Let me break it down for you.
Went for Yoga lesson on Tuesday. Oh my god. If I’m not wrong we lucked out and actually got the owner of the studio to take us through lesson.
His approach was very different from any of the other instructors we’ve had. Usually they have a lesson planned out. There will be no variation, usually if we get the same instructor. The routine is still the same.
This guy though. He started by coming out and saying he had no idea what he wanted to do for the lesson yet. Asked us if we were having any pains, injuries or if we were first timers etc.
So then it began. If I were to describe it. Its as if it were a slow and painful death. We’ve had intense sessions before with another instructor, but hers was like a quick and fast death. Let me explain.
Quick and Fast. By that I mean, we never held poses for too long. It was progression after progression after progression. Like.. Downward facing dog.. Plank.. Baby Cobra.. Downward facing dog.. Warrior.. etc etc. Usually taking maybe a few breaths not more than 5. So you didn’t have much time to think like.. Oh dear, I’m not gonna make it. You’re more of. Shit this is like bootcamp or something. We’re doing drills. It was pushing you physically rather than mentally. It was pretty hellish. But felt like it was over in no time.
Slow and Painful though. That’s a new one. Many many poses. He was all about really strengthening your core, and whatever inkling of muscles you had in your body. It was a lot of holding. Some more than 15 Mississippis. During that time. You be like.. Is it over yet.. Is it over yet. Oh yes he’s counting down… Why is he counting so slowly?! Crap he stopped counting to assist someone. That was going through my mind like.. 80% of the time. 20% was for them more challenging balancing poses. Where I was like.. Focus on that thing.. Focus on that thing on the wall.. Focus on something.. Lol. It really pushed you mentally. Because technically viewing from the sidelines. All of the poses looked effortless. It was like, that shouldn’t be too hard. But holding it was difficult. You really needed a lot of concentration. I bet everyone at a point was like.. Maybe I can’t do this.. It’s really hard. If you get what I mean. After the lesson. We were kinda like limp. Barely could lift our arms. Today is Thursday.. So for the whole of Wednesday plus today, like now. My shoulder blades.. My belly area.. My thighs.. Have been aching immensely.
But I would say it was pretty good. As for a few of the sessions. I kept pulling my left shoulder muscle. For what reason, I’m not sure. Maybe it was an old injury or lack of sufficient warm up. I don’t know why. But for this lesson that didn’t occur. Which was kinda great. Or it would’ve been even more hellish than I could ever imagine.
Another great thing. I feel like my posture slightly correcting to the positive side. I’m a serial hunch backer. But because of the aching from that session. I find it more comfortable to sit straight rather than to hunch over.
Till next time!