I attended my first yoga class evah, last night with Bestie, D and KS. We thought it would be a good way to start the New Year off right and it may be fun! Apparently, ‘fun’ is relative. The location was a small structure that I kindly referred to like this: “OH MY GOD WE’RE DOING YOGA IN A SHED!” Had it been equipped with a dart board and a wood stove, we would have rushed to the nearest liquor store for the wine and snacks, Yoga class be damned. As it turned out, it was a small daycare complete with cubbie holes and manipulative block area. The room NEXT to the daycare room was where I would experience the Downward Dog and the Tree pose ( I was more of a stick, than a tree. Yeah.)
We managed to secure prime location spots at the back and to the right side of the room so as not to disrupt the rest of the class with giggling that may have escaped us during any portion of completing the poses. We managed to be somewhat mature adults (yay us!) for the majority of the time. There were some serious students of the Yoga practice who attended and we did not want to appear rude or inconsiderate.
Apparently, Yoga is a meditative and QUIET activity where they try to instill an aura of inner peace and tranquil contemplation. Oh, yeah sign me the fuck up. Sure…I can be quiet, in fact I AM quiet ¾ of the time…except, at the end of the class when we were supposed to lie down and be COMPLETELY STILL. Yeah. I reached for my water to have a sip before I fell into a near catatonic state of relaxation. As I reached for my water bottle, it erroneously decided to explode in ma face sending water spraying into my eye like a whale expelling air from its blowhole. Meanwhile, the instructor was going around the room dimming the lights and getting everybody blankets and pillows. It was like nap time in kindergarten going on. I was confused…and soaking wet from the spray of water in ma face. I felt the urge to proclaim “WTF?!”, instead simply looked over at KS who was laughing, which got me laughing, but we were QUIETLY laughing, so no rules broken there. We rock. And then came quiet contemplation time and we had to be PERFECTLY STILL. (which never really happened as I was hearing everybody else breathe and then some random bell started ringing and I thought I was hearing things or was that a poor excuse for a fire alarm?, and then some guy began to ‘sing’ and I use that term loosely ‘cause it was more like he was yodeling really…not actually singing. My eyes darted open as I was half expecting the room to rise up and start getting their shoes on to escape the fire that was surely blazing out of control in the closet where all the cork bricks were stacked and the yodeler was truly hiding, but as I stealthily looked around the room so as not to get caught cheating, I noticed everybody else was laying still so I assumed this bell-ringing and yodeling was SUPPOSED to happen. Ohhhhh.) No flames, no fire and no hunky firemen…damn, this Yoga thing kinda sucks.
Ugh…I bit the inside of my cheeks so I didn’t have to be the totally immature one and break out in an inappropriate amount of laughter. It’s like that laughing disease people have…spontaneous uncontrollable laughter at the most inappropriate times. KS thinks she is a victim of this disease. I think I am a victim of KS’s thinking of her victimization and the impending laughter that will surely ensue if we ever stop biting various appendages…she her hands, me my inner cheeks. AND, by ‘cheeks’ I mean the ones on my face. I would be a Yoga MASTER if I could bite my own ass cheeks. I think I just invented a new pose….I’ll call it “Crunching Idiot”.
That would be a feat of brilliance I’ll save for maybe my second or third class…AND the hunky firemen. What? I gotta have something to think about during Catatonic Rest Time. Geesh. (there is a more accurate yoga term for that, but I can’t remember what it is…and too lazy to look it up.)
Until next time, as Joanne and Hal say, keep fit and have fun.
18 thoughts on “Namaste and Other Yoga Words I Can’t Say”
I took a yoga class once.
I was panting so hard I wouldn’t have been able to make words if I wanted to.
Might try a hula hooping class this week. I expect it will induce some very creative vocabulary.
Hula hooping! That’s awesome…
I can so imagine you guys lying there and trying not to laugh! It made me giggle just thinking about it. Yodeling? wtf!
Yup, that’s us…
Keep working at it, so we can see you doing that pose that you don’t think will happen.
I’ll work at it, but no guarantees about the results…or that I will be able to do anything resembling that pose…
I went to quite a number of hot yoga classes a few year ago because the price was right (I find yoga to be a tad on the expensive side.) Anyways, I did really enjoy it, the instructor was fabulous in giving me alternative ways to do particular poses, that there was no way in hell I would have been able to do otherwise.
I modify due to my knees being exceptionally wonky.
Body Break sounds more like the result of doing these things.
I agree…let’s all have a body break!
Brilliant! Did Pilates a couple of times a couple of years ago, put me back out
Oh, dear…I hope your back went back to normal. Pilates sounds painful!
Avoid it and it doesn’t have the wacko vocabulary of yoga
Savasana or Corpse Pose is the traditional way to end a yoga class. I do yoga everyday and have been for about the last year or so. While it may not seem like it, it is a great way to improve strength, balance and flexibility. If you get into power or flow yoga, it will also get your heart rate up.
And keep on giggling! Just about every class I attend includes laughter usually instigated by yours truly.
Keep it up, Kayjai, and don’t forget to breathe!
Thanks, Sandy I’ll try!
I go to zumba a couple of days a week, and a step class, so I figured yoga would be no big deal…well apparently the girl who teaches yoga at my gym is the yoga nazi, and kept correcting things, *your hand is facing the wrong way* and said I needed to wash my mat…also I didn’t know about nap time and I had just done zumba so I got really REALLY cold even with the blanket….I’m going to stick with zumba.
Zumba sounds Awesome! Good luck!