Dad Fitness Blogger, RJ Jaramillo is taking on a variety of fitness programs this summer to share with our members. Learn how to Yoga.
Fitness for Dads: How To
My latest adventure in our Fitness for Dads Summer series is
my trip to Yoga Six Studios in 4S Ranch, (San Diego, Ca.). You would think an
hour stretching in a warm gym would be a relaxing time, right?
I was given first class treatment from my instructor,
Jeanette and my fellow blogger website -blogger colleague, Nicole Kempka of RedLotusMama.
The three of us went through a 45-minute routine and here is what I have to share
to my fellow Dad’s about my Yoga experience.
Things you need to know:
The Yoga Six facility has everything you need. You can rent
the mats, towels and use the Men’s locker rooms to store your stuff. They also
have showers available giving you the feel of a true "clubhouse" experience.
You want to wear standard workout shorts and some compression shorts to keep
your "junk" in your trunks and away from the instructor view during your class.
Women to Men Ratio
Yoga is not just for women. In fact, there are plenty of
Yoga classes that have a variety of Men in them; but who cares, I would rather
have more women in my class than men. Not all classes have to be heated, but
for the best results, you want to take a class that has a heated room because you
need to give your muscles a chance to loosen and to maximize your flexibility.
Heat is around 100 Degrees and good for muscles and your flexibility.
The Room and Exercise
The room is hot, but comfortably hot. 105 Degrees doesn’t
feel so bad. The pattern of stretches graduates in difficulty over the time of
the lesson. Dipping, bending and folding; I found my instructor Jeanette more
than patient and accommodating to my experience level. Don’t be afraid of not
doing everything exactly as instructed; there are ways to "cheat" with the use
of a stretching block. This foam block is used to create the necessary space
for you need to reach for the more difficult moves,( I used it often).
During my Yoga experience, time moves fast despite the
relaxing music and tempo. I was surprised that I had spent 45-mnutes in the hot
room. Yes, I was a sweaty mess, but my overall feeling was relaxed, composed,
and feeling a level of post-workout energy.
Would I do this again? Absolutely. Would I recommend Yoga to
another Dad? Absolutely. This is an exercise program that is ideal to
incorporate into your weekly fitness program. I am looking forward to utilizing
my Wednesday, "hump days" as my yoga workout day and taking a few of my fellow,
"workout Dads" with me to YogaSix. I feel that the variety of exercise is good
for my body and Yoga gives me plenty of work out, plus the necessary time to
keep my body flexed and stretched.
In summary, I want to thank my workout buddy, Nicole Kempka at Red Lotus Mama for her time and introduction to Jeanette and YogaSix at 4 SRanch, If you would like
a complimentary Yoga class at Yoga Six, click here to see their current
schedules, or call 858-451- 9642 (451-YOGA) and ask for details or
go online and check out their website.
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”