Trying Yoga for the first time (Pulse Yoga)
I had always wanted to try yoga because my friend Barbs, who, incidentally, is on the National Team of wall climbers, said that yoga is good for cross-training with climbing. I had tried wall climbing again that Wednesday and my body was still aching from it. (I suppose years of sedentary living does that to you when you’re suddenly exposed to brutal exercise.)
Our instructor was Tesa Celdran and it was supposed to be a “gentle” session.
I thought I was going to die. Hahahahahahaha!
Seriously, though, I didn’t think my body can stretch that much anymore. Although I had been a lot more flexible when I was younger, I seem to have lost that ability through the years. Yoga is slooooow, but I couldn’t believe how much I perspired simply by concentrating on my breathing.
Rowena asked a lot about yoga being used for weight loss and I was under the impression that you lose weight slowly with yoga. While I was more interested in increasing my strength and flexibility, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not needing to jump repeatedly into my pants the next day. My favorite jeans fit right quickly and I noticed that the mini-love handles, which I had developed over the past year, disappeared. That fast, as if my metabolism had gone back to the way it used to be.
Of course, the stretches (and the uncomfortable feeling of having my new bulges squeezed) may have something to do with it. I also liked the fact that this exercise seems to instill discipline and patience. I definitely think I need more of it. Now to find the time to do this on a regular basis…
Oh yeah…we were given tea afterwards. We were also given a free pair of Havaianas each. Rowena said that she thought I should sign up because I had always declared, “I’m not about to spend P800 on a pair of glorified chinelas.” And this was a chance for me to try them and see how absolutely wonderful they feel. I’d probably buy another pair, ones with higher heels. Hahahahahahaha!
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