Last week my friend Lisa sent me a text message asking me if I would be interested in joining her for a free yoga class near my house. I had honestly been moaning about doing something different for my physical health and yoga was on the approved list from my Orthopedist. So I thought what the heck. Because in reality I have been struggling with my weight beyond the fact that I still have to lose over 100 pounds. I know that I don't have to lose it and I should love my body the way it is but come on... being 290 pounds is not a good thing. I had gotten down to 277 and put back on about 18 and it is just not good for me or anyone else for that matter. I love my body but I don't love being in pain, on the verge of being diabetic, and using a CPAP machine. It sucks. Reality is that being obese causes lots of other problems for me and I don't want to go back to living like I did. I needed to get off my ass and get moving and I was just straight up putting it off and screwing around.
So I signed up for the free week and decided to give it shot. We picked Tuesday, yes, just a couple days ago and I arrived at the studio early. I talked to the instructor at length about my concerns, my self doubt, my crappy knees, could I actually do it, how much was the membership, and would I die at the end of the class. She told me I could do, to do what I could, listen to my body, and just try. I thought about it and I could totally do that. I. COULD. TRY. And I didn't just try I did it.
As I looked over at Lisa I could tell this was probably not going to be her "thing". But for me something profound happened. I have to tell a back story to continue this story, so here it goes. In high school I did shot put for several years. I loved it. I worked out, I competed in and out of my state. I did great. When I started I could see myself getting better. throwing farther, getting stronger. I could totally visualize being really good at it. And that happened to me on Tuesday. I saw myself leaner, more flexible, stronger, and able to do my practice better and better. So I decided to see what would happen if I went back on Thursday. And I did. I saw the same things. So I joined and have committed to going at least 2 times a week if not more.
I have been searching for a long time to find something that would create a spark in my desire to be more physically active. Wouldn't it be amazing if I could balance and be stronger by simply practicing yoga? Would it not be wonderful to strengthen my knee and leg muscles to reduce pain? I can see that it is possible.
If you are interested in the studio I joined it is called Core Power Yoga and they have locations all over the country. I cannot wait to try their Yoga Sculpting class! Bring on the Namaste!