July 20, 2017 BY DALLAS MORABBI, THE GF PEACH GAL
I am very fortunate that my community neighborhood that I live in offers a few free workout classes like Zumba and Yoga for free. I try to do a free class first to see if I enjoy it and if my body can handle it.
There are several possible places that could offer a free exercise/wellness class.
1. Your living community (Apartments, Housing )
2. Community Recreation Center
3. Libraries (Typically larger libraries)
4. Online Classes (The GF Peach's 15 Minute Workouts, Youtube, etc.)
5. Gyms ( Sometimes yoga instructors, typically, ones who just received their certification will do a free session to build up clientele)
For this experience, I tried the general Yoga class my community offered at night time.
I researched the benefits that Yoga can have on our bodies, especially those of us with fibromyalgia.
To my surprise, there was a lengthy list of pros. Here are the big ones that stick out to me.
From the research, this fueled some excitement in me to attend this class ! I was ready to come out stronger mentally and physically.
Right before we started, everyone seemed pretty excited to be there.
It began with a warm up. Which was great to help loosen muscles and get your body moving.
Then it moved in to the traditional yoga poses such as tree, downward dog, mountain, etc. (Yoga has a lot of terminology, but most instructors give you a step by step of how to do the specific pose)
This instructor, who was really aware of everyone's abilities provided different options for poses to accommodate for everyone (Which is important because everyone is on a different stage of their practice as she pointed out).
The instructor also did a strengthening sequence for the core. This is great because the core is critical to many movements not only in yoga but in other athletic endeavors.
Lastly, it seemed like everyone's favorite part was the meditation/relaxation portion. This involves being aware of your breathing and doing deep diaphragm breathes. This was very relaxing and I felt great for most of this part. But then I ended up thinking about the things I need to do, ideas, etc. Unfortunately it was at this point that I began experiencing some pain and couldn't get my mind to focus away from that either. I got to get better at this and work on just being in the moment.
The mood at the end of class was very calm.
My body did feel a little looser and flexible immediately after the class which was great for coming home to a little monster ready to play.
While I didn't feel I got much of a workout, I know that it may have been the teacher or the fact that I may not have the best for right now. I really want to get the benefits of muscle toning from yoga, but I know it is going to take several classes to start getting that.
I say the biggest difference after class was my mentality. I do feel like my mind was just clearer and focused on the moment around me.
Bonus! Even though I had some pain, my body did not hurt any worse than it did coming in ( YAY, Winning!!!!)
All in all, I am definitely going to be attending the class again!