Last night I took my second Yoga class.
This class was a bit more physically challenging for me. After a few minutes of awkwardness, being the only guy in the room, the session began. Stretches which did not look over complicated were deceiving. At this point in my experience I felt much more focus on trying to learn the poses and simply stay on my feet. I suspect as I become more familiar with the poses my focus will shift to other places like being more relaxed, breathing, and an overall picture of how my body feels in each session. Right now I can only base this on my running experience, and how that has evolved overtime.
Through out the hour and fifteen minute session various things ran across my mind ranging from:
Don’t fall or loss my balance.
This isn’t so bad.
Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin Do this Shit?
What are the muscles in my core and mid section that I am stretching?
Oh god, please don’t let that cramp up.
Okay this movement is slightly familiar from Sundays session..
A complete appreciate for Yoga Blocks or whatever they are called.
Is it getting hot in here?
When is this over.
The tension in various places is moving.
And this is kind of what yoga is about right? Realizing these things floating through the mind, noticing them, and letting them go.
I left the class with an energized feeling, but it was an energized feeling I am not familiar with. I am used to a caffeinated, cant sit still, I’ve got to do something feeling. You know. the feeling…you are ready to be productive and get things done, but in a very scattered way, as if you energy was a container of new years confetti shot out of an air canon that goes every where. No. This was a much different sensation. I felt good, relaxed and focused. It was the end of the night so I was not working on any specific task, more just focused in way in which that productive energy was in one place, or at least closer together than in the confetti metaphor.
About 20 minutes after the class, I think it was almost 11 pm, I went for my daily 1 mile or more run and felt as if it was just slightly more enjoyable, with less tension.
I hope that the various posts on my beginning yoga experience will encourage other people to try it. After two classes I can with out a doubt see there must be many long term benefits to be discovered.