Yoga with gentle Noreen was going well inspiring my friend to join me at a Friday morning class taught by another instructor. The teacher was unfamiliar to us and, as we were relatively new to the Y, we had no one to advise us. Dutifully, we arrived in plenty of time to drop our mats and claim our space in the back of the room.
Our apprehension grew when the instructor Becca entered the gym wearing a doo-rag type scarf, workout shorts and muscle T, and workout shoes with thick socks. My friend looked at me accusingly: what kind of yoga is this? We eyed the distance to the door, calculating the time we would need to escape.
Becca donned her microphone while sending gentle music floating above us, then used her surprisingly silky voice to lead us through the routines. Becca’s class turned out to be a beautiful combination of stretching and relaxation with moments of light strengthening. Throughout the session, her calming voice encouraged us to do whatever our bodies allowed.
Knowing that we could survive Becca, we have since attended her body conditioning classes which consist of cardio and weights. A perfect morning combines lovely Kelly’s RIPPED followed by Becca’s stretching. Becca was recently christened, appropriately, Blissful Becca.
This was once again a good lesson to resist avoiding new experiences because of preconceived notions. Determination of quality requires repetition to develop familiarity. A good rule is to try everything once, whether exercising, enjoying food or wine, listening to music, reading books, or watching movies. A great rule is to sample a minimum of three times before judging.