The folks at Life Time Fitness invited me to attend a 90 minute poolside yoga class to celebrate the summer solstice last weekend. The class was Saturday at the Sandy Springs location.
I was worried that it would be really hot and it was at first, but it ended up being a very nice evening. There was a great turnout with over 40 people in attendance. The area by the pool was pretty shady, but there were bugs buzzing around my body the entire class.
The instructor mentioned that Life Time Fitness has rebranded their yoga program and that the class would include multiple components of each new class. She gave us an overview then we started. There was also live music being played during the class.
The first part of the class was about meditation and relaxing then we started with the real work. One thing that I did not enjoy was that the instructor didn’t demonstrate anything so we were left to look around at each other if we weren’t sure of a pose. This might be typical of a yoga class, but I’ve only practiced yoga at home so I have nothing to compare this to.
While the instructor did walk us through everything and talk us through the transitions I found myself spending so much mental energy thinking about everything trying to make sure I was doing it right. I knew nearly every pose, but the progression was new to me since I’m not used to the Life Time format or flow.
It was quite frustrating towards the last third of the class because the pace of the class was so fast and had so many transitions that I kept getting lost. Each bit had so many components and progressions that I kept having to look around to everyone else in the class to figure out what was next. I wasn’t the only one struggling either. It seemed that most people were having to do the same with the exception of a handful of regulars.
I’m not new to yoga so this was really annoying and I felt defeated for most of the class. There were lots of moments when I would get confused trying to hear what the instructor was saying and then process it or look around at others. All of this took away from the experience.
I was disappointed that this class was advertised for all experience levels. I think if I hadn’t already been practicing yoga on and off for a couple years then I probably would have given up.
After the class we were served fruit, veggies and hummus, kombucha and wine. I didn’t have any wine, but the other refreshments were so tasty! After a 90 minute class, I was thankful for a snack. They also gave us a little goodie bag for attending the class.
The contents were a sheet of temporary tattoos, beads and a small container of their new essential oil blend. They used it on the wet washcloths they gave us after the class and it smelled so good!
All in all, I think the class was alright. I’m not typically a person that loves group fitness but I was excited about this class because I love yoga. I’m not gonna lie I was disappointed. I wish there would have been someone to watch during the class and I wish some of the pace would have been slowed down a bit especially since it seemed like no one could keep up. It seems like most of us were about three poses behind what the instructor was saying.
I missed the relaxed feeling I normally get from a yoga session. I’m sure some of it had to do with the fact that I’m not accustomed to the Life Time Fitness yoga format and flow, but this class didn’t make me want to attend another class.
Have you ever participated in a class like this?
Even have an experience like mine?