Years ago when I was part of a gym, I used to do pilates and yoga classes – I disliked both of them!
(I would rather do a boxing, pump or spin class, because I liked my exercise to be INTENSE and SWEATY!)
After that, I got into long distance cycling for a few years… and now I’m into running.
And lately I’ve discovered the joy of yoga.
In fact, I’ve fallen in love with yoga and what it has done to my body. I breathe better. I stretch better. I relax better. I meditate better. My awareness of my body, my posture, my flexibility and my pose has heightened. I loooove yoga. I never thought I would.
I’m also incredibly frustrated with it, because I want to be better at yoga NOW. I want to be stronger, more flexible, more more balanced NOW. But I’m not. It’s humbling for me. So in that, it has made me listen to my body and be much more patient with it.
(OMG will you listen to all this yogi shit coming out of my mouth!! Who am I??)
Anyway, I thought I would try some pilates again. Who knows, maybe I might fall in love with that too?
Nope. I went to a new class the other day and had a rather poor experience.
The actual pilates movements were OK; I was good at some moves and extremely crappy at others.
I just didn’t connect with the instructor in our style or vibe.
And it made me realise how important it is to find that connection with your class instructor, in terms of learning/teaching styles, what you’re looking for in a class, and what stage you are in your development.
Anyway, enough rambling from me, I’m still going to stick with it and stick with yoga too.
I’m hoping to experiment with a few more Pilates classes and studios in the next few weeks, and hopefully I’ll enjoy it! Wish me luck!