I have heard of Yoga and have wanted to try it for a while. I read about how Yoga incorporates mediation and breathing and feel that is something that will bring a lot of value to me.

So, today I signed up and tried my first Yoga class. Yoga Basics, this morning at 9, perfect time for me. I didn’t know what to expect as I drove to the studio, will I be the only man there? Preparing for the class I read some articles online and watched some videos on YouTube. I watched an interview with Quentin Vennie and then found the article quoted below by him.

There are many benefits in maintaining a consistent yoga practice. Yoga has been shown to relieve stress, enhance mental focus, improve posture, improve mood and increase flexibility. With all of the life changing advantages of yoga, there is one question that remains: Where are all of the male yogis?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/quentin-vennie/men-yoga_b_4179963.html

Breathing is so important, I know this, I am sure you know this also. This is another article I read prior to attending my first class.

Scott Rodwin, founder of Radiance Yoga, explains that breathing exercises, called pranayama, have been developed over thousands of years to calm and tame that endless stream of thoughts. – See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/endurance/9-reasons-why-you-should-practice-yoga?page=4#sthash.muolP0d2.dpuf

So, I attended the Yoga Basics class at Urban Prana Yoga in Brentwood. First, I was NOT the only man. I was welcomed in by a very friendly and informative teacher. The other people in the class where also very welcoming, which made the experience that much better.

The class itself was a little difficult for me, I am overweight and a “couch potato”. I really enjoyed the time to myself, I was in a room of people but still felt a sense of peace in the room. The soft lighting and music helped with that, I listened to the teacher and tried to do the poses that she instructed. Some I did, some I couldn’t. But, she was very helpful in making sure I knew other poses that I could do and making the experience very enjoyable.

I worked up a sweat and really felt at ease throughout the class. I came home and told my wife about the class and that I am looking forward to attending more.