THE #LIVEPURE CHAL­LENGE 04

Adam White is go­ing from fat to fit with a tai­lored well­ness pro­gram with the Pure Group.

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I have a lot of my new life­style un­der con­trol. I’m be­gin­ning to en­joy the weights. The car­dio, I’ll tol­er­ate. The diet? I have (mostly) be­come ac­cus­tomed to a life of sal­ads. But there’s one more el­e­ment to con­quer: the yoga.

I’d never done a yoga class be­fore. I’ve never been very flex­i­ble, and hav­ing back surgery six years ago didn’t ex­actly help. I can’t touch my toes: My ham­strings—the mus­cles run­ning down the back of your up­per leg— just won’t let me do it. They won’t even let me get close. So yoga sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it?

There are many dif­fer­ent kinds of yoga, and Pure Yoga cov­ers a wide range. I sign up for the en­try-level “Vinyasa Gen­tle,” con­fi­dent I’ll nail it. Sure, I’m not all that flex­i­ble, but I can hold a stretch. How hard could it be?

I might be the last per­son in the world to dis­cover this, but yoga isn’t just about hang­ing around in Down­ward Fac­ing Dog and then go­ing for a smoothie. In­stead, it’s—well, it’s a work­out. You SWEAT.

My first les­son is a blur. I try to fol­low the in­struc­tions. I re­peat­edly mis­take my left hand for my right leg, while sweat drips from my fore­head onto the yoga mat. Ev­ery­one around me is flaw­lessly hold­ing Tri­an­gle Pose—in­clud­ing my Glam­orous Fi­ancée, who is in­fin­itely bet­ter at this than

I am. Just when I man­age to haul my limbs into place… I al­most pass out, be­cause I for­got to keep breath­ing.

A few days later, I have a pri­vate les­son with Pure Yoga in­struc­tor Tryphena Chia, who as­sures me that yes—ev­ery­one for­gets to breathe. They even mix up left and right. I am not alone.

Over the les­son I be­gin to de­velop an un­der­stand­ing: How poses flow into one an­other; how your breath­ing helps to in­crease the stretch to pull your body into greater mo­bil­ity. Am I good at it? Not re­ally. But Tryphena tells me that my bal­ance is ac­tu­ally pretty good. Well, that’s some­thing.

Since then I’ve been to a range of dif­fer­ent classes, from the flow­ing Vinyasa classes to the more static, deep-stretch Hatha classes, to the Yin Yang classes that com­bine them both.

And yes, it makes a dif­fer­ence. I’m al­ready feel­ing more lithe, more fluid. Nope, I still can’t touch my toes, but I’m get­ting there.

Like the whole of this LivePure chal­lenge— ev­ery time, I’m get­ting a lit­tle bit closer. Next time: Get­ting Nood Get in­volved: Twit­ter/In­sta­gram @adamawhite, #LivePure( or# MakeA­damFitA­gain). Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Pure Group

Yoga is a work­out. You SWEAT.”

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