I’ve been doing yoga for several months now. It’s really works you out, but then you also feel relaxed afterward. As an ex-swimmer, a good work out is one that’d have you wondering how you were going to make it to the locker room.
With my several months of yoga, I’d at least expect to get to a point where I’m not ridiculously sore after each work out. Not there yet. After Tuesday’s class, I’m still sore in places I didn’t even know I had! The instructor’s so sweet and cheery when she’s really a slave driver! Here’s a sample of the work out. Be sure to read this out loud in a melodic, soft whisper.
Hello and welcome to yoga. My name is Sebrena and this is my normal class.
Do I have anybody here that’s new to yoga, as in you’ve never done it before? [waits a sec and glances around the room]. Great. I always get newbies in my classes. The only reason that I ask is so I can keep an eye out for ya.
Remember, this is your class. Take it to your level. Throughout our class, I’ll show you modifications to make a pose either more difficult or easier. If you want to challenge yourself with the harder modifications, that’s ok. If you want to make them easier, that’s ok, too. Take it to your level.
If you have one of those squishy mats, I’d highly recommend that you buy a sticky matt from Ross. They’re like 6 bucks. When we get to some moves like down dog and other poses your squishy matt will slip and slide around. Simply step off the matt and do the pose on the ground.
[music starts] [she speaks groups of sentences in one breath, in time with the music]. Lay back on your mat, feet together, toes flop out, arms next to your side. Close your eyes or find your favorite ceiling tile. Breathe in through your nose, filling your lungs. Breathe out through your nose, emptying your lungs. Remove that crease from your brow. On your next exhale, relax your mouth and jaw, allowing your tongue to fall to the roof of your mouth. On your next exhale, relax your shoulders. Relax your hips, your legs, and toes.
Sounds innocent, right? Then, she proceeds to get all crazy s#!t on us for an hour.
Thank you for coming. I’m really proud of you for staying the entire class! I’ll see you next week.
I think namaste means something like “The divine in me recognizes the divine in you.” Sad, because I feel anything but divine afterwards.