So as I mentioned last week, I have started a yoga class with my friend Angie.
The first class was scary, as I didn’t know what to expect and, at times, well, there were people standing on their heads and bending parts of their body that my runner’s limbs couldn’t even fathom.
The second class, this past Tuesday, was almost easy. Not quite, as there were still poses that I couldn’t make if I had a gun to my head. But in a rare moment of grace, I somehow had a knee in my elbow with one arm linked to the other behind my head. Angie stared at me in disbelief. I figured surely I was doing something wrong. But the teacher walked toward me, as she always does with a slight giggle and a firm hand to fix it, and then passed me with a slight nod of her head.
I couldn’t believe I was doing it. Even though I couldn’t get near to making the pose from my right side (how weird!), I came away from that class with my head high, feeling like this yoga thing might just not be so bad.
Until my Thursday class. Which hurt so bad I didn’t think I was going to be able to ride my bike–downhill–back home. We did so many ab exercises that I felt like my stomach was going to collapse in on itself. As I held my legs up at a 45-degree angle with my arms extended toward them, my stomach began to quiver. The kind of quivering you think the whole class can see. And to make matters worse, just as I gave up, dropping my legs to the floor with a bang, my ever-present instructor came by with her usual giggle and firm hands and held my legs back up, making me hold it for the full XX seconds (I just don’t know how long. I couldn’t translate the Korean in that kind of pain but my God it felt like forever.)
Today, I almost couldn’t get out of bed. Every time I move, my abs scream back at me.
So, no. I am no yoga genius. Not even close. But I am determined to keep trying. I’m just so glad that I don’t have to try again until Tuesday. Hopefully my abs will have recovered partially by then.
And on a similar note: I start marathon training next week in preparation for my first full Korean marathon on Dec. 6 on Jeju Island!! Wish me luck.