筋トレヨガ (Yoga Workout)

タレント活動を始めて、体を鍛える必要も見えて来て、ヨガクラスに行くことにしました。
実はね、2012年の東京マラソンを完走して、自分の体にも自信が付いて来た。

Now that I'm a working performer, at some point it occurred to me that some sort of physical training would be beneficial. So, I signed up for a yoga class.
Actually, I ran (and finished!) the 2012 Tokyo Marathon, so I have a certain level of confidence about my physical abilities.

Here's a clip of Dabs and I at the finish line.
ダブちゃんとエスター完走!

スポーツはあまり得意ではないので、42.195キロを完走した時は新しい自分に出会えた気がする。集中すればなんでもできる!と思うようになった。

I'm not really any good at sports, so running the whole 42.195 kilometres allowed me to discover a new side of me. I began to believe that I can do anything I set my mind to if I focus and remain positive.

ヨガクラスではストレッチしてリラックスすると思っていた。ヨガのポーズの写真を見るとみんな穏やかな表情でやっているでしょう?
When I signed up for the yoga class, I expected to do a lot of stretching and nurture my muscles through relaxation. I mean, people look so calm and relaxed when doing those yoga poses on the beach with the sunset/sunrise in the horizon.

違う!10分ストレッチしたら、使ったことのない、いや、その存在でさえも知らなかった筋肉を鍛えるヨガ(?)を45分ず~~っとやってた。「腹筋弱いよ、頑張れ!」って震えている私を見て先生が励んでくれた。

Wrong! After just 10 minutes of stretching, we had a grueling 45 minutes of muscle training for muscles that I didn't even know existed. My teacher looked at me and my trembling body parts (apparently this happens if you engage underused muscles) and said, "Your abdominal muscles are very weak. Hold that pose!" I had to laugh at myself. I looked at my reflection in the mirror in sheer disbelief at my ineptitude.

あの辛さは久しぶり。 筋肉痛はその夜からあって、三日間続いた。
That very night and for three days afterward, every movement annoyed a sore muscle.

次の週に普通に行ったら、先生が、「あれ?来てくれた?ありがとう!女の子は一回だけ来て逃げるよ。」って。ますますやる気が湧いて来た!エスター頑張るよ!
I went to the class the following week, encouraging myself while still realistically acknowledging my limitations. (I've never done a 180-degree split.)
The teacher was happy to see me, and she said that many girls don't go to the class a second time. Well, not me! I face challenges head on!

Yay! I'm a finisher!

I'll go ahead and encourage myself using past victories. Woohoo!!