I like yoga. If you had asked me a week ago, you would have gotten quite a different answer, but I’ve taken four classes in the past week and it’s on its way to love.
I’ve never been a real fan of it. I considered it boring and too new agey. Maybe I like it now because I’ve gotten more new agey, maybe it’s because I see the benefits of it and see that I need those benefits. Maybe I like it because I’m folding it into my regular training, so my cardio-addict ways aren’t suffering.
As with anything, it’s about the right fit. I’ve been practicing at Yoga on the Rocks, which is a new yoga studio inside Arizona on the Rocks, the rock climbing gym in North Scottsdale.
The space they created upstairs is perfect. I was expecting a large room, probably because that’s what I’m used to in big box gyms, but it’s very intimate and there are no mirrors or windows to the outside to make you feel awkward, which, as a beginner is super important. The room is decorated simply with candles around the perimeter, paper lanterns, a sound-sealed door and a Gandhi quote on the wall.
My four classes have been with three different instructors, each with their own style and flow series, but so far, I’ve liked them all. When I head into class, I know I’m there to work. Feeling like I’m sitting and breathing and napping for an hour is what I’ve not liked about it in the past.
I actually felt today for the first time that I’ve made improvements in my flexibility and balance, which is something I’m really hoping to improve. I’ve even successfully done this in TWO of my classes:
The best part – and the initial draw – is that since it is a new studio, they are offering free classes for the first two weeks. That’s pretty great marketing if you ask me! Each class I’ve been in has been mostly full and full of great reviews afterward, so I think they are off to a great start. They’ve already made me a convert!