Trying Something New
Recently I’ve been lamenting the loss of my flexibility (that’s what happens when you don’t stretch like you used to) and contemplating taking some yoga classes.
So when I received a Groupon email for Prana Power Yoga (which is near my house), I took them up on it. I got a coupon for $30 (a $75 value) for 5 classes in a time period of 8 weeks. I finally dug my yoga mat out of the closet and made my way to my first class this afternoon.
First of all, it was hot! The studio was a balmy 90 degrees, at least. I was seriously dripping and towards the end I could barely keep my hands in place during down-dog. I also severely underestimated my in-shapeness (or maybe it was the veggie burger I ate an hour before), but I kept feeling sick and could barely catch my breath. In a few warrior poses, I had to pause and go into child’s pose. But the good news: I still have tons of my flexibility and balance! I can’t wait to try it again (this time with less food in my stomach) and see how it goes. The instructor was also great, and didn’t make me feel bad at all for going into child’s pose. And luckily, while I’ve only take about 2 yoga classes in my life, I’ve taken Body Flow classes, which are tai chi, yoga and pilates, and knew many of the yoga poses he would call out. I think that if you’ve never taken yoga, starting out with hot power would not be my recommendation. Take an easier beginner class. But it felt so great to move my muscles. Four classes left!
For dinner this evening, I decided to actually make food at home (SHOCK!) and use the tomatoes our landlady gave us from her garden. Matt wanted to order pizza. I compromised and made home made pizza! Guess which pizza belongs to which of us?
Mine is the white pizza made with garlic (and garlic salt! I love garlic), spinach, tomatoes, and fat free mozzarella. Matt’s is made with BBQ sauce, chicken, mozzarella, and cheddar. I actually didn’t have any olive oil (who doesn’t have olive oil?), so I brushed the crust with canola oil. No good olive oil taste, but still pretty darn great! Matt said that he liked it (I don’t think he would say differently), and now we have lots of leftovers! YAY!!
Update: I took the hot power yoga on Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning, I AM SORE! My arms, shoulders, and abs (especially obliques) are definitely feeling it! YAY!! I love being sore!