May 12th, 2010

My First Feeble Attempt at Yogalates

by Jacqueline Whitmore

King Pigeon Pose

Now that I’ve finished writing my book proposal and I have a little more time on my hands, I’m going to come out of isolation and start a new fitness routine.  Besides, I’ve got to do something to lose this extra body baggage I’ve inherited over the last three months.

Today, I took my first Yogalates class, which is a combination of yoga and Pilates.  The advertising in the brochure promises, “a healthier, fitter, sexier you.”  So I signed up – bright and early at 8:00am.  I found the class to be very challenging, partly because I’m about as nimble a crab.  I’m also not much of a morning person and I find it very difficult to contort my body into unnatural positions at that hour of the day, or any hour for that matter.

I think the worst part was when the instructor asked our class to do the “king pigeon” pose.  Then she showed us how to do it.  At that point, I almost shouted, “Are you kidding me?!”  But I didn’t, because I was afraid some of the more advanced, flexible students might give me the stink eye.  (Besides, disrupting class is not good etiquette.)  I’m not sure if I would have gotten any sympathy anyway, because the room was dark and it was hard to tell if anyone else was suffering as much as I was.  So I decided to suck it up and try to do the pose to the best of my ability (which isn’t saying much).  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.  In the meantime, let me know if you know of any good yogalates videos.  I think I need the extra practice!

Many of us get in a physical and mental rut sometimes and are afraid to try something new.  At least once every month, challenge yourself by doing something you wouldn’t ordinarily do.  After all, you won’t know if you like it or not unless you try!

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