My very first Yoga class was in a hot room that felt like 150 degrees and I sweat buckets. It was very strict and I was told to keep pushing through. I lost vision a couple of times, could hear bells and for some crazy reason I still went back a handful more times. The dizziness never left and the nausea started... I was pregnant!
My first pregnancy with my son I gained 80 pounds and the scale read 200! It didn't matter if I went to see the doctor once a month or once a week it felt like I gained 10 pounds every time I saw him! It was a mixture of "eating for two", or four, and lack of exercise. I was young and didn't really know better. I had cold stone ice cream at least three times a week and Taco Bell and Olive Garden were my main places to pack on the calories! We lived in California in a tiny place and not the best neighborhood to take a walk in. I had always been active growing up with dance, ice skating or swimming so just growing a baby and sitting around all day didn't work out well for me!
Two weeks after having my son we moved to Indiana. I was determined to lose all the weight. Which I did by changing my eating habits and joining the nearest gym. I tried all the classes they had to offer: Yoga, running, boot camps and step! My workouts were very cardio-based with some yoga mixed in.
About 18 months after having my JD I decided to get yoga certified, and a couple months after my training we found out we were expecting our second child, Lily. Right from the start I said, "I'm NOT doing the same thing... I'm staying active and only gaining what's healthy for the baby". I only gained 35 pounds the second time around! It was the perfect experience. But my first pregnancy took its toll on my body. Stretch marks and loose skin are not pretty. Feeling sexy was kind of out the window. Shortly after my daughter was born I discovered Zumba! I grew up dancing but kinda rebelled from it since my mother was a dancer and I wanted to find my "own" thing. Zumba brought back my love for dance and made me feel sexy.
I got Zumba certified and danced myself fit and on top of that was taking lots of athletic conditioning classes such as running and swimming. Calorie burning was my main goal! I was a gym rat. I worked out 12 hours a week easy. I felt like I got my body back but it was exhausting! That went on for 2 years then when we moved to Seattle I "retired" from teaching and just ran for a while. I soon grew bored and found myself back at the gym... Swimming, kickboxing, trx and lifting weights not really happy with my body and feeling like I had to constantly work at it. That's when I turned back to yoga, realizing it all started with yoga! I started taking lots of different classes around town.
We decided to move back across the country to Lexington, KY. I tried a Barre class for the first time. I loved Barre! My body started to slim down and tone up! I went from 12 hours of working out to about 5 or 6 tops! It was freedom! I loved my results but didn't feel challenged. It was the same thing everyday. I started teaching yoga again and fell into a routine. Yoga and Barre were working and I was content until I decided to try Silks with a friend. Now trying Silks was purely for fun... I didn't seriously think you could get a work out! In my mind I equaled Silks to cirque du soleil or becoming a mermaid (which is still one of my goals!). After my first class I was sore in places I didn't even know I had! It was crazy but again I put silks off as something cool and amazing not as a way to stay in shape. But I couldn't get silks out of my head... It was love at first class. I find the ground kind of boring now... And aerial yoga is my new favorite way to teach yoga!
I had a fear that silks wouldn't be enough! Ha I had to eat my words! Best shape ever! I'm leaner that I ever was working out 12 hours a week. My body is toning up in ways I never thought possible after stretching my body way passed its limit! I'm not saying aerial silks is for everyone. But you'll know if it's for you. Just like I love trying new classes out, I like to have my foundation. My go to, Yoga is that for me. And aerial silks just takes that to the next level.
My mommy belly is almost gone. The stretch marks are still there, They were well worth it! I think what's really important is finding what works for you! For some people it's signing up for a half Marathon with a buddy, for others its a gym membership and for the awe-inspiring few it's Silks! Always keep climbing!