|This might be what I look like at Body Flow|
The first time I took a Pilates class I simply went because I thought it would be good to stretch for a full hour. I'd been feeling some pain in my left hip and thought that it would help. I'd heard that Pilates was a good cross-training workout for runners. It certainly was, but the next day I could feel EVERY SINGLE ONE of the benefits of the class centered into my abdomen. I was so sore, but it was a great feeling! I was introduced to Body Flow by another instructor at the gym who teaches some of the other Les Mills classes. I've been wanting to try it and finally made it there tonight. At the end of the class I knew that even though I wasn't as flexible or strong as some of the others in the class, I knew I would come back to challenge myself and to see how far I could push my body next time. I think that is my goal in all of the things that I do, but this time there was a little more emotional benefit too.
The class ended with about 5 minutes of meditation. I found myself in tears within 30 seconds. I'm normally an emotional person and my first reaction to anything is tears. Whether I'm happy, sad, angry or frustrated, there are always tears. The instructor talked about letting things go and breathing in "good". I was able to let a lot of negativity go, I felt a new emotional strength and I know that I really needed that to help refocus myself this week. If you have a chance to try out Yoga, Pilates or Body Flow, do it! If you didn't like it the first time, try it again.
Now for your viewing pleasure, a little Throwback Thursday love. Fall 2011, not even at my heaviest. I'm on the right and my
|That would be my dad photo bombing in the back...|
This Saturday is the 5K I've been training for! Wish me luck!