Yay! I just survived my first ever Ashtanga class – woo-hoo! I’d dance around the room if I had the energy. Actually it wasn’t as punishing as I was expecting. It was pitched at a pretty low level, was only an hour class and was expertly led by Laura.
I’d been wanting to try an Ashtanga class for a while but was a bit nervous about it as I do have a lot of lower back issues and I’ve never been one for getting all hot and sweaty during exercise. But that’s the beauty of this scheme – you get to try as many classes and teachers as you like and if you don’t like it, you’ve lost nothing except your time.
There’s much more flow between the postures in Ashtanga which I enjoyed as it feels more like a dance and we covered some different postures which I’ve not tried before in Hatha. And I do enjoy a bit of variety – what with it being the spice of life ‘n’ all. As usual I was fairly hopeless at the balance postures. I thought Tree was challenging but Half Lotus with your leg in the air? In my dreams. i’m like Bambi on the ice, and once I start wobbling, I get the giggles which makes me a little self-conscious. Thankfully I wasn’t the only one.
So the class made me work harder than usual but considering I’m not doing much for my cardio-vascular fitness at the moment, that’s got to be a good thing. I’d definitely go back to this class. Now I just wish my left arm would stop shaking!