Yoga is one of those kinds of exercise that I have always admired when other people do it but have never been brave enough to try it myself. I just told myself there was no way my body was going to be able to contort itself in all the different positions, and I was sure to make a fool of myself. I also wasn’t interested in the more meditative aspects of yoga, preferring to save my “Om” for a really good piece of chocolate (as in, “Om, this chocolate is TASTY”). Plus, I knew it wasn’t a huge calorie burner, and I’m the cardio queen, so if it doesn’t burn a lot of calories, I don’t want to do it! I know that mindset is a bit silly, and it’s probably why I don’t do more Pilates as well, even though I know it’s beneficial.
Anyway, on Tuesday my friend and I met to go on a walk/run, and when her son wanted to go back home after 20 minutes or so, she asked me if I wanted to try the Biggest Loser Weight Loss yoga DVD with her. I agreed, though I was more than a little nervous about this new fitness endeavor. We got back to her house, her son playing with his train set and her daughter blissfully asleep in her car seat (she’s 2 months old), and we put in the DVD. The familiar face of Bob Harper filled the screen, and with him are Biggest Loser contestants from past seasons, including the annoying Vicky (fortunately I didn’t really notice her much since I was focused on not dying). We go through a 5 minute warm up that isn’t too difficult, and I’m thinking, “This yoga thing isn’t so bad.” Then the real workout began, complete with downward dogs and warrior 1 and warrior 2 and who knows what else, and it was not long before I was SWEATING and gasping and trying to keep my core “tight.” There was more than one occasion where I said, “Is it OVER yet?” (The total workout, including the warm up and cool down, was only 30 minutes, but it really did seem longer.) Finally, the end came, and I felt…GOOD. The workout was challenging but not impossible, and I actually felt relaxed after it was over. I decided I was going to have to do yoga more often.
Then I woke up yesterday and felt awful. My body ached, my head hurt, and I was even a little lightheaded. Even though I had slept 8 hours and then took a 2 hour nap, I felt exhausted. There was only one explanation: evil, thy name is yoga! Yoga made me sick. Forget that I feel much better today and the aches in my body are probably just sore muscles. Clearly yoga has adverse effects on my body and so I can’t do it again, right?
Hello? Anyone with me?
Of course, this month is National Yoga month, so perhaps I should give it another try…
Have you tried yoga? Did you like it?