Love Connection: A Valentine’s Yoga Sequence for 2
The second day of my trip was going to be a romantic one. I had been planning it for quite some time now, but I hadn’t actually started doing anything until today.
After all, I wanted to do something special with my girlfriend and not just go out to eat or whatever. So when she suggested that we take her favorite yoga class together, I jumped at the chance!
I had never taken any kind of yoga class before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But since I knew she liked it, I figured if she enjoyed it then maybe it would be okay.
Plus, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try something new.
And after all, we were going somewhere where there was no one else around…right?
We arrived at our first location which was located in a mall parking lot. There were two other couples sitting outside the building waiting for their class. One couple was taking a break from their session while the other couple was still working on their poses. I didn’t really pay attention to them because I was too busy trying to figure out how to get into my own seat without bumping into anyone else.
“Alright, let’s start off slow,” Julie told me as she sat down next to me. “It’ll probably be easier if we do these poses slowly.”
She demonstrated a pose and I tried to copy what she did. But as I found out, that was a lot harder than it looked.
“Relax, you should be able to get into these poses if you try,” she told me trying to give me some encouragement.
It looked like it was going to take more than just trying though. It was going to take some skill and maybe a little bit of luck.
Is my back supposed to be this curved?”
I asked as I tried to get into the next pose.
“Yeah, just keep trying,” she told me. “I’m sure you’ll be able to do it with enough practice.”
After what seemed like hours, it was time for our lunch break. As I got up from my seat, I felt really stiff, but it wasn’t all that bad.
I had been expecting it to hurt a lot more than it did. It was just like any other type of exercise; it was just a lot different that anything I had ever experienced before. It was very hard to balance and I made a lot of mistakes that were easily correctable with practice. It was slow going and painful at times, but I knew that eventually I would get better with more practice.
We decided to pick a different location for our second class in order to avoid the people we had seen at the first one. There weren’t any classes in the afternoon so we had the entire place to ourselves.
The only other person there was the instructor who was sitting behind a desk in the corner of the room reading a book.
“We’re going to stretch now,” she told us as we walked in. “Just do whatever you feel comfortable with and remember to keep breathing throughout the whole process.”
The second class went by a little slower than the first one since we didn’t have as much downtime. However, I didn’t really feel that much pain from the stretching and balancing.
It was actually starting to get a lot easier as the day went on.
During our ride home, I felt great! My body was physically exhausted, but my mind was very upbeat about the entire experience.
So, how did you like yoga?”
she asked with a smile.
“It was really hard at first,” I admitted, “but it got a lot easier as time went on.”
Is that a hint of a smile I see on your face?”
she teased. “I’m glad to hear you had fun, because I sure did!”
She pulled the car into our driveway and we headed into the house together.
“Well, I’ll see you at the same time next week!” she said before walking towards her house.
Over the next couple of months, I kept up with my yoga practice. The stretching started to really help me and I routinely found myself with less and less back pain.
This made things a lot easier for me to do on a daily basis.
I had continued to work more hours at the cafe in order to make up for my lost wages that I had left my last job for. After paying for all my expenses and putting some money aside for a potential car, I still had enough left over to treat myself to something sweet after each yoga session.
I had considered asking if I could work at the cafe full time once again, but there was still a small part of me that was hesitant to do so. While I really did enjoy the yoga, I was starting to miss the social aspect that working with people provided. I was pretty content with the situation for now, but I knew that it might not last forever.
Over the next month and a half, I kept up my yoga practice and made a few more friends at the cafe where I worked. I had just hit my six-month anniversary in Arizona and things were going great for me.
During this time I had managed to save up enough money for an application fee for a second-hand car. I had finally decided on a old yet reliable vehicle, but I would still need to do some work on it in order for it to pass inspection. I was a little nervous about getting pulled over and the vehicle being deemed unfit, but I knew that with time and some elbow grease, the vehicle would be ready soon.
On the ride to school one day, I started thinking about my future and what I really wanted to do. I was considering staying in Arizona permanently, as I had finally gotten used to the area.
Plus, I had made some pretty awesome friends at school and at work.
As we pulled up to the school, my sister interrupted my thoughts with excitement.
“You’ll never guess what happened!” she said.
“I finally got the courage to ask out Kyle!”
I asked, to which she replied with an enthusiastic nod.
“I noticed him staring at you during class yesterday.
He’s in your bio class, right?”
“Yeah…he is…” I managed to say after a brief pause.
“Well, I asked him out and he said yes!
Isn’t that great?
“That’s…great…” I half-lied.
For the rest of the ride to school, my sister went on about what she planned to do with him, often guessing what he might be like in bed. I really hope she was faking all of it just to make me uncomfortable.
As we pulled into the high school parking lot, I tuned her out until she finally noticed my lack of interest and stopped talking. We then continued to school like nothing had happened.
When I got to my first class, Kyle was already sitting in his seat and was starring out the window. He didn’t even notice me come in.
Was he really staring at me during biology class or was that all in my head?
Why did my sister have to bring this up now of all times?
As the teacher took roll, I tried to focus on class. Kyle still hadn’t moved an inch.
Was he asleep?
“Kyle, wake up!” the teacher shouted with annoyance.
She then looked at me and said, “Why don’t you wake him up, sweetie?”
Awkwardly and reluctantly, I went over to his desk and tapped his shoulder. He slowly woke up and looked at me with a mix of anger and shame. “Shut up, Allison,” he said quietly and turned away from me.
The teacher then told him to wake up and pay attention or else she’d have to give him a detention. With that, he pulled out his phone and stared at the screen for the rest of class.
I felt a weird sense of deja vu as I recalled my high school experience.
Why couldn’t I have been in the class next to this guy instead?
As class passed, I started to space out myself and think about my current situation. My sister was going out with a guy who seemed like he was going to be just like her. There wasn’t anything I could do about it since she was an adult and could date whoever she wanted. I would just have to accept it.
Once biology had ended, I realized that Kyle was gone. It took me a moment to realize he had probably left once the bell had rang.
I packed up my book bag and headed for my next class.
Then, I saw Kyle leaning against the lockers as if he was waiting for me. I felt that uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Why was he waiting for me? Was he going to try to kill me or something?
For a brief moment, I actually considered turning around and heading to the girl’s bathroom.