It has been a couple of months since I have posted about doing activities outside the gym. Today I’d like to discuss a little a bit about my experience with yoga. First off, although it is a non Crossfit activity, I did take the class at our very own Intrepid. Secondly, since the gym offers the Restorative Yoga class on Thursday nights at 7pm it was a no brainer to give it a try. At the time it seemed to make sense to try an activity that focused on recovering from a very intense Monday-Wednesday. Class promptly began at 7 with a change in music. It was not the usual fast paced rock songs, but a calmer and quieter playlist of music. It set the tone for a relaxing environment. Amanda, the yoga instructor, started with some stretching poses and would then walk around to individually check if our form was correct. A few times she adjusted my arms or legs to be set in the appropriate position. After stretching Amanda got us going on different poses that required to be held for a significantly longer period of time. With each pose Amanda would help every one of us reach that optimal positioning. I felt that she did a solid job of paying attention to each individual. During the hour long session we probably covered 8-10 different poses. With the low amount of poses you can imagine the time spent on each one. Amanda made sure that we would benefit from all poses. Towards the end of the session I began to feel my body loosening. I noticed that certain muscles were not as sore as when the class started. I also found that I could get deeper into the stretch without discomfort. With 5-10 minutes remaining we switched into a more relaxing pose. The eyes were required to be closed and my mind and body were so at ease that I accidentally dozed off for a bit. You can imagine how relaxed I was at that point. Overall, I feel that the yoga class is very beneficial. It is a great way for the body to unwind and get back to a neutral setting. Although I have not been back to the yoga class yet, I would absolutely love to do it again. What I like about it is that you really don’t need previous yoga experience. I was able to jump in without any issues. I would suggest to all of you to give this yoga class a try. I would like to see a bigger turn out for this class! Hope to see you there.
8 rounds DT / 10 rounds Cindy
*One person on DT/Cindy at a time. Once you begin a round, must finish before tag out.