Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hot Yoga - Bucket List for College #4 Update

Before starting school, I made a list of things that I wanted to do during my first year. On that list of things, the 4th one that I had was to Take a Class (as in a fun class that's purely for my own enjoyment). I looked on the school's website for the Athletic Center to see what classes were being offered there since I had no desire to add another class on that counted towards my credits, and I saw that they had a ton of Hot Yoga classes for beginners.

After spending tons of time reading through all of the times and days, I finally found one that worked perfectly with my schedule. Excited, I signed up and put the class times in my planner. Before my first class, my dad helped me figure out where the building was on campus, and I laid out the clothes I was planning on wearing, my yoga mat, my water bottle, and my towel.

Then, the day for my first class finally arrived, and I excitedly loaded up all of my things and made it to the class 20 minutes early. I signed in and happily laid out my things in the front of the class, and waited for it to start.

What I wasn't aware of ahead of time was exactly how hot the room would be. Just sitting on my mat waiting for class to start, I was sweating like a pig! I wasn't even moving around yet!

After the class got started, I wished that I was in the back, because it turned out to be one of the few classes that wasn't actually for beginners... Oops! So I spent a majority of the class watching other people and sweating a ton. I can't imagine anything weirder than having a really sweaty girl starting at you for an entire hour!

However, after my instructor caught on to that fact that I was new, she started to describe the different yoga positions so that I didn't have to stare at other people as much. My instructor is really really good at what she does! By the end of the class, I felt so awesome! I was pretty stinky and sweaty, but I felt good!

After my first several yoga classes, I got a lot better at it, and I got better at remembering what the positions are so that I didn't have to worry as much about the descriptions or looking at others. However, I did discover that I'm not a very balanced person, so I have to readjust a lot throughout class to keep from toppling over.

There's something strangely satisfying about doing yoga in a really hot room... When you're dripping with sweat and holding a really hard pose, you feel really powerful and in control. It's like you've just run a marathon, and you're feeling the benefits of it. Does that make sense? It also makes your shower afterwards feel ten times nicer, because you really feel like you're getting a deep clean. You sweated everything out, and then you washed it all off.

I'm checking #4 off of my college bucket list! Hooray! I can't wait until I get to go back to my yoga class next week. I'll be so sad when it's over! I'll have to sign up for another one, I guess.

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