I’ve been sitting on this for a few days because I was really worried it wouldn’t work. But it did! So here is another in the “make sure you know all your work benefits, kids” series. (And enough with the mystery; I’ll tell you what “it” is behind the jump.)
OK, so remember last year when I decided to go with the high deductible health plan and use the savings to pay for yoga classes so I could try to not totally break down at age 37?
Let’s backtrack 18 months to when I first started working for this university. I did actually look into yoga then, but the page I found on the gym’s website said that “faculty/staff” yoga only met once a week, and it was at a bad time for me. I did some looking into studios around town, but I didn’t find them very appealing: the classes were at bad times for me (I want to go either right before or right after work, not at 6 am or at 7:45-9:15), they were too long for right now (I wanted 60, not 90 minutes, at least to start with), and of course they were “expensive” ($12-15/class) at a time when I was pinching pennies. So I not very commendably gave up.
However, I made a whole vow and everything so I was just about to suck it up and commit to the 7:45-9:15 class for at least a month, when I got an email from the university gym about fitness classes for the semester and looked at it out of curiosity. And lo and behold, I looked at the wrong page last year. It turns out — duh — that they also offer tons of fitness classes that faculty/staff/students can all register for. Registration opened this morning at 7:30 am, so at 7:29 I was hovering over my computer ready to go and ten minutes later, I’d snagged twice-weekly yoga (60 minutes each time) plus a 60-minute barre class for a little variety and extra strength/stretchiness. This will get me through to the end of April (when the semester ends) for — drumroll please — a grand total of $145. I start tomorrow!
I am psyched. By the end of April I will have built up enough stamina to switch to summer classes at the studio in town, if I want, or I can just switch to biking around for exercise and stretching at home. But this is a ton of classes for virtually no money (as yoga goes) and it should really help me get going again on this practice. I cannot believe it took me this long to realize that this kind of thing was available to me. But now I know so look out world!