Thanks to Groupon and the urging of my old yoga buddy, Jenny, I made my first visit to a yoga studio in a looooong time on Sunday.
For $60 you get a month of unlimited classes at CorePower Yoga, plus a free week for being a new student. CorePower offers Bikram yoga (though they can't call it that for legal reasons) and a variety of vinyasa classes of varying levels of intensity. We started with a beginner vinyasa power class.
And boy, did it kick my ass. I was chagrined to find that not only did I not recognize half the poses (I'm really only familiar with the 27-pose series of Bikram), but many of them were simply beyond my abilities to do properly. On the other hand, it felt good to be in the heated room, stretching out and doing something about my lazy, fat self.
OK, not fat, but fatter than I used to be, and certainly out of shape. And lazy.
So I'm going to try to do this three or four times a week for the next five weeks and see how I feel at the end of it. By then, I should at least have a better grasp of the poses!