When I think of yoga, I think of incense burning, vegetarians, people who run away to India, chanting ‘Ommmmm” – a little weird, whacky and airy fairy types of things. I also can’t clear my mind for 5 seconds let alone meditate so have resisted many invitations from my ‘Saturday Sister’, running friend to attend a yoga class.
I finally succumbed a couple of months ago when another young friend invited me to a class. My personal trainer then asked me along to a free class and so it began.
I was skeptical as usual with all my preconceived ideas. However, I have to admit that I think I may be a convert to the practice of yoga.
We arrived at the studio which is actually a retail store specializing in yoga & exercise clothing. They hold FREE classes every Sunday morning in all of their stores. My P.T. (Nikki) picked me up as she said we should go early because it was popular. She was right! There were about 50 attendees of all age groups and I didn’t think they would have enough yoga mats or room for everyone! They managed to fit us all in and so the class began.
Being a novice in the practice of yoga I didn’t know my ‘downward dog’ from my ‘dolphin pose’ or my ‘child’s pose’ from my ‘shavasana’. I felt self-conscious as I wasn’t as flexible as some and also thought I probably looked quite awkard. However, the yoga instructors are all very helpful and I soon realized that no one is looking at you, they are all in their own state of being.
The studio I attend has a different instructor each week so that brings variety. Some of the poses I am becoming more comfortable with and also enjoy trying the more challenging poses as my confidence grows.
After several weekly sessions I can actually lay down at the end and clear my mind for at least a minute which is a big improvement on 5 seconds!
There are several types of yoga so I have included a link to ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga’ for you to read and perhaps gain a better understanding. I am far from becoming an expert in the field and don’t think I’ll be a ‘yogi’ too soon.
My yoga class provides one hour a week of ‘Me Time’ where I can relax my mind and because I am so focused on the poses I’m not worrying or thinking about anything or anyone else.
I leave the class feeling relaxed in mind and body which I know sounds cliché but it is exactly how I feel.
If you are looking for something new to try in relaxation and exercise, I would highly recommend you joining a yoga class.
Remember, yoga is for everyone (male & female) and all age groups.
Do you practice yoga regularly? I’d love to hear your thoughts.