TYT #5 {My 1st yoga class}

Happy Tuesday!! Today, I am linking up with Becky for some Treat Yourself Tuesday action. I treated myself to my 1st yoga class last week and I thought I would share my thoughts on it. . .

The local studio has $5 drop in classes on Friday nights and offers either a “Happy Hour Hatha” or “Power Hour”. I met my friend Jamie, who does yoga regularly, to take a class together. Since it was my first time, we did the hatha class.

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Overall, I thought it was boring. but, after we were finished, I was surprised that it was an hour class. . . it seemed like we were only in there for 30-45 minutes. So, maybe I wasn’t as bored as I thought? I wasn’t counting down the time but, I think that the entire class felt like the warm up of a regular aerobics class, so I spent the whole time wondering when we were going to the actual class.

I didn’t feel as stretched out as I thought. I have neck and shoulder pain which I think is from posture and working style. I was hoping that yoga might help with that. .  and maybe over time it would?

I was happy that I wore layers because it was chilly. For some reason, I expected it to be warm?

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It was super nice to meet a friend for a class. I need to do that more often!

I don’t think it helped that I though the instructor was annoying.  She kept saying, “we breathe deep” <—said super fast and in a bored tone. How am I supposed to relax with that intonation?

I think I need to try some different classes: FIT, Power, Vinyasa, or Ashtanga?

It totally wasn’t a workout, which I wasn’t expecting, so that was fine, but still I thought that it would be good for something?

I do really enjoy downward dogs.

I wasn’t as lost as I thought I would be. I understood and knew how to do pretty much every pose. I think that is just from being in the fitness industry. There is definitely crossover between regular aerobics and yoga.

I was extremely concerned about my lack of flexibility and that the instructor would have to come over a bazillion times to help me and give me those modification blocks. Nope, didn’t happen. This was truly a basic yoga class, so there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do. . . but the instructor was pretty good about giving variations and modifications that you could do if “it felt right to you.”

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Again, this is just my opinions after one class. I totally need to try different classes and different instructors before I come to a decision on whether yoga is for me.

Do you do yoga? What class do I need to try next?

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  1. Yay for your first yoga class! Yoga is SO different compared to so many other workouts. I have to be in the right mood for it. There are so many different types of yoga (I have only dabbled into a couple and wouldn’t even be able to tell you which ones) and I bet with time you will find a style you enjoy. It will help your flexibility over time. I was so into yoga a few months back but have fallen off the bandwagon…it’s so good for mind, body, soul. Maybe I should start up again.
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    • KT

      It sounds like it can be really wonderful if you find the right type for you. . . the only other downside is that classes are so spendy!

  2. Ashtanga is my absolute favorite. It’s the same sequence each time and quite an intense workout. I think you might really like it!
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  3. You sound a lot like me! I took a “yoga for everyone” class at my gym and felt like it should be my cool-down stretch session after a regular workout. I like hot yoga a LOT better because the heat does add an extra challenge that makes you feel like you’re working a lot harder. You also sweat a lot and your heart rate stays up for most of the class!
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  4. Chris Schull

    I like classes that get my heart rate up and make me sweat! I do a serious of YOGA posses on my own to stay stretched out – maybe that is the right combination for you?

  5. Yay! (well, I’m glad you took your first class) but please don’t let yourself think that is how all yoga classes are. Each teacher is different. You probably would have liked power better, but who knows?! I go to a gentle class when I’ve had a bad day, but otherwise I like the warm classes. Give some more a try, get to corepower when you can, they will show you what yoga can be!
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  6. I bet you might enjoy Jillian Michaels’ yoga DVDs. No surprise, her’s a bit more intense and actually leave me sore afterwards. I want to try going to a hot yoga class but they intimidate me!! 😉
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  7. Yah, I am with ya. Yoga to me is sometimes SO boring. I can do 30 minutes, but I feel bad leaving a 60 min class early (I could stay after & do some yoga after teaching). Plus, with my life as a mom right now, I need to GET in and teach, and get OUT and be a mom. Ya know? Maybe some good yoga videos online might do the trick?

  8. Becky @ Olives n Wine

    Agreed on yoga – I use it on my rest days although I always feel I get a good strength workout and stretching session after a class. Try vinyasa, it’s faster paced and you’ll work up a sweat!

  9. My mom is a Certified Yoga Instructor so I recently got into it. It took me a couple times to get the breathing and the movements right. Once I did, I really started to appreciate what it did for me, mind and body. They do hot yoga in the studio where my mom works and I am definitely dripping when I leave. I love that you tried something new! It is fun to mix it up every once in a while and you never know when you will fall in love with a new type of exercise!
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  10. I absolutely love bikram yoga! I’m not flexible at all, but I’ve learned that yoga is such an individual practice – it’s only about what you can do! I try not to worry about the person next to me…although I can’t help but stare when people twist their body up like a pretzel. I like bikram though because I sweat – it feels like a workout & I’m convinced I sweat out a crazy amount of toxins.

    Yoga sounds like a nice treat…even if it is a little boring. 🙂
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  11. Ahh yes. I do believe that the instructor MAKES the class. Yoga included, especially when you’re supposed to get all relaxed and meditative. I’ve had great yoga classes and not so great ones. But all in all – I love it and I need to get back into it, pronto. Hope you try it again, with a different instructor this time! I’m sure you’ll like it. No one starts out super flexible at first anyway!
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  12. Katie M

    I agree with so many of the other commenters: vinyasa yoga, especially when practiced in a warm room, is a great workout; the instructor can make or break the class; and keep trying yoga styles/classes/instructors because you will eventually find a combination that you LOVE.

    I practice at CorePower Yoga, and their C2 classes can be a challenge. When you’re near one of these studios (there are several locations around the Twin Cities), you should try a class–your first week of classes is free! If you ever want to meet-up for a class in the Uptown/Minneapolis/Saint Louis Park/Minnetonka/Edina area, let met me know!

  13. I love yoga. However, for some reason, mostly my back and abs (core), I dislike Pilates. Try barre – it hurts every time I do it.
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  14. Thanks for sharing your yoga class experience. I like to try different exercise classes to mix it up, and I’ve had the same reaction to some classes: meh. But kudos for giving it a try. I bet it was fun to meet up with a friend. I’ll try that next time!
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  15. Downward dog is my favorite pose also 🙂 My first yoga class was at Lifetime fitness and I hated it!!! It was so boring!
    My second time doing yoga was at Core Power Yoga and I am addicted now!!! I think the key is the hot yoga! I started with just taking their beginners hot yoga and now I do yoga sculpt. All of their classes are heated. Drink lots of water and you will sweat tons!! And I’m sore from yoga sculpt 🙂 Lots of squats! Core Power does do 1 week free… if you have one near you try it out!
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    • KT

      Thanks for the info. . .I don’t have a corepower close to me, but when I am up in the cities I will have to check it out!

  16. I haven’t tried yoga, but I’ve been thinking about giving it a shot. One of my neighbors goes to an “old lady” class (her words) but she said I was welcome to drop in some night. I’ve been a little intimidated by yoga so far, so I think the “old lady” class might help me get started 🙂
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