Anyway, that is exactly what happened to me yesterday morning. I had some extra free time and wanted to hit up a yoga class since my back has been getting sore a lot more than usual lately, so I tried out a yoga class at the Y that I have never been to. Normally the 10:00 am Wednesday class does not fit in my schedule, but I have been satisfied with all the other yoga classes I have taken there so I decided to jump in on this class since I was free. I got to class about 5 minutes early, just as the class before us was ending. I didn't think much of it when all of those participants walked out and I was the only one left in the room (plus the teacher). The instructor looked kind of nervous and said, "I wonder where everyone is? There's normally 6 or 7 other people." Well those 6 or 7 other people never showed up and we started the class with just me.
At first I was really uncomfortable, I mean I was the only one there to practice and there was no music playing. I think the no music thing weirded me out the most, because I'm so used to it, but as we moved along I felt a different sense of peace and relaxation from the absence of music and being able to hear my breathe going in and out. The instructor did a pretty good job of making me feel comfortable, including practicing with me rather than instructing me. She took me through all 12 yoga postures of a typical Sivananda yoga class, most of which were pretty basic moves, but we did do a couple that were very challenging for me.
|Crow Pose (Kakasana)|
I have had the opportunity to try the crow pose in a class before (and have never succeeded), but I have never had the opportunity to try the headstand until today. It was really ironic that I happened to take this class in which we tried the headstand, because I just commented on Tina's blog yesterday that I have never tried the move and that it scares the bejeezus out of me! Tina you'll be happy to hear that I did something that scares me yesterday!
After getting comfortable with the situation, I actually came to like my experience in class and was happy that I was the only one there. Had I not been the only one there I would not have gotten the TLC I did from the instructor during the headstand and crow pose, which if I didn't already mention I failed miserably... something to work on though.
In addition to yoga in the morning I ran 3 miles, went to a Just Pump class and then ran 1.25 miles home. The run home was killer since it was after lifting, but I needed it since it is a good simulation of what my legs will feel like on the home stretch of the half marathon I have coming up.
Have you ever been the only one in a group exercise class?
What was your workout yesterday/today?
PS It's my birthday today! :D