Yoga - Trying Something New Series


July 20, 2017 BY DALLAS MORABBI, THE GF PEACH GAL

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THIS IS PART OF THE TRY SOMETHING NEW SERIES WHERE I, A SPOONIE,  TRY DIFFERENT WORKOUTS AND REPORT HOW I FEEL BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER.

Trying Yoga as a spoonie

Free Yoga

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.

Before The Yoga

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.

Benefits

Physical 
  • Helps with flexibility ( As a gymnast I used to be like Gumby but now my flexibility is limited)
  • Can improve other athletic endeavors (Hopefully will help us reach our athletic goals)
  • Helps with toning our muscles ( I mean who doesn’t want a toned body?)
Mental/Emotional
  • Reduces stress (Amen To that! Everyone has stress in their life)
  • Brings about Self Awareness ( If we are more aware of our self we are better apt to take care of ourselves)
  • Lessens Anxiety ( Personal I need this as I am a very anxious person)

From the research, this fueled some excitement in me to attend this class ! I was ready to come out stronger mentally and physically.

Side Note

  • Yoga is typically done barefoot but if that freaks you out there are Yoga socks that you can get 
  • You will need to bring a mat, although some places may provide them (just call and ask if you don’t want to purchase one)

During The Yoga Session

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.

After The Yoga Session

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!

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LET'S TALK

  • What is your experience with Yoga? Benefits? Type? Pain Level?
  • What Is Your Favorite Pose?
  • Any tips or tricks you can share with others?