I was first introduced to yoga in 2007, when my office started bringing in an instructor twice a week. Free classes during my lunch break? Yes!
We started shortly after my first marathon, and I remember thinking what a great complement yoga was to running. At the time, I wasn’t doing any other cross-training.
I never went to any other classes until two summers ago, when I bought a Groupon for Bikram. I worried that I would have trouble in the heat, but I was curious. And the price was right — unlimited classes for one month for only $25.
I don’t remember how many classes I made it to that month … but I really enjoyed it. Just not enough to cough up the full price after that first month. But that fall, I picked up another Groupon, two months for $49. It stuck the second time. I first purchased one month, but then signed on for a whole year. You save a lot if you commit upfront! I just renewed again for a third year.
The only time that really works with my schedule is the 6 a.m. class. It’s often hard to get motivated to get out of bed in the morning and out the door by 5:45 a.m., but it always feels so good to start the day in class. For most of my two years in class, I’ve typically gone Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
Triathlon training has put a wrinkle into my yoga schedule, though. Swimming is Tuesday/Thursday nights, and I usually don’t get home until 10 p.m. Even if I manage to get to bed promptly, I just can’t make it to class the next day. I’ve tried setting my early alarm a few times — only to reset it for a more reasonable wake-up time.
So I’ve switched my yoga schedule to Tuesday/Thursday. I wish I could make it to more classes (maybe sometimes I’ll fit a Monday in), but I’m OK with this format until swimming ends at the end of May.
It does make for very busy Thursdays, though! Our office yoga has since dwindled down to just once a week (we do have bootcamp three times a week, plus a crossfit-style instructor), and of course that’s on Thursday. I don’t want to miss his class … but I don’t want to skip Bikram. Just once a week isn’t enough!
So that’s two and a half hours of yoga … plus swimming at night, and I often try to squeeze in a run before I hit the pool.
But I love it.