My whole body hurts. Yes it’s only been two days of yoga but there are these muscles that I didn’t even know that I had that are hurting me.
Other than that, nothing is that challenging for the first 2 days (unless you’re fasting, in which the first few days are by far the worst). Classes, although not easy, have gone by quickly.
I did want to acknowledge one thing. Last night when I got back from yoga class, I had a TON of energy. Finding myself quite listless and distracted, I had to coax myself to go to bed at a reasonable hour.
At this point, I’ll go into my general background with yoga. I started practicing yoga in 2007 and I took classes once a week for about a year. That is the most consistently I’ve ever practiced. Since then it’s been a class here and there but nothing completely regular for more than a couple of months. One of my biggest hopes is to reestablish yoga as a routine in my life.
In later posts, I’ll go into the philosophy of yoga and the small nuggets of wisdom extracted from each class. I’ll leave you with one here: last night my yoga teacher began to share his appreciation for many Republican presidential candidates. Many yoginis began to groan in distaste (and perhaps because he was talking while we were holding a challenging position) and then he said something interesting. He asked us to notice how easily our minds became irritated. Then he said something completely radical: if we dislike someone else’s politics then we are not truly doing yoga.
Something to contemplate, I suppose.