CLASSES: UNCOVERED – YOGA
I accepted the Pulse 8 challenge to try a new class and report back on my experience but I was secretly disappointed when the team suggested a Yoga class! I find it hard to fit exercise into my crazy schedule so I like to make the most of any opportunity to burn some calories and work my muscles. On the other hand I recognised that if I could relax, Yoga would probably be beneficial for my wellbeing.
The class was only an hour long which seemed achievable and a great introduction. As I arrived, I noticed everyone has their own mat, I used a Pulse 8 mat which I found to be perfectly adequate but people clearly like to have their own. The teacher was very calm and softly spoken, I found it easy to tune into his voice and be guided by his instructions.
The style of Yoga was flow, with the teacher guiding us from one post to the next without stopping. This style gave a little more of a workout than I expected. The poses were all achievable and felt good. I was disappointed to find age had taken quite a toll on my flexibility, perhaps I needed yoga more than I realised! There were options given to extend poses although the advice was not to push the body but reach comfortable poses. I found this advice contradicted my usual approach to exercise and I wondered how I would improve.
One aspect of the class I didn’t like was the heat. I had chosen to wear long leggings and a top I thought suited to yoga but the room was very warm. If you are unsure then I would advise to wear something layered so you can remove a layer if you are getting too hot.
I was taken aback by how quickly time passed. I was so focused on the teacher’s voice and on moving from position to position that I inadvertently switched off my busy mind! This felt both unusual but very refreshing. As the class came to a close the teacher suggested we take a moment. Usually, being told to close my eyes and empty my mind has the opposite effect on me but on this occasion I had obviously been better prepared, my eyes felt very heavy. As the teachers voice brought me back into the room after the relaxation I realised I had started to drop off.
One Yoga class was enough to convince me that this was something I needed.