Jan 26, 2024 - Things to Do

Axios NWA does: Yoga for the first time

A bald, bearded man who is NOT Worth practices yoga. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not flexible.

  • It's true of both my personality and body.
  • I've wanted to try yoga for years to limber up and increase my range of movement.

The setup: I recently purchased a trial offer (four classes for $20) from Trailside Yoga & Beyond in Fayetteville.

  • My ego wanted to attack advanced practices.
  • My back said the SLOFlow sessions, inclusive of beginners, were more sensible.

😬 The experience: Laying partly undressed on a floor with people I didn't know, but who were surely more graceful than I, trying to mimic the teacher without my glasses conjured flashbacks of eighth-grade P.E.

  • Abhorrent.

😥 The intrigue: It's a helluva lot harder than expected, especially if you don't do a lot of stretching.

  • Holding your own weight in an awkward position and achieving balance (to say nothing of maintaining it) ain't easy.
  • Turn on the heat and you're breaking a sweat in no time.

😀 The verdict: , I knew after the first session that yoga belongs in my fitness lineup. It was fun, challenging and a little relaxing.

  • I can't say my body felt more limber in one hour, but the path to a better state through continued practice is clear.
  • Consider yoga if you want more from your workout.
  • I double downward dog dare ya.

Of note: Owner Stephanie Jungmeyer tells me Trailside is moving to a new location at 513 Prairie Street this summer, but it'll still be just off the trail and not far from its current spot.

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