Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The Day I lost My Yogirnity
When I received my copy of HatiYoga after the long holidays, and started reading it, I made a point to attend at least one Yoga class at the gym in May. By the time I finished watching the complimentary VCD, it was already 5pm. Without further ado, and almost naturally, I packed my laptop and other stuffs, went to my car and drove straight to the gym. And you guessed it right; I entered the 5.45pm Yoga class!
Call me spontaneous, because I was and will always be. That is my main characteristic that sometimes landed me in difficult situations. Hehehe. But, no regrets so far. I always felt that it's either now, or never. Sometimes I did silly things that later on caused me some trouble, but I always managed to turn the situations around, and still benefit from them. Putar alam boleh tahan jugak Makcik ni.
However, in this case it was far from silly (although I did look silly in the mirror while doing the poses). I really enjoyed the class. How difficult it was? Well I was sure it was not for beginners, but the instructor was very considerate towards first timers. We got to do all the optional poses (bengkok-tak-berapa-nak-sampai poses).
After three poses, I realized how people managed to slim down by doing Yoga. Holding a pose seemed simple enough in the pictures and TV, but actually doing it is a totally different story. Believe it or not, during each pose, I was profusely sweating as if I just completed a power track in BodyAttack class. I surely cannot compare BodyJam classes to this one. I wouldn’t even sweat like that after running on the treadmill for 15 minutes.
Before I entered the class I assumed I would be the most ‘jegang’ one (jegang=not flexible at all, a.k.a kejang). It turned out there was this Mat Salleh, about 6 ft tall and have big bones who couldn’t even do a half lotus sitting position. Bersila pun tak boleh rapat, I tell you. Waaa…. okay jugaklah, after all I’m not that bad, lah kan… although my pigeon pose looked more like a tiang talipon senget je. Funny thing is, after that Yoga class, I kept on bumping into this Mat Salleh in BodyAttack and BodyJam classes la pulak. I think dia nak jadik flexible macam I kot, or trying to find the formula on how to become ‘elastic’ like any other Asian. He should watch Mawi dances, tak nye flexible lah mamat tu. Heheheh (sempat lagi ngutuk Mawi tu, bila nak mintak maaf ntah).
What do I think of the Yoga class? Hmmmm…. Very refreshing and that was the first time I really felt I worked out my entire body: head, neck, shoulder, arms, palms, fingers, chest, back, abdomen, legs and heels. I like! I also heart Yoga, lah.
Note: All the girls in the pictures featured here are not me, or the Kejang Mat Salleh (Mat Salleh is a guy, by the way....ahem!)