Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friends Are More Important Than Money

The title of this post is one of several very yoga-esque phrases I came across this past Friday. I tried out yoga for the first time on Friday with Alan, my new found friend I mentioned earlier. Alan has become a good friend. I'm not sure exactly how we became good friends, it just happened without me realizing it I guess. I think Alan decided that the two of us were going to be pals before we even had a conversation with one another. I'm usually really standoffish with people in the beginning stages of getting to know them which results in a very long process of becoming friends. But Alan didn't let me do my regular standoffish thing, he was pretty aggressive in his friendship recruiting, so we quickly became friends before I even realized it had happened. I'm happy to have him as a new friend though! He's a really good one, always checking up on me, and has turned out to be a person who is genuinely concerned about the well-being of others. Alan's Jewish, has long shaggy hair and wears really expensive jeans. He's also claimed that I am the very first LDS person he's ever met; this has led to many interesting conversations between the two of us. Karen and I have managed to get him to come out to a hike/bonfire that our ward put on a couple weekends ago. Alan said he had a good time, and afterward had a million questions about the whole social dynamic of the activity. He was pretty fascinated by the whole thing, and I can't say that I blame him for that in the least. Anyway, let me tell you a little about Friday's yoga session. I loved it! Since I like to work out, I knew I would enjoy it to a certain extent, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I'm definitely going to try it again. Alan does yoga several times a week at this studio which specializes in hot yoga. Hot yoga sessions take place in a room heated up to about 105 degrees. So you walk into the studio and are sweating even before the session begins. It was so funny, I walked into the studio with Alan and was like, "Okay, this isn't as bad as I thought it would be...Is this as warm as it gets?" Alan turned to me and said, "Oh no, it gets waaaay more hot than this." At that point, I got a little apprehensive, but luckily I did fine. The heat didn't end up bothering me at all really. Everyone's just dripping with sweat by the end of the session, which lasts about 1 hour and 15. Alan kept on checking up on me during the session, making sure I didn't pass out! Toward the end of the workout, I even managed to do one of these....

Haha! I was so proud of myself. For me the craziest thing about doing yoga is how much it gets your heart pumping. I mean, I was concentrating on doing all these different slow, meditative yoga poses and before I knew it my heart was pumping at the rate it would've been had I been jogging or cycling. It's a really great workout. I found out there's another studio in Gilbert just like the one Alan took me to in Phoenix, so I'm going to start going to that one I think. I love being drenched in sweat after a workout...makes me feel like I actually accomplished something. Here are a few more yoga-esque phrases I noticed on Friday. It was a good time for sure.

Stress is related to 99% of all illness.

Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.

Your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself.

The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness.


Poopers AKA 2Ply said...

I got into yoga some last summer, it can be really fun. I noticed recently a Bikram yoga place near my house, I was thinking about taking an actual class instead of just using DVDs. Maybe we should go when you're here.

Em Russ said...

Hot yoga sounds like torture to me! Glad you're enjoying it! (are you going to be in Utah in July? We are going to be there for the whole month so if by some lucky chance you are... we NEED to get together!)