Try Something New – Hot Yoga
Ok, I will be the first to admit that I am a creature of habit. I drive the same way to my favorite Starbucks every single time I go and order the exact same thing. Grande nonfat mocha, no whip. I decided that last week it was time for me to try something new. I am not a big cook, so trying a new recipe was too stressful. Heck, I can barely manage the seven things I already know how to cook. I am also not a big fashionista so taking on a new look like a meat dress was not going to happen either. Instead, I settled on a hot yoga class at a local Core Power studio.
Yes, I have taken a yoga class here and there but the ‘hot' part was new. How hot could it possibly be? I wondered to myself as I opened the door. After ten minutes, I felt like I was standing on the surface of the sun. Sweat was pouring out of my body and when I bent over to complete the first pose, the forward fold, I noticed it. My shins were sweating. Did you know that your shins can actually sweat? I am here to tell you that they can! So I feel like using the word hot to describe this class was not an adequate descriptive word. REALLY FLIPPING HOT yoga class. That is a better way to describe it. What would happen if I passed out in this class? Was an EMT on staff? Also, there was the guy next to me with the hairy back who was sweating all over the place and making very unpleasant noises. Yuck. What had I gotten myself into?
In a sea of black spandex, I stood there in an old t-shirt and soccer shorts sweating my ass off. Then, the yoga instructor said something that was most likely directed at me. She said that when you try something new, you go in with no expectations of yourself. That was true, I had no idea what to expect. I let her words fall over me and ignored the traffic in my head. I closed my eyes and really took those deep breaths and focused on the poses. You know what I found out? I could do most of the poses and to my surprise, I actually enjoyed the class. When the instructor came around at the end of class and placed an ice cold washcloth in my hand (it smelled like lavender), I felt like a new person. I felt empowered that I had tried something new and felt good about doing something for myself.
As working moms, we all become creatures of habit. Routine in the morning and evenings are crucial to survival. With limited time resources, it is difficult to spend time on something that you might not like or benefit from. Sometimes, just once in a while, I encourage all of you to try something new. Whether it is a new gym class, a new outfit or a new recipe, give it a try! As my new yoga instructor said at the end of class “Be kind to yourself and put yourself first for a change.”
Namaste. Whatever the hell that means.
Julia Romanow is the Co-Founder and Editor of ProudWorkingMom.com. This was originally posted on September 16, 2013.
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