Years ago I remember watching a woman in a yoga class at the Y who seemed to be just doing her own thing.
The instructor would tell us what to do and sometimes free spirit lady followed along and at other times not. I was puzzled. Why even come to class if you’re not going to do the thing the instructor is doing? What’s that even about?
Zoom ahead twenty years and OMG I’ve become that woman in yoga class. I was at bike-yoga at the university. The instructor kept demonstrating postures I can’t manage. Some are ones I’m positively told not to do. Instead whenever the pose was one of the forbidden/impossible ones I did my own thing.
My knees were happy. I was having a good workout. But some of the university students looked at me in a funny way. I think they thought I didn’t hear or see what I was supposed to be doing. And then it dawned on. I was free spirit yoga lady.
I’m okay with that. I’m with Cate that knowing your body and what it needs and doing that is one of the joys of aging.
How about you? In group fitness classes do you ever do your own thing? How does it feel?