Lifestyle: Deeversions – Yoga
Our Dee’s been looking for a brand new diversion to keep her going during the week’s drudgery, so we sent her to a series of keep-fit and active living classes so she could
warn everyone about the horrors of an active lifestyle choose what worked best for her. This week, Dee’s diversion is everyone’s favourite stretchy-feely pastime: yoga!
Cork-based Dee attended the 8pm Yoga class at The Well Within Centre on MacCurtain Street.
There is something very relaxing about hearing a room full of people breathing in unison. In fact, the Well Within Centre in Cork is a very relaxing space; it’s almost like being in someone’s apartment.
This was a class which I had been looking forward to a lot, having not attended yoga in over a year due to… due to my lazy nature. Digging out my best comfy hippy clothes was even somewhat exiting! Though admittedly it’s a contradiction to get excited about a relaxing class.
I rolled out my mat and sat cross-legged like a good little student while Graham, the instructor, spoke in a perfectly relaxing voice that had an instantly calming effect on the group, almost making it possible to forget that there was a whole world outside the room.
We started off easy – just a few stretches to warm up. Then we entered the whole world of unpronounceable poses, with the only one sticking in my head the ‘downward facing dog’. What I found very decent was that Graham gave more than one version of most positions: an easy one and a slightly more advanced one. Seeing as it was a beginners class it seemed the most fair way of keeping everyone in the same place.
It’s a very beautiful sensation to really stretch. Not just a morning half-yawn-half-stretch, but to really stretch. To feel your muscles extend, and to concentrate on your breathing. There is no other time in your life where you could do this but in a yoga class. And this is something that you won’t be able to replicate at home either; you need the atmosphere of the class to keep you motivated. Well, I would, anyway; I know if I was doing this at home my mind would be wandering to the kettle and the remote…
What was a little strange was the wind-down at the end. You really do become aware of your body. You don’t think twice about your shin bones, do you? Well, you would if Graham and his velvety voice was telling you to become aware of them while you lay flat on your back, wrapped in a blanket with a lavender bean cushion on your eyes.
When the class is over and you have to stand up and walk around again, you do feel a little high. Almost like that sleepy/giddy feeling that people sometimes get. Other people get that, right?
As far as value goes, €12.50 for drop-ins is very reasonable, considering the class was an hour and half long. It did feel like good exercise; you may not break a sweat as such, but you feel like you’re doing your body (and your mind) some good. That, and the fact that there was minimal pain the next day, this is a class that I’d like to return to.