I have re-started my fitness regime after half term, although I was able to get out for a walk during their week off I didn't get to the gym. It started off with an absolutely glorious day at the London yoga show. I went with my school pal Sarah. We are both yoga enthusiasts (other people may refer to us as yoga bores) and have known each other since we were three. So after meeting up, topping up caffeine levels, and trying to work our way around the ridiculously badly designed guide we went off for a wander.
Although i have practised yoga on and off for15 years, my regular weekly practise has only happened for the last two and a half years. Throughout my relationship with yoga, I have tried many different strands of what is a beautiful discipline. Firstly with Iyengar, then Hatha, Anusara and now Ashtanga. I have fallen in love with Ashtanga yoga. It has a beauty about it, coupled with extreme discipline that is addictive. It is also (I believe) one of the purest forms of yoga and stands tall amongst the onslaught of celebrity yoga's that are flooding the market at the moment. Sarah encouraged me to try Ashtanga as she is a fan and has been practising Ashtanga regularly for the last ten years.
So continuing on with my fitness regime, i went to my normal Body Combat class on Monday and then for a quick swim at the gym on Tuesday. It is here that i discovered that I must be a complete prude. I am one of those that when in a communal changing room takes underwear off as discreetly as possible. Or if getting dressed after a shower, gets underwear on as quickly as possible. I am reasonable happy to wander around in my undies but would not wander round completed naked. Well it would seem that i am completely on my own in this. A packed aqua aerobics class emptied into the changing room and without fail all of them were not only skipping around naked, but bending over to apply lotion, coming over to chat to me - the list goes on. I would so love to have that amount of confidence in my body but I obviously i don't. Am i alone in this? Am i the only one who feels inhibited in such an environment?