…my comfort zone.
It seems in 2013 I’m steppin’ out and…”puttin’ on the ritz.” Since top hat and coat tails won’t ward off the chill, I’m doing it in…wool hat, scarf and mittens.
My mantra for the New Year? “Go big or go home!”
And so yesterday…
I drove 45 minutes to the next town to attend a Level One yoga class!
Yeayyy for me! I’m still patting myself on the back.
Having pondered the idea of taking yoga for some time now, my body decided it was…now or never. “Shut up…or put up!” It seemed to say.
When I undertake a project, I research it to the nth degree. I never do anything half-way.
There were a couple of in-town sites which were ideally located. However I opted to venture farther from home for a variety of reasons, not least of which was to learn from someone who would be a nurturing guide. I didn’t want to risk injury hurrying to keep up.
Classes at one local operation are held in 95-100 degree temperatures. The practice is called “hot yoga.”
I’m positive I would have passed out before drawing my first breath. And the rule is…once the door closes and class begins…everyone stays put. Those who can’t stand the heat are required to sit on the sidelines and watch…the entire time.
Another yoga venue seemed too small…spatially…and politically. “How’s that?” you ask. Yoga political?
I’ve learned over time that politics is part of everyday life. The smaller the community, the harder felt the politics. Negative vibes are difficult to overlook. You either do. Or you don’t…and move on.
A third business never responded to an email I sent, even though their website ensured me they would. That stood out like a “red flag” signalling a lack of organization or worse…promises not kept.
My research efforts always include reading reviews. ALWAYS!!! They tell me more than all the flowery words written on websites.
One review indicated the yoga owner/teacher of the business cancelled class, deciding to breakfast with a friend, even after one student showed.
A review for a second, claimed that a promised refund never materialized.
Unlike the others, Discover Yoga was exactly as depicted on its website.
The manager/instructor was knowledgeable, patient and helpful. In its understatement, the facility, had a calming effect. No bells and whistles here! Just yoga. It suited me to a tee.
After learning that my first class was free, I got more good news.
I’m still a young chickadee at 63! Were I a couple of years older, I’d get a senior discount on future classes.
There’s always a silver lining. We just have to…
…look for them…