I'm Trying Yoga Today!

Monday, July 16, 2018

This is a huge step for me. I'm on the introvert spectrum, so I have a fair amount of social anxiety. Group exercise classes are something I always want to do, but then chicken out for various reasons.

Tonight I'm actually going to go. I have my mat, water bottle, and a towel.

Ok, confession. Earlier in the day, I was coming up with excuses for why I shouldn't go. Should I or shouldn't I? I talked myself into "Should I? Yes!"

I can tell good changes are happening. This morning I felt like my tummy looked flatter, which was a big boost to my mood! I put on a flattering dress and felt really great.

The weight shouldn't matter, but I can't deny the effect it has on my mood. When I'm feeling comfortable in my clothes, I am more confident. When I'm feeling fat, I change my clothes like 6 times in the morning until I'm wearing something that I feel is camouflage.

Feeling fat also makes me not want to do things, which is a vicious cycle. If I don't go out and do things, I get fatter.

When I feel fat, my social anxiety goes to 11. I have been wanting to join this yoga class for a long time, but I didn't work up the courage. It's silly, because the activities are what helps me not be fat, so if I would just go to the class...

I know I'm making good progress because I'm starting to feel like I should be doing more. I have this energy that is making me break into spontaneous pushups or situps because I feel like I need to move. It's not like I'm thinking, "I need to move so I can burn some calories". It's more like, "I have all this extra energy - I need to move!"

I love my cycling, so I'm not going to say that I'm bored of it. I would do it all day, every day, if I could. But I'm at a point where I'm thinking, "What other activities can I do?"

Hence, the yoga class. If all goes well with the class, I might even try the Aqua Zumba class on Thursday!
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    How did it go? I have my yoga class I've been going to for a few years now, and I love it! And it did take some nerve for me to get my butt in there, but so worth it! Yoga is probably a good place to start with a group class, yoga instructors tend to be very welcoming. Namaste! emoticon
    869 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Good for you...I hope that you enjoy it immensely!
    869 days ago
    Oh I am so excited that you are trying yoga. I absolutely love yoga! Many (very many) years ago I bought a set of VHS tapes from Gaiam - some Yoga and some Pilates. The Pilates were a bit of a challenge at that time but my favorite was a short AM Yoga with Rodney Yee - I did it every single morning before I got dressed for work. But after I lost my job I lost my desire to do much of anything and it was a few years before I got back on the mat. I now do my own little version of the AM Yoga tape every evening along with some additional stretches from the PM Yoga tape. I no longer need Rodney's calm, quiet voice guiding me - my body knows what to do. It has always been a way for me to calm my mind and quiet my spirit and I love that!

    BUT I will tell you that I had the same anxious feeling the first time I went to the gym to take their Yoga class. Even though I'd been doing some yoga for maybe 20 years and always stretched a lot before that I was feeling quite self conscious. Then the instructor started talking to us in that slow, quiet, calming way; leading us through the poses. It didn't matter how good or not good I was, it was all about doing what my own body was able to do. I loved it! And since then I've also signed on for a weekly Pilates class which has been awesome. I have built more abdominal strength in the past 6 months than I have had in most of my lifetime.

    I can't wait to hear how you liked it. OH, and Aqua Zumba sounds pretty exciting too! Zumba is the class that I really want to take one of these days but it's at 6 p.m. which is a hard time for me to be away from home. That said, I'm thinking maybe my husband and I can have 'do it yourself' dinners on Thursday nights for awhile and see how that works!
    869 days ago
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