When people ask me if I exercise to keep myself trim I tell them yes if it includes chasing after a baby. Honestly, I think the last time I did any proper form of exercise was more than 10 years ago. I hardly have enough time in my 24 hours, how to squeeze in exercise?
However, after I gave birth to Kate, I was in a very unfit state. I had bad backaches, stiff shoulders, a sore neck and I felt very tired and drained all the time. A friend suggested I take up Yoga. I told her I had dabbled in different types of Yoga before and I didn’t like it. She told me this type of Yoga is different and persuaded me to just go for 1 lesson to give it a try. I did, and now there’s no turning back! I look forward to my Wednesday lessons and I encourage all my friends to give this type of Yoga a try. I am indeed hooked on Yin Yoga for life.
Initially, I found the postures a little hard to do. However, the instructor is very encouraging and she gives personal attention to those who are new. The others in the class are all mummies and many of us start off in a rather unfit state. We go at our own pace and we don’t feel intimidated if we can’t do certain poses well… yet. Over time, we are impressed with our own achievements!
The postures are gentle but powerful. By holding the postures for a couple of minutes each, it helps to cleanse our body from within. She will explain to us that the postures are working our inner organs such as our digestive system, our liver, our kidneys etc. This type of yoga clears up blockages in our body which gives us more energy. Our flexibility is also improved. Not only does it benefit our bodies but it also benefits our minds. It gradually trains us to be more mindful and to learn to focus. I always leave the class feeling calm and tranquil. Life is less stressful.
The sessions are on Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-10.30am. As the instructors are also mummies, we take a break during school holidays as many of us are away with our kids (perfect for all of us mummies). A new term is starting next week. Each session costs $28, payable by term. They are pleased to offer a trial class @ $20 for all mummywee readers and your friends 🙂
Sane tip: I really look forward to this 1 hour of ‘me’ time every week. It reminds me to take it slow the rest of the week and maintain my ‘zen-ness’ after I leave the session.
Save tip: I used to pay thousands of dollars for membership at those big name gyms, with the greedy mentality that I will make my money’s worth and attend as many classes as I can. Ends up, my enthusiasm will slowly dwindle and I would have wasted a lot of my money. Now, I just pay for once a week sessions and I have not missed a session since.
YinSpace @ Strathmore (Alexandra area)
or contact Chrissie @ 98159789
or FB @ Yinner Balance Yoga
~ mummywee – parenting 6 kids without going mad or broke ~