My work is fast paced and stressful. I typically (shhhhh!) work through my lunch. I always have plans of walking the site at lunch. It almost never happens.
At home at night, there is a little Facebook noodling, but it is mostly house chores and then doing piece work as we work toward our dream of traveling in July of 2018. Bottom line, is that when I get to bed I have maybe 20 minutes to read and call that "my time." Don't get me wrong. I love to read. I love that our life is full and rich. But greedy little soul that I am, I craved a bit more time for myself. Maybe--gasp--60 whole minutes for myself!
I found myself longing for last summer when I could take Zumba classes. I love working out in a group setting, but flat out can not get up at the crack of dawn to go to a gym. When train runs are over, I can walk in the mornings. As much as I want time for myself, I know I need 6 hours of sleep a night to be a healthy happy woman!
Enter, Hot Yoga. I have not ever really been a yoga person. I have dabbled in it long ago in my teen years. Then I tried it a little at our church camping weekend. It was fun but I think mostly because I was on the beach. I was really super focussed on the sand under my feet and the feel of the breeze. It made it less annoying to me that we seemed to flow soooooooooooo slowly from one pose to another.
See, I am a bit of a hyper person. Not distractedly hyper (usually.) But someone who doesn't do meditation well. Someone who likes to beat book times on hikes. Someone who loves to move. So the slow peaceful yoga? My wife loves it but it just isn't my thing.
One of my friends from the kids dance school told me about this new yoga class. Ironically the studio is so near the train station that it is crazy easy for me to get to. The hot yoga class is Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. The time is perfect for me. I have all ready been up for 2 hours and gotten the grocery shopping done by then. The kids are old enough now to stay home for an hour when I go.
And I have discovered that hot yoga (at least at this studio) is a lot different from my other yoga experiences. There is a lot more movement, a lot less of the tedious holding of poses
It is challenging my body, keeping me fit and limber, which is good for me physically. I have always been pretty limber and it is coming back quickly. But more importantly is the benefit of that hour to myself, with friends. Just time for me. Namaste!