Wednesday, July 8, 2009


When I worked for Bally Total Fitness (before Dave and I were married)one of my Operations Managers was also the head aerobics instructor. Shelly was AWESOME when it came to teaching classes. It didn't matter what class she was teaching you knew it was going to be fun and you were going to get a great workout.

My favorite class of hers was her Power Yoga class. I remember the first night she taught that class I just happen to be in the gym working out (a side note it was very difficult to go back to work to workout after spending 8 hours there that day) and I was walking around the track above the aerobics room. I kept thinking that the class going on was very strange, how could a bunch of stretches do anything for you.

Well a few weeks later Shelly talked me into trying it and I was instantly in LOVE. It was one of the most intense workouts I had ever had and at the same time it was very relaxing. It also helped immensely with my scoliosis. For the next year or so I took that class every Tuesday and Thursday evening. I was in the best shape of my life. My abs looked amazing and the rest of my body wasn't bad either. Then I got pregnant with Emma and I had to stop due to some sever back and hip issues. I remember when my OB was cutting me open during my c-section he made the comment that my abs were very strong. Too bad him cutting through them ruined that for me.

While I was pregnant Shelly left Bally's and teaching aerobics so I didn't have a class to go back to. Since then I have been trying to find something that gave me those same results both physically and mentally. I hadn't found anything until this past week. I decided to go back to Exercise TV onDemand (the videos I used last year to loose a bunch of weight) and they had a bunch of different yoga videos to try. I picked one that I thought sounded good but didn't get my hopes up. Within the first few minutes I could tell that this video was almost identical to the class Shelly used to teach.

So now I have my Yoga back but I am no where near where I used to be. I know I'm not in the same kind of shape as I was back then but I didn't realize just how bad it was until I tried to do some of the positions I used to and couldn't even come close. On the positive side I guess it gives me something to work towards.


Tiffany McCallen said...

Yoga is one of those things I always meant to try and never have. I have visions of a peaceful Sunday morning doing yoga on a mat outside in the fresh dew and sunshine... ha ha ha! :) Glad you're loving it again. I bet it will all come back to you before you know it.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Cool! Best of luck! I have a pilates dvd but no yoga. Hmm, I wondering if I should check it out.