I didn’t really consider the expectations I had for yoga, but falling over because I couldn’t hold a pose as long as everyone else was definitely not one of them (Note: This happened. Several times!)
I can certainly see how yoga can tone your body. If you happen to be like me and exercise about once a year, then it might be difficult for you, too…but don’t let that stop you! No one made me feel like an outsider if I was in the wrong pose or couldn’t hold it long enough. The environment felt very welcoming.
GIRLS. GIRLS EVERYWHERE.
This isn’t something I really thought about until I walked into the waiting room and was surrounded by 20 other women waiting to be let into the classroom. It felt like I was back in school days. It made me a little nervous at first, since I’m not usually in an all-female environment, but the nerves quickly faded and the class was so interesting that I don’t know if I would’ve noticed an elephant practicing next to me, let alone another chick. I was on my mat in my spot…
IT IS EVEN MORE SPIRITUALLY-FOCUSED THAN I EXPECTED.
I knew that yoga was a mental game as much as a physical one, which is a large reason why I wanted to try it. Not saying I didn’t enjoy it (quite the opposite!), but it was surprising. I also noticed that my teacher would give spiritual talk and advice almost as much as she’d describe the poses we should be hitting. I thought it was pretty cool, and very much what I was looking for. I would fall and laugh and the others would too… Yeah… Let’s fall together. Ha!
LET EVERYTHING HAVE ITS MOMENT.
Going off of the spiritually-focused method of yoga, the teacher would often inject some wisdom or thoughts while we were flexing our bodies. One thing that she said was particularly meaningful to me. She told us to think of things we wanted to let go of or that are no longer serving us and to “let them have their moment” before releasing them from our present. I was stuck! THAT was a challenge for me. Letting my mind become FREE was something I DON’T DO!
I appreciated the advice and knowing I struggle with not stressing and feeling free mentally. Never allowed myself to clear my mind before; letting it all go, rather than shoving it somewhere in our mind where it will eventually resurface.
YOU’RE EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE.
One of the things I loved most about the class was that it was very focused on the fact that “you are exactly where you need to be.” So, if you can’t hit the pose she’s teaching or you have to do an easier version, it’s all good. You’ll make it happen when you’re ready. I feel like I’m used to fitness regimes where there is a right or wrong way, but our teacher emphasized to just “do what feels good.” I need this ! I’m always hard on myself.
I enjoyed my first class so much that I’m going again three times a week! I am doing a free week trial, which is nice if you’re new to yoga since you can take as many classes as you want for a whole week. Honestly, I think it took me so many months to get to a yoga class because I was both lazy and didn’t know what to expect. What do I wear? How do I pick a mat? What if I have no idea what a Downward-Facing is? If you’re nervous, I encourage you to just check it out. It was a lot more comfortable than I expected, I have a life and kids and I work alot. I’ve become moody and fustrated. So I think this will allow me to release all that anxiety and stress so I can have a better life and better relationships.