This morning I went to a spin class at Pura Vida in Cherry Creek. It was my first time spinning in over six months and I can already feel my inner thighs screaming from all of the “up/downs” that the instructor had us doing.
The instructor, Jasmine, kept reminding us to “be still” on our bikes. At first I didn’t understand what she meant. She explained that we had to keep our upper bodies still and let our legs do all the heavy work. I have a strong feeling she was speaking directly to me since my upper body was boppin’ away to the tunes. Once I calmed my upper body down and concentrated on my legs, it became a much more difficult but I could tell that if I stuck with that movement then it would yield more results.
As I was trying to be still, I thought about all the times in my past that it has felt like a tornado has hit me and I let myself get caught up in the eye of the storm. Lately, I have realized that the best way for me to get out of a storm is to remain calm and present. Not flailing and bouncing to music, just still and present. Be Still. What a nice reminder to get through life and workouts with a more gracious ease.
i took jasmine’s class last saturday and she told us to say in our minds, “let” at every inhale and “go” and every exhale. made my spin workout turn from a purely physical class to creating mental awareness in my breath. her classes are incredible…glad you enjoyed!
She really is wonderful! I am glad that you took something big from her class as well!