Originally written on January 8th, 2021…
I have been going to yoga classes for a few years, off and on. I never really learned much about it, I learned poses from watching others and remembered what they were called but if I was in a room by myself and someone told me what pose to do, I would have no idea what they were talking about. On January 1, Nancy started a beginner yoga class group on Facebook. I am so glad that I joined that group. She has taught me so much in the past week. I am looking forward to understanding more about the breathing, the poses and proper form. We have learned about meditation, Sun Salutations and Yin Yoga so far. I am not a great sleeper and I am terrible at relaxing. I’m not talking laying on the couch watching tv because I am a pro at that. I am talking clearing my mind and truly letting go. Nancy led us on a guided meditation the other night and I felt like I was floating, I was so relaxed. During that meditation, my back didn’t hurt and my sciatic pain didn’t bother me. It was absolutely amazing.
This past week, I took Let Go and Flow on Thursday evening. I was almost late for class and was in the front of the room. A few months ago, being in the front would have given me terrible anxiety but this time, it was only minor anxiety and it only lasted a minute. Once I was settled on my mat, I focused on my breath and closed my eyes. That class was amazing. Nancy’s calm voice and focusing on breathing made me forget that I was even in a room with other people. During savasana, someone was snoring…it’s THAT good. I’m telling you, every time I think I have a favorite class, I find another favorite.
I’ve taken a couple of reformer classes this past week and am loving it. I signed up for a beginner reformer class in January so I can learn more about the machine itself. If you haven’t taken a reformer class, please don’t be intimidated by the equipment. Sign up for a beginner class! I am sorry that I didn’t try this one out much sooner. You work your core, arms, legs, booty…..everything! There are a couple of beginner classes on the schedule for January, I encourage you to give it a try.
In the last week or so, I have been really paying attention to my food intake. I’ve been eating more vegetables, lean meat and less carbs. I’ve been paying close attention to the amount of water I drink daily. I am pleased to say I’ve actually lost 2 pounds. I am not setting a weight loss goal for myself because I find that to be stressful personally. I am just taking it one day at a time. I want to make healthy habits that stick with me even after my surgery at the end of the month when I won’t be able to exercise for a few weeks.
Thank you Nancy for being a great teacher and let’s just add life coach to your title.
Stay well everyone….Sarah