Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fake It Till You Make It - Yoga Style

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hi Girls -  

I am always telling my children to try something new, so this week I followed my own advice and took a yoga class.  

Yep, that's right.  I was a yoga virgin. 
Me ripping the paper off my yoga mat.  I told you I was new to this!
Plenty of people had told me I should try yoga (read:  tends to be anxious and high energy) but I was nervous.  In my head, yoga people were this cool cult of people that all looked like this:

I was happily relieved to find out that not everyone looks like this or dresses in this fashion.  

Beyond the appearances, just the terminology was intimidating for me.  "I'm sorry, what did you say about a baby and dog lying down?"

But since it's a new year, I decided to heed the advice of one of my co-bloggers, Mrs. Williams.  She always says, "fake it till you make it."  Luckily for me, Mrs. Williams is a yoga person.  I made asked her to come with me.  Here I am blissfully ignorant about the experience I'm about to have.
This is me at 8:00 in the morning on a Saturday.
Remember what I said about high energy?
I will say that on the whole, I had a great yoga session.  Comical (for me).  But great.  Here are some tips from a newbie in case you are thinking of taking up yoga:

1.  Go with a friend.  That way when people are contorting their bodies and you have no idea what is going on, you can stare intently at your friend and not feel like a creeper.

2.  Maybe get a pedicure?  (Or at the very least, if it is January, change the color from August)  I needed a yoga session after the anxiety that was caused by me having to be unexpectedly barefoot.  I live in a cold climate, people!  I haven't had a pedicure since the summer.  

3.  Location is everything.  Part of the reason I had a positive first time yoga experience is because of my surroundings.  Mrs. Williams and I went to Prana Yoga, which is located in the village of Fairport, New York.  It is in the upstairs of  a building facing main street (right near the canal).  The inside was so beautifully decorated and peaceful.  The colors, the furniture, the sayings painted on the wall...every detail was perfectly designed to create a haven of serenity.  

Oh yea, you can shop here too!  

4.  Be yourself.  I wore yoga pants and a t-shirt and that was fine.  

5.  Bring a yoga mat.

6.  Be aware that there might be props. This is where I refer to number one again and stare at my friend as she retrieves wood blocks and tennis balls and belts and do exactly what she is doing.

Still not sure what I did with these but I used them.
7.  Yoga is tough!  I naively thought yoga wouldn't be that hard.  I was wrong (yes, I admit that occasionally, dear husband).  

8.  Yoga is fitness for the body AND mind.  

This fountain was beautiful and sounded like a brook.

I'm concluding with number eight because it is the point that struck me the most.  I think so many of us are racing through our days, trying to get everything, the kids, the laundry, the bathrooms, the mail, the bills, internet.  Personally speaking, it's not often that I stop everything and sit quietly trying to work my body and relax my mind.  Heck, even when I work out at the gym, I'm watching television or listening to music.
Faking It Till I Make It.
I think yoga can be a nice diversion from life too.  On a personal note, I have had a difficult couple months with the holidays and sicknesses in the family.  Selfishly, it was nice to let all those worries leave me for an hour and just sit in a peaceful room and clear my head.  

I encourage you all to try something new.  Maybe yoga?  It's good to be selfish sometimes.  In fact, I don't think it's being selfish.  As another wise friend (and yoga student) says, it's self preservation.  Plus, I already gave you a heads up on the pedicure and the wood blocks.  Go grab a friend and try it!

And if you're looking for a beautiful location to experience, check out Prana Yoga.  


PS Mrs. Williams, thank you for my lovely Betty Band!  I think it made me look more authentic during my yoga session. 

PPS Gene Kelly TOTALLY would have done yoga.  

Note from Mrs. Williams:  Mrs. Kelly, I had so much fun going to yoga with you.  I hope you'll come again.  A yoga teacher once said that the hardest part about yoga is showing up.  Thanks for doing the hardest part with me.  Same time next week?

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  Mrs. Kelly, you look like you have been doing it for years, it was totally the gear and headband (and amazing criss cross pose you have going on)!  Sorry I missed it ladies, maybe my sickness and weekend basement flood will prompt another blog post, about remodels and yoga.  Hopefully in that order and with both of you!  Great job!

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