So....What is all the rage about yoga & is it a good place to get a date?
Almost 1 year ago today I let my husband talk me into going to a yoga class. I have always been an active woman & prefer a more vigorous form of exercise. Of course with that type of thinking, injuries, muscle aches & pains have appeared as the years progress with each passing birthday. “Type A” personalities have a tough time letting go of this “old school mentality of no pain no gain.” So what changed my mind to allow the Zen into my life?
Last summer I ran into one of my son’s closest friends who had to come right up to my face before I recognized him. He had changed so much & lost so much weight in the 5 months since I had last seen him I couldn’t believe it. He was so lean & fit which had transformed his appearance drastically including his now chiseled face! All he was doing was Yoga 4 times per week and no real cardiovascular regimen other than the odd bike ride. As a woman who is always battling with that last 10 lbs of body weight, this spiked my interest! Off I went to his Studio to see what all this "hippy skippy" stuff was all about.
My first visit was to a power class which had a heated room temperature of 32 Celsius. Many years ago I did experiment with a Bikram Hot yoga class never to return again to that torturous environment of jungle heat! I’ll bet my internal organs were ready to be served as an appetizer they were so baked! (It would have helped if I hadn’t been hung over & dehydrated from a birthday party the night before. Which leads me to think how do people drink tequila all day in hot climates without passing out?) I am not one of the thousands of locals who continually complain about the moist Vancouver weather, as I do prefer cooler temperatures for the most part. That 41 C (106 F) degree room put me off yoga for many years...No offense to the popular Bikram Studios, I just personally can’t handle exerting myself in that intense heat. (There are numerous classes in Vancouver that offer Yoga in room temperature settings without added heat.)
The Power class went smoothly after I got used to the chanting & Ommms of all the participants in the room. I was surprised at some of the attire people wore or should I say lack of attire. I have never been one for short shorts but in a Yoga class it would be the last place I would be wearing them bending over with someone’s nose 6 inches away from my sacred place of love. (I guess you would really have to keep up with your Brazilian/Boyzilian waxing on a regular basis!) Speaking of which you should go see my friend Luba at the waxbar.ca in Kitsilano ~ she will keep you Yoga Fresh!
There are body types of all shapes & sizes attending the classes and it is pretty remarkable to see the different flexibilities of everyone. Looking around the room had me wondering if this would be a good environment to meet a potential date. The female percentage of participants is definitely higher but it does depend on which class you attend. Some studios are more social than others which is highly needed in the reserved Vancouver dating scene! The last thing people need in this city is a no talking rule! Many studios do have a seated lounge area where everyone can enjoy a cup of tea or relaxing rest before or after a class. This allows some mingle time to get to know that hot girl or guy you have been admiring for weeks. The good thing is most people have a yoga routine and take certain daily classes regularly, so there is a good chance you will see the same people often. This leads to hellos & smiles as you see these familiar faces.
Back to my yoga class...
I made it through the entire hour without vomiting or passing out due to heat exhaustion & couldn’t believe I was even allowed to have a little nap at the end that the Yogi’s call “Shavasana.” Now we’re talking! I didn’t hate it that much after all. It would have been nicer if they had supplied a little snack to go with it like they did back in kindergarten :(
My yoga loving husband wanted to keep me focused on going back so he purchased a 2 week pass for $35 and could go to as many classes as we wanted in that time frame. Yippee, let’s go everyday...NOT! We did manage to get there 7 days out of 14 but I swear what got me to the classes at all, was the infrared sauna I could enjoy after the hour was over. I had heard that you can lose 300 calories in about 35 mins in this therapeutic sauna so I thought this was a much better idea than balancing on one leg doing a bird of paradise yoga pose or planking my way through core building exercises! This sounded like a much more civilized way of losing weight to me.
Complaining aside, we decided to buy another 3 month pass and continued on with this new exercise platform. My husband who is just a tad of an “Outdoors Man” found this serene atmosphere right up his Mountain. The jury was still out in my case but I went along with it to see if 90 days would bring any improvements to my 4 knee surgeries & the body ailments that went with them!
Within a 2 month period I did notice my lower back was not aching as much from my 20 years as a flight attendant constantly lifting heavy bags & reaching over to take passengers trays from the window seat (Guess they don’t have to worry about that anymore as there aren’t any meals served these days!) I had more flexibility in my knee joints and my butt cheeks were lifting up to look like they could shelf a drink once again!
Yoga really does tone up the entire body all at once. It also gets the engine running internally in more ways than one with digestion, bathroom issues, & metabolism. It is like a plugged drain has been released! Everything just functions better because it is been opened up after being kinked like a garden hose for years! It also acts as a silent therapist helping to clear the mind from clutter & negativity.
I now go 3 times per week to various classes, some more difficult than others. I still include my vigorous spin bike routine & weight training as well at a local Vancouver gym. The combination of the two is a perfect well rounded fitness regimen for me. I am happier & have very few mood swings as my mental well being is healthier too. I have met some great people & there is some dating potential for singles at a few of these establishments. I wouldn’t say it was the first place you would go to meet a partner but what yoga will do for your body & your mind, will definitely help you to feel great about who you are & improve any deflated self image! When you feel good, you look good which naturally attracts people towards you.
One year later I am still there and almost liking yoga now...
Susan McCord @ http://www.youtube.com/twobeavers