On Wednesday after work I went to my first yoga drop-in class. I didn’t really know what to expect – I have been to yoga once before but it was years ago when I first moved to Brighton. So a friend and I met after work and headed over to the Hatha yoga class, which was designed for beginners and those with some experience.
The class started very quietly and softly, with the group lying on their mats in silence. The teacher guided us through some gentle stretches with a calm, soothing voice. All the exercises were about being aware and conscious of your body, releasing tension and feeling the Earth beneath your feet.
Although this is a stock image, it shows a very similar stretch to the kind we did. Thanks to GoToVan, via Flickr for this image.
We were all very much encouraged to go at our own paces, frequently told to forget anyone else was in the room. We were in silence throughout so I have to admit there were a few points where I struggled not to giggle (especially when the girl next to me’s throat started gargling, plus there was someone in the room breathing like Darth Vader) but overall I found it really enjoyable and relaxing. We even ended the session by lying on our mats with a foam pillow and pulling blankets over us! It was like a big sleepover.
I left feeling really calm, which carried through to the next day. I’m combining this with running in the mornings (I’m getting started again so still alternating between running and walking to ease into it), so although at first I thought the yoga felt ‘easy’ on my muscles in comparison to running, my bottom and thighs ached the next day so it certainly woke something!
I can’t wait to go again next week!