Sunday, June 19, 2011

SunCHIne and Summertime: Free Yoga on the Beach! Oh, God.

After getting about 16 hours of sleep last night, you would think I would be all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to take my Sunday on in full FORCE.

Nope. Instead, I woke up about forty-five minutes before I was supposed to arrive at this group yoga on the beach dealio I'd signed up for and, quite frankly, was half-tempted to just skip it. But please. Me? Skip a free event?

Especially a free exercise event? I SO do not think so.

So, off to yoga I went! Trust me, that exclamation point implies a whole lot more enthusiasm than I was actually feeling. I do think I feel better after the (few) times I've partaken in yoga, but still. I just can't seem to get all pumped UP for it. Anyway, this free yoga event was sponsored by Old Navy, Men's/Women's Health magazine and CorePower Yoga and was taking place on North Avenue Beach (almost a hop, skip and jump from my place), so I figured I might as well take advantage of yet another SunCHIne and Summertime activity.

As soon as I arrived, I was pleased with my decision to get my lazy butt out of bed. Everyone was so friendly during registration (must be those yoga endorphins already in high gear) and, let's be honest, the schwag CERTAINLY didn't hurt!

Free water bottles, a free Women's Health magazine and some free (healthy!) snacks were among the little treats with which I was delighted upon arrival!

I settled in to a spot (in the BACK, who are we kididng here?) just as the class was starting to fill up...

And so... let the CorePower Yoga commence.

Sigh. I WISH I looked like some of these folks... because they CERTAINLY look like they know what they're doing (to an extent, let's be fair). I mean, I give the instructors all the credit in the world for being motivational and detail-oriented when describing some of these poses, but at the end of the day, I just don't think yoga is for me.

Maybe it was me just being a wimp in the heat and humidity of this event. Or maybe it was the fact that this thing took place on the beach... and, well, I don't know about you, but MAN, who knew that balancing on varying mounds of sand could get so DARN DIFFICULT at points?

It didn't help that sand was literally getting EVERYwhere.

Like, that's where I was supposed to put my HEAD at one point! Are you kidding me? EW. Needless to say, I couldn't help but feel so DIRTY by the end of it all (does it make sense that I'm in LOVE with the beach, but NOT the biggest sand person? Sigh. Oh well. Whether it makes sense or not, it's true.)

Let's just say, by the end of this experience, I was so MORE than ready for a shower and, quite frankly, a nap. Yes, again. What can I say? Being all stretchy-stretchy and achieving all kinds of levels of zen apparently takes a lot outta me.

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