Tuesday, January 02, 2007


I am taking Sivananda yoga at a local center near my house. It's 90 minutes long meeting twice a week. Last night was my first class.

There are six of us in what the center calls the "Beginners' Course", however I am the only true beginner. My 5 classmates (another guy and 4 women) have all taken some form of yoga training in the past (one even went to "yoga camp" for six weeks when she was 17 which, to me, seems a little like getting driving lessons before you take drivers' ed). I am the only one who has neither done, tried, attempted, practiced, nor even seen yoga up close.

For the most part, I think I did pretty well. The only pose I could not get into was the shoulder stand (see image at right). Because of my wide back and lats, the teacher said it might take me longer to assume that position. So that's one I need to practice at home.

When I am alone.

With the doors locked.

And the blinds closed.

And my phone turned off.

In any event, it didn't deter me enough to not go back. So here we go - into the world of physical and spiritual improvement.

God help me.