I feel like Im oozing energy right now and wished I could translate it all here by just splashing it on the screen. That would be too easy though, yeah? I do feel fortunate that Ive found a way to write everything down, reflecting on moments in my life that impact me. This weekend was just that, and why I feel the need to write my entry tonight versus Monday morning.
Friday I tried a hot yoga class downtown for the very first time, and Saturday morning I participated in the 6th annual Spin-off for autism. Both of these marks on my calendar proved very interesting. I went on Friday with the intentions to find another fitness avenue that I could fall in love with. I cant get enough high intensity workouts, so I know I needed to do something different. Ive been wanting to try this for awhile, so after a few nudges of encouragement I reserved my little place there in the class. I will tell you that the environment was serene, and the people were truly great. There was kindness exuding from the facility (City Yoga), but I didnt know what to expect. After I got past focusing on the strong men and women in the class, with their tattoos painted on like body armor, I was there in the moment and began my yoga journey.
I quickly realized that you should not wear your heart rate monitor (noise distraction) and that you should leave your reservations at the door (the noises, poses, and thoughts you’ll encounter are no where near normal). I can see how people look at me crazy during Turbo or Spin- so I truly felt like I was practicing what I preach all the time, and was just trying something out, despite it being completely different than anything Ive ever done. In fact I also want to go back to another hot yoga class and see if I can truly get into it with more and more practice. I failed to feel like it was an incredible hard workout, but Im pretty sure thats not what its purpose was. I did feel very limber and relaxed afterwards. It reminded me of entering a sauna and giving myself a massage. I also woke up sore…so it did do some delayed onset muscle syndrome damage afterall (I love muscle soreness, seriously). Im not ecstatic, but hmmm, curious to go back. Id be lying if I said I didnt giggle about it with my boyfriend and friends, but I really enjoyed the calming energy, with people truly wishing nothing but positivity towards themselves and everyone around them.
Regardless, I know the class left its mark on me because I made a few adjustments with the lighting when I got home, and now feel like my front room will be a great place for me to do yoga with the home videos Ive barely touched. I’ll keep you posted to how well I break them in. Atleast the room has a nice adjusted energy!
Now Saturday morning was a RIOT. I signed up for this spin off because I knew that this was going to be led by an incredible instructor, Sharon Kruater, and was a guaranteed amazing workout. That alone was my motivation to sign up, with the cause as a cherry on top. I also was able to coordinate the event with my good friend/riding partner. I had all the faith in the world it was going to be fun, but upon arrival, the room was steamy as all get out due to the previous 2 hour class, and my friend and I were scrambling to find two side by side bikes. Eventually we did and the second session was just as packed as the first, with a few people going the whole 4 hour time slot (way impressive…applause for them, woot woot). They rotated instructors, had great music, and the class was a wonderful workout. My friend and I were high fiving back and forth, smiling and enjoying the ride.
I expected for people to be in great spirits and happy to help Sharon and the autism cause. She is loved by many and people were clearly showing their support. I figured there were just as many people there like me, wanting a kick butt workout. What I did not expect was to have a sincere emotional moment, with my heart heavy, wanting to cry desperately from being touched, from happiness. It reached deep, one of those moments where you know theres such beauty in the world and a higher power surely makes this possible. There were lots of stories from Sharon on just how fortunate we are. How happy we should be …our energy being a main component, our graciousness. We dont have to wake up and take loads of medication to function or lack focus to learn how to tie our shoes, or not sure if were going to have a good or bad day. She’s motivating all the time but this personal insight she let us have, into her life as a mother, most specifically mother to her young Autistic son Ash, was very effective at moving the room.
Katelyn (my partner in heart and riding) and myself before the festivities!
It wasnt until the very end that it all came full circle. She didnt know if Ash would be in spirits to come into the class. When she arrived with him, he walked right in with headphones and was standing tall, barely looking around… and actually reminded me very much of one of my brothers. He seemed to have an intensity and step that I wouldn’t have imagined before meeting him, and he actually walked all the way to the front of the room, and got on one of the main bike. It gave me chills to see Sharon ecstatic, smiling, with love pouring out. We all were smiling from ear to ear, still spinning, sweating, while emotionally moved. He was handsome, and strong, and instead of pedaling forward, he pedaled backwards, a true independent! Also had great form- a natural! Sharon spoke of not wanting a cure, but wanting awareness, wanting people to love these children just as we love all children. They need acceptance and love, not people treating them as if theyll be more worthy once cured. I honestly would have been balling if I hadnt sweat 5 pounds of water off during the 2 hour sesh. I feel like I love my family, most specifically my 5 younger siblings more thans even possible. They are the best and Im so thankful to have an incredible family, and I always think that I dont even have children yet…. That spin-off exhibited such love and acceptance, both within the Krauter family members, all the way to the support of strangers wanting a good workout and a good charity cause. It was a beautiful event, an incredible 1200 calorie burning workout and something I’ll never forget.
After everything it made me want to do more with my life, realizing the power of people and positivity. Im not sure what she raised exactly, but I brought my $100 and left the room wanting to do more. Especially during this holiday season, and every other month otherwise, theres so many great causes around to participate in. I know Im always signing up for races that support varying charity’s but after witnessing what Sharon and the members of Lifetime fitness achieved, I hope to help in some way through movement. I’ll fill you in on exactly what that might be…Spin off for Strong Kids Campaign? Turbo for Toys? Lets make our movement mean something and enjoy our cherry’s on top of fit bods and lifted moods.