I swear every New Year I think about how I should do more yoga. I also think about how I want to do pull ups but that hasn’t happened and I think I’m over pull ups. Anyhow, this year after hearing my friend Carly rave about Corepower I decided to give it a try. She told me there was a class called yoga sculpt. Sculpt, YES, I need a lot of sculpting. I was a bit intimidated so I enlisted the support of a good friend. My friend was up for trying something different. She does a lot of yoga but Corepower was new to her We arrived and managed to squeeze our mats so they were next to one another. We sat down on our mats and began to take it in our surroundings. At one point before class started she looked over at me and said, “I feel like I’m in the movie This is 40.” Sadly I’m closer to 40 then I am 30 and I got what she meant. We were flanked by beautiful young women (this place draws a UCLA crowd) scantily clad in sports bras and short shorts. Although I could say age and having birthed a child were my excuse, truth is I never looked like them. As if they were not enough to distract us, in walks a tall, dark, and very chiseled man shirtless and in what I’ll call hot pants. At this point I was feeling amused. Regardless of how the class turned out, I knew I’d have some material and visual candy.
Class started and the teacher, Marxel, cranked up the heat and turned up the music. We did a series of yoga poses and the pace was fast. Before I knew it I was dripping with sweat and loving every second of it. I was no longer concerned with the people around me, I was more concerned with myself. OMG I was getting my butt kicked. Push ups, mountain climbers, up dog, down dog, chaturanga push up, was there no mercy. Sweat was coming out of pores I didn’t know I had and I felt winded – sprints winded. I wasn’t the only one sneaking in an extra child’s pose here and there. Anyhow, about 3/4 of the way through class we picked up our weights (I stuck with 3lb weights) and incorporated them into the movements. You’d be surprised how heavy those weights begin to feel.
Although I was glad when we took our final savasana, I felt great. In fact so great that I decided every weekend when possible I would go to Corepower Yoga Sculpt. I’ve now been 4 times. I’m hooked. Marxel was out of town one of the weekends and there was a different instructor. She was great in her own way but not as hard. Rumor has it (according to friends and other people I hear talking after class) Marxel is the hardest teacher. I’m not telling you this so you’ll be that much more impressed with me or think I’m more insane then you once thought. My point is that each instructor is different so give it a try and see for yourself. If you don’t like to work out and don’t like to sweat then don’t go. But if you are up for a challenge (and have consulted with a physician and are ok to exercise) give it a try.
And if you ever want someone to go with on a Sunday morning, let me know.