This past Saturday, I joined Jackie, her mom, Jan and our friend Kim at Yoga by the River at Hayes Nature Preserve. I searched at searched the internets for a more informative link and found all of nothing. I wish I could provide you with some more specific details like how it came about, etc, but unfortunately I couldn’t find anything. I believe Yoga by the River is sponsored by the Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center and Huntsville’s Operation Green Team. The instructor is Jon Lolley.
This was my first yoga class and despite laughing at myself from time to time, I actually enjoyed it. It was also nice to just be outdoors without the sounds of the city or The Tide barking or what have you. It was a really nice morning. It wasn’t too cool or too hot. The class started at 9:00 a.m. and was an hour long. After about 20 minutes or so I had to shed my long sleeve shirt because I had gotten warm from all the stretching. As you may know, yoga is basically just a bunch of stretching and breathing and relaxing and all that good (truly, it’s good!) stuff.
The hour went by really quickly and I only felt like a fool a couple of times. I usually go to a spin class on Saturday mornings, but really enjoyed the slower change of pace and I felt really good afterwards. The next day I was actually sore in some places, which is kind of odd considering there was no weight lifting involved, but according to Jon Folley, who could probably balance himself on one finger, you don’t need weights to be conditioned. I like your thinking, Jon Folley!
This Saturday is the last class of Yoga by the River. The class is free and as I mentioned begins at 9:00 a.m. and lasts an hour. This week after the class there will be a one mile hike to look at foliage, provided there’s any left after this week’s rains. I am probably going to go again this week so come on out and join us – just watch out for the falling acorns!