My Week of Firsts: Now Yoga

So tonight was my first go at yoga. I have never done yoga before so I really didn’t know what to expect. It was first suggested by my doctor a few months ago as a way to balance my health. Then when my sister-in-law came to visit over the Christmas holiday (she’s a yogi), she checked our our local studio and highly recommended Juko Holiday (the owner of the studio and an absolutely amazing and inspiring woman). I just happened to remember to look at the schedule today and there was Juko teaching a class tonight. Turns out that she doesn’t usually teach on Thursday nights but happened to tonight. I’ll take it as being meant to be.

Well, I have found the form of exercise for me. It’s definitely what I am built to be. Let me explain. I am a … for a lack of a better term, a focuser. I focus. Sometimes my focus will block out anything and everyone around me. It happens at work when I’m on the computer and someone starts talking to me and I don’t even notice – because I’m focused man! When I’m exercising, most of the times I’m focusing on a point and I’ll zone out. The same thing happens when I’m reading a book and writing something, well, like this blog. I found the same about yoga – it takes focus, especially when balancing.

At the beginning of the class, I still had things rumbling in my brain from work. It was also my second fasting day of the week, so my tummy was rumbling a little as well. By the middle of the class, everything had fallen away and I was left with myself focusing on my core. There were things my body was doing that it hadn’t done in years. It felt good. By the end of class I got exactly what I needed and what I was looking for: a connection between body, spirit, and mind.

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