One of the most challenging work outs for me has always been yoga. Particularly hot yoga. Originally hot yoga was something that I got into because I really enjoyed yoga and a friend had said it was a great work out. But then I stopped because it was a) expensive and, b) inconveniently located. Going just wasn’t worth it in my books so I stuck to going to the gym and eventually got into running because I really don’t like going to gyms anymore. What can I say? I’m getting cranky in my old age.
So over the last week and a half, I’ve been going every other day with a friend. We started last week at this place and it was kind of rough going at first. It’s not that my muscles were sore, it was that they were damn tired. The day after our second session of hot yoga I decided to go for a run, because I’ve actually started to crave running lately and after about 15 minuets of intervals, my feet felt like they weighed 500 pounds each and I was struggling to pick them up to walk home in the end.
Oh, and not only was it rough because my muscles were fatigued, it was rough because I suck at being still and I suck at balancing. Plus, you know, this was hot yoga, so the room was frickin’ hot and I was dripping sweat while I shifted from one pose to the next. And by “dripping sweat”, I literally mean that every pore on my body was pouring sweat. It was dripping down my face, my neck, my arms, my legs, my ass and even between my toes was dripping! Which is why I’ve come to love this thing called “awkward pose”.
After spending some time in class being told to grip my sweaty body and hold onto a pose that way and continually having to readjust because I’m so damn slippery, awkward pose is a damn nice change. I mean, I really like the laying down part of hot yoga too, but I have to say, even with that in mind, I still love me some awkward posing. You’re standing, you’re on your toes, your arms are out in front of your and you’re just chilling out in your awkward pose. My little toes dig down into my town and I can take a moment to feel my leg muscles really work to stay balanced and I truly do feel nicely grounded down into where ever it is that I happen to be standing. Last week during my first class with this place, I felt like I was going to fart while I was awkwardly posing myself, but I managed to hold it it.
I did not want to find out what happens when I let a potentially smelly fart fly into a hot enclosed space when there are two people within three feet of me on either side and in front of me. That would just be rude. It would be darn funny in the correct setting, but in this one, it would be borderline cruel. My the air bursting forth from my butt these last couple of weeks have been particularly fragrant and I have no idea why. By fragrant I mean that I’ve gagged at the smell of my own ass gas and other people would probably want to stab me in the eye after they’ve punched me in the clavicle should they catch a whiff of what I sometimes let fly out of my butt.
Now my friend and I are into our second week of hot yoga and I’m getting better at being still. I haven’t farted. My flexibility is increasing and I find myself pushing a little bit more than I did last week now that I’m comfortable with most of the poses. I mean, I’m still pouring sweat from every available pore so when I have to grip my a body part with my hands, that doesn’t work, but the rest is going pretty darn smoothly. And I’ll be darned if I don’t find myself doing some awkward pose while I’m standing around and doing nothing through out my day. It just feels so good.
If you do yoga, do you have a favorite pose?