I’m a Yoga Convert!

YogaWhen 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.

Downward dog yoga postBeing 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.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a weak back, so the strengthening poses of yoga are certainly helping and also improving my posture and overall flexibility.yoga 3

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.

YogaSo from someone who was a skeptic, I have done a complete 360 and have embraced yoga as an inclusion to my other exercises routines.

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.

This word Namaste usually ends the session.m

Do you practice yoga regularly?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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36 thoughts on “I’m a Yoga Convert!

    1. sue Post author

      I agree Jennifer. Thank you for your comments and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It took me a while to be convinced but now I really look forward to my yoga class.

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks Joanne for your comment. It has been a very positive experience and would recommend to anyone. Have a lovely day!

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  1. Kathleen

    A very interesting post, I have never really tried yoga, it is good to hear of your favorable experience. You must be so fit no wonder you sizzle.

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes it is one of my favourite hours of the week. I try to keep fit and healthy although sometimes it is hard to keep on track. If I fall off I just get back on! Thanks for commenting and have a lovely day

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  2. Mike Smith | Sunshine Dad

    I’m a little like you in my preconceived notions of yoga. I can definitely appreciate the value in stretching and strengthening your core muscles (which is more Pilates) but I’m not sure I’d ever go to a yoga class. Your post does make me think twice about it though. Thanks for linking up to #BigTopBlogParty hope to see you again next week!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Mike, Thank you for your comment. I think you should give yoga a go – there are several guys including a few who are ‘sizzling towards sixty’ in the class I attend. The great thing about yoga is you only do what you can do. I struggled in yesterday’s class but still felt good after. Have a lovely day!

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  3. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn

    Ah, I love it when I read posts like this. I have been practising yoga for about 14 years now and am also a yoga teacher. I love it for all the reasons you have said above and so much more. A lot of people have pre-conceived notions about yoga, and although it can be sitting around chanting ommm if that is what you are looking for, but there are so many different styles it can be strong, dynamic, plysical, empowering – whatever you want it to be. Wishing you well on your yoga journey and I’m so glad you are a convert, I love it when someone else discovers yoga. #mmwbh

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    1. sue Post author

      Hello Cathryn, thank you so much for our comments. Yoga has really opened my eyes as I’ve been a runner for a few years and have been doing PT but didn’t realize that you mind and body have such a great workout with Yoga. I always feel different after a session – more relaxed and settled. I’d love to keep in touch so will follow you and hopefully learn more. Have a lovely day! Namaste. 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Merlinda, yes I didn’t realize it was such a workout! I’m a runner so it helps my flexibility. thanks for the comment and have a lovely day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Sabrina thanks for the comment! Well it took me 57 years to start so I’m sure there is time for you! Enjoy your weekend.

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    2. sue Post author

      Hi Sabrina thanks for the comment. It has taken me 57 years to start so you have plenty of time. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Katherine - The Beauty Of Life

    Sue, this is amazing! I think yoga is wonderful, it’s so wonderful to hear about your experience with it!

    Probably the best thing I have learnt from yoga is that it’s not a competition, but a really powerful reminder to embrace where you’re at right now and not worry about anyone else, because they’re focusing on themselves! Glad you think so too!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Katherine thank you for your comments. I agree it was hard to realize that it isn’t a competition and no one is looking at you but I feel great after each session. Have a lovely day.

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Debs, you should give it a go (in that five minutes you have to spare when you are a Mum!). thanks for the comment and have a lovely day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Claire, that’s great that you do your exercises at home. No gym fees and you can fit it into your schedule especially if you are a busy mum. thanks for the comment.

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  5. Jody @easypeasymom

    Sue, I am also a yoga convert! I’ve tried it before and just been eh about it but I think finding the right class with the right instructor makes all the difference. It’s now my zen hour (or at least I try to make it be!) and I look forward to it every week. It’s amazing what a rush it is to conquer a new pose. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Jody, thanks for the comment. I know what you mean about conquering a new pose. Namaste!

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  6. Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk

    I really do need to look into yoga but have always felt too self conscious – will lose a few more pounds first and then give it a go – fantastic for toning up! Sim #WeightLossWednesday x

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    1. sue Post author

      Don’t wait Sim. What I like about yoga is that no one looks at you. I felt very self conscious as I was older and not as flexible. I though everyone was looking at me but we all get into our own zone. It is great for toning and good for the mind. Thanks so much for your comment and have a lovely day.

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  7. Wendy

    Hi, Sue! My daughter and I are thinking of joining a yoga class this summer. I must confess to the same preconceived notions you had (actually, not too preconceived — I did do a few weeks of yoga many years ago, and that was exactly what it was!), but I do realize now there are many different kinds. We want it for the strength and flexibility and have a good friend who has been doing this for years for her back. Thanks for the little push! 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      Hello Wendy! Thank you for the comment. I’m so glad you are going to go back to yoga. I have had to miss the last few weeks and I know my body (& mind) is missing it! Its perfect for strength and flexibility and it certainly helps my back. Go and enjoy a class you will feel great after it!

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