VIDA Class Spotlight: Vinyasa
Many times when I go in to a group fitness class at VIDA to do a blog review, it’s for a type of workout I’ve never tried before. I go in with little foresight other than some background information from the VIDA website and that’s about it.
But not this month.
For January’s blog review I was asked to take a vinyasa yoga class, and let’s just say vinyasa and I have a relationship similar to that of star-crossed lovers you see in movies based on Nicholas Sparks’ novels.
Yoga and I are meant to be together, but the timing never seems right. There’s an undeniable connection, yet something always comes along and we fall out of touch again, only to be reunited in the future and feel fate and time’s sting. (Can you tell I’m one for dramatics?)
Anyhow, when I walked in to Chris’ yoga class I was a little fearful, I haven’t taken a yoga class since spring, and that was the only class I had taken in maybe six months prior to that when I was practicing yoga regularly.
I knew my flexibility would be poor and I would potentially feel some frustration in my regression of skill.
Within five minutes of the class starting, that fear melted away. Yes, I was as inflexible as I thought I would be, and no, I could not hold some of the poses for as long or as deep as I once could, but as Chris reminded the class, this isn’t a competition.
Yoga isn’t a competition against other students in the class, or even yourself. His challenge to us was to know where our limits were and to find that line of where challenge crosses over to uncomfortable, and then lean in to the side of challenge.
Our practice wasn’t about gaining a firmer backside or arms (although I will say if you do take Chris’ class regularly, you will achieve those things as well), it was about letting your mind come to a slow. The main task was to focus on breathing deeply in conjunction with the series of poses, or asanas as they’re referred to in yoga.
By the end of the working part of class, before the last ten minutes of rest, I was pretty physically exhausted. I could feel all my muscles screaming, “This is why you should do yoga every week!!!”
But more so than just my body giving me a loud reminder, my mind was saying, “thank you.”
See, I took this class on December 30, which was the perfect pause I needed to reflect on 2014, This past year had some very trying times along with some very exhilarating times and his class was the perfect opportunity to let it all sink in as well as set my intention for 2015, which is growth.
I want to grow personally, professionally and spiritually, and I believe regular vinyasa will help anyone to grow in all of these areas and beyond. So if there’s anything you resolve to do in 2015 related to your health, let it be to get more in tune with you.
Resolve to work your body and mind in a way that will transport you from the stresses of daily life, learn to invest in yourself with time and resolve to find the tools that will allow you to do those things. And if you need a place to start, I strongly suggest venturing in to vinyasa.
Remember how I said yoga and I had that relationship where the timing never seemed to be right? Well, I think yoga and I have finally hit the mark, and you can bet I’ll be hitting the mat more in 2015.