I bought a series of yoga classes about ten years ago but quit after my first one because it was really terrible. The instructor was very anal and spent the hour-long class repeating my name over and over as an indicator that I wasn't doing it right. Over and over. For an hour. (I now also think it was vinyasa, which was too advanced for me.) So this time I made it a point to tell them when I registered that I was brand new, hoping that would set the stage.
I don't know what I think. I didn't really like it. It's definitely, definitely not user or newbie friendly at all, in my opinion. All the pose names and weird descriptions (Breathe into the center of your skull. Now let your forehead melt away.) I sweated my ass off - I wanted to say, COULD WE GET A LITTLE A/C IN HERE? - and my knees were killing me about half-way through. Some of the other kids in the class seemed ridiculously serious, with their aluminum water carriers and "This white t-shirt is green" shirts. I had on my "Just Do It" garb and accidentally burped at one point. The whole thing seemed a skosh elitist, I have to say.
However, I will say that I liked the sensation of stretching so thoroughly, and I really liked the fifteen minutes at the end where we just lay in the dark. That was fun. (I thought about surfing.) I also found the instructor to be pretty authentic and compassionate. I got some very good vibes from her, which I really appreciated after my last experience. She also has a slammin' bod. Did yoga do that? Depending on how I feel in the morning, I think I'll try it a few more times and make a decision at that point.
Also of note, I went for a jog today after a two week absence. Ouch. We're going through a god-awful heat wave right now and I thought I could beat the temps by going early-ish. It didn't work - it was 80* by 10:30 and I almost melted on the pavement. (80* is my max running temp.) BUT I did make it two miles jogging/walking (I alternate), and for the very first time in my life didn't have shin splints! It's a miracle. I felt minor irritation, but nothing like the daggers I've experienced daily up until now. Sincere thanks to the brilliant Stacey and genius D for explaining calf/shin stretches over e-mail. You kids are the best!