Before I started Jiu Jitsu, I tried my hand at Yoga.
I know that there are many people out there that swear by Yoga and I did hope that it might be able to help me deal with losing mom. (#cancerblows)
My fellow dance moms being the amazing supporters that they are….laughed when they heard I was going to give it a go. Many a smirky comment flew around the room (not that I would expect anything less from a Spaniard’s sense of humor 🙂 ). Truth is, I simply do not have the personality required to be serious at yoga and they know it.
Still, one of them joined me on my little test case. We purchase a 5-session intro pack, grab our mats (dad had already purchased one for me years back when he attempted to get me into Yoga) – water bottle in hand, hair tied back and off we go! (Did you know pedicures
are must in Yoga too?!! There was no way I was taking my socks off today!!)
It begins as Monste is driving us to the Yoga studio near Jane and Dundas in Toronto. Have you ever driven in Toronto on a Saturday?! It’s crazy!! She calmly tells me to keep an eye out for a parking spot. Car after car whizzing by me. I get dizzy and my eyes begin to tear from extreme lack of blinking caused by being on the lookout.
Finally!! A Spot!
“Monste! Quick!! There is one!!”
She frantically spins the steering wheel and masterfully swings the car into a beautiful spot just beside the building.
All smiles, we enter the building. Walk up 5 flights of stairs….i couldn’t catch a breath by the time we were upstairs – and I am still expected to follow through with yoga? Seriously?!
Onwards march…we pay for our intro pack…get the mini-tour…and now we are on the mat. Apparently what we signed up for was Vinyasa – where there is no down time between poses, they make your heart beat at a steady pace and something about breathing in beat of the …..
That I didn’t understand. Each time the instructor told me to hold a pose for 8, I could not for the life of me figure out what that meant.
So there I am, butt in the air, hoping to the good lord that the man in front of me did not have kidney beans for dinner last night – and I am holding for 8. But exactly what 8?
Someone in the room should really stop smoking. Their breathing is very, very heavy…
Wait a minute….the whole room is taking deep breaths! The music has a voice over of breaths! I got it! I got it!! Hold for 8 BREATHS!!
I am obviously doing waaaay too much thinking throughout this whole session. Did I mention it was 90 minutes long?? I really should read the fine print when I get myself into these situations. Geez…
Now I am watching the clock because a) my body is really starting to ache; b) the hot flashes have started and I am pretty sure based on all the condensation on the windows, it’s about 200C in the room and c) we have to go pick up the girls from dance.
I am panicking. Monste is also watching the clock now.
Time’s up! We run out of the studio to grab the girls, only to find out there is a parking ticket on the window!! Now we are late for pick up, the girls are frantically texting us – their instructors want to go home too!!
Long story, short….needless to say signing up long term was not in the cards – the stress of going to Yoga was too much.
And what is with the ‘OoooooooHhhhhhMmmmmmm’ at the end of the sessions?!?! I simply could not keep it together any longer, my snickering got louder each time I heard it.
Fast forward into Jiu Jitsu…
As I begin to advance, I am learning you need to supplement other forms of exercise or stretching with Jiu Jitsu. You need it to improve upon your game.
Maybe that specific yoga class was not for me, as long as I know some of the stretches that I can incorporate it into my warm-up routine at Jiu Jitsu, I’ll be ok. Plus the days in between my training, it feels good to pull the kinks out of my body in the privacy of my own home.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not dissing yoga and its benefits. As with everything else I do, I have to go through a trial and error process. My first exposure to it wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t the worst either. My personality requires a little more tumbling than zenning.
Here are a few websites that show how to incorporate Yoga into Jiu Jitsu and you can do them at home.