The past few weeks have been really busy and at times, stressful. I have been exercising hard, Christmas shopping, had lots on at work, been sorting out my dad’s estate and catching up with people in the busy run up to the festive period.
I’m a firm believer in listening to my body, and a couple of weeks ago, when my shoulder flared up again, I knew it was time to ease off the gas. I took myself off to see my physio who thankfully told me that it wasn’t the old injury but a bit of tendonitis caused by overuse and tension. Luckily, I don’t have to take months off the gym this time, but I have dropped all my weights and been advised by both my personal trainer and physio to take up yoga. This will help ease tension and stress, increase my strength and flexibility and help to prevent injury. It will also help massively with surfing by helping me to develop a stronger core and improved balance.
So yesterday, I met up with my surf friend Kelly to try Hotpod Yoga – a vinyasa flow class that takes place in an inflatable, heated studio designed to restore calm, warm the muscles for increased flexibility and make you work harder.
As soon as I stepped inside the pod, I instantly began to feel calmer. The smell of essential oils wafted through the air and the mood lighting created an air of serenity as Siobhan welcomed the class and began guiding us through the sequences.
I had only been to two yoga classes before, neither of which prepared me for how dynamic this class was. It was really challenging, very physical but an amazing workout! It highlighted the areas which I struggle with in the gym (upper body strength) but also helped to restore some much needed calm. The massage at the end of the class was a lovely little bonus!
One very strange thing happened during the class and right at the end during meditation – I started to cry. The emotion just spilled over and I tried really hard to get a grip, particularly as i didn’t want to look like an idiot in front of the class. I have heard this can happen. Sophia at ‘The Surf Yogini’ blog explained how this happened to her during yoga teacher training, and the hotpod teacher confirmed it when she asked me if I was ok at the end. Like Kelly said to me, its an hour where you concentrate just on yourself any emotion that has been lingering is bound to come to the surface.
I really enjoyed the class and felt an air of calm around me as Kelly and I headed off for a shower and a cuppa before having a relaxing lunch at a near by pub. It gave us an opportunity to really catch up and of course, talk surf!
I really admire Kelly. She is such a positive person and doesn’t worry about stuff, unlike me. The whole day really gave me a kick to try harder to stop being so negative, stop worrying about everything and just enjoy life and make the most of it. Yoga is something that will be hugely beneficial and play a big part in having a better outlook, and although the hotpod class is a little far from my home to make it a regular thing, it will be a great occasional complement to the yoga class that I have already signed up for at my local gym 🙂