I am taking up yoga and my first question is: Am I nuts????? The answer is: possibly, but I am going to give it a good try. Do my best… Am I nuts?
I was nervous walking to the first session on Friday but I went. It was at 6:15 a.m. and that will answer my previous question with YES! I am so out of shape and this session showed me just how much. It was a ‘Gentle Flow’ class for beginners with sitting and stretching, a lot of sitting and stretching. Agnes and the other students were wonderful, no one made fun and everyone was supportive.
Breathe, Sharyn breathe, yes I am still breathing. After the first session, I felt pretty good until the next day when I experienced cramps in my thighs and stiffness in my shoulders.
The second session was ‘Basic Flow’, also for beginners. This one is more standing and stretching which I found much easier and more rewarding as I could actually do some of the positions. YAY!!!!!
We had a kind of impromptu session with Ben coming to take pictures of the action. I think we surprised him, as there were not a lot of people sitting cross legged and chanting. Heck, I can’t even sit flat on the floor cross legged without a cushion yet. I do say yet as I expect that with time I will be able to do many of the positions that I can’t do right now. The ladies that showed up were actually quite advanced and I got to see some real class acts. These women are incredible.
Okay, here we are at the milestone of six sessions, counting the photo op as one session, and I am happy to say that I have improved with each session. I am feeling better and my joints and muscles are thanking me for it. After just a few classes, I find I am moving just a little bit better and I am feeling good about each little milestone that I pass. There is no pressure on me to push myself any further than I wish to push. At this point in time, I am signing up for two sessions a week in the ‘Basic Flow’ classes, Monday and Friday mornings (no, not at 6:15) and the odd Wednesday afternoons.
I never thought yoga was something I wanted to do, but I am glad I tried it. Anyone that would be interested in trying yoga should go see Agnes Balawejder-Busch at BB Yoga Flow up near the airstrip.
Agnes has been practicing yoga for nine years and has her Hatha Yoga Teaching Certification. She is extremely patient as I can attest to. Drop-ins are always welcome and you can reach her at (501) 631-7726 for more information or go to her website: http://www.bbyogaflow.com/