My gym has added a new yoga class, I previously tried a yoga class and naively thought yoga was just yoga. A bunch of stretches and meditation. I tried it twice and enjoyed it, mainly due to not stretching enough after weight training. I didn’t realise there were different types of yoga. So when I saw yoga Iyengar on the gym timetable I was curious!
I didn’t even sign up to the class, I just waltzed in after an intense cardio session. I wasn’t in the right zone for yoga! I was really hyper and really sweaty! eeek! The other people in the class were calm most older than me ( I thought great) and quite a number had their own mats ( I thought great!). Then in walked a clumsy slightly overweight middle aged gentleman with chewing gum stuck to his back ( I thought GREAT!!!) lol.. I wasn’t the only one that didn’t fit in.
I got myself a mat, and 2 blocks as instructed. I then placed out correctly and listened to the yoga teacher intently, it was only as we got into poses and looked in the mirror I realised how different my body is shaped from other women. That’s when I truly saw the meaning of skinny fat. I did feel out of place and quite muscular, I have read that yoga is supposed to help lengthen muscles so I’m willing to test that theory out.
Back to the yoga. It was different to the other class where there is music playing (usually birds chirping or falling rain), it was just a demonstration and then instructions for the poses. I have to give the teacher credit for going to adjust individuals into the correct angles etc. I really felt some of the positions and the blocks really helped. They were there to help steady yourself if you weren’t flexible enough to get into a pose, belts were available too. Considering I haven’t done yoga on a regular basis I think I did really well.
I think overall I prefer the other yoga class I attended, the atmosphere was nicer. I think the music helps and the teacher is a lot more down to earth. The Iyengar teacher seemed quite cold and stuck up, I don’t think you can be that way when you’re trying to create a calming atmosphere. For the sh!ts and giggles, I’ll take some before and after pictures of me trying to attempt poses after various weeks of yoga!
Wish me luck!!