Yesterday I did my first serious yoga workout in months. Close to a year actually. My knee had been hurting a lot from an old injury that got re-injured, so I spent most of last year doing therapy for it that prevented me from doing yoga. The good news is my knee seems to be in pretty good shape now.
Since I'm sort of out of shape now I decided to start with a low level class. I like those anyway even when I'm in good shape - I get to pay attention to little things more, instead of working hard just to keep up. The class went pretty well. I wasn't in as bad shape as I expected - I guess all the walking I do helps (not to mention the Wii workouts, heh). Of course I had to modify my workout and not push it too hard. That seemed to confuse the assistant - she kept trying to show me how to do poses I'd been doing for 15 years that I was just choosing not to do because I wasn't ready for them yet.
I liked the teacher and the class, that is except for how hot they keep the studio. Yoga wasn't like this ten years ago. But even though Bikram is stupid and people who really know about yoga will generally agree that it's a bad idea, somehow just the existence of Bikram classes elsewhere in the universe means that the temperature of all other yoga classes is raised by ten degrees. I swear, it's like a sauna in there. I sat down on my pad to wait for class to start, and just sitting there I broke out into a sweat. Once I got into the actual workout I was sweating like that guy with the condition on Ally McBeal. It's so stupid. Part of doing yoga is building heat internally. If you do it in a hot room, it's too much. Unfortunately I think that hot yoga is now the way of things. Or maybe I need to find a different studio. Too bad, since this one is just 2 blocks from my home.
Swelter aside, it was a nice return to yoga. I think my body was really ready for it. I had a really good emotional release moment doing pigeon where something in my hip opened up and I ended up sobbing for a bit. I love it when yoga works on multiple levels like that. Well now I need to figure out a class schedule that works for me, which may involve finding another studio that's more compatible with the style of yoga I like. Maybe there's something near work. I guess I should email my old teacher and ask him for a recommendation.
Time to go enjoy the afternoon!