Sunday, January 15, 2012

Namaste and all that stuff...

Confession: I don't like yoga.  I really WANT to like it.  I don't hate it, but I just can't get into it.  I know it's a great workout and there are so many health benefits of it.  I'm just not into the relaxing, earthy, hippie vibes (see Lululemon's hilarious "Shit Yogi's Say" below).  I prefer more aggression, like pounding the pavement or punching a bag.  

Don't get me wrong, people who do yoga impress the hell out of me.  They're some strong mother f'ers. It takes ridiculous strength and mental focus.  And it gives you a serious stretch!  Which brings me to the point of this post.  My half-marathon training plan calls for stretching & strength, which is important whether you're training for something or not.  So I'm trying to step up my stretching doing yoga.  Lucky for me I have some fabulous friends who actually DO like yoga and take classes at Yoga to the People. And what better way to start this adventure than with a 90-minute Sunday afternoon Vinyasa class at the St. Mark's studio?  

YTTP's mantra.

 The class was packed ('s a donation-based studio in NYC), but the instructor was motivating and the energy in the room was awesome.  I'll go as far as saying I enjoyed the class.  I'm always down for 90-minutes of sweating and anything that releases my tight runner-hips.  I still don't get the breathing and relaxing bit, but I got a great stretch and feel really good. 

So, yoga...I'll be back for more.  More breathing (am I not doing that already?) and much more stretching.   And I might just learn to like you, although I probably won't admit it anytime soon.

Namaste. And Hakuna Matata. :)

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