Limitless Stretch

This evening I took my first Hatha Yoga class at my gym.  Not knowing exactly what to expect I will warn newcomers that it takes practice.  If before I thought I was flexible now I know I am NOT.

Reading up on hatha yoga right before posting this entry, I learned that it consists of slow-paced stretching and assists newcomers in learning the basic poses and helping them to feel comfortable with the practice of yoga.  Yes, it was slow-paced so I did not feel exerted to the point of being out of breath but I was exerted to the point of losing my balance once or twice and feeling that my stretching could go no further.  What I did find amazing was how slight adjustments to my body allowed me to stretch deeper and for longer.

My class instructor was an adorable, petite, older woman who I think must have been from Russia.  More than half of what she told the class to do I did not understand but it was ok as it allowed me to zone out more during the hour.  She told us to leave our bad days outside the door because the space we were in now was a judgement free zone without competition.  I liked this idea a lot (although being a newcomer I still did not want to look like a fool in front of my peers–does that count as competition?).  After each sequence/stretch/hold that we completed she would tell us “thank you”.  After a few times I caught on that this was my signal to finish that move.  She constantly reminded us that we all looked be-auuutiful (even to the guy in front of me whose intensity with yoga was a bit intimidating in my opinion).  

It was a nice welcome from the every day hustling and bustling that we do getting from point a to point b.  I am finding that the body is a temple that we must treasure–after all we only get one.  I know I will sleep well tonight knowing that I activated some muscle groups that must not get enough use in my other workout routines.  As a runner I will be saying thank you come Saturday morning…

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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