some other high intensity cardio exercises.

    I especially find vinyasa helpful on those days when I just want to crawl into bed and never come out.
    I really should do it every day.

  15. RatalieNose says:

    My dad swears by yoga.
    He loves it.
    And the way I see it is this, if it’s good enough for JerBear it’s good enough for anyone.
    But I still refuse to do it.

  16. TeamHaynes says:

    This will take some time to write because every two minutes I have to blow my nose. But I will comment, because that is what I do!
    I really love yoga! I took a semester of it in college and it really helped to tone and shape up my body. My teacher was also the basketball coach which made things very interesting. She was so hardcore. For me it was great because I LOVE a challenge. For others…it was interesting. I think we had two males in a class of about 50. You could always tell who snuck into our class that day because that person was the one that sounded like a dying cow. Pretty pathetic. What I got out of yoga was seeing how far I could push myself. I became so much more flexible, I felt stronger, I felt so healthy. It also helps with breathing techniques. It was very beneficial, I think you will really enjoy the time you put into it. I keep telling myself I’m going to join a class at the gym but I always put it off. I might do it this Summer. We’ll see. If all else fails, squeeze your cheeks! :)

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