April 1, 2016
I’m not what you would call an ethereal person.
I’d really like to be.. and I often think I can appear to be. But the truth is I am more like a swan who appears to be gliding on water, and meanwhile their feet are going a million miles an hour under the water to keep them gliding along!
I am not the friend we all have who does yoga and pilates, I’m more of the friend who burns the midnight candle, works till late and exercises hard in a cardio type way to counteract the wines and chocolate I indulged whilst I was working late.
Ok, so I’ve set the scene now for you all to understand that it’s taken me more than 40 years to give YOGA a go.
It’s not that I was scared of it or that I wasn’t sure I could manage it, it’s more than I was totally terrified of trying to slow my brain down and focus on only my body and my breathing for that amount of time!
Cue Kirstie @oneloveyoga and Little Lane Workshops who ambushed me into attending the YOGA and meditation classes they run from our joint warehouse in Brookvale on Monday Nights.
I mean, how could I not attend given it was on straight after work, under the same roof as my work and it meant getting out of making dinner for the night for the mini ubers!
I had only just finished reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin when the yoga classes started, and I was inspired by her words to make small changes everyday and to try new things.
Pretty much any excuse I had to NOT do the yoga were null and void.
I’m lucky enough to have a few friends in the class join me in case I did anything embarrassing, hey it was a genuine fear given all the horror stories I had heard about farting while relaxed!
Week 1: I was totally nervous about this first class but was on my best behaviour. I managed to pull off the poses with somewhat shaky limbs, and I especially enjoyed the meditation at the end – even though my brain didn’t quite slow down as much as it is supposed to.
Week 2: I actually enjoyed doing the poses and nearly fell asleep during the meditation. Consider that brain shut off. Success!
Week 3: I struggled with the longer poses this week but I did feel like my breathing was finally starting to slow.
Week 4: Some shit went down before the class started and I nearly pulled out. I didn’t though and I really enjoyed the class and actually went into my first ever deep meditation at the end where I had visitations or hallucinations during the meditation. I know, it sounds strange, but I wasn’t scared or worried. Afterwards I took myself off to my office and bawled my eyes out, for no reason, or for every reason.
Regardless of why it was, I was clearly letting go of something and I’m so glad.
I’ve done a few classes since and I will definitely keep yoga in my rotation of exercise for both the physical and mental reasons… and the fact that I’d love to one day have a “yoga body”!!
(check out Little Lane Workshops for next terms dates for Yoga and meditation classes. They will be releasing more bookings soon and you can come and join me)