Over the years I’ve talked about my yoga journey many times on this blog. For the most part I try to attend a studio class at least once a week. Typically it’s a hot vinyasa or flow type class where I experience a lot of movement and deep stretches. I would like to go more often but it depends on the season (summer being busier) my schedule in general that week and finances. Yoga is expensive.
I ran out on my class pack a few weeks ago. I had bought a large one and stretched it for about 6-months. I figured I would just go without yoga for a while, maybe go to some $5 classes here and there. What I didn’t realize is that yoga has truly become something I need. Physically. The title of this post is “Seven Days” because seven days in I started to notice the change in my body. But it was about a three week break that I experienced that led me to the following conclusions.
The change was my lower back was tight. I would stretch out and do some yoga moves at home but it wasn’t helping. Taking a 60-minute class with constant movement in a heated room is definitely a bit different. I was also moody, sluggish and overall – just not feeling like myself. It was so strange and I tried to attribute some of those feelings to other areas of my life, such as diet.
In the meantime I was running a few times a week. I even went for a bike ride one day and walked the dog for an hour straight. But all that movement was not the same as the yoga classes I’ve been used to taking regularly now for more than three years. I realized how stiff and achy the body can become without that specific type of movement. So I scraped together my pennies and some birthday money (thank you family!) and bought a new class pack. I hope this one will get me through the summer.
I know for many yoga is a necessity. For me it’s been more of a luxury right now because of the cost and because my husband I have other financial goals we are focusing on. So I’ll be happy (giddy even) to get back to taking that one class a week.