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 game...by 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?
The class was packed (duh..it'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. :)