I have always wanted to join a yoga studio, but memberships at studios are out of my budget. A studio close to my apartment charges $130 per month for an unlimited classes membership with a 3-month commitment or $165 for a month of unlimited classes. Fortunately, they have a 3-week $39 introductory rate for new students.
With the school year coming to an end and my after school work commitments being over I decided to sign up and get the most out of my 3-week membership — in part the reason I have been a little off the radar this month.
I began my journey with a “Vinyasa Foundations” class and a couple of days later took a “Hot Yoga” class. Of the two I really enjoyed “Hot Yoga” and committed to it for the remaining 3 weeks. My body’s response to practicing in a 90+ degrees heated room has been unexpected and I want to share it.
I want to focus on how practicing yoga has positively affected what I put (or don’t) in my body:
1) Wanting raw food
I immediately began to crave rawness. As a vegan, I have always taken a lot of pleasure in eating vegetables and fruits, but my body’s desire for a mango or a bowl of spinach was overpowering.
2) Rejecting coffee
Most recently, I have been unable to drink coffee. Last Sunday, I had coffee in the morning and a bitter, odd taste overwhelmed the taste of the coffee. I drank a little more thinking I was imagining things and a couple of hours later was completely sick. I gave coffee another chance on Friday. This time I had iced coffee (different blend, different business) and the bitter taste was still there. I took 5 sips and dumped it.
3) Reducing alcohol consumption
A few yoga classes later I lost interest in alcohol. Thoughts of going out and hanging out with friends come to mind along with the “pleasant” thoughts of having a nice cool margarita on a hot day, but once the opportunity to drink alcohol comes — I do not want it. I could drink it if I want to, but don’t care for it.
It’s hard to unquestionably attribute my intolerance to coffee, disinterest in alcohol, and cravings for raw foods to my limited experiences with yoga, but I’d like to think it’s related.
Sadly, my 3 week membership expires today, but my amazing neighborhood has a yoga studio that offers $5 classes. I plan on checking it out this week.