I love the YMCA near my home for a number of reasons.
- I am the youngest person by 25 years most days.
- It is less than 1/4 of a mile from my home.
- I can make new friends in the Silver Sneakers Yoga class.
- I have yet to see a naked person in the locker room.
I was in a car accident a few years ago and have been leery to get back into a few things. Start slow I tell myself, so I decided to attend the Silver Sneakers yoga class one afternoon. I called beforehand to make sure that it was okay for me attend. Green light. I put on my yoga gear, look for my yoga mat with no luck and hit the road. Silver Sneakers here I come.
I walk up to the classroom and am greeted by a few seniors. I ask about a mat and they kind of laugh and instruct me to grab a chair. Chair???? The class was packed. Betsy greets me. She is adorable, wearing a black get up with a blue vest and her hair and make-up are impeccable. Thank goodness I had on earrings and chap stick. She introduced me to Phil and a few other folks who were absolutely delightful. She came in a little closer and gave an insider tip, “this class is really about breathing, you might want to come to the Tuesday or Thursday classes because they are a better workout”. I appreciated the tip.
The class was wonderful. I worked on my breathing, did some amazing stretching and actually learned a few poses that were good for my back and neck. Fellow classmates had me giggle at times with comments about getting old. Priceless. I also appreciated that the instructor made everyone stop every 5 minutes to take a sip of water. Sometimes you just need a reminder.
Class is over and everyone thanks me for coming. I would TOTALLY work out more if I had a cheering squad like this. Phil came up and offered to take my chair back and Betsy encouraged me to please come back. DONE .