When I think "yoga", I imagine physically fit young people doing flexible and impossibly flexible movements that regular gals like me aren't capable of achieving. That's why I was a little reluctant of trying out my free week at Core Power Yoga. Nevertheless, I had a couple friends to keep me company, so I decided to give it a try.
We started off with a session that is recommended to beginner yogis-- Core Power 1. When I first walked into the room, it was dark and heated, and the atmosphere was very peaceful. The poses started off easy and relaxing, but it gradually became more and more challenging, until I reached my limit and fell flat on my butt. Mortified, I cringed in anticipation of laughter and giggling, but I quickly realized no one was judging me-- everyone was focused on their own body positions and breathing patterns. The class not only added to my confidence, I felt refreshed too. The sweat literally poured from my body. It was an amazing experience and I would definitely go back.
I noticed the difference that it made in my life. Even though I was sore the next day, I felt the stress that had inadvertently built up escaped with my sweat, and my limbs felt less restricted. Because the exercise was challenging, I had an amazing night of rest. I even performed better during my equestrian lesson, as I was able use my legs more freely.
Yoga allows you to look inward and reflect on your day, which is so different from the other exercises that I do. It's very therapeutic.