Today the only yoga class at a time I could attend was "Gentle Yoga." The class description read:
"Restorative for all levels of yoga practitioners. This practice includes the use of functional movement, breathing techniques, and gentle stretching."
I figured I could definitely use some restoration. Gentle stretching sounded nice too. So my friend Felicity and I decided to see what Gentle Yoga was all about.
We were easily the only people under the age of 50 in that room. Or maybe 75- I couldn't be sure.
I definitely felt out of place when I walked in. I was a little late because I had trouble finding a parking spot, and as I was scanning the room looking for Felicity's face, all I saw were elderly people. And I felt like they were all looking at me like I was a freshman that accidentally walked into senior home room on their first day of high school.
I'm not gonna lie, I feel like I exerted almost no physical energy in that class. But I think that may have been just what I needed. Physically, taking a total rest day at home would have probably benefited me the same, but then my mind would have been busy with Facebooking or watching tv. Instead, I feel like I actually got some good mental rest in combination with physical rest.
One important lesson I learned from the old man downward-dogging in front of Felicity:
It is perfectly acceptable to fart in yoga class! ;)
Have you ever felt out of place at a fitness class?
Do you like yoga?
How often do you take a rest day?