Yoga starts this Saturday at 10:15. Class is $10.00 and is open to members and non-members. You must sign up the night prior. Following is some information from Amanda about what you should expect.
The Saturday yoga class at CrossFit Adoration is designed with the CrossFitter in mind. That is not to say that you have to do CrossFit to see benefits from the practice. But I do know that a CrossFitter is someone who is frequently (and maybe too often) taxing his or her body without also achieving the balance of deep stretching and mobility. I know because I am guilty of it myself.
What you can expect out of the class is something that you might even consider “boring” because I’m going to ask you to slow down–there are no AMRAPs in this class, no EMOMs, no AQAPs, no max efforts. Asking a CrossFitter to stop competing–especially when it comes to physical movement–can be like asking a toddler to be reasonable. Again, I know because as a highly competitive and fast-paced person, it took me a long time (like a really long time) to appreciate the benefits of yoga. And while I do love a “hard” yoga class occasionally, I get the most mental and physical benefit from a slow practice in which I hold poses for several rounds of breath and where I am challenged on a mental and emotional level in a different way–a way that is a perfect compliment to the challenges of CrossFit.
There are several goals to work towards here: to increase flexibility and mobility, especially in the shoulders and hips, to increase awareness of your own body and how it moves through space when you aren’t lifting a barbell, to gain knowledge of the practice of yoga as a philosophy–not just a movement-based concept, to develop skills in meditation and breathwork, which have far-reaching positive effects on our abilities to process stressful events and to respond to situations rather than react to them.
Know, too, that there are many, many, many different types of yoga. If you have tried it before and didn’t like it, it may be worth trying again to see if you have a new and better experience. Likewise, if you have practiced yoga and love it, this class might be different in a way that is uncomfortable, and that’s ok, too.
SO! Join me every Saturday beginning January 11th from 10:15-11:00ish! Please bring a yoga mat and a towel. If you are able, also bring yoga blocks and a yoga strap with you. The props aren’t necessary, but they do make different poses more accessible–particularly for people who struggle with flexibility and/or balance. There are inexpensive options at Target, Dick’s, and Amazon.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text me at 804-586-3041.