Yesterday it was cold outside and I don’t know why, but that made it feel hotter inside the Yoga room. The windows were covered with steam and my body was covered in my own perspiration. After about 30 minutes I was so wet that my hands became wrinkled, the way your hands became wrinkled when you were a kid and you had stayed too long in the swimming pool. This is odd to me. I know that I’ve been swimming for more than 30 minutes without having this wrinkly palm effect, so what causes it so quickly with Yoga?
Yasmine, pronounced Yahsmeen, walked around the room with her near perfect physique. When she bent, it was effortless, when she twisted she filled pretzels with envy, and when she massaged my feet while I was laying prostrate on the floor I think I might have fell in love.
After class, Bill a larger than average man but still small compared to me, came up to me and said, “I sure enjoyed working next to you today, it’s nice to see a big guy do yoga.” A small and very bendy man was standing next to him, his chest was covered in a huge tattoo that from a distance could be mistaken for chest hair, nodded in agreement. Humbly I told them that I enjoy the class, but I am not very flexible at all. Bill was quick to jump to my defense, even if he was defending me from myself. “I’ve seen unflexible and so if this is a competition then you aren’t winnning.” The compliment, though contorted like one of the many poses I had just done, was not lost on me. I shook his hand and thanked him. He smiled and I couldn’t help but think that he reminded me somewhat of my dad. Silver and white beard, easy to be around, quick to compliment a stranger. I left class feeling 10 pounds lighter and most likely I was due to all the water I had just lost.
Â I have until Thursday to finish out my 10 days for 10 dollars. I plan to sign up for at least a few more months because this is quite possibly the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It challenges me mentally and physically, but when I am done my body feels rejuvenated, not torn down the way it feels after lifting weights or running on the treadmill. My back doesn’t hurt, my ankles and knees feel limber instead of compressed and achy. While I am in class I get so light-headed I feel sick to my stomach. After about 45 minutes the heat really starts to take it’s toll on my body and I have to just let go and allow myself to push through these uncomfortable moments, because when it’s over the feeling of accomplishment, the feeling that I’m doing something good for my body, well, those feelings make it all worth it – even if I do feel dehydrated and prune-like when it’s all over.
www.sunstoneyoga.com – try it for 10 days – it’s only 10 dollars! It is great for weight loss, you can lose about 10-15 pounds depending upon how many classes you take and how many pounds you need to lose. My friend Annette said she lost 4 pounds in 10 days and this is from a woman who did a marathon and a 10k run in one weekend. She had no weight to lose!