My free week at CorePower Yoga flew by extremely quickly. Yesterday, I went to C1.5 — which was heated (not hot) yoga — and this morning I went to C1 for my final free class. I had a great experience at both and I’m pretty sad that I have no more classes to go to. I pushed myself a few times during these weeks – both in my yoga practice and in my personal comfort zone. My last two intentions that I set for these practices were “my strength.” I was proud of myself.
30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day Twenty-Seven
So the three classes I tried at CorePower were C1 (the first level for beginners), Yin Yoga (ultra restorative), and C1.5 (the transition class between C1 and C2). While there is no extra humidity added to C1, the room is still about 85 degrees — during C1.5, the official website says the room will get up to 90 degrees! As someone who naturally does not do well with heat, hot or heated yoga never even was a consideration for me to want to try in my life. But, this 30 days of yoga is a great excuse to push myself and try something new.
The C1.5 sequence wasn’t too much more difficult than regular C1 — a couple places for advanced moves like crow filtered in, and there was no balance poses (dancer, eagle arms/legs, and tree). I don’t know if it was because it was the day after the 4th of July and the instructor said she was going to take things slower than usual, or if that was the norm with the temperature and humidity increased, but it was a nice slow-paced class for a day that I would rather have been laying on the couch.
“My strength” intention was for me to get through the heated yoga hour. There were only a few times during the class when I felt hot, like almost over-heated. I was able to return to my breathing to refocus and distract myself. I was definitely dripping sweat, and if I continued going to classes like this or true hot yoga, I would have to invest in a towel cover for my mat. Slippery hands and toesies!
30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day Twenty-Eight
And that leaves this morning. Some plans we had last night were a bit postponed, so I went to bed at a reasonable time and woke up around 7 to make it to an 8:30 am C1 class by the park I love so much. I have the day off today for a delayed three-day holiday weekend, and it was nice to be out and about in the morning during the week when I’m usually at work.
When I checked in, I immediately liked the instructor. During this whole week at CorePower, I never had a repeat instructor! That was nice to get a feel for different styles of teaching. The woman today was so friendly and warm, and that presence completely transferred to the class, as well. She said it was her first time back teaching after a month in Kenya, and she was so happy to be there.
There were only about 7 of us in class today, and our instructor was more hands-on than any of the other classes I was in this week. She adjusted my postures probably 7 or 8 times during the hour, which I loved. With how crooked my body feels, it’s hard for me to know if I’m doing something wrong because my body isn’t built for it or just because I’m not quite there in the pose yet.
“My strength” intention came through this class because I challenged myself to not stand in the back corner, but to put mat up in the very front row, right next to the teacher’s mat. This was my last class, I had to stand up for my confidence, and take that tiny little step towards being stronger mentally. The class felt so wonderful – I pushed my body physically and stayed in tune mentally – and during final savasana and the closing words at the end with your hands at your third eye, I felt myself crying. I KNOWWW, it’s so cheesy, but for those who know me – I’m a total crybaby. I was overcome with how good I felt doing these five classes for myself and that I pushed myself to try something new all alone. I felt so happy to be in a room where my progress felt celebrated, not only by my guide, but my me.
After I left, I went down to the park next to the studio and sat on a bench with my water. It was such a nice morning, not even 10 am, the wind was nice and cool and the lake smelled so summer-y lake-y and the dirt smelled like dirt. The sunshine was warm, but it wasn’t hot or humid yet, and since most people were either still in bed or at work, the usually busy park was pretty relaxed. Just a few older people on walks and runners. I only sat there for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, and I didn’t feel necessarily meditative, but I felt calm and happy just to enjoy a few minutes observing a perfect morning.
- Two days left!
- During crow pose today, I felt myself make progress more than I ever had in that pose. My teacher came by and told me to bend my arms a bit more, and when I did, she exclaimed “you’re doing it, MaDonna!” which made me gasp in excitement and I fell! 🙂
- Of all the body parts that are sore from these practices, it’s my upper thighs that are killing me the most (in a good way). All that chair pose and Warrior 2. Seeing my posture in the mirror really helps to get the right alignment.
- In yesterday’s C1.5, instead of the wide legged forward fold, the instructor offered a modifier to do downward facing frog instead. What! I’ve never even seen this pose — and I loved it! I’m adding that into my regular rotation immediately! Felt so good.
Namaste and see you tomorrow!
Disclaimer: I am so so so so so not even close to being a medical professional and the same goes for being a professional yoga instructor. All I’m doing is journaling my personal experiences regarding my physical health and my yoga practice, please do not follow any of this instead of going to a physician yourself. I do not believe YouTube is a substitution for true medical care, but can be a supplement to what you and your doctor decide what’s best for you!