On Wednesday night during my slowpitch softball game, I hit a triple – that’s the somewhat impressive part.
The pathetically unimpressive part is the fact it took me the rest of the inning and half of the next one for me to catch my breath. It was ugly.
That was truly a wakeup call – I needed to start working out and getting back in shape.
Well, two problems. One, I hate running. Two, if you saw me at a gym, it would give you a hearty chuckle.
I’m also as flexible as a No. 2 pencil, so why not try to knock out a workout, breathing exercises and stretching all in one hour?
“How about we give yoga a try?” I thought to myself.
I never thought in a million years I would voluntarily sign up for a yoga class, but I went for it. It didn’t seem hard, because let’s be honest, most people don’t see yoga as the most macho routine to do. I also went into Happy Dog Yoga Studio’s introduction class on Thursday morning, so I thought it was going to be a breeze.
Well, I was certainly wrong – it was a workout that had me feeling the burn yet relieving the stress at the same time.
“(Beginners are surprised) with the fact it’s not just stretching, but also using the body and the strength that they have,” said Kim Nesbitt, who has taught yoga for 10 years.
“First timers also notice how well they sleep … I’ve had people that can’t sleep or have insomnia come back and say ‘wow, I had such a great sleep.’”
Nesbitt was also the instructor for the Thursday morning beginner hatha class, which lasts an hour and is free for a first-time customer. Returners pay from $12 for a single session to $225 for three unlimited months.
Throughout the hour session, Nesbitt was persistent on making sure the breathing was in sync with the body through every pose. Compared to going to a gym, jogging around the neighborhood or doing aerobics, yoga offers a change of pace to what are usually more grueling workouts.
“You’re taking it at a slow pace, and you’re breathing is a lot different,” Nesbitt said. “Harvard just came out with a new study that it’s just as beneficial as an aerobics course.”
The style of yoga has a huge range at Happy Dog Yoga Studio as they offer 14 different styles to learn from. Classes run seven days a week with classes happening in the morning and evening. For more information on classes, times and pricing, head to http://www.happydogyogastudio.com.
And if you don’t think your body is built for yoga, believe me, there is a course for even the stiffest of bodies.
“There’s yoga for everybody,” Nesbitt said. “Never stay away from a class because you’re not flexible, that’s the reason you should come.
“A healthy muscle is a flexible muscle.”
Yoga at the beach
Want to take yoga another step further and be one with nature?
Every Saturday until Aug. 15 Happy Dog Yoga Studio will break out of the room and head to Lakeside Beach for beach yoga sessions.
The sessions are $5 and take place every Saturday at 10 a.m. Just like the classes in the studio, there will be mats and props provided.
Also, if there’s a little tyke in the family that caught World Cup fever, incoming Port Huron Northern senior and Michigan State women’s soccer commit Hannah Jones will be giving lessons to 6-10 year olds.
Like yoga, the classes are $5 per session and will take place at the beach, and kids are required to bring their own ball.
All proceeds from both sessions will go to soccer equipment for children in Nicaragua when Rhonda, Georgia and Hannah Jones visit at the end of summer.
Contact Matt Sheehan at (810)-989-6267 or email@example.com. He’s on Twitter @Sheehan_Sports.